November 2009 Archives

OIT Event: Pecha Chuka--Google @ UMN

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Google Train.jpg
(Image from Steve Rhodes via Flickr. CC).

Have you been looking for an opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of Google Tools, but thought that with all that Google has to offer it would take way too much time?

Well wait no more, hop on board the Google train! Come to the Office of Information Technology's Pecha Chuka:Google @ UMN.

In this Pechu Chuka 10 presenters will each get 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide to talk about a wide variety of Google Tools. Topics covered will include Google Books, Google Reader, the UMN Google Apps, Google Wave and more.

I'll be presenting with Information Literacy Librarian Kate Peterson on Using Google for Research.

It will be a fast-paced introduction to a wide variety of interesting tools!

The event is being held in Coffman Union in the Mississippi Room on this Wednesday (December 2, 2009) from 2:00-4:00.

The event will also be broadcast over UM Connect. Those who attend in person will be able to participate in a post-pechu chuka question and answer discussion with presenters.

To see a full list of presentations, learn more about pecha chukas, or log on to the online webcast on Wednesday visit OIT's website.

Library Closed on Thursday and Friday

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Walter Library will have shortened hours this week including being closed on Thursday and Friday of this week (November 26 and 27).

The library will open again on Saturday. Reference services will start up on Monday.

Here's the full schedule for the weekend:
11/25 (W) 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
11/26 (Th) CLOSED
11/27 (F) CLOSED
11/29 (Sa) 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11/30 (Su) 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Enjoy the long weekend!

New Books for Mechanical Engineering (October 2009)

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Here's a selection of new books that we've recently purchased at the Physical Science and Engineering Library that may be of use to Mechanical Engineers.

New Books for October 2009

Decision Behaviour, Analysis and Support
By Simon French, John Maule and Nadia Papamichail
T57.95 .F73 2009
Check Availability.

Spreadsheet Tools for Engineers Using Excel ® 2007
By Byron Gottfried
TA345 .G6832 2009
Check Availability.

A First Course in the Finite Element Method (4th Edition)
By Daryl L. Logan
TA347.F5 L64 2007
Check Availability.

Reliability Methods for Finite Element Models
By M. Rajabalinejad
TA347.F5 R34 2009
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Our Energy Future: Resources, Alternatives and the Environment
By Christian Ngo and Joseph Natowitz
TJ163.2 .N49 2009
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Impacts on U.S. Energy Expenditures and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions of Increasing Renewable-Energy Use
By Michael Toman
TJ163.4.U6 T66 2008
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Noncircular Gears: Design and Generation
By Faydor L. Litvin, Alfonso Fuentes-Aznar, Ignacio Gonzãlez-Perez, and Kenichi Hayasaka
TJ184 .N66 2009
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Distributed Control of Robotic Networks: A Mathematical Approach to Motion Coordination Algorithms
By Francesco Bullo, Jorge Cortes, and Sonia Martinez
TJ211 .B82 2009
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Robotics: Control and Programming
By J. Srinivas, R.V. Dukkipati, and K. Ramji
TJ211.35 .S65 2009
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Automatic Control Systems (9th Edition)
By Farid Golnaraghi and Benjamin C. Kuo
TJ213 .K8354 2010
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System Dynamics (2nd Edition)
By William Palm III
TJ213 .P228 2010
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Handbook Of Pi And Pid Controller Tuning Rules
By Aidan O'Dwyer
TJ223.P55 O38 2009
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Proceedings of 2009 US-EU-China Thermophysics Conference--Renewable Energy : Abstract Book: Presented at 2009 US-EU-China Thermophysics Conference--Renewable Energy, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China, May 28
TJ807.2 .U8 2009
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Wind Energy Generation: Modelling and Control
By Olimpo Anaya-Lara, Nick Jenkins, Janaka Ekanayake, Phill Cartwright, and Michael Hughes
TJ820 .W56955 2009
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Urban Wind Energy
By Sinisa Stankovic, Neil Campbell, and Alan Harries
TJ820 .S83 2009
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By Patrick Abgrall and Nam-Trung Nguyen
TJ853.4.M53 A24 2009
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Optofluidics: Fundamentals, Devices, and Applications
By Yeshaiahu Fainman, Luke Lee, Demetri Psaltis, and Changhuei Yang
TJ853.4.O68 O684 2010
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Practical Lubrication for Industrial Facilities (2nd Edition)
By Heinz P. Bloch and Ray Thibault
TJ1075 .B57 2009
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Building Integrated Photovoltaics: A Handbook
By Simon Roberts and Nicolò Guariento
TK1087 .R63 2009
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Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers
By Harprit Sandhu
TK2851 .S26 2009
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Changes to Google Scholar

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If you've accessed Google Scholar in the past few days you may have noticed some changes.

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For those of you new to Google Scholar--it's a Google search engine that allows you to search for scholarly material. And they've now added the ability to include patents in the search results in Google Scholar.

Google also has a search engine that searches only patents and patent applications at Google Patents.

To learn more about the changes you might want to read this blog post.

If you're interested in learning more about some of Google's uses for research check out the new online version of the Walter Library Workshop: Google for Researchers. (Note: The workshop is still in beta--if you have any feedback feel free to send me an email or leave a comment below.)

And don't forget when using Google Scholar to link it to the University of Minnesota's rich online journal collection.

International Education Week Library Information Fair

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The University Libraries will be hosting a Library Information Fair as part of International Education Week.

The event will be on Monday, November 16, from 11:00-1:00 in Walter Library 101.

Library staff will be available to introduce you to different tools and resources or answer any questions you have about conducting library research.

And there will be cookies (while supplies last).

All are welcome...feel free to stop by and ask a bunch of questions or just drop in and grab a cookie.

For more information you can visit our website.

See you on Monday!

Google For Researchers

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There are still a few spots open in Wednesday's Google for Researchers class that I'll be co-teaching at Walter Library. The class starts at 2:30.

We let the class decide what gets covered from a variety of topics including Google Scholar, Google Books, iGoogle, Google Docs, Google Patents, and more!

To register for this class visit our website.

Here are the full details:

Google For Researchers
Walter Library 310
Wednesday, November 11
Register here.

New Books for Mechanical Engineering (September 2009)

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Here's a list of books that were added to the Physical Science and Engineering Library collection in September 2009. To see the complete list visit our New Books Website.

New Mechanical Engineering Books


1.) Model-Driven Development of Reliable Automotive Services
Edited by Manfred Broy, Ingolf Krüger, and Michael Meisinger
Available Online
Check Availability


2.) Gas Closed System Cycles
By Chih Wu
TJ255 .W83 2009
Check Availability.


3.) Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code: Criteria and Commentary on Select Aspects of the Boiler & Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes

Edited by K. R. Rao
Non-Circulating Reference Collection
TJ289 .C66 2009


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


5.) Fundamentals of Fluid Power Control
By John Watton
TJ843 .W383 2009
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6.) Repairing Pipelines with Full Encirclement Welded Split Steel Sleeves
TJ930 .R47 2006
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7.) Engineering Optimization: Theory and Practice
By Singiresu S. Rao
TA342 .R36 2009
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8.) Fast Multipole Boundary Element Method: Theory and Applications in Engineering
By Yijun Liu
TA347.B69 L585 2009
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9.) Finite Element Structural analysis: New Concepts
By J. S. Przemieniecki
TA347.F5 P783 2009
Check Availability.