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Why You Should be Searching the Web of Science Databases

webofscienceFind out how the Web of Science can work for you! 

On October 14th, a Web of Science trainer will be in the Science & Engineering Information Center in Silverman Library to demonstrate Web of Science databases and answer your questions. The Web of Science indexes over 12,000 journals, 148,000 conference proceedings, and 50,000 editorially selected books across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.   Students and faculty in all areas of science and engineering will benefit from these sessions, as well as those from the health and social sciences.

Please Note: Registration is required; see below to register.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 14th

WHAT: Three sessions will teach you tips and tricks for using the Web of Science databases and how to determine citation metrics and impact factors.   You can come to just one, two, or all three sessions.  Your choice!

SESSION 1           11:30am-1pm     Tips for Searching Web of Science (WoS) [refreshments will be served]

SESSION 2           2pm-3pm             Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using WoS

SESSION 3           3pm-4pm             Searching the New Patent and Data Citations Indexes on WoS

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

PRIZES: Prizes, courtesy of Web of Science, will be awarded at each session!

REGISTRATION:  Please register by October 6th by sending an email to Ruth Oberg in the Silverman Library at oberg@buffalo.edu with the following information:

Your name:

Your department:

Your email:

Which session(s) you will attend:

___        SESSION 1:  Tips for Searching Web of Science (WoS)

___        SESSION 2:  Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using WoS

___        SESSION 3:  Searching the New Patent and Data Citations Indexes on WoS

Any questions or topics you would like discussed at the sessions:

 

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.