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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The purposes of this blog have slowly been replaced by other Kelvin Smith Library blogs and web resources.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 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Subject Librarians

Do you know what librarian is responsible for helping you in all your needs? The Kelvin Smith Library assigns subjects to specific librarians for collection building and reference assistance.

Find the librarian that corresponds to your subject area or current project and get the help you need.

Posted by Brian Gray on November 5, 2007 09:35 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Library Instruction

You may have noticed the renaming of the blog to KSL Reference & Instruction. The staff of the library provides extensive instructional opportunities and resources.

Librarians at KSL are gearing up for a new semester of instruction sessions on research tools for students.

Last year, KSL librarians taught 83 course-integrated instruction sessions reaching 1672 students. These sessions cover everything from using EuclidPlus for finding books, to searching for thermodynamic properties of materials using an online database. This year, in addition to basic information seeking skills, KSL librarians will be promoting print and online collections that are new to the campus community.

More information about KSL Instruction services, sample assignments, and more available at

Posted by Brian Gray on August 25, 2007 04:55 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

IEEE Downtime - Saturday, July 29th

On Saturday 29 July, IEEE will release a major system upgrade to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

As a result of this upgrade, users may experience up to 8 hours of downtime beginning at approximately 8:00 EDT.

IEEE Xplore 2.1.4 will be OpenURL compatible, which provides a standardized syntax for organizing bibliographic metadata and identifiers in a URL and transferring data between information services. Links are enabled between unsubscribed content in IEEE Xplore to a library resolver, leading users to appropriate resources within their institution. With this enhancement, librarians can work with commercially available link resolver software to fully enable their publication catalog. OpenURL will be provided in these areas:

  • Search results,li>References
  • Brief abstracts
  • IEEE Book abstracts

Other features of the IEEE Xplore 2.1.4 upgrade include:
  • RefWorks and Bibtex format downloadable citations from IEEE AbstractPlus records, search results, and tables of contents
  • Monthly lists of each periodical's most-downloaded articles
  • Watermarked PDF documents, illustrating the value of your library subscription
This release continues our successful launch of IEEE Xplore 2.0, and incorporates many of the requests we have heard from our customers.

An additional update is planned for release before the end of 2006.

If you have any questions regarding this upgrade, please let us know.

Thank you,
IEEE Online Support

Posted by Brian Gray on July 24, 2006 01:52 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Free Database Trials for Case

Through May 20th we have free access to the following databases. Give them a try and post your feedback here.

BIZINFO ONLINE Directory to millions of U.S. companies - small and large. Create marketing lists, look up corporate information, credit ratings and more.

OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS RESOURCE CENTER Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles

BOOK REVIEW INDEX ONLINE PLUS (FULL TEXT) A comprehensive online guide to book reviews that includes more than five million review citations from thousands of publications, with linking to more than 630,000 full-text reviews.

BIOGRAPHY RESOURCE CENTER Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

LEGAL FORMS Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

MAKING OF MODERN ECONOMY DIGITAL ARCHIVE BACKFILE "The Making of the Modern Economy: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850" provides digital facsimile images on every page of 61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450 through 1850. Full-text searching on more than 12 million pages provides researchers unparalleled access to this vast collection of material on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport.

Posted by Catherine Wells on April 24, 2006 11:50 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Top Ten Computer Viruses

Top Ten Viruses and Hoaxes Reported. Sophos - a company that sells software to protect computers from viruses - says a recent survey reveals that October has shown the biggest increase in virus numbers since its records began. Sophos now identifies and protects against a total of 112,142 viruses, which is an increase of 1,685 on last month. This is a new record for malware.

Posted by Catherine Wells on November 22, 2005 08:44 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Using the Web Less?

OutSell Now, a leading research and advisory firm providing actionable market analytics for the information industry publishes an online newsletter. A recent report claims that "For knowledge workers who have been turning to the open Web as a shining new source of valuable information and enhanced productivity, the luster seems to be fading. A new round of 2,000 interviews in Outsell's ongoing studies of knowledge workers' information habits, preferences, and behaviors shows a couple of remarkable trends....." To read full story go to Knowledge Workers-The Thrill Is Gone.

Posted by Catherine Wells on June 13, 2005 10:09 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

World Data Analyst Online

A new database from Encyclopedia Britannica, World Data Analyst Online, allows users to easily find economic, social and demographic data for 217 countries and regions. It provides detailed statistical comparisons of countries across the world, using both the most recent statistics and historical figures. Plus, users can create tables, charts, and even export the information to a spreadsheet for printing and data crunching. This database will be included in KSL's research database list.

Posted by Catherine Wells on June 8, 2005 09:28 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Kelvin Smith Library Blogs & Feeds

The Kelvin Smith Library's use of RSS feeds and blogs has been mentioned in the Library Stuff blog, by Steven M. Cohen, published by Information Today, Inc. The Library Stuff is a "library weblog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development."

Posted by Brian Gray on May 16, 2005 08:18 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Why Can't I Get Where I Am Going?

2005 Urban Mobility Study
From the Texas Transportation Institute (Texas A&M University)a new report on traffic statistics and conditions in major urban areas

From from the Texas Transportation Institute press release: "Despite slow growth in jobs and travel, traffic congestion continues to worsen, researchers say, costing Americans $63.1 billion a year. The 2005 Urban Mobility Report measures traffic congestion trends from 1982 to 2003, reflecting the most recent data available. If today?s higher fuel prices are factored in, the cost jumps another $1.7 billion." Downloadable in sections (PDFs) or as full report (PDF; 620 KB) (via DocuTicker)
Summary Report (PDF; 151 KB)
Congestion Data for Your City
National Congestion Tables
[This entry is from The Rsource Shelf, ( & edited by Gary Price,MLS]

Posted by Catherine Wells on May 10, 2005 11:25 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Philanthropy Report

A new report from the Foundation Center "Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates" is now available online. It provides a summary of giving for the nations 66000 grantmaking foundations for the year 2004. Estimates for 2005 are also included. The 19 page report is available in pdf format.

Posted by Catherine Wells on April 4, 2005 12:54 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New KSL Reference Blog

Welcome to the first entry of the Kelvin Smith Library reference blog. We hope to use this space to keep Case faculty, students and staff up to date about the latest online resources available to support research, teaching and learning in the arts and sciences, social sciences, science and engineering and business and management. KSL reference staff will be monitoring various news sources to keep abreast of any and all news that will impact the research environment at Case.
We will also use this venue to:
* announce changes and improvements to the electronic materials
and databases to which we subscribe,
* highlight new reference services
* notify readers of academic quality free resources that are available on the web.
We hope you stop by often.

Posted by Catherine Wells on March 23, 2005 08:57 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)