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December 26, 2007

New Biosciences Librarian: Peter Kirlew

Peter Kirlew joined us on November 9th as the new Biosciences Librarian, a joint appointment between Magrath Library and the Bio-Medical Library. He comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was a Reference Librarian for the Sciences and Engineering, and he has also previously held adjunct faculty appointments at colleges in New England and worked in laboratory technology at Cornell University. Peter holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, an M.S. in agronomy/soil science from Cornell University, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island.

Peter is the liaison librarian for the departments of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, and Microbiology, and he also has subject-specialist responsibilities for bioinformatics. You can contact him at kirle001@umn.edu or 612-624-3433, and his office is 82 Magrath Library.

December 20, 2007

Show me the data

An interesting article about Impact Factor discrepancies was published as an editorial by Mike Rossner, Heather Van Epps, and Emma Hill in the Journal of Cell Biology.

"Show me the Data" is available at http://www.jcb.org/cgi/content/full/179/6/1091

December 17, 2007

Beautiful to Fierce: Insects on Display in EFW

When was the last time you took a really good look at an Acherontia atropos or Acrocinus longimanus? The insects now displayed at the EFW Library were originally on exhibit at the MN Landscape Arboretum as part of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Carl Linnaeus. Ralph Holzenthal, Professor and Greg Setliff, Research Assistant, from the Department of Entomology worked with Linda Eells, Head of the Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife Library to present these 19 fascinating specimens.

New Resources at the Branch Libraries

Browse through recent additions to the Forestry and Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife Libraries. These postings are updated frequently; be sure to check them often. A direct link to New Resources is found on each library's homepage under "Library Research."

December 14, 2007

Online exhibit: "Porcini Mushrooms through the Ages"

The Plant Pathology Library has created an online exhibit of that follows the identification and art of porcini mushrooms (Boletus edulis) through time.

"Porcini Mushrooms through the Ages"

December 11, 2007

Journal impact factors, who is citing whom, and how often

Learn more about 1)impact factors, which is a scheme for rating journals and 2) sources for finding out who has cited an individual journal article, and how many times a given article has been cited. We will explore Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science, Essential Science Indicators, and Google Scholar.

Instructor:Julie Kelly
Time: Friday, January 18, 2008 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

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How do I Know I Found Everything?

Working on a new research project, a thesis or dissertation? Need to be comprehensive in your literature search? Learn techniques to improve your searches.

Instructor:Julie Kelly
Time: Monday, January 14, 2008 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

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