July 2008 Archives

The library database Web of Science (formerly Science Citation Index) can be set to deliver e-mail notifications each time someone cites your work. Here are brief instructions on setting up these alerts, but feel free to call me for more personalized assistance.


  1. Start at the Web of Science homepage.

  2. Search by author's last name and first, middle initials. Ex. "Last, FM" (...indecently also a great website for free music).

  3. On the next screen, refine the results to Institution (Univ Minnesota) and view the results (since 1974).

    Note: From the results screen you may "Create a Citation Report," linked in top right of results screen. This will show who has cited which paper and when.

  4. Setting up alerts is a bit cumbersome since you must do it for each individual paper (and not by author). Back in the results screen, click on an article title. In the right, under "Cited by" there is a link to "Create a citation alert." Click this link for each article you wish to track who is citing.

    Note: You will need to sign up for a free Web of Science account.

The limitation with Web of Science however will be where your work is cited, for example, if you get cited in a narrow society journal not covered by this database, you will not see this result. Google scholar may let you see these obscure citations (search by article title, then click "Cited by") but the capacity to track citations is not yet available.

More Info:
For more info on the Web of Science, I teach a workshop called "Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science." Check the Sci/Eng library for the next available session (probably in the fall).

Walter SMART Commons Open

After a year of renovation of the former Learning Resources center, the new Walter SMART Learning Commonsl opened this summer on the second floor of the Science and Engineering library. There students may access the library media collection (DVDs, VHS, CD's, LPs), use media software (iMovie, Photoshop) and check out media equipment (like digital video cameras and our new flat screen viewing room). In addition to media service, the SMART commons incorporate workshops and academic tutoring support for many disciplines.

http://lib.umn.edu/smart/walter/

And save the date for the SMART opening reception in Walter: September 24 from 11:30-1:30.

LibX toolbar

LibX - Library Toolbar Browser Plugin is a Firefox extension that provides direct access to your library's resources from the Twin Cities campus. Use it to:


  • Search the library catalog directly from the LibX toolbar or using the right-click context menu.


  • access library content off campus by making it appear as though you are coming from an on-campus computer.
  • directly search Google Scholar for articles and access the electronic copy subscribed to by your Library. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.
  • link to library books directly from Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other sites. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will contain cues that link to the book's entry in MNCAT. (like this )
    Watch this screencast for examples of this cool feature. (requires Macromedia Flash Plugin)


New Books for May

New Geology books for May. (Check MNCAT for availlablility and to "Get It" delivered to your office)
There are lots of e-books this month. How do you feel about that?

E Book
Emerging spatial information systems and applications [electronic resource]
Norwood Mass. : Books24x7.com [2005?]
Full Text: https://www.lib.umn.edu/slog.phtml?url=http://www.books24x7.com/marc.asp?bookid=14730
Link to MnCat Record

E Book
Models in spatial analysis [electronic resource]
Norwood Mass. : Books24x7.com [2005?]
Full Text: https://www.lib.umn.edu/slog.phtml?url=http://www.books24x7.com/marc.asp?bookid=21117
Link to MnCat Record

Find Grant Funding

The Office of the VP of Research and the libraries have put together a bunch of search tools to help you find grant opportunities. Many of these resources are best used in combination with their e-mail alerts to update you to new grants in your subject areas.

There are many databases to explore, but good ones to try are: IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science. Also don't forget to search for grant opportunities in internal U of M funding sources.

The library also offers regular workshops on how to search and set-up your alerts in the best databases for scientific researchers. Look for "Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources" on our Workshop page for the next opportunity to sign up for this free event or contact our outreach coordinator to deliver this workshop to your class or research group.

Maps in Library: Shifting

The maps located in the reference room 202 of Walter library are shifting this summer. A new Map page on the Science & Engineering Library website shows the layout which will be completed by the end of August.
New changes include:


  • Topographic maps organized by 1:24,000 (7.5 minute) scale are updated to latest quadrangle

  • Folded geologic maps are now available in the stacks Level F (books) and searchable through MNCAT

  • Maps with supplemental material have been bound together and placed in the stacks

  • Flat Geologic maps by country and state are actively being loaded into MNCAT for search capability (now available for most states surrounding MN)

  • All USGS maps are still held in the reference room and searchable through the USGS website or GeoRef

All maps can be checked out from the library on regular loan periods and many are available digitally. If you can't find what you are looking for, as someone at the reference desk for assistance.

Scientist Memoirs online

The National Academy of Sciences posted hundreds of memoirs online. Find 900 full-text files for scientists like Thomas Edison, Joseph Henry and dozens of others at: www.nasonline.org/memoirs.

Also, remember that all of the NAS publications, reports and papers are available for download. In addition, check out other great biographical databases online, such as the electronic version of American Men and Women in Science. See more at the Physics Library resource page.