Online Subject Guides Arrive at UTA

We are pleased to announce that beginning January 14, 2008, UT Arlington Library began providing online subject guides. These are easy-to-use guides that put all our resources in your subject area at your fingertips.

Science and engineering guides can be found:

Visit other UT Arlington Library subject guides.

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.

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.