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!
Science & Engineering Information News
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.
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:
- The European Patent Office World Patents database at Espacenet: http://worldwide.espacenet.com/, which includes U.S. patents as well as patents from some 80+ other patent-granting countries and entities. A complete list is available at www.epo.org/gpdc; an online tutorial is available at: http://application.epo.org/wbt/espacenet/assistant.php?lg=en
- The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) PATENTSCOPE database: http://www.wipo.int/patentscope/en/ A listing of the countries (including the U.S.) covered by PATENTSCOPE is available at: http://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/help/data_coverage.jsf; a user guide for PATENTSCOPE is available at: http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/freepublications/en/patents/434/wipo_pub_l434_08.pdf
These resources are described in greater detail on our Patents web guide at: http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/guide/guide.asp?ID=137
ThermoLit, a free database built by the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), zeroes in on literature references covering over 4 million thermophysical and thermochemical property data points of compounds, systems, and reactions. The search system could not be simpler:
1) Select the System Type (pure compounds, binary mixtures, or tertiary mixtures),
2) Enter compound names, molecular formulas, or CAS Registry Numbers,
3) Select the desired Property Group, e.g., critical properties, phase transition properties, or refractive index,
4) Depending on the property group selected, specify a specific property, e.g., critical temperature, and phase (solid, liquid, gas, etc.)
A highly relevant set of literature references will be returned which can be saved as an Adobe pdf file.
If you have ever struggled to find high quality data such as equilibrium constants for binary or ternary systems, try this resource. ThermoLit’s subtitle is NIST Literature Report Builder for Thermophysical and Thermochemical Property Measurements (NIST Standard Reference Database #171).
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.
The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is an online journal of visualized (video-based) biological and life science research procedures and methods. Articles published in JoVE focus on experimental techniques and procedures used in laboratory settings for conducting research. These procedures are captured and displayed as videos with written explanations that include graphics and illustrations, and are enhanced with narrations and explanations in video formats. Coverage at UB is facilitated from Vol. 1 (2006) to the near present, excluding the two most recent years with exceptions: some articles published within the past two years may be available due to requirements to have certain resources in the public domain available. This also means that some articles published within the past two years may not be available due to publisher restrictions. You can access JoVE directly by going to the E-journals page at and enter the term “jove” in the search box; then click on the link to Free Medical Journals or PubMed Central.
Related Resources (these are not linked to video-based links, but do provide access to print protocols)
- Cold Spring Harbor Protocols http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003461496
- Current Protocols:
- Current Protocols in Bioinformatics http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/002319218
- Current Protocols in Cell Biology http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/002474628
- Current Protocols in Immunology http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/002474727
- Current Protocols in Molecular Biology http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/002474625
- Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/002474726
- Current Protocols in Pharmacology http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/001981952
- Current Protocols in Protein Science http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/002474725
- Springer Protocols (provides some limited content from JoVE) http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003461918
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.
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.
Librarians Jill Hackenberg and Fred Stoss check in a student at the registration desk
Ruth Wolfish from IEEE demonstrates the IEEE Xplore database
Students attend library session on doing research in electrical engineering and computer science
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com
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.
Print and electronic collections in Silverman Library focus on the following areas:
- Astronomy & Astrophysics
- Climate & Weather
- Computer Science
- Conference Papers
- Engineering - Biomedical
- Engineering - Chemical & Biological
- Engineering - Civil
- Engineering - Electrical
- Engineering - Environmental
- Engineering - Industrial & Systems
- Engineering - Mechanical & Aerospace