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

SciFinder Scholar Now Available Online

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If you're a SciFinder user than you know that in the past you've had to download client software onto your desktop to search SciFinder's database and use VPN if you wanted to access it off-campus.

Now SciFinder has recently made an online version available to UMN Library users.

To use SciFinder online you'll have to set up a SciFinder Account...here's the steps that our Chemistry Librarian, Meghan Lafferty sent out:

- Log in to https://www.lib.umn.edu/user/x500.
- Click on http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/16109 (or paste it into the address bar in your browser).
- If you come to an Access Denied page, click on the "Please login..." link.
- Use your umn.edu e-mail address when filling out the registration form, .
- Because only current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff are permitted to use SciFinder Scholar, please do not share registration/log-in information.

For those of you who currently use the client software, it will continue to work...but they are planning on phasing it out in late 2010.

We only have a limited number of SciFinder seats so please make sure to log out when you are finished using it.

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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Modelling Dynamics in Processes and Systems
Edited by Wojciech Mitkowski

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Multifunctional Metallic Hollow Sphere Structures
Edited by Andreas Ochsner

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Networked Control Systems: Theory and Applications
Edited by Fei-Yue Wang

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Quasi-Gas Dynamic Equations
By Tatiana G. Elizarova

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Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications 2009: Smart Systems for Safety, Sustainability, and Comfort
Edited by Gereon Meyer

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Advances in Robotics Research: Theory, Implementation, Application
Edited by Torsten Kroger

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Analytical Methods in Fuzzy Modeling and Control
By Jacek Kluska

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Applications of Intelligent Control to Engineering Systems
Edited by Kimon P. Valavanis

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Applied Scanning Probe Methods XII: Characterization
Edited by Bharat Bhushan

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Automotive Development Processes: Processes for Successful Customer Oriented Vehicle Development
By Julian Weber

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BAIL 2008 - Boundary and Interior Layers

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Combustion Noise
Edited by Anna Schwarz

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Computational Fluid Dynamics 2006
Edited by Herman Deconinck

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Computational Fluid Dynamics 2008
Edited by Haecheon Choi

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Computational Kinematics
Edited by Andres Kecskemethy

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Convection in Fluids
By R. KH Zeytounian

Design Computing and Cognition '06
Edited by John S. Gero

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Design of Observer-based Compensators
By Peter Hippe

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Diesel Engine Transient Operation
By Constantine D. Rakopoulos

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Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 8
Edited by Hajime Asama

This list is just a selection of the many, many titles available on Springer E-Books. I'll try to bring a new selection periodically, but the site is great for searching and browsing.

New Mechanical Engineering Books At Walter

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Here's another selection of recently added titles at Walter Library that may be of interest to Mechanical Engineering students, faculty and staff.


Estimation with Applications to Tracking and Navigation
By Yaakov Bar-Shalom, X. Rong Li, and Thiagalingam Kirubarajan
TJ214.5 .B37 2001
(This is a replacement copy for a book that went missing)
Check Availability.


Interface Problems and Methods in Biological and Physical Flows
Edited by Boo Cheong Khoo, Zhilin Li, Ping Lin
QC173.4.I57 I578 2009
Check Availability


Nano- and Micro-Mechanics of Polymer Blends and Composites
By Jozsef Karger-Kocsis and Stoyko Fakirov
TA455.P58 N355 2009
Check Availability.


Engineering Optimization: Theory and Practice
By Singiresu S. Rao
TA342 .R36 2009
Check Availability.


Robotics: Control and Programming
By J. Srinivas
TJ211.35 .S65 2009
Check Availability.


Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems
By Soteris Kalogirou
TJ810 .K258 2009
Check Availability.


Guide of Thermal Storage Technology
By A. Okamura
TH7687 .O43 2009
Check Availability.


Heat Transfer
By Jack Holman
QC320 .H64 2010
Check Availability.


ANSYS Tutorial Release 11
By Kent Lawrence
TA345.5.A57 L39 2007
Check Availability


Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Tutorial
By Roger Toogood and Jack Zecher
TA174 .T645 2003
Check Availability

Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 Tutorial
By Jack Zecher and Roger Toogood
Quarto TA174 .T645 2004
Check Availability.

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.

Design Concepts for Engineers (4th Edition)


By Mark N. Horenstein
TA174 .H668 2010
Check Availability.

Designer Surfaces


By Alexei A. Maradudin, Eugenio R. Méndez, Tamara A. Leskova
TS517 .M373 2008
Check Availability.

Fluid Mechanics (4th Edition)


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

Foundations and Applications of Mechanics: Volume 1: Continuum Mechanics


By C.S. Jog
QA808.2 .J63 2002
Check Availability.

Handbook of Systems Engineering and Management


By Andrew P. Sage and William B. Rouse
TA168 .H33 2009
Check Availability.

Singular Limits in Thermodynamics of Viscous Fluids


By Eduard Feireisl and Antonín Novotný
QA929 .F44 2009
Check Availability.

Statics and Strength of Materials


By Robert L. Mott
TA351 .M68 2010
Check Availability.

System Engineering Management


By Benjamin S. Blanchard
TA168 .B53 2008
Check Availability.

Trends in Engineering Computational Technology


Edited by M. Papadrakakis and B. H. V. Topping
TA345 .T74 2008
Check Availability.

Dynamics and Robust Control of Robot-environment Interaction


By Vukobratovic Miomir, Surdilovic Dragoljub, and Ekalo Yury
TJ211.35 .D96 2009
Check Availability.

Microcontrollers and Microcomputers Principles of Software and Hardware Engineering


By Frederick M Cady
TJ223.P76 C33 2010
Check Availability.

Model-oriented Systems Engineering Science: A Unifying Framework for Traditional and Complex Systems


By Duane W. Hybertson
TA168 .H93 2009
Check Availability.