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New EZProxy access to library resources from off campus

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Princeton University Library has launched the new EZProxy service to access online library materials from off campus. EZProxy does not require configuration, but must be used via the links provided by the library in the Articles and Databases page (, the Main Catalog (, SearchIt  (, or the Find It @PUL button. Using these links from off campus, you will be directed to CAS login screen (Central Authorization System). Enter your Princeton NetID and Password to connect. EZProxy is only available via the Princeton Library links above and is not connected to other URLs or links on the Web such as Google or Google Scholar.

There is currently a known issue with American Institute of Physics journals and the Chrome and Firefox browsers. Please use either Internet Explorer or Safari (depending on your operating system) with the EZProxy for AIP journals. Problems with EZProxy may be reported to

A tip on finding articles from a bibliography or reference: Search for the Journal Title (not the article title) in either the Main Catalog or SearchIt Catalog+. Follow the link provided. If you are off campus, enter your NetID and Password for EZProxy, then navigate to the Volume, Issue, and Page of the article you are searching for. You can also try using the form provided by the library at

Further details on connecting to library resources from off site are available at

Where to find information during the Wikipedia Blackout

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Many major websites will be protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA Bill  tomorrow January 18th. Wikipedia and many others will be protesting by holding a 24 hour blackout. For more information, you can visit.

Princeton University Library online resources are always available.

Try Princeton's Online Reference Shelf for a list of Encyclopedias and other Wikipedia type sources.

Or use Princeton's new Searchit Articles+ to search for journal and newspaper articles.

If you need any help, you can always Chat with a Librarian

What is IPv6?

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According to a January 6th, 2010 article in the Daily Princetonian, "U. offers faster, more reliable wireless service," Princeton University's Office of Information Technology recently improved the wireless network by "...[blocking] IPv6 packets at each wireless access point on campus."

So what is IPv6?

A keyword search for "IPv6" in the Library Catalog will actually lead to some quick answers that don't require heading in to the library.

Catalog IPv6 search results.

In particular, there are two e-books linked from the catalog that offer a history and brief explanation of IPv6.

IPv6 Essentials by Sylvia Hagen


To lead or to follow : the next generation Internet and the transition to IPv6 : hearing before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives

Looking for more indepth and technical information on IPv6 implementation or transition?

Try a keyword search in either IEEE Xplore (from the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers) for IPv6 or in the ACM Portal (from the Association for Computing Machinery).

New content partners for

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The announcement from this week's Special Libraries Association Conference in Washington DC was reported by updates

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The Department of Energy’s search engine has been enhanced. Please see the announcement below. To try it out, you can visit the website or use the search widget provided below.

Customize Your Search Experience at

It is exciting to announce that an array of new search and retrieval features and capabilities have been added to, providing new options for customizing your search experience.

The search engine that helps you find science information from U.S. Department of Energy key resources now

· automatically spell checks your search term(s)

· allows you to e-mail your search results

· offers the capability to export search results into your citation management software

· provides links to EurekAlert! Science News

· clusters results by related topics and/or by date in order to more easily target subsequent searches.

Other search and retrieval features include

· advanced searching

· searching within a search

· sorting search results and

· narrowing your search results by individually selecting items of interest.

The Help page has been updated to reflect the new options and to provide additional information.

Science Accelerator helps you to find research and development reports; e-prints; science conference proceedings; DOE patents, accomplishments, project descriptions, and software; DOE-associated Nobel Prize Winners; and more.

You are welcome to visit and explore all aspects of the newly-revised Science Accelerator at .

Staying current in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

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Here is a great way to keep track of new developments and stay current in the field of Electrical and Electronics Engineering: IEEE’s Top 100 Documents Accessed page. You can also view the most recently added material at the Content Updates page, or sign up for Email Alerts.

Online enhancements to ACM and Engineering Village

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ACM, “the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society,” recently added a new search technology to its digital library. This new technology allows users to refine search results by keyword, people, publications, or conferences by selecting from links along the left side of the search results. Additionally, users can discover related journals, magazines, interest groups, or meetings by clicking the tabs along the top of search results. To learn more about this new release, you can read the press release or the information page. And for those interested in the database technology itself, you can begin your research about the Endeca Information Access Platform here.

Engineering Village has also made some small changes to their online resources by updating the “Ask an Expert” page to facilitate finding the best expert and increasing the “Expert Search” character limit to 8,000.

Knovel Engineering Reference Data interactions updated

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Today, Knovel is releasing an upgrade to the tables with new usability enhancements and interactive tools that you’ll want to see for yourself. Check out screenshots here. Note also at this webpage, they advertize lots of online demonstrations, called Quickstart Webinars. They are free.

Princeton University’s link to the Knovel database:

Knovel Engineering and Scientific Online References
Collection of the latest leading technical and engineering reference books.

NTIS offers RSS feeds for subject updates

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Currently the National Technical Information Service Bibliographic Database includes records on over 2.8 million scientific and technical reports arranged by major subject categories. The NTIS database has now made available RSS Feeds by Subject Category: Follow the RSS Feeds link at to get started. Energy is one of the categories, for example.

The October 2008 issue of the NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter is now available online from

Energy Statistics Database

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Energy Statistics Database United Nations Statistics Division - UNSD

The Energy Statistics Database contains comprehensive energy statistics on more than 215 countries, areas and regions on the production, trade and intermediate and final consumption (end-use) for primary and secondary conventional, non-conventional and new and renewable sources of energy. The complete Energy Statistics dataset, covering the period from 1990 on, is available in electronic format.

Explore Energy Statistics Database at UNdata

Energy Statistics Home page Online data


Discovered via The Scout Report — October 24, 2008, under UN Data

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