October 2009 Archives

EndNote Workshop on November 3

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I'll be teaching an EndNote Basics Class next week at Walter Library.

The class is Tuesday, November 3 from 1:30-2:30 in Room 310

You can register here

In the class I'll cover the basics of using EndNote (importing citations, linking to full text, formatting in-text citations and bibliographies, etc.) We'll be using EndNote X3, so if you're interested to see what this newest version has to offer this class would be a great opportunity to learn more.

If you can 't make it to the workshop, I've also put together an online version.

New Workshop -- RefWorks:Advanced

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We're offering a new workshop at Walter Library next week, RefWorks: Advanced.

If you've taken our RefWorks:Basics class or are self-taught on using the online citation manager then this class might be for you.

We let the class decide what gets covered in the class...to get an idea of the types of topics that we'll demonstrate visit the RefWorks: Advanced website.

If you're only interested in one of the suggested topics then you might not want to come to the full workshop...just email me and I can answer your question directly.

But if the topics look intriguing please register for the class here.

Here's all the info

RefWorks: Advanced

Tuesday, October 27
Walter Library 310

System Downtime This Weekend: Libraries Affected

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Just a heads up that there is going to be a major systems downtime this weekend. The downtime is needed for "a necessary upgrade to the utility and emergency power provided to the University's WBOB Data Center."

To find out which library services will be affected please check out the downtime website.

You'll want to plan accordingly if you were planning to use affected library resources this weekend.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Please pass along the information to colleagues and students.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

FYI: A Survey, Open Access, and Dissertation Formatting

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MNCat User Survey

The Libraries would like your feedback on our online catalog MNCat! If you've used this resource to find out book or journal information please take a minute or two to let us know what you think.

You can take the survey here.

Open Access Week 2009
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October 19-23 is Open Access Week 2009. To find out more about open access, your rights as an author, and how we're celebrating visit our website.

The Libraries are always happy to talk with you about your rights as an author and how you can go about retaining those rights. If you have any questions about open access feel free to send me an email and I can talk to you or put you in touch with our experts!

Formatting You Dissertation in Word 2007: The Online Experience

Engineering Librarian Jan Fransen offers a popular workshop on formatting your dissertation--it often fills up very quickly. To help make the information more widely available Jan has put recordings of the class online. You can access the recordings here. Jan has also written the class up in Moodle.

Please note that we have many workshops available in an online format. If you'd like to see a tutorial on a topic that isn't currently represented--we'd like to know what you're interested in learning more about.

Next Week's Workshops

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We're offering a lot library workshops next week...here's info on those workshops that still have open spaces:

Unravel 3
I wrote about the Unravel Program in an earlier post this week. Unravel 3 covers more advanced search tips...useful to those who are in the beginning stages of a literature review.

Unravel 3: Advanced Searching
Monday, October 19
Walter 310

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
This workshop is aimed at graduate students and beginning faculty who are just entering the publication world. This workshop demonstrates ways of finding the best journal for your article and will give you a primer on retaining your rights as an author.

Getting Published
Monday, October 19
Walter 310

Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources
This image is from AMagill via Flickr. CC.

Looking for funding for your big research project? Librarians will show you the ins and outs of major grant databases--allowing you to find relevant grants quickly.

Grant Funding
Tuesday, October 20
Walter 310

You can register for all of these workshops here.

Unravel The Libraries

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Unravel the Libraries is introductory series of workshops that introduces the basics of research to University of Minnesota students. You can learn skills like brainstorming keywords, locating relevant databases, and evaluating search results.

This class may be especially useful if you're returning to research after a hiatus in your studies or if you're starting research at an American university for the first time. Also if you're an instructor or TA for a class of undergraduates, you may want to make them aware of this resource as well.

Unravel 2 and 3 will probably be the most useful. If you're interested in learning more you visit these websites, Unravel 2 and Unravel 3, to get a more complete description and register for a class (I'll be teaching an Unravel 2 session at Walter Library on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:00-4:15).

Unravel 2 is also available completely online if the workshops don't work with your schedule.


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The library purchases a lot of books that are available on in an electronic format via Springer E-Books.

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Here are some books that have recently become available via our subscription. If you're affiliated with the University of Minnesota then you can access these books from anywhere that you have an Internet connection.

This database is a great resource!

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Advanced Finite Element Method in Structural Engineering
By Yu-Qiu Long

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Computational Structural Engineering
Edited by Yong Yuan

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Coping with Water Scarcity
By Luis Santos Pereira, Ian Cordery and Iacovos Iacovides

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Coupled Site and Soil-Structure Interaction Effects with Application to Seismic Risk Mitigation
Edited by Tom Schanz

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Damage Assessment and Reconstruction after War or Natural Disaster
Edited by Adnan Ibrahimbegovic

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DESider - A European Effort on Hybrid RANS-LES Modelling
Edited by Werner Haase

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Earthquakes and Tsunamis: Civil Engineering Disaster Mitigation Activities Implementing Millennium Development Goals
Edited by A. Tugrul Tankut

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Impacts of Megaconferences on the Water Sector
Edited by Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada

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Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering
Edited by Ioannis N. Athanasiadis

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Large Eddy Simulation for Compressible Flows
By E. Garnier, N. Adams and P. Sagaut

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Limit States of Materials and Structures: Direct Methods
Edited by Dieter Weichert

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Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere: Emissions, Measurements and Models
Edited by Nicola Pirrone

This list represents just a selection of the many, many books available on Springer E-Books!

Workshops to Help Your Research

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We've got a lot of workshops coming up next week. Workshops to help you maximize your searching as well as workshops to help you organize your research. Keep reading to learn more details.

Monday, October 12
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Web of Science: Research Made Easy
1:30-2:30 (Walter 310)

Geology/Astronomy/Physics Librarian Lisa Johnston will show you the ins and outs of searching this powerful science database. A great workshop if you've got a research project that you're working on!

Tuesday, October 13

Zotero Basics
11:15-12:15 (Walter 310)

Engineering Librarian Jan Fransen and I will teach you the basics of using Zotero, a *free* citation manager Firefox plug-in. Zotero makes capturing citations extremely easy and convenient.

Wednesday, October 14

EndNote Basics
1:30-2:30 (Walter 310)

I'll be teaching this class. I'll show the basics of using EndNote...capturing and storing citations. Formatting bibliographies and in-text citations. We'll be using version X3...so if you're interested to see what's new in EndNote feel free to sign up.


Introduction to SciFinder Scholar
3:30-4:30 (Walter 310)

Chemistry and Materials Science Librarian Meghan Lafferty will provide a guided tour of this great resource for chemical substances and literature from chemistry and a wide variety of related fields including food science, geochemistry, materials science, medicine. She'll show you tips and tricks to make the most of your searching.

To register for any of these courses visit our website. Seats are limited!

New Books At Walter Library

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Here's a selection of books that we've recently purchased for our collection at the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library. If there's a book that you'd like the library to purchase please feel free to send me an email. I'm happy to take recommendations under consideration.

Fluid Mechanics (4th Edition)


By Pijush K. Kundu and Ira M. Cohen
QA901 .K86 2008
Check Availability.

Cohesive Sediments in Open Channels: Erosion, Transport and Deposition


By Emmanuel Partheniades
TC175.2 .P373 2009
Check Availability.

Environmental Noise Barriers 2E: A Guide To Their Acoustic and Visual Design


By Benz Kotzen and Colin English
TD893.6.T7 K585 2009
Check Availability.

Modeling Indoor Air Pollution


By Darrell W. Pepper and David Carrington
TD883.17 .P47 2009
Check Availability.

Open Channel Hydraulics


By Terry Sturm
TC175 .S774 2010
Check Availability.

Solid Waste Analysis and Minimization: A Systems Approach: The Systems Approach


By Matthew Franchetti
TD793.9 .F73 2009
Check Availability.

Surveying with Construction Applications (7th Edition)


By Barry F. Kavanagh
TA625 .K38 2010
Check Availability.

Very Soft Organic Clay Applied for Road Embankment: Modelling and Optimisation Approach


By C. Limsiri
TE210.8 .L54 2008
Check Availability.