Science Reference Center — new database

The Science Reference Center is a new database among several that Princeton is now offering, thanks to the State of New Jersey. It is perhaps in a league with AccessScience, the online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, but it offers reviews and articles from key, authoritative journals, and there are sections aimed at a much younger audience.

From EBSCO’s description:
Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student’s science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.

iMechanica — an academic communications website

It was via today’s SPARC enews , the “Resources for Authors” section that I found an interview with Dr. Zhigang Suo, now at Harvard, and formerly of Princeton, entitled:

Thoughts on digital scholarship in engineering

In this piece he discusses the web site iMechnica, which he created with Teng Li.

The mission of the website is twofold:

  1. “to use the internet to enhance communication among people in mechanics”
  2. “to pave a way to evolve all knowledge of mechanics online”.

IMechanica is free, and completely open access. It has at least 3,600 registers users.

SPARC = Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

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Advances in Engineering Education — new open access journal

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has launched a new open access journal under the editorship of Larry J. Shuman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh.
“A peer-reviewed journal, Advances in Engineering Education, seeks to highlight significant advances in instruction, pedagogy, technology and assessment that substantially improve learning in the broadest sense. The journal will include descriptions of innovative curricula, courses, and teaching practices both within and outside the classroom. Completed and documented studies will be published as full articles.”

“By focusing on educational developments and practice, the new journal complements the Society’s existing engineering education research publication, Journal of Engineering Education.” The latest issues of this title are in the Engineering Library on the second floor with the current periodicals. Request earlier issues from ReCAP.

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Sept. 18th.

Publications of the US Army Corps of Engineers

Publications of the Headquarters, United States Army Corps of Engineers can be searched and found at this website only. “This collection of publications is the only repository for all official USACE engineering regulations, circulars, manuals and other documents originating from HQUSACE.” Google, or perhaps another search engine, will find them, but you have to know exactly what you are looking for.
Library services and publications of the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center can be found at this link: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers technical and laboratory publications:

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ASTM will add content to Knovel

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), a trusted developer of high-quality technical standards for materials, products, systems and services, will provide access to books and manuals through Knovel. Subscribers wanted to be able to utilize Knovel’s great search functionality for ASTM publications. “Knovel has uniquely optimized content, search and interactive tools for specific engineering disciplines. Knovel’s content includes material properties, process and design information, standard procedures, equations, and formulations.”

“The ASTM titles will enhance Knovel’s coverage of materials and testing for the aerospace, petroleum and energy industries, as well as providing design and construction engineers with the technical information they need to selects, test, analyze and use materials.”
(Delores Meglio, VP of Content Mangement at Knovel)
Source: Frontline Global Marketing Services Ltd (Laura Cox)

Ethics Center online from the NAE –expanded

Online Ethics Center at the National Academy of Engineering [pdf]

“Engineering is a key part of the modern world, and many engineering students (and teachers) crave high-quality materials on engineering ethics. Fortunately for such individuals, the Online Ethics Center (OEC) is a great place to find such materials. The OEC became an activity of the National Academy of Engineering in March 2007, and since then their online offerings have grown significantly. The teaching and educational materials on the site are organized into sections that include “Safety and the Environment”, “Employment and Legal Issues”, “Professional Practice”, and “Responsible Research”. Visitors can also click on a glossary of terms, and even suggest a resource that might be helpful to other users.”

Source: The Scout Report — September 7, 2007

Knovel — new content from ISA

Knovel forms content partnership with Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society – 06 Sep 2007
Source: Knowledgespeak News at

“Web-based information services provider Knovel Corporation, US, has announced that it has partnered with the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA) to provide new content to subscribers of Knovel’s online technical reference collection.

The addition of ISA’s technical references and handbooks will provide Knovel’s subscribers with valuable information about automation and control systems. Access to these resources via Knovel’s fast and accurate search technology will enable design engineers to quickly tap the right resources to develop complex systems. The agreement is one of several publishing partnerships Knovel has recently entered into to provide the most comprehensive source of technical reference books and databases for focused engineering disciplines.

Knovel’s specialised suite of built-in analytical tools provides researchers with practical new ways to find and apply critical information. In addition to trusted content, engineers rely on Knovel for data extraction, calculations, tabular data analysis and equation solving.”

Princeton has the most complete subscription level to Knovel.

BioRad (KnowITAll) spectra database

IRspec_small.jpg Bio-Rad is a new subscription database among the Princeton University database offerings. It “represents a powerful combination of reference data, tools, and technologies that will assist faculty, staff, and students in their scholarly research.” It contains 1.3 million spectra and is growing. It is mainly comprised of:

All Bio-Rad Sadtler spectra,
390,000 IR, NMR, Raman, and mass spectra (including UV-Vis and additional NMR in Q4)

All John Wiley & Sons spectra
845,000 IR, NIR, NMR, and mass spectra

All spectra of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Robien / Universität Wien
117,000 NMR spectra

SpectraBase™ community database
A peer-reviewable database of NMR, IR, UV-Vis, Raman, NIR, and mass spectra edited and reviewed by selected members of the community

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