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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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Engineered for Women: A Career Symposium Presented by Praxair & University at Buffalo

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Engineered for Women:  A Career Symposium Presented by Praxair & University at Buffalo will be an interactive day with engineers and business professionals who are looking forward to sharing their skills and insights to help UB engineering students turn their education into a career.

The event will take place Tuesday, April 15, from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., in Davis Hall on UB’s North Campus. You can register for all or part of the day.

Reserve your space by April 8th:  Get your ticket online at http://www.subboard.com/tickets or in person at: 221 Student Union. Your $5 registration fee includes a copy of the book, Cultural Intelligence

 11:00  Welcome from UB Engineering and Tamara Brown, Leader, Community Engagement, Praxair – Bansal Atrium, Davis Hall

11:15  Luncheon:  Keynote Address by Vanessa Abrahams-John,  Chief Diversity Officer, Praxair Inc. – Bansal Atrium, Davis Hall

12:30  Cultural Intelligence: A Key to Success in Multi-national Environments – Agrusa Auditorium, Davis 101

2:00    Workshop Choices:

• Social Media – Bonner 414

• Resumes & Interviewing – Norton 17

• Graduating to Graduate School – Norton 9

• Becoming a Professional Engineer: Taking the EIT – Bell 138

• Finding your Ship: Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships – Davis 230A

3:30    Panel Discussion: Engineering Career Pathways – Agrusa Auditorium, Davis 101

5:00    Design Challenge, Networking & Reception – Bansal Atrium, Davis Hall

All students are welcome to attend. 

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

 

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

Impressions: Charleston Conference 2013

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by A. Ben Wagner, Sciences Librarian

The Charleston Conference focuses on electronic resources and collection issues such as open access, MOOC’s, altmetrics, citation metrics and management,  and copyright. Many of the presentations are freely available by going to the online program, hovering one’s mouse over the session title until the abstract pop-up window appears and then clicking on the “Slides” button, or in cases of multiple files, embedded links within the abstract text. There are some extraordinary presentations, and most of the slides clearly convey much of the content. http://2013charlestonconference.sched.org/

My impressions:

A)     Open Access is developing an air of inevitability what with the Federal funding agencies having submitted open article and open data proposals now under internal (confidential) review per the February 2013 White House directive and the major announcement by the American Chemical Society of 4 new/enhanced open access programs including a brand new open access (OA) journal, ACS Central Science.

B)      I was disappointed that there is no timetable for finishing the review of federal funding agencies OA proposals to provide open access.  Nor is there any guarantee or indication of what, if any, public review will eventually take place.

C)      There is a lively, continuing debate over if libraries should maintain a fund to pay article processing charges (APC’s) for open access publication. And if they do, what conditions should be place on it such as a cap on the fee, embargo period, and publications funded per author per year. One interesting criteria was a requirement that the item be deposited in the institutional repository. Much of the debate focuses on sustainability, given library budgets, and good will/tangible support for OA vs. administrative headaches. Fundamental issues include:

  1. Library forced into supporting two systems (subscriptions & APC’s).
  2. Will this just be the same publishers making more money?
  3. Are we biasing authors towards the minority of OA journals that charge APC’s vs. the majority that do not?
  4. Researchers are not taking ownership of the costs of dissemination so have we really changed the system. How can we encourage decisions based on price and bring competitive forces into play?

D)     Lots of talk about article level metrics (so-called altmetrics). More and more publishers and database vendors are setting up licenses with altmetrics firms such as ImpactStory, Plum Analytics, and Altmetric.com. Public Library of Science, Highwire Press, and the American Institute of Physics are just three of a rapidly increasing number of publishers now showing article-level metrics of some type, even if it is only downloads and reads.

E)      No surprise that MOOC’s (massive open online courses) were discussed.  Some observations that were made:

  1. The only reason our reference services work is that so few of our patrons take advantage of them. Scale is an old problem, but MOOC’s could instantly overwhelm our services.
  2. Obvious problems with copyright/use of materials. Although permissions are sometimes possible, MOOC content understandably gravitates towards public domain/Creative Commons licensing material.  This is especially true when students may come from scores of countries with varying copyright and fair use laws, or having no fair use recognized at all.
  3. MOOC’s will destroy traditional textbooks before they destroy higher education (the “college experience” is a value-added dimension not easily replicated).
  4. Educators and librarians who are supporters of open access publishing whereby publishers are threatened, suddenly have a different attitude when it comes to MOOC’s which threaten higher ed and libraries.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander?
  5. WARNING: Most MOOC platforms treat you (the library/scholar) as publisher requiring you to warrant compliance with all intellectual property/copyright law.
  6. A tricky and uncertain legal situation where institution is non-profit and course/platform is for profit.  Be careful.

F)      Fair use strengthened and reaffirmed by recent court cases. There have been some “nuisance” or really picky cases, e.g. use of 9 words in a film, correctly attributed to Faulkner where overzealous copyright holders have been roundly defeated. Often victorious on the grounds of transformative use; this is becoming a key legal argument.

G)     A real concern among librarians and publishers that a somewhat recent change in Google Scholar ranking algorithms penalized journal articles behind pay walls. A few studies have indicated that this has a variable, but at times significant effect. JSTOR in particular suffered a significant drop in traffic from Google Scholar.

H)     Libraries are seeing a real mix of citation management tools in use on their campus and are trying to figure out how many and how to support all the tools patrons are interested in.  Some universities have developed detailed, yet summary, comparison charts such as Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Washington, and Penn State. We should either link to these or develop our own.  One presentation indicated:

  1. Individual work – RefWorks, EndNote, Papers
  2. Collaborative Work – Zotero & Mendeley
  3. Multi-language – RefWorks, Zotero
  4. Compatibility with BibTex – Mendeley
  5. Multiple OS – Mendeley

I)        Study of ILL requests after large journal cancellation projects at 3 North Carolina universities showed minimal impact on ILL operations with only 1%-4% of the requests in the subsequent year being from the cancelled journals.

J)       Fifteen new resources/innovations were highlighted in 5-minute presentations in a plenary product showcase:

  1. ACSESS DL – a digital library back to 1908 created by an alliance of three crop, soil, and environmental societies.
  2. ISNI – International Standard Name Identifier – real progress on a standard universal number for authors/scholars. ORCID will be a subset of the ISNI database.  This is operational (6.4 million individuals & 400,000 organizations), and they are doing retrospective assignments.
  3. Docuseek2 – streams social issue and documentary film videos.
  4. Elsevier Reference Modules – bundles reference works, book chapters, and articles by discipline using the ScienceDirect platform.
  5. Dictionary of American Regional English Digital (Harvard Univ. Press) – e-version greatly enriched with sound recordings, map interface, etc.
  6. AccessScience – McGraw Hill (not sure why this long-time product made the list)
  7. Proquest Research Companion – similar to our Research Tips web site, i.e. how to write a paper.
  8. ArtStor Shared Shelf – organizations can now catalog, upload, manage, and share loca media collections. Neat!
  9. SIPX – outsourced end-to-end solution for copyright and IP management for learning management systems and MOOCs.
  10. SPIE Open Access Program – 1/3 of authors now choose open access option at $100 per page.
  11. New Taylor & Francis Library/Info Science Journal Open Access Policy – full green OA, deposit in IR and use in LMS permitted, 50 tokens for free access that can be given out to anyone.
  12. ASM Science (American Soc. of Micobiology) – new digital library platform, books free of digital rights management restrictions.
  13. Thieme e-clinical platforms (Thieme eNeurosurgery, Thieme eOtolaryngology, Thieme eSpine) – comprehensive, multimedia platforms pulling together textbooks, books, videos, procedures, journal articles, and PubMed information.
  14. Browzine (Third Iron) – organizes both open access and subscription articles into a unified, composite journal which is placed on a common, library-branded newsstand and easily accessible from a tablet.
  15. Next Gen Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) – new “clean” interface, Google Scholar partnership whereby WOS citations show in Google Scholar results for WOS customers & full-text link to Google Scholar from WOS, more regional content.

K)      Readcube is making some waves in the rental/pay-per-article field.  3 levels of access: rental, cloud purchase, and PDF purchase. Currently 110 journals, but includes Nature Publishing Group, and they say they are growing.

Bring Your EndNote Questions to Us!

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Dates and Times:  Monday, September 16, from 3:00-4:30 pm AND Thursday, September 19, from 12:00-1:30pm

Location:  Science & Engineering Information Center, 2nd Floor, Silverman Library, Capen Hall

Come get a brief overview of EndNote, software freely provided by the library for UB students and faculty that helps you save, manage and format your references for use in writing papers.  The overview will be followed by an opportunity for you to talk one-on-one with an EndNote expert on our staff who can answer questions and help you solve problems you may be having with EndNote.

We recommend that you bring your laptop with you and that you load the EndNote software for it in advance from: http://library.buffalo.edu/help/endnote/ 

All are welcome!

UB Welcomes ‘Farm Hands’ Author Tom Rivers!

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The University at Buffalo Libraries, Undergraduate Academies, and Office of Sustainability are pleased to announce a book talk with local author Tom Rivers. Tom, a Batavia (NY) newspaper reporter, will join us in University Libraries Special Collections, 420 Capen Hall, from 5-6pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 to discuss his book, Farm Hands. Farm Hands is a chronicle of Tom’s experiences and observations working migrant worker farm jobs. The book was selected for UB’s 48 Good Books project.

In addition to the talk, copies of the book will be available for purchase at the UB Sustainable Living Fair being held on the same day from 10am-2pm in the Student Union. Tom will be signing copies of the book at the fair from 10am-12noon and 1pm-2pm.
Both events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Career Day: ACS on Campus at Univ. of Rochester on April 15th-16th

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From my fellow chemistry librarian, Sue Cardinal:

The University of Rochester will host ACS (American Chemical Society) on Campus on Monday, April 15th, from 6-8 pm at MacGregors’ (Henrietta location) and on Tuesday, April 16th, from 8:30 am-6:00 pm at the Carlson Science & Engineering Library.  The event is free, but registration is required in order to attend some or all events. (http://acsoncampus.acs.org/event/?ee=71 ).  Complimentary food will be provided at both the Monday and Tuesday events for all registered participants.

ACS on Campus (http://acsoncampus.acs.org/events/university-of-rochester/ ) is an outreach program dedicated to helping students, post-docs, and faculty advance their careers. The program brings leaders in chemistry, publishing, research, science communication, and career development to university campuses to present seminars and workshops.  Students and faculty are invited to learn about topics such as the basics and ethics of scholarly publishing, SciFinder® and exploring a career in industry or government.  ACS on Campus is a great opportunity to network, build skills and learn tips and strategies to help you advance in your career.

Please visit the website mentioned above for location and speaker information as well as additional details.  Questions can be sent to Sue Cardinal scardinal@library.rochester or 585-275-9007 or  acsoncampus@acs.org.

The University of Rochester ACS on Campus Planning Committee includes:  Sue Cardinal (Carlson Library), Jennifer Taylor Howell (ACS), Mike Baranello (Chemical Engineering), Robin Cooley (Chemistry Department ), James Shanahan (Undergraduate Chemistry Council), Udo Schroeder (Chemistry Department) and Will Eckenhoff (Younger Chemist Committee)