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A new non-Java CAS Structure Editor is now available in SciFinder

NRL News - Thu, 2013-10-03 15:22

The SciFinder chemistry database now features a new version of the CAS Structure Editor that does not require a Java plugin. The Java version of the editor is still available and you can easily select your preferred editor.

The non-Java editor is a new option for substance and reaction searching that queries the same SciFinder database. You may notice that some features are missing. Although SciFinder would have preferred to release the editor with all functionality, they released the first available working version to address the pressing needs of some who are still experiencing Java-related issues. For more information on the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor, visit SciFinder System Requirements.

With the latest SciFinder release, you can also:

-Analyze reaction answer sets by reagent to more quickly identify your synthesis of interest
-Quickly view substance and supplier information simultaneously without leaving your commercial sources answer set
-Easily update your account information and access SciPlanner how-to guides

More information regarding SciFinder can be also found on NCSU Library’s website .

Places & Spaces Puts Science on the Map

NCSU Libraries News - Tue, 2013-09-24 10:18

In collaboration with Indiana University, NCSU Libraries invites you to see some of the most inspired scientific visualizations in history. From October 14th through the 27th, the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit will be featured in the iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The October event marks a fascinating symbiosis of content and medium, with the visionary maps that make up Places & Spaces providing a perfect complement to the stunning visual experience of the iPearl Immersion Theater.

Now in its ninth year, the Places & Spaces exhibit has traced the evolution of science maps, featuring the most powerful examples of knowledge domain mapping, novel location-based cartographies, data visualizations, and science-inspired art works. Created by leading figures in the natural, physical, and social sciences, scientometrics, visual arts, social and science policymaking, and the humanities, the maps in Places & Spaces allow us to better grasp the abstract contexts, relationships, and dynamism of human systems and collective intelligence. Individually and as a whole, the maps of Places & Spaces allow data to tell stories which both the scientist and the layperson can understand and appreciate.

"History of Science Fiction" by Ward Shelley is one of the maps in the collection.

Over the course of its nine-year existence, these maps have adorned the walls of some of the most prestigious libraries, museums, and universities around the world (see http://www.scimaps.org/exhibitions/ for a complete listing of venues). By presenting the mapping of science in the context of a more traditional exhibit-going experience, Places & Spaces has brought together two cultural locations—the lab and the gallery—that have often been viewed as ideologically and aesthetically remote.

In keeping, however, with the exhibit’s commitment to both tracing science mapping’s past and offering glimpses of its future, Places & Spaces has partnered with North Carolina State University’s innovative Hunt Library and its state-of-the-art iPearl Immersion Theater to offer a new way to experience this important collection. With its 7×16-foot Christie® MicroTiles® digital display, the iPearl Immersion Theater surrounds viewers with larger-than-life maps of science that are visually arresting from afar and amazingly sharp up close. With media outlets like Time magazine, Ploughshares, Architect magazine, and others placing it at the forefront of a renaissance in library design and capabilities, the Hunt Library is the perfect cutting-edge venue to feature the groundbreaking work of Places & Spaces: Mapping Science.

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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