October 2008 Archives

Walter Library on Twitter

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The Physical Sciences and Engineering Library is now posting library news via Twitter! Sign up to follow our tweets to learn about library news, events, and collections in an easy and unobtrusive format. You can start following our tweets here: http://twitter.com/umsciref

Here's an example of what you can learn:
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If you'd like help getting started with Twitter, just let me know.


RefWorks Workshop (Nov. 6)

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Next Thursday I'll be offering another RefWorks Basics class at Walter Library, Room 310.

We'll cover getting citations into RefWorks, organizing your citations, making instantaneous bibliographies and using Write-N-Cite to format in-text citations.

This workshop will be perfect for those students beginning end of semester projects...save yourself time and hassle as you go into the final stretch of the Fall Semester.

The Info:
RefWorks Basics
Walter Library, Room 310
Thursday, November 6 (2:30-3:30)
Register Here

New Books at Walter

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Here is a selection of Mechanical Engineering books that have recently arrived at Walter Library:


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Energy for Sustainability : Technology, Planning, Policy
By John Randolph
TJ808 .R36 2008



Fuel Cell Vehicle Applications, 2008
Society of Automotive Engineers
TL220 .F85 2008



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Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, 7th Edition.
By Claus Borgnakke and Richard E. Sonntag
TJ265 .S66 2009



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Making Things Talk
By Tom Igoe
TJ223.P76 I36 2007

Here's the full list of all new books that arrived in Walter Library in September.

If you have any book suggestions for Mechanical Engineering, please feel free to let me know.

Collaborating Tools Workshop (Oct. 23)

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Do you find scheduling a meeting for a group project or research team to be getting more and more difficult?

On Thursday the Physical Science and Engineering Library will be offering a new workshop, Web Tools for Working Collaboratively," highlighting Internet-based tools for working with colleagues across campus and all over the world. These tools will allow you to get the benefits of collaboration without the headache of aligning busy schedules.

Librarians Jan Fransen, Jody Kempf, and Meghan Laffterty will lead this class, discussing such tools as:
• Google Docs
• del.icio.us
• UThink

The class is Thursday, October 23 in Walter 310 from 11:00 - 12:00.

You can register here.


Grant Funding Workshop (Oct. 22)

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On Wednesday, October 22 Librarian Leslie Delserone will be offering Grant Funding for Graduate Students at Walter Library (Room 310) from 3:00-4:15.

In this workshop she'll introduce 3 grant databases and provide tips for searching so that you find an applicable grant to support your research with greater ease. She'll also demonstrate setting up email alerts to be notified of new grants and discuss internal funding opportunities from UMN.

If you interested, register here.
If you have questions, just let me know!

New Books at Walter

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Here are some books that have recently arrived at Walter Library:

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Advanced Computational Methods and Experiments in Heat Transfer X
WIT, 2008
Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) (QC319.8 .I55 2008)


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Chassis Design : Principles and Analysis
By William F. Milliken, Douglas L. Milliken, and Maurice Olley
Society of Automotive Engineers Inc (February 2002)
Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) (Quarto TL255 .M47 2002)


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Emerging Technologies in Non-Destructive Testing : Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of Emerging Technologies in Non-Destructive Testing (ETNTD 4), Stuttgart, Germany, 2-4 April 2007
Taylor & Francis, 2008
Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) (TA417.2 .I58 2008)


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Mechanics of Materials
By James M. Gere and Barry J. Goodno
Cengage Learning, 2009 (7th Edition)
Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) (TA405 .G44 2009)


Google for Researchers

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Do you keep hearing about all of the cool new tools that Google is developing, but haven’t had time to explore them? Come to the Google for Researchers class at Walter Library for a quick introduction to a lot of Google gadgets that will enhance your research, collaboration, and productivity.

In this workshop we will quickly go through a variety of Google search tools (Google Scholar, Google Books, etc.) and productivity tools (Google Docs, iGoogle, etc.). We’ll show you how you can use these tools effectively to make your research process flow even smoother.

You can expect to learn:
• How to connect Google Scholar to library resources such as our online print subscriptions and RefWorks.
• How to use Google Docs to easily collaborate with colleagues all over the world…for free!
• How to locate physical copies of the books you find search Google Books.
• How to personalize you iGoogle page to maximize it’s efficiency

All that and much, much more. It’s a fast-paced, hands-on workshop that should be a good time.

The details:
What: Google for Researchers
Where: Walter Library, Room 310
When: Tuesday, October 21 (2:30-3:30)
Register here!

Any questions? Just let me know.

Library Chat Moves 24x7

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In case you missed the article in the Minnesota Daily the library’s chat reference service has moved to full weeklong coverage—7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

This means that whenever you have a library or research question, you should be able to talk to someone. Just access our chat feature from the library web page. (http://www.lib.umn.edu)

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Getting Published Workshop (Oct. 14)

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Are you preparing your first paper for publication but don't know where to start? Have you been publishing, but want to find out which journals will maximize exposure to your research?

Let Walter Library help! Next Tuesday, October 14 from 1:30-2:30 in Walter 310, Math Librarian, Kris Fowler, will lead Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article, a workshop geared towards graduate students and newer faculty members seeking to publish their research.

Kris will cover the following topics:
• Identifying appropriate journals to submit your paper
• Managing your rights, protecting your access to your work when negotiating with publishers

This workshop is an opportunity to introduce yourself to some publishing issues and meet and share experiences with other publishing newcomers.

Click here to register today!

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint

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Are you getting ready for an end of semester presentation and want to wow your professor with a strong visual aid? Are you getting ready for a professional conference and want to make sure that your materials draw the positive attention of your colleagues?

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Then come to Walter Library next Tuesday (October 14) for “Create Your Poster in PowerPoint? from 2:30-3:30.
In this workshop I’ll help you with the basics of using PowerPoint to create a winning poster for both class and professional presentations. I’ll cover:

• Best Practices
• Layout/Design Fundamentals
• Finding Templates

If you’d like to attend, registration is currently open. If you can’t attend, but are still interested in learning more we have an online tutorial that you can view at your convenience.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Library Widgets

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(example of an iGoogle Library Widget)

Are you aware of the cool tools that the libraries have developed to make library searching more convenient for you--integrating library searching into tools that you already use.

Programmers have developed widgets that work along with the University of Minnesota’s MyU Portal, iGoogle, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Amazon. To learn more about these tools visit the library’s widget page.

Keeping Current Workshop

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Are you looking for ways to stay on top of the most current advances in your research area? Come to the Keeping Up Workshop next Wednesday, October 8 from 2:30-3:30 at Walter Library Room 310 and learn some time-saving tricks from librarian Jody Kempf.

Jody will show you how to make the most of easy-to-use Internet tools such as tagging and RSS feeds to keep you aware of the most current developments in your fields of interest. She’ll also show you how to use library databases to bring the most current research directly to you.

If you’re interested in learning more about these tools, sign up here