August 2009 Archives

Connect Google Scholar to UMN's FindIt

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Do you use Google Scholar to find articles for your classes?


Did you know you can connect Google Scholar with the libraries online journal subscriptions to access the full text of articles that University of Minnesota Libraries subscribe to? Here's how:

1. On Google Scholar's homepage select "Scholar Preferences"


2. Scroll down and find "Library Links"

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3. Search University of Minnesota
4. Check the box next to "University of Minnesota - FindIt@U of M Twin Cities"


5. Click "Save Preferences"

Now when you search in Google Scholar the "FindIT" link will appear and you can see the full text for free!

Remember: As faculty, staff and students of the University of Minnesota you should never pay to access an article online. If the library doesn't have access, make an Interlibrary Loan request. Then the library will find you a copy at no extra charge.

If you have questions about connecting Google Scholar to our online resources or about placing an Interlibrary Loan request, please send me an email (

End of Summer Workshop Series

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To help you get back in the swing of scholarship for the Fall 2009 semester Walter Library will be hosting a workshop series covering topics from Organizing Research to Poster Making to Finding Grant Funding and More.

Here's a list of workshops occurring at Walter Library the week of August 24-28:

Introduction to Citation Managers
Walter Library 101
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Monday, August 24

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This workshop will provide an overview of three citation managers, EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero to help you decide which piece of software is the best match for your research needs.

This workshop is not hands-on but will show you the relative strengthes and weaknesses of these options as well as a demonstration on how they work with library databases and word processing programs.

Online Comparison Chart

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Learn how to create a high quality poster for presentations at classes, meetings, and conferences using Microsoft PowerPoint. This workshop provides a quick overview of design basics and gives you hands-on experience creating a poster from a template and/or from scratch.

Online Tutorial

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Grant Funding--Search Tools and Resources
Walter Library 310
2:30-3:45 pm
Monday, August 24

Looking for funding for a big research project? This workshop will show you search tools and other resources to find grant opportunities that match up with your research project.

Register for the Class

RefWorks: Basics
Walter Library 310
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25


A hands-on intro to RefWorks...we'll get you set up with an account, show you how to import citations, organize your research, create formatted bibliographies in seconds, and show you how to link RefWorks with Word to format in-text citations.

Online Tutorial

Register for the Class

Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Word 2007*
Walter Library 310
Wednesday, August 26

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Not sure how to get started formatting your thesis or dissertation to meet graduate school requirements? Let us help! Learn the formatting requirements and how to set up a template for your document, set up headings, chapter numbers, how to insert and caption images and more.

Register for the Class

EndNote Basics
Walter Library 310
1:00-2:00 pm
2:00-3:00 pm
Wednesday, August 26


Get an introduction to EndNote X3! I'll show you how to store citations, organize your research, link to full text, and format bibliographies and documents with EndNote X3. I'll also cover how you can use the freely available EndNoteWeb to supplement your research anywhere that you have an Internet connection.

Online Tutorial

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Zotero Basics
Walter Library 310
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 27


Zotero is a free Mozilla Firefox plug-in that lets you store citations and easily capture website information from within your Firefox browser. We'll show you how to install Zotero and use it to capture citations, organize your research, and format bibliographies and in-text citations.

Online Tutorial

Register for the Class

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
Walter Library 310
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, August 28

This workshop, intended for beginning authors will show you how to find good journal matches for your articles as well as inform you about your rights as an author and help you make informed contract negotiations when dealing with publishers.

Register for the Class

Google for Researchers
Walter Library 310
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 28


We'll give you an overview of Google Tools to use for Research, Collaboration and Improving Productivity...We'll talk about resources like Google Scholar, Google Documents, Google Reader, Google Books, and much more.

Register for the Class

If you have any questions about any of these workshops or resources, please let me know!

Civil Engineering Titles from June

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Here's a list of new titles that may be of interest to Civil Engineering that we added to our collection in June. If you have any purchasing suggestions, please feel free to send me an email.

New Books from June:

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Applied Statistics for Engineers and Physical Scientists
By Johannes Ledolter and Robert V. Hogg
TA340 .H64 2010
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Basic Control Volume Finite Element Methods for Fluids and Solids
By Vaughan R. Voller
TA347.F5 V65 2009
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Constructive Modeling of Structural Turbulence and Hydrodynamic Instabilities
By O.M. Belotserkovskii
TA357.5.T87 B45 2009
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Materials and the Environment : Eco-Informed Material Choice
By M.F. Ashby
TA403.6 .A84 2009
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Viscoelastic Materials
By Roderic S. Lakes
TA418.2 .L349 2009
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Surface Analysis: The Principal Techniques (2nd Edition)
Edited by John C. Vickerman and Ian S. Gilmore
TA418.7 .S726 2009
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Durability Design of Concrete Structures in Severe Environments
By Odd E. Gjorv
TA681.5 .G56 2009
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Improving Transparency, Integrity, and Accountability in Water Supply and Sanitation: Action, Learning, Experiences
By Maria Gonzalez de Asis, Donal O'Leary, and Per Ljung
TD345 .I475 2009
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Rapid Chemical and Biological Techniques for Water Monitoring
By Catherine Gonzalez
TD367 .G66 2009
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Electronic Waste Management
Edited by R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison
TD799.85 .E43 2009
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Measuring Tire-Pavement Noise at the Source
By Paul R. Donavan
TE7 .N25 630
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Updated Test and Design Methods for Thermoplastic Drainage Pipe
By T.J McGrath
TE7 .N25 no.631
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Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History
By Richard Haw
TG25.N53 H38 2008
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Civil Engineerng Titles Added in May

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Here's a list of books that were added to our Civil Engineering collection at the Physical Science and Engineering Library in May. To view the entire list of new books you can visit our website. If you have any purchase suggestions, feel free to let me know.

New Civil Engineering Books in May

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For Profit and Prosperity: The Contribution Made by Dutch Engineers to Public Works in Indonesia, 1800-2000
Edited by Wim Ravesteijn and Jan Kop
TA113.I55 F67 2008
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Smart Light-Responsive Materials: Azobenzene-Containing Polymers and Liquid Crystals
Edited by Y. Zhao and Tomiki Ikeda
TA418.9.S62 S63 2009
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A Guide to Understanding Land Surveys (3rd Edition)
By Stephen V. Estopinal
TA551 .E88 2009
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Structural Reliability
By Maurice Lemaire
TA640 .L4613 2009
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Condition Assessment of Aged Structures
Edited by J.K. Paik and R.E. Melchers
TA645 .C65 2008
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New Horizons in Earth Reinforcement: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Earth Reinforcement (Is Kyushu '07) : Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan, 14-16 November, 2007
Edited by Jun Otani, Yoshihisa Miyata, and Toshifumi Mukunoki
TA710 .I58 2007
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Principles of Laser Materials Processing
By Elijah Kannatey-Asibu Jr.
TA1675 .K36 2009
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Transportation in a Climate-Constrained World
By Andreas Schäfer, John B. Heywood, Henry D. Jacoby, and Ian A. Waitz
TD195.T7 T746 2009
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Garbage and Recycling
By Mitchell Young
TD792 .G367 2009
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Proceedings of the 16th Annual North American Waste To Energy Conference: NAWTEC16: Presented at the 16th Annual North American Waste to Energy Conference, May 19-21, 2008, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
TD796.2 .N67 2008
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Federal Investment in Highway Research, 2006-2009: Strengths and Weaknesses

TE1 .S64x 295
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Risk of Vessel Accidents and Spills in the Aleutian Islands: Designing a Comprehensive Risk Assessment
Transportation Research Board
TE1 .S64x 293
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NDT Technology for Quality Assurance of HMA Pavement Construction
Transportation Research Board
TE7 .N25 626
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Self-Consolidating Concrete for Precast, Prestressed Concrete Bridge Elements.
By Kamal Khayat
TE7 .N25 628
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An Asset-Management Framework for the Interstate Highway System
Transportation Research Board
TE7 .N25 632
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Guidelines for Guardrail Implementation
By Dean Sicking
Transportation Research Board
TE7 .N25 638
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Pre-Overlay Treatment of Existing Pavements
By John H. Tenison
Transportation Research Board
TE153 .S96x 388
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Performance-Based Construction Contractor Prequalification

By Douglas D. Gransberg
Transportation Research Board
TE153 .S96x 390
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Transportation's Role in Emergency Evacuation and Reentry.
By P. Brian Wolshon
Transportation Research Board
TE153 .S96x 392
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Adjacent Precast Concrete Box Beam Bridges: Connection Details
By H. G. Russell
Transportation Research Board
TE153 .S96x 393
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Debt Finance Practices for Surface Transportation.

By Tamar Henkin
Transportation Research Board
TE153 .S96x 395
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Proceedings of the ASME Rail Transportation Division Fall Conference--2008: Presented at 2008 ASME Rail Transportation Division Fall Conference, September 24-25, 2008, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
TF550 .A86 2008
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