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American Chemical Society New Mobile App

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) recently released a mobile app, ACS2Go for their highly used journal web site. The key feature is that, once a user accesses the journal site on campus, it automatically authenticates the device for use off-campus for 4 months, giving researchers the ability to read any subscription-based content without the need for an additional log-in step. ACS2Go can be accessed at http://pubs.acs.org on a tablet or smartphone.

Other features of ACS2Go include:

  • Compatibility with gestural commands to swipe and advance between articles and issues.
  • Browsing, searching, and downloading all supported.
  • Configurability tailored to the research interests and reading habits of the reader.
  • Share articles and links via email.
  • Compatible with devices running iOS, Android and Blackberry.

ACS2Go complements the previously introduced ACS Mobile app.

National Fire Protection Association All Access

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SUNYCentral has recently made a new electronic resource available to all students, faculty and staff at SUNYConnect institutions. NFCSS All Access database (UB Only) provides online access to every NFPA® code, standard, and handbook. The handbooks contain expert commentary and graphics to help clarify code concepts.

Among many other titles, the subscription includes:

  • NFPA 13: Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook, 2013, 2010 and 2007 Editions
  • NFPA 25: Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Handbook, 2014, 2011 and 2008 Editions
  • NFPA 70: NEC® Handbook, 2014, 2011 and 2008 Editions
  • NFPA 70E: Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2012 and 2009 Editions
  • NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Handbook, 2013 and 2010 Editions
  • NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® Handbook, 2012 and 2009 Editions
  • NFPA 58: LP-Gas Code Handbook, 2014, 2011 and 2008 Editions
  • NFPA 54: National Fuel Gas Code Handbook, 2012 and 2009 Editions

For more information see the complete listing of the codes, standards, and handbooks and the Help Center for search help.

See VGo the Robot tomorrow, March 24

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The UB Libraries invite the UB campus community to come meet VGo, the robot. VGo came to UB for the Digital Challenges Technology Fair a couple weeks ago and will be on campus again tomorrow March 24 from 2-4p, visiting Lockwood Library’s Science and Engineering Information Center (first floor).  Terry Connor from Verizon will be on hand to demonstrate the multiple educational and clinical applications for VGo.  The Vice President for VGo will also be there, through teleconferencing, to answer any questions folks might have http://www.vgocom.com/.

See you there!

Database Snapshot: ACM Digital Library

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The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Digital Library provides access to bibliographic information, abstracts, reviews, and selected full-text for articles and papers appearing in ACM publications including journals/transactions, magazines, conference proceedings and newsletters for 1947-present. It also provides access to selected works published by affiliated organizations.

Tips for using ACM Digital Library

Enter your terms in the upper search box. In the results list, full-text is noted with PDF or HTML icons. Refine your search using the left column of refine options. Bibliometric information is given for each item.

Database Snapshot: Lecture Notes in Computer Science

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Full-text of the popular Springer book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) includes Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI). Most volumes are conference proceedings. Major areas covered in this database are computer science, engineering, math, biology, statistics, GIS, information science, informatics, communication science, physics, bioinformatics, multimedia, and medical imaging. The database includes volumes from 1973-present. Some LNCS volumes in print are owned by the UB Libraries. Users can also refer to the LNCS/AI/BI Conference Acronym Index.

Tips for using Lecture Notes in Computer Science

Enter your terms in the search box in the blue bar (not the upper one). In the results list, full-text is noted with “Download PDF”. Refine your search using the left column of refine options. References for articles and related content are given on the item page.

Massive, new e-book collection – ebrary Academic Complete

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We pleased to announce that the UB Libraries now subscribe to ebrary Academic Complete, a dynamic collection of over 120,000 e-books across a wide variety of academic disciplines. About one quarter of them are sci/tech/medical titles. Included are hundreds of titles from publishers such as National Academies Press, Wiley, Oxford, MIT Press, World Scientific, IOS Press, and Cambridge.

There are four very important points regarding this resource:

1)     These titles will NOT appear in our library catalog since titles will move in and out of this subscription service. We will not have access rights to any of these books beyond our three year contract.

2)     These titles can be searched via the default “Everything” search box on the library home page or as a separate database.

3)     Ebrary Academic Complete is cost-effective approach to providing access to many more e-books than we could ever afford to purchase outright.

4)     Downloading and printing restrictions are listed clearly on the details page of every e-book.  Most e-books allow for unlimited simultaneous use and as such are appropriate for use in courses.

UB Science & Engineering Students! Take the Knovel Academic Challenge and be eligible to win prizes!

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knove-challenge-logoEvery year, the Knovel Academic Challenge allows students to compete for prizes while learning how to use Knovel, a research tool and e-book database that the UB Libraries subscribes to; Knovel can help you complete assignments as well as research topics and find properties data, equations, and more.  This year, Knovel asked engineering professors to help them develop questions that would test your knowledge while providing real-life examples of problem sets they assign students.

The Dates: The contest starts February 2, 2015, and ends March 30, 2015.  REMEMBER TO PLAY WEEKLY!

The Prizes: There are both weekly and end-of-contest prizes! Answer correctly and you could win an Apple iPad Air II, Bose in-ear headphones, Amazon gift cards, and more…

START PLAYING NOW!   Connect from on-campus via www.knovelac.com

Please note that Knovel has assured us that student email addresses will not be distributed in any way and that the only emails students who register to play the game will receive will contain problem set solutions and other things pertaining to the challenge. After the 8-week challenge, emails to students will cease. Moreover, students can unsubscribe from any Knovel emails at any time.

Let the Games Begin!

The Science and Engineering Information Center has moved to the first floor of Lockwood Library

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The Science and Engineering Information Center has moved to the first floor of Lockwood Library, while the Map Collection has been relocated to the basement of Lockwood.

Located within the Science and Engineering Information Center are the subject librarians, reference collection and study space. The book collection has been relocated to the third floor of Lockwood, use the catalog to locate specific item locations and call numbers.

The first floor has new comfortable seating and tables with power outlets, we think you will find it a welcoming space. The science and engineering team of librarians invite you to come visit them in their new home.

The former location of both the Science and Engineering Information Center and the Map Collection is Capen Hall, which is currently undergoing renovations as part of the Heart of the Campus initiative.

 

Open Access Publishing – Major Worldwide Study

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The European Commission recently released the most comprehensive study of open access (OA) publishing in peer reviewed journals ever done, an analysis of over 1 million articles indexed in Scopus from 1996-2013.  Open access articles are free for anyone to read. This massive study is filled with data that includes the growth of OA, the proportion of various types of OA articles, the availability of OA articles by discipline, and the citation advantage OA papers have over articles requiring a subscription to read.  It is the only study to my knowledge that includes a breakdown of OA articles by country, region, discipline, publication year, and type of OA (Gold: published directly in an OA journal; Green: made freely available by the author via an official institutional or disciplinary repository; Other: Freely available on the Internet via some other means).

A few of the main findings are:

1) More than 50% of articles published between 2007-2012 are freely available as of April 2014.

2) OA articles overall are cited 40.3% more than non-OA articles, ranging from 26% to 64% based on discipline.

3) The proportion of Gold OA articles (published directly in OA journals) is currently doubling every 4.1 years.

At a minimum, the 7-page executive summary is worth a careful read.  See: Archambault, E., Amyot, D., Deschamps, P., Nicol, A., Provencher, F., Rebout, L., & Roberge, G. (2014). Proportion of Open Access Papers Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals at the European and World Levels: 1996-2013 (D 1.8 version 11p ed., pp. ix, 41): Science-Metrix.

 

Older papers are increasingly remembered—and cited

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Recently a study done by Google Inc. researchers indicates that older papers are increasingly being found and cited by researchers. The November 4, 2014 paper is freely available at arXiv.org and is entitled On the Shoulders of Giants: The Growing Impact of Older Articles. John Bohannon wrote an interesting Science magazine news report about the study that same day. He notes that the Google researchers used Google Scholar data and “analyzed scientific papers published between 1990 and 2013. They divided the papers into nine broad research areas and 261 subject categories. Then they compared the publication dates of the papers cited in all those papers.”

The study authors hypothesize this may be the effective of mass digitization and the increasing cumulative body of born-digital scholarship.  In the news report, a commentator offers a different hypothesis, that the growth of the scientific literature is slowing, but offers no evidence for that surprising statement (at least to us librarians who see the growth of open access journals and prices/page counts for subscription journals).  A darker hypothesis is that the average quality of papers is decreasing requiring scholars to look further back in time for citable material. However, this last hypothesis is predicated on scholars being particularly diligent in citing only high quality research.