September 2009 Archives

Introduction to Citations Managers Workshop

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Next Tuesday Chemistry Librarian, Meghan Lafferty, and I will be teaching an Introduction to Citation Managers workshop at Walter Library (it's from 11:15-12:15 on October 6, in Room 310).

This workshop is a great introduction to three different tools that can help you organize your research and work more efficiently. In the first half Meghan will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of three popular citations managers EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero

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In the second half of class I'll demonstrate how you import citations, create bibliographies, and format in-text citations with all three citation managers.

We'll also do our best to answer any questions that you have about the three citation managers.

If you're interested, please register here.

If you can't make it to the workshop but are still curious about the differences between the three resources check our comparison chart.

We also have online workshops available for all three resources.

Is there a topic that you'd like to see the library offer a workshop on? If so feel free to leave your ideas in the comments or send me an email.

Workshops @ Walter Sept. 28- Oct. 2

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Here's a list of library workshops coming up next week at Walter Library. If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the offerings, send me an email.

Create Posters Using PowerPoint

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(Image comes from ragesoss via Flickr. CC)

We'll give you the tools to make a classy poster for your next presentation--be it in class, at a conference or a departmental meeting. We'll show you how to use PowerPoint to create a poster as one giant slide that can be easily sent to a large-scale printer. We'll also provide you with some best practices in designing your poster so that you have an eye-catching document that's easy to understand.

Monday, September 28
Walter Library 310

Web Tools For Working Collaboratively


An introduction and overview of great online collaborative tools that you can use in your work with colleagues...whether they're across the ocean or across the hall.

Tuesday, September 29
Walter Library 310

Engineering: Find Better Information Faster

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(Image from Calistobreeze via Flickr. CC).

In this workshop we'll give you an overview and some hands-on experience finding quality engineering research. We'll discuss finding peer-reviewed journal articles from Engineering Village and Web of Science as well as searching for more technical information in patent and standards databases.

Wednesday, September 30
Walter Library 310

To register visit our website.

New Books at Walter Library

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Here are a selection of new titles in Mechanical Engineering that we've purchased at Walter Library. If you have book title that you'd like to see purchased, please feel free to send me an email.

Robotics : Science and Systems IV
Edited by Oliver Brock, Jeff Trinkle, and Fabio Ramos
TJ210.3 .R6435 2008
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Dynamics and Robust Control of Robot-Environment Interaction
TJ211.35 .D96 2009
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Nonlinear Model Predictive Control : Towards New Challenging Applications

Edited by Lalo Magni, Davide Martino Raimondo, and Frank Allgo╠łwer
TJ217.6 .N66 2009
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Time-Varying Sliding Modes for Second and Third Order Systems
By Andrzej Bartoszewicz and Aleksandra Nowacka-Leverton
TJ220.5 .B37 2009
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Thermodynamics for the Practicing Engineer
By Louis Theodore, Francesco Ricci and Timothy Vanvliet
TJ265 .T455 2009
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Wind Turbine Technology: Fundamental Concepts of Wind Turbine Engineering (2nd Edition)
Edited by David A. Spera
TJ828 .W563 2009
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Applications Guide for Determining the Yield Strength of In-Service Pipe by Hardness Evaluation: Final Report
By Edward B. Clark and W.E. Amend
TJ930 .C559 2009
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Light Management in Photovoltaic Devices: Theory and Practice: March 24-28, 2008, San Francisco, California, USA.
TK1087 .L55 2008
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Offshore Wind Power
Edited by John Twidell and Gaetano Gaudiosi
TK1541 .O34 2009
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Micro Fuel Cells: Principles and Applications
Edited by Tim Zhao
TK2931 .M53 2009
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HVDC Transmission: Power Conversion Applications in Power Systems
By Chan-Ki Kim, Vijay K. Sood, Gil-Soo Jang, Seong-Joo Lim, and Seok-Jin Lee
TK3111 .H845 2009
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Walter Workshops for September 21-25

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We have three more workshops coming up next week to help you in your research.

(from IRRI Images via Flickr. CC).

EndNote Basics
Monday, September 21
Walter Library 310


This workshop will give you an introduction to EndNote--a desktop-based citation manager. EndNote allows you to store and organize your citations and can format bibliographies and in-text citations from those stored citations. I'll be demonstrating the most recent version of EndNote (X3) but the class should be useful even for those using older versions.

Note: We'll have demonstration copies of EndNote to use in the workshop, but to use in your research you will need to purchase your own individual instance of the software.

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Tuesday, September 22
Walter Library 310

This workshop is aimed at helping grad students find grant opportunities specific to their research aims. The workshop will cover searching Illinois Research Information Service (IRIS), SPIN, and Community of Science to find grant funding opportunities.

Zotero: Basics
Wednesday, September 23
Walter Library 310


We'll go over the basics of using Zotero--a Firefox plug-in that you can use to store your citations and capture website information for free. Zotero can also format bibliographies and in-text citations and has other unique uses.

You can register for classes on our website. If you have any questions...feel free to send me an email.

Library Resources For Your Courses

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I've gone through and made a page of course-related resources that may help as you do research for any Mechanical and/or Industrial Engineering class that you're taking. These pages link to resources like our Knovel E-Book Collection (that allows you to search and read entire engineering reference books online) and RefWorks (a citation manager you can use for free).

You can search for these pages by course number at

Sometimes the vast number of resources the library subscribes to can be overwhelming...hopefully these pages will help narrow down your selection. If you have questions about using these tools or you can't find the information you need send me an email and I'll try and help you out.

Managing Your Research: Workshops Next Week

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The Science and Engineering Library will be offering two workshops next week to help you manage your research.

(image from via Flickr. CC).

Introduction to Citation Managers

This workshop will offer an overview of how a citation manager can help you in your research. We'll also give a brief overview of three popular citation managers: EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero to help you decide which citation manager best fits your needs. This workshop is an overview and will not include hands-on practice with the citation managers.

Monday, September 14
Walter Library Room 310

RefWorks Basics

This workshop focuses only on RefWorks, giving an in-depth, hands-on introduction to this online software available for free to UMN students, faculty and staff from the Libraries.

We'll show you how to save citations, link to full text, and format bibliographies and in-text citations in the citation style of your choice.

Tuesday, September 15
Walter Library Room 310

You can register for workshops at Walter Library here.

If you'd like more information about these workshops, feel free to send me an email.