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Pinetum 1934-2002 Now Online

NRL News - Mon, 2013-09-16 08:43

The NCSU Libraries now provides online access to the 1934 through 2001-2002 editions of the Pinetum, the student journal of the NC State College of Natural Resources (previously the School of Forestry and College of Forest Resources). Since 1934, the Pinetum has documented student life in the college and provided a forum for administrative messages to students. The early volumes, also available in print in the library, contain valuable documentation of the history of the college, its faculty and students, and student clubs and activities. Beginning with the 2006-2007 edition, the Pinetum has been published through the College of Natural Resources’ website.

The digital editions of the Pinetum are available as part of the NCSU Libraries’ Rare & Unique Digital Collections, which provides access to thousands of images, video and audio recordings, and text documenting NC State history. The university’s student yearbook, the Agromeck, and course catalogs are among the historical materials available through this website.

Special Collections “Show and Tell” event at the Natural Resources Library a success!

NRL News - Mon, 2013-08-26 15:47

On Friday, August 23, more than 40 faculty, students, and staff members enjoyed the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) “Show and Tell” event at the Natural Resources Library (NRL). The event featured materials from the SCRC that were of special interest to NRL patrons, including highlights from the Bruce J. Zobel Papers, the Carl Alwin Schenck Papers, and selected materials from the university archives. A sample volume from Romeyn B. Hough’s The American Woods 14-volume set from 1888-1910 was especially popular. The book features (very thinly sliced) radial, tangential, and transverse sections of 350 North American woods. The descriptions that accompany the three views cover each tree’s characteristics, growth habits, medicinal properties, and commercial possibilities. In the photograph above (in the lower right corner), the Curator of Collections is holding up one page from this book.

Given the high attendance at this event, another event will in all likelihood be scheduled at NRL for the following semester. To view these collections in person, please schedule an appointment at the SCRC by sending an email to: library_specialcollections@ncsu.edu.

Two New Library Tutorial Videos

NCSU Libraries News - Thu, 2013-08-22 14:46
Two new animation videos are now available on the library website. These videos will help students as they begin the library research process.

Picking Your Topic IS Research (3:10) describes how picking a topic isn’t set in stone from the get-go. You tweak and refine as you do research. It emphasizes the research process. From Idea to Library (2:28) tells the story of how an idea goes from a researcher to publication as an article in a journal and how it becomes discoverable in article databases through the library. We hope it helps students better understand the distinctions between an article, a journal, and a database.

You can find these and other tutorials here: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/

Let your librarian know if you have comments or questions about these videos or suggestions for other tutorial topics.

Two New Library Tutorial Videos

NRL News - Thu, 2013-08-22 12:26
Two new animation videos are now available on the library website. These videos will help students as they begin the library research process.

Picking Your Topic IS Research (3:10) describes how picking a topic isn’t set in stone from the get-go. You tweak and refine as you do research. It emphasizes the research process.

From Idea to Library (2:28) tells the story of how an idea goes from a researcher to publication as an article in a journal and how it becomes discoverable in article databases through the library. We hope it helps students better understand the distinctions between an article, a journal, and a database.

You can find these and other tutorials here: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/

Let your librarian know if you have comments or questions about these videos or suggestions for other tutorial topics.

Library Research Workshops

NRL News - Wed, 2013-08-21 09:12

The library offers workshops on effective literature searching, citation management, writing literature reviews, and other topics. The full schedule and workshop descriptions are available at http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/researchworkshops.

If you do not find a workshop that meets your schedule, you can schedule a workshop or one-on-one consultation with your librarian. Contact us at nrl_library@ncsu.edu.

Case Studies in Sport Management: a new online journal

NRL News - Wed, 2013-08-14 10:10

The NCSU Libraries now has online access to Case Studies in Sport Management (CSSM), a peer-reviewed journal that facilitates teaching the discipline through case studies. According to the CSSM Mission Statement, “The purpose of Case Studies in Sport Management is to enhance pedagogy in the discipline through the dissemination of teaching cases across varied topics consistent with the COSMA Common Professional Component topical areas, including sport management, marketing, finance, and law.” CSSM articles can be easily searched on their website, so finding an article that pertains to a particular topic is quite simple. Access this title using the search box on the NCSU Libraries website.

BrowZine app: trial through the end of Aug.

NRL News - Mon, 2013-08-05 09:31

Through the end of August, the library has trial access to BrowZine, an iPad and Android app that facilitates browsing of library journal collections. If you are interested in testing the product, please follow the instructions below. Your feedback about this product would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to Karen Ciccone (kacollin@ncsu.edu).

To access the trial:

• From your iPad or Android device, download BrowZine from the App Store and install it.
• When you open BrowZine for the first time, you will see a list of schools. Select “North Carolina State University,” then enter your Unity ID and Password.
• Select subject areas or titles of interest and start browsing. You may notice that only a limited portion of our collection is available for browsing through BrowZine.

Marshall & Swift Equipment Cost Index now available online to NC State Readers

NRL News - Wed, 2013-05-15 11:59

The NCSU Libraries now provides NC State readers with Marshall & Swift Equipment Cost Index online.

NC State users will need to authenticate themselves with a Unity ID to get access to the 2nd Quarter 2013 Marshall & Swift Equipment Cost Index. This will be updated quarterly. February 2012 and older listings of the Marshall & Swift Equipment Cost Index can be found in the “Economic Indicators” page of the journal Chemical Engineering.


Marshall & Swift Equipment Cost Index was created to make comparisons between two former quarters or years. Index comparisons are developed by dividing the index for the date for which a cost is desired by the index for the date of the known cost and multiplying the resulting factor by the known cost. The Marshall & Swift Equipment Cost Indexesare based on a national average for 47 different industries. A cost index is made up of a market basket of equipment and indicates the general direction in which equipment costs are moving. They represent an estimate of the trends in installed equipment costs from 1914 to date.
An individual industry index represents a composite of the entire plant equipment and does not consider machinery or other major items individually. The cost of individual plants or pieces of equipment may deviate from the given index, but in a typical industry, the overall costs will follow the
index. The indexes are national averages, and are computed quarterly. Costs representing industrial and manufacturing engineering, machinery, mechanical and electrical
installation, office equipment, furniture, fixtures, hand tools, and other items are combined in the proportion to their average occurrence in each of the listed industries. These are additionally weighted by a factor representing the general business activity and status of the economy at the time of computation.

These digital texts are copyright protected and are licensed for use only by enrolled students and faculty at NC State University. Use by any other person is prohibited by law and subject to copyright infringement penalties.

New Life Cycle Inventory Database: ecoinvent data v2.2

NRL News - Thu, 2013-04-11 09:18

NCSU Libraries has purchased an educational license for the ecoinvent data
v2.2
– a database of Life Cycle Inventory data. It is accessible through the

library catalog and the library’s databases list:

ecoinvent data v2.2 is a database of life cycle inventory (LCI) data on
energy supply, resource extraction, material supply, chemicals,
metals, agriculture, waste management services, and transport
services. Data sets from 2003 through 2010 are currently available
through Ecoinvent. LCI data (raw data and results) of more than 4,000
processes, products and services including infrastructure (such as the
manufacturing of cars, erection of power plants, construction of
roads, etc.) are available.

The following are some of the life cycle impact assessment methods
available through ecoinvent data v2.2:

- Cumulative Energy Demand (CED),
- Cumulative Exergy Demand (CExD),
- Environmental Design of Industrial Products (EDIP 2003),
- Eco-indicator 99 (all three perspectives),
- Ecological Footprint,
- Environmental Damage Potential (EDP),
- Impact 2002+,
- TRACI, and others

For information on how to use ecoinvent data v2.2 see their How to
Use
information .

Below are some ebooks on Life Cycle Assessment (mouse over a cover
image for full title, or click on it for a link to content):

Please read ecoinvent’s End User Licence Agreement carefully before using ecoinvent data to
find information about your rights and duties when using ecoinvent data.

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