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Ask Our Science & Engineering Librarians!

Librarians from the Science & Engineering Information Center in the Silverman Library will offer a special service to students and faculty during the first two weeks of the fall semester.  From 11:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday,  science and engineering librarians are available at the library entrance to answer your questions and introduce themselves and their research assistance services to you. Stop by to learn more about UB’s outstanding resources and services and to meet the experts!

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Library Exhibit: Scientific Illustration

A new exhibit, Scientific Illustration: The Art of Looking, is on view through the Fall semester in the Science & Engineering Information Center on the 2nd floor of Silverman Library.

The exhibit follows the scientist’s gaze by looking not only at what early scientists looked at, but how they visually recorded what they saw, often creating arresting works of art in the process and providing insights into the way they thought.

As Brian J. Ford in his book, Images of Science: A History of Scientific Illustration notes, the purpose of scientific illustration is to describe and document as well as instruct, but it also serves to record the state of human understanding.

Galileo’s drawings of the moon, as seen with the aid of the newly-invented telescope

Galileo’s drawings of the moon, as seen with the aid of the newly-invented telescope

The Rhinoceros Albrecht Dürer, 1515, Woodcut

The Rhinoceros by Albrecht Dürer, 1515, Woodcut

 

Searching the Patent Literature

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The UB Libraries are no longer subscribing to the U.S. and European patent files on the Engineering Village search platform. Instead, we are recommending that you use one of the free systems listed below for full-text patent searching. These provide the same full-text patent coverage in addition to having built-in tools for analyzing the results of your patent searches:

These resources are described in greater detail on our Patents web guide at: http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/guide/guide.asp?ID=137

UB Authors publish for free: Electrochemical Society Journals

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The Electrochemical Society (ECS) has just announced that since the UB Libraries support a subscription to their journals, UB authors can publish their articles with the benefits of immediate open access at no charge for the rest of 2014. The open access article processing charge of $800 is completely waived. The full announcement is at: http://www.electrochem.org/oa/#apc.

Open access publishing enhances visibility, readership, and getting cited. This is becoming more and more crucial as citation metrics play an increasing role in the evaluation of scholarship (for better or worse). There is also the satisfaction of knowing that scholars in even the poorest countries in the world can access your research without subscription barriers.

Please contact a faculty librarian in the Science and Engineering Information Center if you have any questions about copyright, reserving rights to your work, open access publishing options, reputation of journals (especially when you receive unsolicited offers from an unfamiliar journal), publisher agreements, and article processing charges.

IEEE Lunch n’ Learn Reprised

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We had a lively Lunch n’ Learn session in the Science & Engineering Information Center in Silverman Library yesterday. The one-hour session was conducted by IEEE’s Ruth Wolfish and attended by about 30 UB students in electrical engineering and computer science.  Students got a detailed overview of the IEEE Xplore database, including tips for using it not only for academic research but also for finding jobs.  The session included lunch and prizes for the best questions.

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Librarians Jill Hackenberg and Fred Stoss check in a student at the registration desk


Ruth Wolfish from IEEE demonstrates the IEEE Xplore database

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Students attend library session on doing research in electrical engineering and computer science

IEEE Lunch n’ Learn in the Silverman Library

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Come for a Lunch n’ Learn conducted by the IEEE in the Silverman Library!

Registration is required.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25th from 12 to 1pm.

WHAT: A one-hour session and demonstration conducted by IEEE staff that will teach you tips and tricks for using the IEEE Xplore database to not only research a topic but also to find jobs or impress potential employers in an interview.  Additional topics covered will include how to save a search and set an alert, how to set up project folders and personalize your settings, how to find papers most cited by US and European patents, how to find papers 1 to 9 months prior to discovery via a Google search, and more.

WHERE:  Science & Engineering Information Center, 2nd floor, Silverman Library, Capen Hall   [back by the windows]

PRIZES:  A variety of prizes will be given away during the session for the best questions.

REGISTRATION:  Attendance is limited and registration is required; the deadline for registering is Tuesday, March 17th.

To register, send an email to Ruth Oberg in the Silverman Library at oberg@buffalo.edu by March 17th with the following information:

1. Your name:

2. Your department:

3. Your email:

4. Your favorite pizza topping: a. cheese, b. cheese/pepperoni, c. vegetarian, d. chicken finger

5. Any questions or topics you would like discussed at the session:

Questions? Contact: Nancy Schiller, Engineering Librarian, schiller@buffalo.edu

 

The Electronic Way to Browse Journals

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One of the classic activities of scholars in the days when libraries received their journals in print was a weekly trip to the library to peruse the contents of current periodicals shelves. Often articles of interest were found serendipitously while browsing the table of contents. That type of browsing is still possible in the electronic age; it just takes a different set of tools to accomplish it.

Nearly all journal publishers offer free table of contents (TOC) alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. Likewise many databases such as the Web of Science offer the same service. There even is a free web site, JournalsTOCs devoted to providing TOC alerts from over 23,000 journals from over 2,100 publishers including Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, and university presses. Cornell Libraries has a wonderful JournalsTOCs guide for viewing individual journal TOCS and setting up either email alerts or RSS feeds for as many journal titles as you wish. In addition to the citation and abstract, some publishers include a key graphic from each article.

In order to create a free custom alert service, you will need to go through a brief registration process with the publishers, databases, or web site of your choice.  Simply look for a registration link or create personal account link. If you need assistance, your subject librarian would be glad to help you. Each time a new issue is published, you will receive almost instant notification.

EndNote Clinics in the Science & Engineering Information Center

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ENDNOTE CLINICS in the Science & Engineering Information Center, 2nd Floor, Silverman Library

Bring your laptop to one of our regularly scheduled Wednesday EndNote clinics between 1 and 2pm and our EndNote experts will help you load and use this free software program, which helps you save, manage and format your references for use in writing papers.  We will also be available at these clinics to help advanced EndNote users troubleshoot any problems you may have using the software. Questions about library resources and services also are encouraged.  All are welcome!

WHERE:  Science & Engineering Information Center, 2nd Floor, Silverman Library, Capen Hall [back by the windows]

WHEN:  Wednesday, from 1-2pm, on the following dates: February 26, March 5, March 12, March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, and May 7   [Note:  There will be no clinic during the week of spring break, March 17th-21st]

Questions:  Contact Nancy Schiller, Engineering Librarian, schiller@buffalo.edu

New Chemistry/Material Science Journals

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We are pleased to announce new subscriptions to the following three journals:

  1. Nature Chemistry (2009+) -  From Nature Publishing Group, this journal is dedicated to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of chemistry. Note that 2009 material is available only via Ebsco’s Academic Search Complete database.
  2. Nanoscale (2009+) – From the Royal Society of Chemistry, this journal publishes experimental and theoretical work across the breadth of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
  3. Biometals (1997+) – From Springer and courtesy of funding by our Health Science Library, this journal highlights the important role of metal ions in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, environmental science, and medicine.

 

New Web of Science/Knowledge Interface & Branding

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The next time you log into the Web of Science/Knowledge you will be greeted with a new interface and rebranded platform and database suites.

As to the rebranding, Web of Knowledge brand name has been discontinued. “Web of Knowledge” is rebranded as “Web of Science” (both the platform and the full suite of databases available thereon) and the old “Web of Science” citation database suite is now the “Web of Science Core Collection”.

As to the interface, the look and feel is rather different.  However, the underlying fields and databases remain the same. No content/functionality has been lost, though some of it is hidden from the default view.  There is a helpful “what’s new” page http://images.webofknowledge.com/WOKRS513R8.1/help/WOK/hp_whatsnew_wok.html and for those truly interested, you may wish to watch some of the new short videos at http://wokinfo.com/training_support/training/web-of-science/.

A few of the changes of note:

  • Only one search field will display unless you click “+Add Another Field.”
  • The list of databases/indexes within Web of Science will no longer appear at the bottom of the search screen by default. Instead, towards the top there is an orange chevron beside the “All Databases” header that produces a dropdown menu that will enable you to select a particular database including the Web of Science Core Collection (the classic citation      database cluster).
  • The sort function has been moved to the center of the results page.
  • Times cited is featured more prominently on the right hand side of each article.
  • Keywords  are clickable enabling you to execute a new search.
  • Navigation is simpler. Just use your browser’s forward and backward arrows.
  • Google Scholar will contain links to Web of Science on campus or if you are connected to UB’s IP address off site.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Science & Engineering Information Center staff or your department’s library liaison.