Haynes, class of 1881, invented a gasoline-powered horseless carriage in 1894 and founded Haynes Automobile Company. He was inducted last week into the Kokomo, Indiana Hall of Legends. Also a metallurgist, in 1911 he discovered a type of stainless steel and patented it in 1919. More
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Oxford Reference Online contains 100’s of dictionary, language reference, and subject specific dictionaries and encyclopedias (Off Campus? Connect via the WPI Proxy Server). Not only a useful source to fact check freebie sites like the Wikipedia, but a source of non-stop amusement.
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A new CRCnetBASE interface is now available. Our web page links for ENGnetBASE, ENVIROnetBASE, MATHnetBASE, and NANOnetBASE are redirecting to the new CRCnetBASE site. Categories we have access to include engineering, environment, mathematics, or nanoscience.
Behind eigenfactor is an older player, Thomson Scientific, with their ISI Web of Science, a longtime standard source for citation analysis. ISI has been the leaders in providing forward and backward citation data to researchers for years. Use WOS to find citing references to a specific work or published author. Or simply search a topic and sort by Times Cited to quickly track down important papers. Citation mapping is a newer feature that can illustrate the interconnecting trails of research. Google Scholar is another recent innovation that provides researchers with useful “Cited By” data so be sure to explore this tool as well.
It’s easy to get sidetracked on the citation trail. These tools can lead you to the most referenced, and perhaps most important, works by authors. For more information, see our Self Help guide on Cited Reference Searching.
A special vendor-led training will be offered Wed. Feb. 3. Register now for training sessions led by Don Sechler, Manager, Customer Education, Scientific & Scholarly Research, Thomson Reuters.
ISI Web of Knowledge & Web of Science Cited Reference Search
February 3, 2010, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
This vendor-led workshop introduces Web of Knowledge and cited research searching. Cited reference searching allows researchers to:
- travel forward in time from a published work and view citations that reference back to an original source understand impact of a work as indicated by subsequent citations by other scholars in the field
- track development of a theory over the years
- identify core researchers in a field
New features include citation mapping and analysis.
Assessing Research Impact with Journal Citation Reports
February 3, 2010, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Within Web of Knowledge WPI researchers can access Journal Citation Reports (JCR®) which is used to generate scholarly journal rankings for specific titles or by disclipine. ISI has recently added additional metrics such as: 5-Year Impact Factor, Eigenfactor™ Score and the Article Influence™ Score, an adjusted Impact Factor which excludes self-citations. Attend this workshop to learn about these metrics and more.
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Exhibit Opening & Reading by Poet and Bachmann Translator Peter Filkins
WPI’s Humanities and Arts Department cordially invites you to attend the opening of the exhibit “Ingeborg Bachmann: Writing against War / Schreiben gegen den Krieg” on the third floor of Gordon Library on Friday, January 22, at 4:00 p.m., cosponsored by the WPI Department of Humanities and Arts, the Holy Cross Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Clark University Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures. The exhibit will be on display during open library hours from January 12 until February 5, 2010.
Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973) is one of the greatest post-war German-language poets. In connection with the exhibit, Peter Filkins of Simon’s Rock College will also read from his translations of Bachmann’s poetry in the library on January 19 at 5:00 p.m. in Gordon Conference Room 303.
Refreshments will be served at both events.
This traveling exhibition is provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in co-operation with the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and Chicago and the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association.
For more information contact David Dollenmayer, Professor of German, Department of Humanities and Arts, (508)831-5585 or email@example.com .
Over winter break the library will be moving to a new platform provided by Serials Solutions which allows library staff to more fully integrate information on our variety of ebook, print, and electronic journal collections into the online library catalog. Users should use the online catalog to discover journal titles or ebooks as well as for all other library materials. We will roll out a new Journal & Ebook Search interface to quickly find or browse items by title or title keywords. It will allow allows users to now search for journal titles by abbreviations or alternate titles. The link to the journal search will change but continue to lead users the specific database(s) or site(s) which provides the full text of the journal, magazine or newspaper needed.
The benefits to users will be more frequent updating of ebooks within our online catalog as well as more accurate, up-to-date information on journal subscriptions within a familiar interface: the WPI Library Catalog.
Our FullTextFinder will also improve as we switch to a new OpenURL link resolver provider (also Serials Solutions). The FullTextFinder will continue to link researchers to full text of articles within databases and scholar.google.com. Use to discover whether or not WPI has a subscription to the reference needed. The result may be a direct link to full text of the article or paper or links that direct researchers to obtain the full text through Google Scholar or to use ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system which allows users to request items from other libraries. Questions or comments are welcome.
- Douglas Perkins, ME Class of 2011
Douglas Perkins took the 2009 Knovel University Challenge months ago. It was worth his time. He was delivered one of the top prizes today a Nintendo Wii just in time for winter break. Congratulations Douglas and thanks for participating. More winners …
The Gordon Library provides online technical handbooks to WPI students through our Knovel ebook subscription. An extensive, searchable online resource with key technical references, Knovel includes information about materials, energy efficiency, best practices and an assortment of data from a broad range of technical fields for engineers and scientists worldwide.
Google Images now has a filter, which is not perfect or always correct in identifying creative commons images, but a great place to start an image search. Use images.google.com > Advanced Search and check the Usage Rights drop down for options (near the bottom of the search screen).
Also books.google.com > Advanced Search has a button to limit to public domain books, which also includes some current information from government and other sources. WPI has a tool called Snag-It. Use to easily snip images from online books.
Another way to find public domain images is to perform a Google search and within the Advanced Search. Filter for
- Search within a site or domain for gov only (or type site:gov into the search box along with search terms).
- Click Date, usage rights, numeric range, and more to filter for information that is “free to use or share”
United States documents created by federal employees are public domain. Look closely at the web site for any usage restrictions.
On the library web site under Help & Instruction > Self Help see Public Domain: Images, Audio, Video for other suggestions and more information about public domain.