Author Identifier (ORCiD) Sign-up Session in the Engineering Library

orcid_128x128What: ORCiDⓇ Information and Sign-up Session – A brief overview of the Open Researcher and Contributer ID (ORCiD) will provided, then librarians will be around to answer questions and help you get your own unique ORCiD. Four laptops will be available or bring your own.
Where: Room 105, Engineering Library, Friend Center
When: 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 3, 2016
Who: Willow Dressel, Engineering Librarian and Jane Holmquist, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Interim Plasma Physics Librarian and ORCiD Ambassador

Candy will be provided!

Why get an ORCiD?
Distinguish yourself and get credit for your research. Using an ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributer ID) can help improve the discoverability of your work, eliminate name ambiguity, and ensure you are matched to your research across the research landscape.

What is an ORCiD?
ORCID is a global registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars that is open, non-proprietary, transparent, mobile, and community-based. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier to DISTINGUISH YOU from all other researchers, AUTOMATICALLY LINKING your professional activities. Your ORCID iD will belong to you throughout your scholarly career as a persistent identifier to distinguish you from other researchers and ensure consistent, reliable attribution of your work. For example,

  • Funding organizations like the U.S. NIH, U.K. Wellcome Trust, and Portuguese FCT, and are requesting ORCID iDs during grant submission and plan to use it to reduce the burden of grant submission
  • Publishers are collecting ORCID iDs during manuscript submission, and your ORCID iD becomes a part of your publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you
  • Universities and research institutes such as Harvard, Oxford, Michigan, Boston, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Texas A&M encourage ORCID adoption, and many are creating ORCID iDs for their faculty, postdocs, and graduate students!
  • Professional associations like the Society for Neuroscience and Modern Language Association are incorporating ORCID iDs into membership renewal

Space is limited so please be sure to RSVP to Willow Dressel,

Art and Architecture in Video trial

The Princeton University Library has a trial for Art and Architecture in Video from Alexander Street until April 12, 2016. The collection includes over 500 hours of documentaries, interviews and instructional videos in art and architecture. Of interest to engineering disciplines are videos on buildings, construction, construction materials, cities, and of course engineering.

Princeton’s trial can be accessed at

Comments or question from members of the School of Engineering and Applied Science can be directed to the Engineering Librarian, Willow Dressel (wdressel at

Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology

The Engineering Library recently acquired online access to the Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology.

Now in its Fourth print edition, the online version provides access to over 400 articles covering fundamental and practical aspects of polymer science including materials, properties, methods, applications, processing, and analytical methods. New and updated articles will be added quarterly.

GIS Workshops in Lewis Library

Interested in learning GIS? The Maps and Geospatial Information Center in Lewis Library is holding several GIS related workshops this Spring including

  • Introduction to GIS
  • How to create and collect geographic data
  • How to select and analyze geographic features and data
  • Finding the best location using GIS
  • Using tables and maps together in ArcGIS
  • Making maps and presentations using ArcMap in ArcGIS
  • Introduction to QGIS
  • Essential GIS tools for research
  • Supervised image classification using ArcGIS
  • Using Modelbuilder in ArcGIS

For more information and to sign up, visit:

Workshops are open to members of the Princeton University only.

Engineering Case Studies Online and Environmental Studies in Video


Announcing two new subscriptions at the library: Engineering Case Studies Online, which offers hundreds of hours of video and thousands of pages of text resources on engineering failures and successes and Environmental Studies in Video, which covers topics in alternative energy, pollution control, eco-design, sustainability, and climate change.

Sharing Research Data: When, in What Form, with Whom, and at What Cost?

MichaelCarroll2.jpgSharing Research Data: When, in What Form, with Whom, and at What Cost?
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 4:30 p.m., McDonnell Hall Auditorium, room A02
Free and Open to the Public

Michael Carroll, Professor of Law and Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law, Founding Member of Creative Commons

Sponsored jointly by Princeton University Library, the office of the Dean for Research, and OIT.

Should researchers share their data? If so, when, in what form, with whom, and at what cost are among the issues researchers, their funders and their employing institutions wrestle with on a daily basis. While these issues have been traditionally resolved by researchers on an ad hoc or discipline-wide basis, they are now becoming the subject of more formal understandings and policies under the rubric of “data management.” The National Science Foundation requires grantees plan for data management when seeking funding, and this expectation is likely to spread to other funding bodies that have come to appreciate the importance of data sharing and data reuse in science.

This talk focuses on the emerging policy framework for data management, with particular attention to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s directive concerning data arising from federal support agreements, and on other legal considerations for data sharing including intellectual property, privacy, and contractual terms of use. In most cases, data may readily be shared, with the notable exceptions of clinical and patient data. The principal legal and policy issues center primarily on providing researchers with incentives and infrastructure to meaningfully share data by ensuring that datasets are comprehensible and reusable by other researchers.

Professor Michael W. Carroll

Michael Carroll is a Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law. His research and teaching specialties are intellectual property law and cyberlaw, focusing on the search for balance over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides standardized legal and technical tools that enable legal sharing of cultural, educational, scientific and other copyrighted works.

Professor Carroll is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Library of Science and recently completed service on the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information. He also is an Academic Fellow of the Center for Democracy and Technology and is a member of the Advisory Board to Public Knowledge.

Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Carroll practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and served as a law clerk to Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He received his A.B. (Anthropology), with general honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D. magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Questions or comments, contact:

2013 Knovel Virtual Conference – October 15, 2013

Once the rush of the beginning of the academic year is over you may want to consider attending this FREE full-day event that will showcase how you can save time and get to the critical engineering answers you need faster.

Featured keynotes include: “Success Strategies for Introverted Leaders” presented by Lisa Petrilli, CEO, C-Level Strategies and “Engineering in Sustainable Human Development: Challenges and Opportunities” presented by Bernard Amadei, Prof. of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder and Founding President of Engineers Without Borders.

In between, you’ll have access to technical sessions on how to get the most out of the new Knovel experience, expert sessions on industry trends, leadership skills and career development advice, as well as how to use Knovel in the classroom and preparing students for the workplace.

Knovel is a service provided to the Princeton University community through a subscription supported by the Engineering Library. If you want to learn more about Knovel, stop by the Engineering Library or attend a Research Clinic.

Need help with a data management plan? Try DMPTool


Many U.S. funding agencies are now requiring researchers to submit a data management plan with their grant applications. DMPTool* provides guidance in creating ready to use data management plans for:

NIH, NEH, NOAA, NSF, Gordan and Betty Moore, IMLS

The tool has been customized for Princeton users. Log in with your Princeton NetID for additional Princeton specific help links and suggested text for researchers who will be using the DataSpace repository. Simply select Princeton University and log in with your Princeton netID and password.

Want to learn more?

View a brief video demonstration of the tool at

Attend the Lunch ‘n Learn session on April 24th at Noon in the Frist Multipurpose Room.

For more general information about the data management plans visit:

*DMPTool was developed by DataONE, Digital Curation Centre (UK), Smithsonian Institution, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library, UCLA Library, UC San Diego Libraries, University of Illinois, and University of Virginia Libraries.

Data Citation Index Trial

Princeton University has trial access to the Data Citation Index on the Web of Knowledge platform! Go to Select a Database tab and choose Data Citation Index to start exploring.

If you have questions about the trial, please contact: Patty Gaspari-Bridges, or Tim Otto,

The index coverage is continously expanding, adding 500,000 new records each year.



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