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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 | 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)

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)

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)

Knovel Unit Converter

Knovel has added a unit converter to its collection of resources. It can be freely accessed by anyone, even nonsubscribers.

Unit Converter:

Other free content is available for those that sign up.


For the Case community, the Kelvin Smith Library subscribes to Knovel content for your convenience.

Posted by Brian Gray on December 8, 2007 09:01 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)

Anatomy Atlases

Anatomy Atlases is an anatomy digital health sciences library. It provides links to various textbooks, anatomy atlases, and digital libraries.

Posted by Brian Gray on December 21, 2006 08:43 AM | TrackBack (0)

Biometrics Information Now on Web

The following is taken from the web site.

This site is the central source of information on biometrics-related activities of the Federal government. Two sister sites provide a repository of biometrics-related public information ( and opportunities for discussion ( These websites, working together, were developed to encourage greater collaboration and sharing of information on biometric activities among government departments and agencies; commercial entities; state, regional, and international organizations; and the general public. provides basic information and links to specific biometric activities in the Federal government. The information is organized into 3 main areas

* Biometrics Reference. Provides general information about biometric technologies, government programs and privacy planning

* NSTC Subcommittee on Biometrics. Provides information on the National Science & Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Biometrics. The NSTC, a Cabinet-level Council, is the principal means within the executive branch to coordinate science and technology policy across the diverse entities that make up the Federal research and development enterprise.

* Media. Provides information useful for members of the press, such as press releases, graphics and fast facts.

Posted by Catherine Wells on December 6, 2006 10:23 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Complete Works of Charles Darwin Now Online

This site houses the largest collection of Darwin's writings ever published including the stolen notebook he carried with him on Galapagos Island. Most of the material is appearing online for the first time. Currently there are more than 50,000 pages of searchable text and 40,000 images of both publications and transcribed manuscripts. Most of the materials are available both as fully formatted electronic text and colour images of the originals. Darwin's works are also available as free machine-read audio mp3 files. New content is continually being added.
This project was designed and directed by Dr John van Wyhe of Christ's College, Cambridge, and is hosted by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. The launch marks the end of the first year of the three-year's funding awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Posted by Catherine Wells on November 16, 2006 10:44 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New Purchase - Encyclopedia of Biostatistics Online

The Encyclopedia of Biostatistics (2nd Ed.) offers the definitive reference to support the development and use of statistical methods for addressing the problems and critical issues that confront scientists, practitioners and policy makers engaged in the life and medical sciences. With the growing importance and application of biostatistics, reflected in the increasing number of statisticians employed in the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare sector and medical schools, this new edition will find widespread application in basic medical science; the planning, financing and distribution of health care; and the measurement of health care status and progress in the population.

The Encyclopedia now includes many contributions that focus on the rapid growth of bioinformatics and its pivotal role in studying the human genome.

  • Expanded and enhanced coverage of key topics including bioinformatics, clinical trials, computation, genetics, and Bayesian methods and applications
  • Containing over 1300 articles, 182 entirely new to this edition, with more than 300 revised and updated to reflect current research and developments
  • All encompassed in 8 extensively cross-referenced volumes

The Case community has access to the Encyclopedia of Biostatistics through the Research Database list. Eventually it will also appear in the library catalog.

Posted by Brian Gray on November 10, 2006 09:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Digital Library for Earth Science Education

DLESE is the Digital Library for Earth System Education, a geoscience community resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and is being built by a community of educators, students, and scientists to support Earth system education at all levels and in both formal and informal settings. The site offers resources for all ages and academic levels, such as activities, visual aids, audio resources, various publications, and datasets. Users can browse by grade level, resource type, collection, or standards. See the DLESE FAQ for more information.

[VIA: The Scout Report, Volume 12, Number 38]

Posted by Brian Gray on October 16, 2006 08:15 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Rediscovering Archimedes Writings

Stanford University researchers are using X-ray to reveal the 10th century mathematic writings of Archimedes that were erased and hidden by a Christian monk's prayers. See the full story for details how.

[VIA: Wired News, August, 05, 2006]

Posted by Brian Gray on October 8, 2006 01:43 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)

Science & Engineering State Profiles: 2003-04

The Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) publishes Science and Engineering State Profiles annually. The 2003–04 report, published only on the Web, includes a data source page and a set of 52 one-page science and engineering (S&E) profiles (in Excel) that summarize state-specific data on personnel and finances. Rankings and totals are for the 50 states; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico.

I have included a portion of Ohio's statistics.

Ohio Science.bmp

(Via: ResourceShelf, May 9, 2006)

Posted by Brian Gray on June 7, 2006 07:55 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)