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Blog Has Been Retired

The purposes of this blog have slowly been replaced by other Kelvin Smith Library blogs and web resources. It will remain online as an archive of content, but nothing new will be added.

See some of the following resources for new information:

Posted by Brian Gray on May 10, 2010 07:58 AM
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Knovel University Challenge is Back - Win a Kindle, Wii, iPod, or iTunes gift card

Last year, Case was one of only 8 universities world-wide that had at least 100 student entries. Lets keep our streak alive.

KSL subscribes to 1800+ fulltext books in science & engineering just for you.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 18, 2009 02:15 PM
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Update on Ohio Public Library Funding

Library Journal on August 17th, 2009, provided a nice summary of the cuts expected by many public libraries in Ohio following the recent Ohio budget cuts.

Posted by Brian Gray on August 22, 2009 09:09 PM
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New Interfaces Launched for Scholarly & Reference and Literature E-Book Collections

A newly upgraded version of the OhioLINK Electronic Book Center software will go live on Monday, June 1, 2009. This process involves a DNS change which may take up to 24 hours to been seen by everyone.

While the main OhioLINK E-Book Center page found at will not change, the upgrade allows for several improvements to the software that runs the Scholarly & Reference and American & English Literature Collections, including:

* The ability to narrow search results by subject (Scholarly & Reference Books Collection only) and date (both collections)

* The ability to limit advanced searches by a date range or single year

* Improved navigation and browse capabilities

* Persistent links for individual books

* The ability to e-mail title, date and URL of saved records

Posted by Brian Gray on May 29, 2009 09:10 AM
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Important Message to the OhioLINK community of students, faculty, and staff

Beginning Wednesday afternoon, February 4, the OhioLINK computer disk storage system suffered a widespread, and supposedly not possible, multiple component failure affecting all major services with the exception of the OhioLINK Library Catalog. We have restored all services except the Electronic Journal Center (EJC). Restoration of the EJC remains under vigorous analysis, but unfortunately we know that any solution will not be immediate. In light of this, we are taking immediate steps to provide alternative access to the resources of the EJC through the various Web sites of the EJC journal publishers.

As noted on this page, we have immediate access to many EJC publisher sites and are working to expand access to the rest as quickly as possible. While the EJC is down, we will continue to improve this site to direct you to the proper publishers. We will also work to adjust our systems that link article citations to full text in the EJC by redirecting links to the publisher sites. We are examining every possibility to keep you connected to resources you need and to improve that connectivity as quickly as possible, while the EJC is not available.

We will keep you up to date through this Web page and the “New at OhioLINK” announcements at Your local library will also always know the latest news.

The OhioLINK staff is sincerely sorry for this significant disruption in services. We remain committed, as we have since 1992, to providing high quality information resources on a consistent and reliable basis to the Ohio higher education community.

Tom Sanville
Executive Director

February 8, 2009

Posted by Brian Gray on February 8, 2009 06:40 PM
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KSL Closing Due to Snow

KSL building and services will close at 3:00pm on Wednesday (1/28) and will re-open for business at 8:00am on Thursday (1/29). This includes no 24x7 service.

Posted by Brian Gray on January 28, 2009 02:40 PM
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RefWorks Update: January 12th, 2009

Case users watch for these new features within RefWorks:

  • Ability to Save Search Strategies in Advanced Search
    Users now have the option to save search strategies created in the RefWorks Advanced Search area. Search strategies can be named and saved for easy and continual retrieval. Simply enter a name when creating an advanced search query and after saving, the search strategy is available in the View menu, under Search Strategy Results.

  • File Attachment Searching
    File attachments (.pdf, .txt and file names) stored in your RefWorks account can now be included in searching. This option is available in both searches – from the Search RefWorks box and the Advanced Search. Pdf files with images only (ex. Jpeg) and no text in them are not currently searchable. To include file attachments in your search using the Search RefWorks box, simply click on the check box next to Attachments after you enter your search term. In the Advanced Search, simply select Attachments from the Search Name drop-down as one of the four fields of information to search.

  • Improved Sorting of Japanese Characters
    RefWorks’ Windows users using Japanese characters in their references will now see improved sorting when using Katakana and Hiragana characters. Users who currently have Japanese selected as the Language/Locale in the Startup Options section of the Tools, Customize area will need to temporarily change the sort to another language, save it, and then re-select and save Japanese in order to implement the new sorting.

  • Output Style Editor Tutorial
    Now users can learn how to create their own custom output style by viewing the Output Style Editor tutorial available in the Help, Tutorials area. This tutorial is also helpful to anyone who wants to modify an existing output style.

  • Other Miscellaneous Items
    Corrected an issue with multi-word last names (ex. Van de Walle) alphabetizing correctly in bibliographies. Double-spaced bibliographies no longer have 12 pt spacing appended to the printed reference which created an extra line space. Corrected an issue with the ability to change Bibliography sort order in output styles with author-date sorting selected. An issue with Internet Explorer users and using an OpenURL link for references with Non-Roman characters has been corrected.

Posted by Brian Gray on January 10, 2009 09:50 PM
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BlogJunction Ohio

State Library of Ohio announces the launch of BlogJunction Ohio. BlogJunction Ohio is a news and information weblog service of the State Library of Ohio. The State Library of Ohio staff is responsible for posting news and information about their initiatives, upcoming programs & events, grants, professional development opportunities, and news and information about Ohio libraries and library organizations. They encourage you to add comments to the postings.

Posted by Brian Gray on October 8, 2008 09:29 AM
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Knovel Launches a Contest for Engineering & Science Students

Case Western Reserve University subscribes to Knovel and this fall, we're participating in a contest for all science and engineering students.

Many of the world's most innovative corporations and research centers use Knovel and we want to give you a head start on the tools being used in the workplace! Knovel is an online resource that provides faster access to technical information you can trust, exactly when you need it.

How to play:

All entries with 3 correct answers will be entered into a drawing for Nintendo Wiis, iPod Nanos, and iTunes Gift Cards.

This contest will be of particular interest to students studying physics, chemical, civil, biomedical, electrical, environmental, mechanical, materials, quality, and safety engineering.

When you need to look up a formula, research background information, compare properties, and validate assumptions, Knovel can help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brian Gray, the Engineering Librarian (

Posted by Brian Gray on September 26, 2008 07:00 AM
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New Blog - Off the Shelf

Do you want to explore the thoughts of Case Western Reserve University's faculty authors? Make sure to check out Off the Shelf. It is a series of podcast interviews of CWRU faculty authors, hosted by KSL librarian William Claspy.

For the first installment, William talks with Associate Professor Kurt Koenigsberger from the English Department about many topics including his new book The Novel and the Menagerie: Totality, Englishness and Empire.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 23, 2008 07:00 AM
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American Physical Society Announces Physics, A New, Free, Online Publication

Physics highlights exceptional papers from the Physical Review journals through expert commentaries written by active researchers.

Stay informed about the most important developments in your field and others by visiting APS's new, free website. Commentaries are written for broad accessibility and updated weekly.

Physics features three kinds of articles: Viewpoints are essays of approximately 1000–1500 words that focus on a single Physical Review paper or PRL letter and put this work into broader context. Trends are concise review articles (3000–4000 words in length) that survey a particular area and look for interesting developments in that field. Synopses (200 words) are staff-written distillations of interesting and important papers each week. In addition, we intend to publish selected Letters to the Editor to allow readers a chance to comment on the commentaries and summaries.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 22, 2008 08:51 AM
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OhioLINK Expands Storage - Requires Downtime

In order for OhioLINK to add more storage space, some services will be taken offline this weekend. Starting Saturday, August 16, at about 5 p.m. the following services will be offline for at least 2-hours:

  • Electronic Journal Center,
  • Digital Media Center,
  • Digital Resource Commons,
  • E-Book Center,
  • and the OSearch databases.

Posted by Brian Gray on August 15, 2008 08:16 AM
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Future of Publishing in eBooks?

More and more stories keep appearing on the web and in print materials about the future of the publishing industry and the print book.

Here are two stories looking at some of the issues in play.

First, The New York Times writes about the death of print encyclopedias in Start Writing the Eulogies for Print Encyclopedias (March 16, 2008). Next, the Stanford Faculty weigh pros and cons of e-books in The Stanford Daily (May 27, 2008).

Posted by Brian Gray on July 13, 2008 10:07 PM
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IEEE Xplore Down Time

On Wednesday, 28 May, IEEE will perform planned maintenance to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

During this maintenance, the system will be unavailable for up to one (1) hour beginning at approximately 2:00 pm EDT. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A message will be also posted on the IEEE Xplore home page to alert users.

We appreciate your patience and thank you for being a user of IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Posted by Brian Gray on May 25, 2008 07:53 PM
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Accessing the Royal Society Collection

For the Case community,
I’m writing to make you aware that you currently have access to all journals published by the Royal Society, through Case Western Reserve University. The collection includes seven world-class journals, containing landmark articles from some of the biggest names in science.

The Royal Society collection was recently named by Information World Review as an invaluable resource to researchers: "With an archive stretching back to the origins of science and featuring its greatest names, this is a resource that few in scientific research or history will be able to do without.”

To access our archive, please search the eJournal Portal for your favorite title.

Below we list some highlights of recently published and forthcoming articles that might interest you.

Highly cited articles – you can view the most downloaded articles and most cited articles from our journals’ home pages. This month you can view one of our most popular downloads, Focused Tsunami Waves, a new paper by Proceedings A editor, M.V. Berry.

Groundbreaking forthcoming issues - we also have a host of new issues coming up, from Nanotribology, Nanomechanics and Applications to Nanotechnology to The Boreal Forest and Global Change.

To keep up to date with the latest articles published by the Royal Society in your area of interest, you can register for regular email alerts.

If you would like to know more about Royal Society journals, particularly our extensive archive collection, dating back to 1665, please visit our web site.

Posted by Brian Gray on April 20, 2008 05:55 PM
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