RefWorks and a Workshop

The tool up for discussion today is RefWorks and how it can make writing your next paper easier.

Writing a paper is hard work. Bringing together complex ideas, finding the right words, and just sounding brilliant are nothing if you fail to properly cite the works you used in constructing your paper. However, tracking all of the articles that you cite and gathering all of the appropriate information so that you can document these works in your references section can be a pain. That’s where RefWorks comes in.

RefWorks is essentially a database created to manage the information about the works that you reference and generate an appropriately formated bibliography for your use. While RefWorks can’t write your paper for you, it can make the process that little bit easier.

Sold? Great! Now, how do you get started? We have a great librarian that knows all the secrets of RefWorks and is holding a workshop on February 12th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a second workshop on February 16th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., both in Ransom Hall, room 211A. If you can’t make it to one of these sessions, RefWorks also has a very good set of demos to show you how to get started and make the most of the tool. Need more help than the demos? Stop by the library, call me, or drop me an email.

Written by Mariann Medina.

Graduate Research Seminars

The Spring 2008 science and engineering graduate research seminars will be held:

Science: Engineering:
Fri, Feb. 8, 2008 Fri, Feb. 8, 2008
8:30-10:30 a.m. 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Central Library B20 Ransom Hall 211 A/B

Graduate research seminars assist graduate students in making the best use of library resources to find information needed to conduct research. The seminar is free of charge, but please register so that enough materials will be provided.

New SEL Exhibit – The Diversity of Who’s Who in Science & Engineering

SEL’s new exhibit celebrates diversity in the fields of science and engineering. Curated by Antoinette Nelson, the exhibit highlights our collection’s biographical resources focusing on a wide range of scientists and engineers who have broken through barriers and impacted society with lasting contributions.

SEL Closing December 24-January 1

Due to a planned electrical outage, Nedderman Hall will be closed beginning December 24, 2007 and ending January 1, 2008. The building and the library will re-open January 2.

Please return all books and materials to the Central Library during this closure.

See SEL Wintersession Hours for all SEL’s hours and closings during December 2007 and January 2008.

IM Chat Reference Comes to SEL

Beginning December 17, 2007, the Science & Engineering Library is providing science- and engineering-related reference services using meebo, AIM, Google Talk, MSN, or Yahoo Messenger.

To chat using meebo, just use the “meebo me” widget in the right sidebar. You don’t need to install software or set up an account; just start typing. (Note: Navigating away from the page will end your chat session. Use a different browser window if you wish to browse while chatting.)

If you’d prefer to chat using any one of the IM clients listed above, you can make “utaselref” a buddy on any of them. 

Chat reference will be available during our regular reference hours. See hours for dates and times that SEL is open and the About tab in this blog for reference hours.

New Exhibit — 2007 Nobel Laureates in Science

Join us in congratulating the 2007 Nobel Prize Laureates in Science. The exhibit is curated by our newest librarian, Mariann Medina.

  • Medicine
    Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evan,  and Oliver Smithies
  • Physics
    Albert Fert and Peter Grűnberg
  • Chemistry
    Gerhard Ertl

And hats off to our faculty and students here at UTA whose research may one day earn them a trip to Sweden to receive their own Nobel Prize…

Seven Nature Review Titles Now Available Online

We now have full-text access to seven Nature Review titles (Volume I – to current issue for all titles):

Nature Reviews Cancer

Nature Reviews Genetics

Nature Reviews Microbiology

Nature Reviews Neuroscience

Nature Reviews Drug Discovery

Nature Reviews Immunology

Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology

SEL Exhibit — Celebrating Geography Using GIS

SEL invites you to visit a new exhibit, curated by Barbara Howser.

Whether you are biology major with a career goal of becoming an environmental scientist, civil engineering major focusing on transportation research, or environmental engineering graduate student focusing on water and wastewater treatment and modeling, the technology of GIS can bring geography to life for you and show others why geography IS important to them.

See for information about other SEL exhibits.

GIS Meets Civil Engineering in New Hands-on Workshop

The second UT Arlington Library: GIS workshop will take place next Thursday, October 25.  GIS Librarian Josh Been will be joined by Dr. Melanie Sattler, whose research interests include emissions measurement, air quality modeling, and air pollution control technologies.  Using measurements taken from the TCEQ air monitoring stations in North Texas, we will interpolate an estimation layer for the entire region and then analyze road segments using files from the NCTCOG.Everyone is invited to this hands-on workshop!Title: Stuck in Traffic: Find the Road Segments With the Highest Pollution Levels

Date/Time: October 25, 2 – 4pm
Central Library, B20 (basement)
Dr. Melanie Sattler (Civil & Environmental Engineering) & Joshua Been (GIS Librarian)
Description: Learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to statistically estimate pollution levels within the DFW metroplex and to then identify the street segments that traverse through the regions with the highest levels. Data sources include pollution measurements from the
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

This hands-on workshop requires no GIS or scientific experience. Open to everyone.

New Interface for ISI Web of Knowledge

ISI is transitioning to a new interface with enhanced features.

From ISI:


Currently, you have dual access to the new and previous versions of ISI Web of Knowledge. As you become more familiar with the new features and functionality, feel free to make the new ISI Web of Knowledge your primary portal by simply bookmarking , or any homepage in the new interface.

For important information on proxy server access and other technical issues in the new version of ISI Web of Knowledge, go to:

New Features

  • An easy-to-use tabular format – Choose to search across all databases, an individual database, or additional resources such as relevant websites and analytical and administrative tools.
  • All-database search – The new ISI Web of Knowledge takes a unique approach to the multi-database search. It uses one common vocabulary that recognizes the varying terms used by different databases and maps them to a unified subject classification. Which means that a search with ISI Web of Knowledge will find all relevant items that may have originally been categorized differently. Newer terms recognize older terms. And specialized terms from one database recognize specialized terms from another.
  • Refine your search – You can narrow down your results using categories meaningful to your search, including subject area, document type, author, language, and other terms that help you pinpoint the data you need.
  • Citation results and related records are clearly highlighted in individual full records, helping you use these powerful tools to find a wider variety of relevant articles.

You also have free access to EndNote Web, which is fully integrated into ISI Web of Knowledge. Organize, store and share your references online, speeding the research, writing and publishing process. EndNote Web helps users easily access and organize references online, search ISI Web of Knowledge, PubMed® and hundreds of library OPACs directly, share EndNote Web folders with colleagues, and easily transfer files to EndNote on the desktop for further management.

UT Arlington Library focuses on Dean of Science Paulus

Focus on Faculty
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Central Library, 6th Floor Parlor

This month’s Focus on Faculty features Dr. Paul B. Baulus, Dean of Science and Professor of Psychology. He was awarded the UT Arlington Distinguished Record of Research Achievement in 2007. He has published 8 books and more than 100 refereed papers and chapters. His latest book, Group Creativity: Innovation through Collaboration, was published by Oxford University Press in 2003.

The Creative Group Mind—Genius or Dummy?

It is presumed that when individuals work together this will enhance innovation, productivity and learning. However, research has shown that these presumptions are often an illusion not supported by objective data. We have conducted research on group activities in laboratory settings to determine the factors that hinder and enhance this process. Recent directions in research have included an examination of the role of diversity in the group creative processs and the use of virtual immersive reality techniques for the study of group dynamics.

SEL Exhibit — Supramolecular Chemistry

The Science & Engineering Library presents Supramolecular Chemistry, an exhibit dedicated to the memory of Dr. Dmitry M. Rudkevich and curated by Antoinette Nelson.

Dr. Rudkevich taught in the chemistry department since the fall of 2001, specializing in supramolecular chemistry of gases and volatiles, and synthetic nanochemistry and materials.  His work was important for its wide-ranging applications in creating a cleaner environment and a more accurate, safer delivery of medication. He sought to bring chemistry to a larger audience by providing solutions to practical problems and “demonstrate an innovative approach to chemistry education at all levels.”

We hope this tribute helps to mourn his early loss and celebrate his many achievements. His warm smile and friendly wave will be missed.

Upcoming Events and Services

Graduate Research Seminars

  • Engineering:
    Saturday, September 15, 2007          9:45-11:45a.m. in Ransom Hall 211A & B
  • Science:
    By appointment, contact Antoinette Nelson at or 817-272-7433 
  • Math:
    Wednesday, September 12, 2007          12:00-2:00p.m. in Pickard Hall 315

Resume Critique by Career Services

Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00p.m., beginning Sept. 5th

GIS Reference Assistance

Every Thursday from 3-5:30p.m., beginning Aug. 30th

Welcome to the SEL Blog!

Welcome to exSEL News, the blog for UT Arlington’s Science & Engineering Library (SEL).  Get the latest updates on new resources and/or services available for your research and/or class assignments.  We’re here to serve your research needs in the subject disciplines of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Math and Physics for the College of Science and all engineering areas for the College of Engineering.