March 2000

Kresge Engineering Library News Number 1, March 2000

Welcome to the first issue of the Kresge Engineering Library News! It will be published regularly to let you know of Library news and events in a timely manner. We will send it to the Faculty and Graduate Students of the College of Engineering, as well as post it to our website. Please take advantage of the interactive nature of these media and use the newsletter as a way to talk back to us.   ?Jean McKenzie, Editor.

1. New Resources

ENGnetBASE: ENGnetBASE is an encyclopedia-like compilation of CRC handbooks. Currently it includes 11 titles, including the Digital Signal Processing Handbook, the Electrical Engineering Handbook, the Environmental Engineer's Handbook, the Mechanical Engineering Handbook, the Handbook of Structural Engineering and Remediation Engineering Design Concepts. During 2000, CRC Press plans to add 20 more titles (including the Bioengineering Handbook). To search, click on the menu button that says IP Address in the upper right of the screen and search all titles or select the titles you'd like to search. This type of product is new for the Engineering Library and we'll ask you later in the year about your experience with it before deciding whether or not to continue the subscription.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics: This is the web version of "The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics," Editor-in-Chief, David R. Lide. I recommend using Browse to retrieve documents for now. CRC Press is bringing out a new search software about mid-March which will address some of the non-intuitive aspects of the current search system. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.05 or higher and either Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 or Netscape Communicator 4.72 or higher to use these resources.

SciFinder Scholar (Chemical Abstracts): SciFinder Scholar, the web product incorporating Chemical Abstracts, the Chemical Number Registry and CASREACT, is now accessible to UC Faculty, students and staff. Coverage begins with 1967 and material is added daily. It's the most comprehensive chemical literature and patent database in the world with 19 million citations to chemistry literature and 22 million chemical substances. The database can be searched 24 hours a day by topic, author, structure, substructure, chemical name, chemical and patent numbers, and chemical formula.

SciFinder Scholar uses client-server software (available for both Macintosh and Windows workstations) that must be downloaded on your computer before you can search it. UCLA's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is hosting a website from which you can download the software. Please read and accept the Chemical Abstracts User Agreement. If you have any trouble downloading the client, our campus expert is Mary Ann Mahoney at the Chemistry Library.

2. Changes to Resources: Access to one of our largest, most comprehensive engineering databases, Compendex, is changing. The new interface is already linked on the Engineering Library's article databases page. Please let us know if you would like a demonstration of the new version of Compendex or some handouts for your classes. Also, let your students know about the Library's Electronic Seminars which will cover this database.

3. Electronic Journals: The number of electronic journals continues to grow: over 4,800 scholarly journals are now available via the California Digital Library (CDL), including over 900 engineering titles from publishers such as Wiley, Kluwer, Elsevier, Annual Reviews, IEEE, Springer, Blackwell, ACM, SIAM, ACS, APS and many others. Additionally, the Engineering Library subscribes to over 60 others not available through CDL ? the ASCE journals are a notable recent addition in that category. You can search the collection through the Electronic Journals database.

4. Electronic Research Seminars: In these one-hour seminars one of the Librarians will demonstrate the growing number of electronic resources that the Library licenses for your research. The seminars cover electronic journals, article databases and catalogs, as well as any questions about library resources that participants bring. Here is the schedule for the rest of Spring Semester ? all are held in Bechtel, Room 120C.

  • March 21, Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.
  • March 23, Thursday, 2:00 p.m.
  • April 18, Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.
  • April 27, Thursday, 2:00 p.m.

5. A Few Excellent Websites

A handy source of information on Materials, Processes, Formulas, Design, Units/Constants, Mathematics.

Portal page for mechanical engineering with reference and technical resources, jobs, conferences, etc.

"Implications for Earthquake Risk Reduction in the United States from the Kocaeli, Turkey, Earthquake of August 17, 1999."
This glossy circular from the US Geological Survey examines some of the similarities between the Kocaeli Earthquake along the North Anatolian fault system and the San Andreas fault system in California. Contains 58 glossy figures and references.

Virginia's Smart Road
"The Smart Road" is a full-scale facility for pavement research and evaluation of high-tech transportation systems by the Department of Transportation in Virginia. This site details the research aspects of the project.

Tunneling Under the Hudson River
The illustrated, online book by S. D. V. Burr, A.M., originally published in 1885, is a fascinating record of this engineering feat.

6. Recommendations for Purchases, eReference

  • Use the purchase recommendation form to suggest book and journal titles for the Library.
  • Ask us questions at any time via Ask Us form, a recently begun web service of the Kresge Engineering Library. Please use it for any questions or comments about Library materials or services.

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