Materials Research Society (MRS) Online Proceedings

From Adriana Popescu, Engineering Librarian:

“We have now access to the MRS Online Proceedings Library: The online library contains the full text of over 330 proceedings volumes and includes almost 20,000 individual papers presented at MRS Spring and Fall meetings (1998+) which report on fundamental and emerging research areas in materials science.” This “Materials Gateway” is worth a look.

NASA Images, etc. coming to Internet Archive

From Knowledgespeak Newsletter:

“NASA ties up with Internet Archive to digitise and manage space imagery – 28 Aug 2007

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced a five-year agreement with nonprofit organisation Internet Archive, US, to scan, archive and manage the Agency’s vast collection of photographs, historic film and video. The imagery will be available through the Internet for free to the public, historians, scholars, students and researchers.”

NASA’s 20 different major imagery collections online will soon be merged into one big file within Internet Archives. The first year, these imagery collections will be added; the second year, digital imagery; and the third year, analog imagery will be analyzed and added.

Internet Archive and NASA will work on software that allows new images to be captured, cataloged, and added automatically to the Archive.

Here is the press release.

What’s New @ IEEE in Libraries, August 22, 2007

The latest newsletter from IEEE offers — among other news:

  1. Toolbar for IEEE, easily downloaded
  2. 4 new journals in IEEE Xplore:
    IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
    IEEE Journal of Selected topics in Signal Processing
    IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine
    IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management
  3. IEEE Online Training Seminars — free demonstrations and searching instructions
  4. IET Synthetic Biology — new journal from the Institution of Engineering and Technology, offering free downloading of Volume 1 for 2007, at the IET Digital Library.

TechXtra — new search engine for Engineering, Mathematics and Computing

TechXtra – TechXtra is a free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing. This engine enables deep mining because of its selective files.

All searches are done in ‘All Fields’. There is a basic search, and advanced search mode which is very user friendly. Some of the databases searched by this resource do not support truncation. Phrase searches are not supported as part of an AND Boolean search. Only last name searches are supported in Author search.

More details and instructions can be found at this URL:

An important caveat: Do search Princeton’s subscription databases first, because we may have paid access to some of the resources you will find on TechXtra. Many sources are free though, regardless. Also remember that if they are not free, and we don’t have a subscription either, you may always make a request through Document Delivery (Interlibrary Loan or Article Express).

Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

The National Academy of Engineering works with the Washington, D.C. region’s only all-news radio station— WTOP Radio— and the nation’s only all-news radio station for federal employees— WFED AM 1050— to provide weekly features highlighting engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news

Archives can be browsed by year or subjects: Aerospace, Chemical Engineering, Electronics/Computing/Internet, Energy, Environment, Health/Medicine/Biotechnology, Manufacturing and Systems, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Practice of Engineering, Sound, Sports, Structures and Traffic

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COMPENDEX reaches 10 million records

Engineering Information’s Compendex Database adds 10 millionth record – 06 Aug 2007
Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter:
Engineering Information (Ei), Inc., a US-based provider of online information to engineering researchers, has announced that the 10 millionth record has been added to the Compendex database and loaded on the Engineering Village discovery platform. Compendex is a bibliographic database covering published engineering literature, which is used by professional engineers, engineering students, researchers and information professionals worldwide.”

“Since its creation in 1969, Compendex has offered broad coverage of significant engineering literature available. The database has expanded its coverage steadily as the volume of published engineering literature has grown. More than 650,000 new records were added to the database in 2006 alone. Records are carefully selected and indexed to ensure a breadth of literature upon which researchers can rely. Compendex now covers over 5,600 serial sources each year, originating from over 55 countries.”

Princeton’s subscription to Compendex (EI Compendex Plus) goes all the way back to 1884.

Click here to read the original press release.

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United Nations Environment Programme

The Mission of the UNEP:
“To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.”

Focus areas of the UNEP:

Biodiversity, Business & Industry, Chemicals, Civil Society and NGOs, Energy, Environmental Assessment, Freshwater, Governance & Law, Land, Marine & Coastal Areas, Ozone, Sustainable Consumption, Urban Issues

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UNESCO: Basic and Engineering Sciences

The Basic and Engineering Sciences site includes: Official Statements, Strategy, Projects, Websites, Publications, Multimedia, News, Events, and Contacts.
The themes of the Basic and Engineering Sciences include:
Chemistry, Energy, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, HIV Research, Science Education, and Women and Science.

From the introduction to the site:
“The overall focus of the Engineering Sciences and Technology programme is on human and institutional capacity building. The programme also aims to enhance the application of engineering to poverty eradication, sustainable social and economic development, other Millennium Development Goals and related priorities for development.”

The larger thematic areas in the Natural Sciences include:

Fresh Water; People, Biodiversity and Ecology; Oceans; Earth Sciences; Basic Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Coasts & Small Islands; Science Policy & Sustainable Development; Natural Disaster Reduction; and Renewable Sources of Energy

Exporting References from Engineering Village to Endnote and Refworks

EndNote and RefWorks are 2 bibliographic citation manager programs which are provided by the University. Audrey Wright, in connection with OIT and the Library has written and taught about the use of these citing services. (From the Princeton University Library homepage, see “Citing Sources” under Research Help.)

Here are links to general, starting information about these programs:
Getting started with Endnote 8
Using RefWorks at Princeton

INSPEC and Compendex (Engineering Village 2)

  1. Do a search, check desired citations, then click on “Download”.
  2. Select “RIS, EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager” on the Download selected records screen then click on “Download”.
  3. In the Windows Open screen, navigate to the directory which contains the library where you want to save the records, and double-click on the library file name. The records are now saved in your library.

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