MAKE magazine comes to SEL

Bringing ideas into reality with objects you have (or can get):  photolithography, cigar box guitars, Arduino circuit designs, scooters.  Things you actually touch (not concepts visualized on your mobile phone), using technology available.  Because you make stuff, it’s called the Maker Movement; but the creations are a lot more original than the name.

Makers are amateur tinkerers, electronics hobbyists, engineering students.  Projects ( ) are small, filling the little, interesting gaps in the world:  home automation, a pedometer with Web-enabled navigation, making cell phones into remote controllers, robots that perform useful tasks.  Makers exhibit and trade ideas at Maker Faires ( ; find “Maker Faire” on Facebook) and network informally.  Related activities are at Situ Studio ( ) and the MIT Media Lab ( ); but most Makers are proudly small-scale, often solo.  An article in VentureBeat ( ) explores the “next step” of venture capital, but it’s more useful as a description of the Maker Movement.

SEL’s subscription to MAKE magazine ( ) begins January 2013. MAKE features ideas of all kinds as well as covering Maker Faires.  It could be a source of undergraduate project ideas.  Unfortunately the Library can’t arrange an electronic subscription, so it will be in hard copy on the SEL periodical shelves.

IEEE Xplore – Many New Features Coming Soon

On 1 April 2012 IEEE will release the new IEEE Business Platform, a suite of applications powered by a new services oriented architecture which includes key enhancements to IEEE Xplore, Member Join and Renewal, individual account profile management, and the IEEE eCommerce experience.

While many new features will be added to IEEE Xplore with this release, please note two important items:

1. IEEE Account (personal account) user name change: After the launch, anyone signing in with an IEEE Account (personal account) user name (which is used to set individual preferences) will be prompted to change their current user name to their e-mail address. Institutional user names and access are not impacted and will remain the same.

2. Saved Searches and Search History will be deleted: All current saved searches will be DELETED with this release. We encourage you to copy and paste your saved searches into a document so they can be recreated after launch. If your users are using this function, please inform them of this change.

New features incorporated into IEEE Xplore with this release include:

  • Enhanced and more streamlined abstract page
  • Enhanced browsing by title with the inclusion of refinements
  • More prominent institutional branding
  • New placement of sign in links for personal accounts and institutional accounts
  • Browsing by topic
  • New and improved IEEE personal account registration process
  • New citation diagram
  • And more

Learn more about all the new features at

You  can also sign up for training at, All training dates after 1 April 2012 will cover the new features of this release.

GIS Help Returns for Summer 2011

GIS Librarian Josh Been has been providing weekly GIS assistance at the Science & Engineering Library (SEL) for several years now. Keven Schuck will also be providing this service from now on.

Summer Hours:
Every Thursday
June 9-August 11
1-3 p.m.

More about Josh Been:

More about GIS:

New SpringerLink Web platform

Springer has announced that the beta version of the new SpringerLink platform is now available. When you visit you will see a link on the left side of the screen under the Springer logo that will take you into the new site. This button will be visible on every page.

You can choose to search in the current site or explore via the new platform. IP Authentication, as well as user name and password, will be recognized on both sites.

The new SpringerLink platform has been greatly improved based on comments and feedback from an extensive usability study.

On the new platform you will find: 

  • Related documents for articles or eBook chapters
  • PDF Preview for eBook chapters
  • Enhanced browsing features
  • View abstracts without leaving search results
  • Improved search functionality – including searching by citation
  • Easy filters for Online First and Open Access articles
  • Library branding available on every page

Take a look at the new SpringerLink site and explore the new world of SpringerLink.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, join a free webinar!

ESPM!!! no— not ESPN, but ESPM

Talk about initialisms – it is confusing!   We are talking about Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management, not the latest sports news.
The database provides coverage to abstracts and much full-text back to 1967.

It is a great database for a wide variety of researchers: environmental engineers, civil engineers, chemists, ecologists, toxicologists, health & safety specialists, and the list goes on.
Rather than re-invent the wheel, I will “borrow” the description of ESPM from our A-Z list of databases.

ESPM is a “Multidisciplinary database that provides abstracts and references to literature covering all issues of air, land, water, and noise pollution as well as bacteriology, ecology, toxicology, risk assessment, environmental engineering, environmental biotechnology, waste management, and water resources.”

If you are looking for environmental impact statements or reports from the EPA, etc., this is the database to go to.  There is even a direct link to RefWorks – an online bibliographic management tool for managing your research citations.

Library creates ResearchCommons, an electronic repository

The UT Arlington Library has established the ResearchCommons, a new repository to house electronic versions of important University research, including papers, books, images, recordings and other data. UT Arlington is one of 18 Texas universities that have established stable and secure digital environments in which scholars may deposit their completed work.

So far, the new communities in the ResearchCommons include the Department of Linguistics and TESOL, Department of Psychology, Department of Mathematics, School of Architecture and the Library.

Visit to access the ResearchCommons, which is available to the public.

Source: MavWire

Reference Spotlight: The Effect of Creep, by Laurence W. McKeen

More new reference books at SEL.

Publication Date: May 2009
Publisher: William Andrew, Incorporated
ISBN: 0-8155-1585-5
ISBN13: 978-0-8155-1585-2
Edition: 2, Revised illustrated 
Pages: 800

effect of creep book cover

Synopsis/Annotation from Bowker’s Global Books in Print

Dr. McKeen drew upon 28 years of experience to update the only single reference showing the effect of creep and time. The second edition of The Effect of Creep and Other Time Related Factors on Plastics answers important questions that designers and materials engineers ask when evaluating materials to be used in a design; consider which materials offers the best performance under conditions required by a design, and how a material responds in terms of its shape and dimensions when loaded for a period of time that is more than momentary. Read more of this synopsis.

SEL Presents – SMART Boards in Group Study Rooms

Collaborative work in SEL’s group study rooms just got easier. Each of the three rooms now boasts a shiny new SMART Board.

The boards are connected to an overhead projector. Using either the PC already in the room or connecting it to a laptop, your presentation, web page, etc. displays on the SMART Board. So far, no difference from the previous plasma screens.

However, SMART Boards provide interactivity not available before. As a presentor standing at the board, you can use finger touch to click on links, use the pop-up keyboard to enter URLs, you can write on the screen using any of four color pens, and much more.

  • Instructions for use of the Smart Board are located on the wall (left side of board).
  • DO NOT use Expo Markers on Smart Board – They will damage the Smart Board.
  • The group study room will be checked by staff before the room key is checked in.
  • The person who checks out the room will be held responsible for any damage to items in the room.

Department of Transportation joins

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has joined This means that when you launch a search at the gateway, your single query can find science information from 14 government agencies, including the DOT National Transportation Library (NTL) Integrated Search and more than 30 DOT websites. Major subject areas of highway and transportation engineering, statistics, planning, policies, and research are included in the basic search and advanced search options.

Included in the DOT NTL Integrated Search are:

  • TRIS Online, including the disciplines of planning, finance, design and construction, materials, environmental issues, safety and human factors and operations for the modes of highways, transit, railroads, maritime and aviation. TRIS focuses on transportation research.
  • NTL Digital Repository, primarily technical, research, and policy documents provided by federal, state, local, tribal, and other government agencies.
  • Other Transportation Websites and NTL Catalog

“The National Transportation Library brings a wealth of important science content to,” said Eleanor Frierson, Deputy Director, National Agricultural Library and co-chair of the Alliance. “The inclusion of the DOT NTL Integrated Search adds approximately 680,000 records and full-text documents that citizens everywhere will find useful.” provides search of 200 million pages of science information and research results. A single query searches across 38 databases and portals and more than 1,900 websites. The information is free and no registration is required. is hosted by the U. S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within the Office of Science. is supported by contributing members of the Alliance, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, the Interior, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation; and the Government Printing Office, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Tim Byrne
Information International Associates, Inc.
DOE/Office of Scientific and Technical Information
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge,TN 37831
Phone: 865-241-2358

PC Magazine now online only

If you typically leaf through PC Magazine at SEL’s Current Periodicals section, then we’d like to inform you that the publisher has discontinued providing hard copy editions.

The periodical will continue to be available online through Ebsco (Academic Search Complete), Factiva, Gale Cengage Business and Company Resource Center, and LexisNexis Academic. It can be accessed through the catalog or the database list.

“Popular Audio Books” — Now Available for Checkout

“Popular Audio Books” are here!  The UTA Central Library is now offering “Audio Books,” located on the 2nd floor in the “Popular Reading” area. We have contracted with McNaughton/Brodart, the same company who provides the “Popular Reading Books.” 

This is a great way to offer a continually rotating collection of the hottest audio book titles at the height of their popularity.

The checkout period is 3 weeks (the same as “Popular Reading” books). Some are “abridged” and some “unabridged” versions. All are in CD format.

So if you are a commuter, traveler, or someone who just enjoys the audio delivery of a book, we can easily meet your listening needs.

Contributed by Debra Carter.

Biology Image Library Now Available

The BioMed Central’s Biology Image Library is now available on our A-Z database list.

The Biology Image Library is an online collection of images, movies, illustrations and animations across biology and biomedicine, for use in education and research. The subjects covered are:

  • Development Biology
  • Histology & Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology & Parasitology
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Biology

Contributors retain image rights and Biology Image Library also offers them the option of selling commercial use rights on their behalf.

  • Material is peer-reviewed by academic editors before being accepted for publication.
  • Users are able to search for important visual material and they can group images and movies into slidesets which can be downloaded as presentations and graphics files.

New SEL Reference Books for April 2008

Here is a list of all the reference books we’ve received in the Science & Engineering Library during the month of April 2008:

Finding Standards Just Became Easier

We now have access to Standards Infobase via SAI Global. For those of you who use standards frequently, we hope that having access to standards via this online resource will ease the process of finding standards.Through the Standards Infobase search, you now can search for standards across publishing organizations using keywords, standard number, title, etc. This makes it much easier to find multiple standards that apply to topics related specifically to your work.

Once you have identified the standard that you want, click the basket icon to add the standard to the list of items you want to acquire. When you have a list compiled of the items you need, click the green box in the right hand menu labeled “View Basket Checkout”. You will receive a pop-up box that requests your name and email address. Scroll down to the bottom of this pop-up box and click on “place order”. This will send the request to be processed.

Standards available in digital format will be provided via email. Some standards are available only in hard copy; in such cases you will be notified by email when it’s available for pick up.

IEEE standards are still accessed via IEEE Xplore. More information about Standards Infobase.

We welcome your comments on this issue.