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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 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

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 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Journal Costs Keep Climbing

Do you know how much journals cost, especially in science and engineering?

Cornell University Library uses real world purchases to show you how much libraries invest in your education and research needs. Check out Sticker Shock 2 for more information. I am scared when they compare journals to cars and international trips.

The original Sticker Shock was completed in 2002.

Posted by Brian Gray on April 1, 2008 07:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Harvard Faculty Approves Open Access Policy

On February 12, 2008, Harvard's faculty have agreed to provide their scholarly articles online and available to everyone. For more information see American Libraries summary.

Harvard’s move is seen as giving a significant boost to the open access movement, which champions free, permanent online access to peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly material.

Posted by Brian Gray on March 30, 2008 02:16 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

IEEE Xplore Downtime

An IEEE Xplore upgrade is scheduled for Saturday, 15 March, 2008. During this upgrade, the system will be unavailable for up to four (4) hours beginning at approximately 10:00 am EDT (UTC/GMT - 4 hours).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Posted by Brian Gray on March 10, 2008 11:27 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Read an Ebook Week

I think every activity has a day or week declared in its support. Read an Ebook Week runs from March 2-8, 2008.

EPublishers Weekly provides a list of 30 Benefits of Ebooks in support of this week.

We love pbooks (paper books), and hope that they are never replaced by their electronic grandchildren. Yet ebooks are a worthy companion to their paper elders.

Posted by Brian Gray on March 6, 2008 02:19 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

C&EN Online

The Case community now has online access to Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) from 1998 to present. Access was arranged by OhioLINK.

[About C&EN]

Chemical & Engineering News is a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. C&EN editors and reporters based in Europe, the U.S., and Asia cover science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field.

C&EN Online offers Latest News, supplementary material to C&EN print articles, back issues of the magazine since 1998, and special features such as Reel Science, NanoFocus, RSS feeds, and blogs.

Posted by Brian Gray on February 24, 2008 11:08 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Reminder: Older Versions of SciFinder Retired

If you are experiencing problems with SciFinder working, make sure you have the most current version installed.

Please note that on January 2nd, 2008 CAS retired the following versions
of SciFinder/SciFinder Scholar, as communicated to customers in mid June

  • SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar 2004.2 (MAC OS 9 and Windows)
  • SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar MAC OS X 1.0
  • SciFinder 2007.0 for Windows

Posted by Brian Gray on January 17, 2008 06:22 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Student Portal with Chemical Prices

ICIS is working on a new student portal, or "knowledge zone". Right now it links to some resources available to students. In the future, they "hope it will turn into a space in which students and academics worldwide can communicate and discuss issues with each other, and showcase their best work to the wider world, not least potential employers."

ICIS with the annoucement of this new student portal has helped to fill a need for chemical prices. ICIS now provides "you with historical chemical prices. Note that these prices are a guide only, and must not be used to guide real-time business." the prices are taken from This broad list of chemical prices is taken from the August 28, 2006 issue of Chemical Market Reporter (now rebranded as ICIS Chemical Business Americas).

Posted by Brian Gray on March 19, 2007 11:03 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)