September 2008 Archives

Journal added to GSL's Lyell Collection

The Geological Society of London's online archive, the Lyell Collection, now included the journal: Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis , a quarterly series in it's 8th volume. Get online access to all articles of this GSL journal and the Lyell collections other titles:

Time-Saving Workshops for Fall 2008

The Science & Engineering Library is offering over a dozen workshops this fall that are open to all staff, faculty and students. Join us to learn how to more effectively use freely available resources. Here is just a sampling coming up:

Keeping Up: Web-Based Tools That Help You Work Smarter

This workshop will introduce you to web-based tools like for tagging, RSS feeds and readers, as well as library databases that can help you more efficiently keep up with your fields of interest.
Time: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 2:30 PM -- 3:30 PM
Location: Walter 310

Create your Poster in PowerPoint

Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference? Learn pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant slide, and send it to a large-scale printer.
Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 2:30 PM -- 3:30 PM
Location: Walter 310

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article

This workshop, intended for graduate students and newer faculty in the sciences, will help you identify appropriate journals to which to submit your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. Join your colleagues to share your ideas and discuss the issues you face as an emerging academic author.
Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 1:30 PM -- 2:30 PM
Location: Walter 310

Visit the Science and Engineering Library's workshops page for more information on upcoming workshops. If you have questions about the workshops or would like schedule a workshop for your class or research group contact Jody Kempf ( for additional information.


MNCAT Plus is a new interface to the libraries' catalog which offers new features such as:

* Google-style searching. Simply type a search term or two and click “Go.?
* Relevant results. The items that best match your search terms will rise to the top of your results list.
* Powerful filters. Start with a broad search and refine your results with the links on the right-hand side of the screen.
* Real-time availability information. See at a glance whether materials are available online or at one of our libraries.
* Familiar functions. Features like Did You Mean? suggestions and links to Google Books and WorldCat make it easier for you to find what you need. When available, cover images of books will be displayed.
* Social networking features. Reviews and tagging allow you to make your own contributions to the experience of others.
* Save and gather your citations. Push citations for materials you want to use or share to RefWorks and
* Integrated access and delivery. Search MNCAT Plus and then move directly to online versions of items or request delivery of physical items with the “Get It? link.

I have set up a trial access to the two databases GeoRef and GeoBase on one combined platform, Engineering Village. This interface will combine the two indexes for more comprehensive literature search results, plus a few extra tools:

  • A new results mapping tool plots geological features included most often in GeoRef and GeoBase search results on a digital map, giving users insight into the geographical context of their research.

  • Not only can you search across GeoRef and GeoBase, but you can include the two database the library already provides through the engineering village, Inspec (physics, geophysics) and Compendex (engineering, geotechnical).

  • Set-up automated search alerts that update you to new research in your field of interest

I am considering switching to this interface, so please send me your feedback by October 1st. Thanks!
Try the new platform with GeoRef and GeoBase at

Compare to the current versions on separate platforms: