Monday, July 01, 2013

ASTM Standards Online


In partnership with UCR Architects and Engineers, The UCR Libraries now provide online access to the ASTM Standards Online.  ASTM is the American Society for Testing and Materials, and governs materials quality and product testing standards.

The ASTM Digital Library covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.  There are over 12,000 standards in more than 130 industry areas.

If you have never worked with standards, you might find it interesting to know that standards govern everything from file-types (MP3 is a standard, though not an ASTM one), surface quality of grass tennis courts (ASTM F2208), and forensic sciences (think C.S.I.). 

You will also find the full text of ASTM manuals such as:
  • MONO7 Physics and Chemistry of Micro-Nanotribology
  • DS67C Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards
Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What's new with SPIE

Today is the day scheduled for the launch of the new SPIE platform.  "What is changed?" you ask:

Well,

  •  More Content: At no additional cost, subscribers now have access to 40,000 additional articles (published between 1962 and 1989) from the Proceedings of SPIE and Optical Engineering journal— extending SPIE Digital Library coverage for both publications back to Volume 1.
  •  New Taxonomy: SPIE and Silverchair have worked together to create a comprehensive taxonomy and tagging system for optics and photonics. This means users are automatically exposed to content most relevant to their search or related to the content being viewed.
  •  New Topical Collections: By cross-cutting all proceeding, journal and book content, the SPIE Digital Library now offers 135 specific subject collections where users can easily find the latest information related to their topical interests and sub-specialties.
  •  Mobile-Optimized for All Web-Enabled Phones and Tablets: Subscribers can use the SPIE Digital Library on any mobile devices via their web browser. Institutional users are entitled to full mobile access, extending the value of the site license.
  •  Improved usability, information discovery, and ease of reading: Search, browse and discover related information, using an intuitive user interface employing the best practices in web interface design.
  •  New Linking to SPIE.org Author Profiles: Gain a quick overview of the publication record, society activities and accomplishments of authors.
  •  New Linking to Conference Videos: Access selected conference presentations directly within the proceedings article page to gain an enhanced understanding of the content directly from the author.
  •  Personalization: Individual users can customize page display, save figures and tables of interest, manage email alerts, view a summary of subscriptions and article access, and activate mobile access by creating a personal login.
I answer.

Try it out at http://library.ucr.edu/go/spiedl

Friday, June 15, 2012

Momentum Press eBooks

We have just negotiated for a new set of ebooks that may be of interest to many of you.   As of this week we have access to 45 new Momentum Press books online


The books range across all areas of engineering, but are particularly strong in chemical engineering and bioengineering. There are no limitations on concurrent usage; nor any restrictions on printing, downloading PDFs to personal devices, or uploading them to learning management systems.

Sample Titles:
Biomedical Sensors
Automotive sensors
Chemical sensors: fundamentals of sensing materials, Volume 1: general approaches
Chemical sensors: fundamentals of sensing materials, Volume 2: nanostructured materials
Professional expression: to organize, write and mange technical communication
Process control case histories: an insightful and humorous perspective from the control room
Advanced regulatory control: applications and techniques

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

ASCE Proceedings



The ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) is now offering us access to their entire collection of conference proceedings as well as journals as part of our ASCE Library subscription. In all there are over 30,000 papers. I have found that these are not easily findable in either Compendex or in Google Scolar, to the best way to find them is by going to http://ascelibrary.org/ or http://ascelibrary.org/proceedings.


Whats New:


World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability

Monday, July 12, 2010

IEEE Ebooks



We have acquired through the California Digital Library the collection of IEEE Ebooks. There are ~400 books in this collection!

This is one of those moments when I am truly thankful to be part of a large system.

For those of you who are already familiar with IEEE Xplore, you will be glad to know that this means you now have access to all of the ebook content in the system.

Some sample titles:

Adaptive Antennas for Wireless Communications
Fiber Optic Essentials
Intelligent Image Processing
Sensor Network Operations

The books will all show up in Scotty soon, but feel free to browse them at IEEE Xplore!

http://library.ucr.edu/go/ieee

Happy Reading!

SPIE eBooks

Due to the continuing generosity of the other UC libraries we have acquired access to the SPIE ebooks!


http://spiedigitallibrary.org/ebooks/

Welcome to SPIE eBooks, the new online source for three valuable series of SPIE Press titles in optics and photonics:
  • SPIE Press Monographs are authoritative reference books, textbooks, and handbooks.
  • Tutorial Texts cover fundamental and emerging topics at introductory and intermediate levels.
  • Field Guides present key information that students and practicing engineers and scientists need in a concise format.

SPIE eBooks launched with 120 books in January 2010; 15 to 20 new titles and editions will be added during the year. As new books are published, they will be available in SPIE eBooks first.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Knovel eBooks

Wonderful news!

Due to the generous help of the other UC campuses, and in part to the work we have been doing on canceling low use journal titles, we are now able to access the fabulous world of Knovel! Knovel includes ~1900 electronic books and "enhanced books" which have interactive tables. There are so many wonderful books in this package that I am not even sure yet of all of the wonderfulness. Every search brings up a great set of books.

The set includes the 11 volume Encyclopedia of Materials - Science and Technology, The 3 volume Environmental Contaminant Reference Book and the very exciting Biomedical Signal Analysis - A Case-Study Approach.

Check it out for yourself at library.ucr.edu/go/knovel. The records for each book will be added to the Scotty catalog as soon as we receive them from central cataloging.

Or, feel free to browse by subject. We have access to all of the books except for the ones in Nanotechnology and Transportation. We couldn't afford these sections. If you see books in these sections that look interesting, check Scotty to see if we have them in another way.

This is a subscription service, so if you think it is a valuable addition to our collections, please drop me a line and let me know how you are using it. We have to watch every penny these days, and items we thought would never be in danger of cancelation are coming up for review regularly.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Encyclop(a)edias

I was just going through my email and noticed that UCR has canceled our subscription to the Encyclopaedia Britannic online. It this tragic? Probably not.

There is a lot of discussion in the academic world about Wikipedia and why it is such a pervasive source of information for students even though there is no guarantee that any of the information in it is really true. The answer is pretty easy actually...it is very easy to get to, it is free and in general the entries contain a lot of seemingly useful and valid information.

A lot of the information is valid. However it is not valid simply by virtue of being in Wikipedia, it is valid only if it is validated. Whenever you read a Wikipedia entry, take note of the sources of the information. All facts should have little numbers next to them and at the end of the entry, a list will show what source that information came from. A Wikipedia entry is only as good as its sources.

Does that mean that if it has good sources listed, the article is all true? No, because no one is actually responsible for checking that the information is actually in those sources. That is your job.

On the other hand... what options are there when you need a lot of information and you don't want to take the time to track down each fact that wikipedia offers you?

As a university student, you would probably not be able to get away with using the Encyclopaedia Britannica as a source in a research paper in any case...hence it not being a tragedy that we don't get it anymore. However, we do have a large collection of more specifically subject-related encyclopedias that might be fair game. Be careful with this however, some instructors are fairly anti-encyclopedia.

If that is the case, your best option for finding general information about a topic is to look for a book in Scotty. If books are also prohibited...well, that is for another entry...