Monday, September 25, 2006

CAS e-seminar

Save the date and register now!
CAS is hosting an e-Seminar on October 11, 2006
It’s live, it’s interactive, and it’s focused on
SciFinder®: Exploring Chemical Properties and
Finding New Ways to Enhance Your Search Results

Wednesday, October 11, 2006
2:00 – 3:00 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time (19:00-20:00 GMT)
To register, visit:

After you register, you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing the teleconference phone numbers.

SciFinder®: Exploring Chemical Properties and Finding New Ways to Enhance Your Search Results

Learn how predicted and experimental property data can help you find relevant research answers quickly. Join us at the upcoming e-Seminar to explore:

The wide variety of chemical property data now available in SciFinder
Tips and strategies using chemical property data to enhance searching
Case studies demonstrating the versatility of substance property data

Learn from your desktop or gather your colleagues and share the e-Seminar demonstration in an auditorium or meeting room. You can submit questions at any time during the e-Seminar.

For system and other technical requirements needed to participate in this event, contact WebEx:
Phone: 866-779-3239 (North America)
916-463-8262 (worldwide)


If you have technical questions, please contact WebEx at 866-779-3239 if inside the United States, at 916-463-8262 if outside the United States, or by e-mail at

If you have general questions about SciFinder, please call CAS Customer Care at 800-753-4227 if inside the United States or 614-447-3700 if outside the United States, visit the CAS Customer Care web page at, or send an e-mail to

Join us on October 11!

Thursday, September 21, 2006


SciFinder is available in the library computer lab. Click Start/Programs/General to access.

Campus affiliated patrons wanting to use SciFinder Scholar elsewhere may check out a cd with the software. This software may be copied onto any pc on the campus LAN, or any of the campus supplied tablets.

The software will not work on a “student supplied” computer and can not be used off campus (even on a tablet.)

The dorms are considered off campus because they have a different internet setup.

Monday, September 18, 2006

This week Sept. 17-23

1977 - The "Voyager I" spacecraft (launched on Sep 5, 1977 from cape Canaveral, FL) snapped the first photograph showing the earth and moon together. ("Voyager I" is further away from Earth than any other man-made object.)

1991 - Ötzi, the Iceman, was found by a German tourist, Helmut Simon, on the Similaun Glacier in the Tirolean Ötztal Alps, on the Italian-Austrian border. The body is that of a man aged 25 to 35 who had been about 5 feet 2 inches (1.6 meters) tall and had weighed about 50 kg (110 pounds), is the oldest mummified human body ever found intact -- some 5000 years old. And his few remaining scalp hairs provided the earliest archaeological evidence of haircutting. And, if that’s not enough, Ötzi was found to have a number of ‘points’ tattooed on his body, 80% of which are considered valid modern acupucture points and dates acupuncture back to at least 3300 B.C. Find more about Otzi at Wilson's Applied Science & Technology Index

1985 - In Mexico City, this day will forever be remembered. The first of two killer earthquakes hit the city. This one, 8.1 on the Richter scale, followed the next day by a 7.5er, crumbled buildings (damages were estimated at more than one billion dollars) and killed almost 10,000 people. Find 420 records matching mexico and city and earthquake in GeoRefS --

1989 - Hugo is a nice enough sounding name -- unless you put a hurricane behind it. Hurricane Hugo tore into Charleston, South Carolina this day, leaving a trail of destruction calculated at over eight billion dollars. (and hurricanes…)Find 160 records about Hugo at EnvironmentS

1846 - The planet Neptune was first observed. Although the planet is about 30 times further away from the sun than we are on planet Earth, German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle spotted it. How’d he do that? (and still a “real”planet)Find 336 books about Neptune at Worldcat

1930 - Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier of Athegnenber, Germany. Now that’s an invention that used to be very popular in the little box cameras. You popped the bulb into the socket in front of a silver reflector dish. The bulb would get all crinkly looking and milky white in color after it was used (you could only use it once). Then the bulbs were replaced by flash cubes and now, the automatic flash is built into the camera. So easy to use ... but not half as much fun Search for recent flashbulb patents at

Demo's and training

Cindy Davies was recently invited to address IS 301 Her presentation of library materials for IS301 is listed here: IS 301 She would love to do a custom presentation for you, your department, or group. Just email her at

Friday, September 15, 2006

Demo's and training

Library Director Patty Andersen was recently invited address the Mechanical Engineering faculty. Her presentation of library materials for ME is listed here: ME Demo She would love to do a custom presentation for your department or group. Just email her at

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wilson Applied Science and Technology Index

Applied Science and Technology Index from HW Wilson is the second of the Regents Library Initiative Databases to be made available. It is available at:

List of Journal indexed

Medline on Web of Knowledge

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will be able to access Medline via ISI Web of Knowledge(SM) beginning immediately. The trial will run through Saturday, September 30, 2006.

The following data will be available for your trial:

Medline 1950 - present

The URL is

Win an IPOD

Are you playing? The Knovel University Challenge started yesterday and runs through Monday November 13th.

Get started at:

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Measuring up - National report on Higher Education

The Knovel University Challenge Returns!

A new version of the Knovel University Challenge kicks off its fall season on Sept. 13th and will run through Nov. 13th. The University Challenge provides students the opportunity to master their research and analysis skills while competing for 15 prizes. This year’s winners will receive an iPod Shuffle, a 30G Apple Video iPod or a $500 Grand Prize. The University Challenge, now in its second season, is open to students of hard sciences, mathematics and technology-related courses of study at universities with access to Knovel Library or Knovel K-Essentials.

The University Challenge introduces young minds to next-generation research methods being used by many Fortune 1000 companies. The success of last spring's contest brought over 800 entries from 17 countries. The purpose is to inspire students to pursue careers in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics while offering a practical "real world" educational experience.

To participate in the fall Knovel University Challenge, go to starting Wednesday, Sept. 13th. In the meantime, visit that page and bookmark it so you're ready!

Regent's Library Initiative -- Knovel

Devereaux Library pleased to announce the first of the "Regents" databases. Many of you have inquired about the availability of Scitech eBooks. Knovel Corporation is one of the newest vendors offering access to nearly 700 engineering and scientific references, handbooks, standards, and databases. Knovel expands the traditional eBook paradigm by adding the ability to interactively manipulate and search for content across this entire collection. Using your browser (Internet Explorer recommended), the Knovel site is only a click away at We arranged to have our campus IPs authenticated so you will never be asked for a Login sequence to "open" a book. (Coming soon to the dorms as well)

Users can use keyword and/or data searches. The new chemical structure searching feature even allows users to even draw the chemical compound before searching. Knovel's core technology is unique in that it aggregates text together with databases in an indexing structure that allows an unlimited number of products to work together. Users have the flexibility of navigating through e-References page-by-page or to search across the site and manipulate interactive tables, graphs, equations, spreadsheets, and other structured information.Knovel aggregates content from over 30 highly regarded publishers and collects the content into 17 subject areas:
Adhesives, Coatings, Sealants & Inks
Aerospace & Radar Technology
Biochemistry, Biology & Biotechnology
Ceramics & Ceramic Engineering
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Construction Materials & Engineering
Electrical & Power Engineering
Environment & Environmental Engineering
Food Science
General Engineering References
Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering
Metals & Metallurgy
Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Plastics & Rubbers
Safety, Health & Hygiene
Semiconductors & Electronics

Knovel’s “flagship” books are the Plastics Design Library Series, Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook, ChemEssentials, Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry, and a host of titles in Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering featuring Mark’s Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers along with the ASME Boiler and Pressure vessel codes. Knovel’s toxicology offerings are quite comprehensive with 21 books. Popular books being the Dictionary of Substances and Their Effects, Sittig's Handbook of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals and Carcinogens, Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, and Patty's Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene. Knovel has recently partnered with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to make available the many important books in the Center for Chemical Process Safety Guidelines Series. Lastly, Knovel has many of the important DoD Military Handbooks, including a fully interactive version of MIL-HDBK-5H: Metallic Materials and Elements for Aerospace Vehicle Structures.From Knovel’s home page browse and/or search through all the Subject Areas and let me know what you think. Knovel is particularly responsive to adding content that we feel would be valuable to add to their site. Just email me your requests and I will forward them to the Knovel Editorial Advisory Board.

LEARNING TO USE KNOVEL R>For the most part, browsing and searching on Knovel is fairly straightforward and is not unlike using Google, particularly when doing keyword(s) searching. Interactive features often invoke Flash (or Java) application tools that enhance the searching experience that can provide for iterative what-if-scenarios. Knovel offers a variety of online manuals, user guides, feature demos, and on-demand tutorials. From the home page click on Help Center and/or Explore Knovel Features to get you started.Additionally Knovel conducts on-site Workshops and/or training over the Internet via WebEx, both events usually take an hour or less. I will organize such an event if there is enough interest, so please get back to me.Enjoy Knovel and happy searching.

Quick Reference guide

Library Catalog 101

How do I search the library catalog?

September 11, 2001 -- Never forget

Many books, government documents and other materials are available at the Devereaux Library

Many, many other materials can be located at September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Web of Science trial extended

Thomson Scientific is augmenting the Sciences portion of our Web of Science offer to South Dakota universities by adding of our version of Medline and 5 years of the Social Science Citation Index at no additional cost. This is in addition to our plans to provide Endnote Web at no additional cost. We believe these significant modifications to our offer will allow South Dakota schools to build a high-quality electronic research environment based on the market-leading ISI Web of Knowledge platform. South Dakota researchers will now benefit from seamlessly harvesting literature across a deeper pool of disciplines, accessing full-text links (for entitled content), and capturing references for storage or sharing.

To better approximate the environment South Dakota universities will receive in a Web of Science acquisition, I am reauthorizing the present Web of Science trial to include the resources listed above. [Please note, while EndNote Web will be included in our offer, EndNote Web is not scheduled for release until early next year and will not be in the reauthorized trial environment.] A new URL will be assigned for the Web of Science trial. The trial will also be extended until September 30, 2006.

Global Text Project brings wiki textbooks to the world

This may be of interest to those looking for tablet based textbooks.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Urban Lions

KNBN reported Monday that another lion was found inside city limits. Want to know more about urban lions? A great book on urban lions, The beast in the garden : a modern parable of man and nature is available in the library. For other books search the subject Puma using the "Find in a library" feature on our homepage,
For journal articles search EbscoHost or ProQuest also available on the library homepage.

Friday, September 01, 2006


Welcome to Devereaux Online. We hope you will find this site informative and interesting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Coming Soon

This past legislative session $482,632 was appropriated by the South Dakota Legislature to help meet the increasing costs of library media. University librarians have been working with faculty to identify electronic resources that will enhance research and scholarly activities throughout the state. Watch this space for announcments as resources become available.

Holiday Hours

Special Hours
Labor Day

Saturday & Sunday
September 2-3

September 4
Open 4 pm - 12 mid

Library tour and research tips : Getting started

Contact the library to schedule a tour for yourself or your class. Research Assistance is available Sunday-Friday, let us know how we can help.

An E-Tour is also available at to help you get started

NetLibrary Information and Demo

SDSM&T library users have access to 5,511 NetLibrary titles. Titles can be found in the library catalog or on the NetLibrary page: .

View Demo

SciFinder Solutions Note

The SciFinder Solutions web page has been updated! The updated web page includes the latest CAS content information and an informative article about tuning your SciFinder preferences to maximize performance. Visit to read the latest news.

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