Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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November 30 ~

On this day in 1983 Radio Shack introduced the Tandy Model 2000 computer. Refresh your memory of personal computing @ your library.

Former war hero and South Dakota govenor Joe Foss was named the 1st commissioner of the AFL on November 30, 1959.

Monday, November 29, 2010

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November 29 ~

On November 29, 1877, Thomas Edison first demonstrated his hand-cranked phonograph. Follow the progress of recording sound @ your library.

On this day in 1929 Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd transmits a message, "My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole." His calculations were wrong. Don't let this happen to you, learn all about the compass @ your library.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

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November 28 ~

November 28th, 1520, Ferdinand Magellan began his voyage to cross Pacific Ocean. Begin your own exploration @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines: November 28, 1895

November 28 - First S.D. School of Mines intercollegiate football game played against Black Hills College [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg 51]

Saturday, November 27, 2010

T-Rex center of $8.2M area copyright lawsuit

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November 27 ~

On this day in 1934, a gun battle on the outskirts of Chicago claimed the lives of two FBI agents and the notorious gangster Baby Face Nelson. Enjoy a gangster movie from the Devereaux’s cinema collection, a project of The Friends of the Devereaux Library. It’s @ your library.

Friday, November 26, 2010

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November 26 ~

On November 26, 1825, the first college fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was founded at Union College, New York. Get inside information about fraternities and secret societies @ your library.

Born on this day in 1894, U.S. mathematician, Norbert Weiner who discovered cybernetics. Fuel your interest in cybernetics @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines: November 26, 1952

November 26 - Professor Emeritus Dr. Howard Lincoln McLaury dies in his sleep, age 86. Professor McLaury had been teaching Mathematics on campus since 1895, over 50 dedicated years of service to the school [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 98]

Spring 1953 - Engineering building renamed McLaury Building [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 98]

Thursday, November 25, 2010

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November 25 ~

On this day in 1867 Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. Follow this explosive story @ your library.


Archaeologist Howard Carter entered King Tut's tomb on November 25, 1922. This and more ancient wonders @ your library.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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November 24 ~

A destructive eruption of Vesuvius occurred on this day in 1759. Learn about Vesuvius and other volcanoes @ your library.

On this day in 1966 400 die of respiratory failure and heart attack in deadly New York City smog. Check out the progress in air pollution research and control @ your library.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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November 23 ~

On this day in 1960, the second Tiros weather satellite was launched. Learn about weather satellites @ your library.

In 1980 4,800 die when a series of earthquakes devastated southern Italy. More about the Irpinia earthquake @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines - November 23, 1980

November 23 - Television program 60 Minutes airs piece on "Willard Water" discovered by John W. Willard professor emeritus of Chemistry - requests for free samples flood campus switchboard http://dr-willardswater.com/sixty.html, transcript available in library as well [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 154]

Monday, November 22, 2010

Campus Retreat Mystery

Do you like mysteries? Can you help us solve some?

The library has a number of slides that we are digitizing. A few are labeled, others have no markings at all.

This set is marked Campus Retreat Slides

It's obviously a group from SDSM&T. Where are they? Who are they? When was this?

We think it must be 1994 or before as Jim Mack retired in 1994 and he is pictured in one of the slides... At least I think that's Jim.

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November 22 ~

On this day in 1963, an assassin took the life of the 35th president of the United States. John F. Kennedy died on November 22, 1963. Learn more about the events of that day @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines: Nov. 22, 1959

November 22 - Dr. James D. Bump dies [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 106]

Sunday, November 21, 2010

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November 21 ~


On November 21, 1935, the China Clipper completed the first commercial crossing of Pacific by plane. Learn more about transPacific flight @ your library.

On this day in 1620, the Mayflower Compact was signed by Pilgrims in Cape Cod.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

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November 20 ~

On this day in 1931 AT&T instigated the first commercial teletype service.

On November 20, 1967, at 11:00 a.m., the Census Clock at Department of Commerce ticked past 200 million. Learn more about the science of population forecasting @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines: November 20, 1943

November 20, Fire damages Chemistry building on November 20, 1943. [Twenty-Eighth Biennial Report of the Regents of Education of the State of South Dakota to the Governor for the Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1944, Fiscal Years 1942-43 and 1943-44, Transmitted to the Legislature at the Twenty-Ninth Biennial Session, 1945. pg. 319]

Friday, November 19, 2010

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November 19 ~

On this day in 1947, a 200" mirror arrives at Mt. Palomar, the crucial piece of the gigantic Hale telescope. Discover the power of large telescopes @ your library.

In 1969 Apollo 12's Conrad & Bean become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon. Join the adventure @ your library.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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November 18 ~

On November 18, 1960, the U.S. Copyright Office issued its 10 millionth registration. Learn the dos and don’ts of copyright @ your library.

On this day in 1928, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse debuted in "Steamboat Willie." Want to build your own empire? Study entrepreneurship @ your library.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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November 17 ~

On this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln began the first draft of his Gettysburg address. Need help writing your masterpiece? It's @ your library.

In 1913 the Panama Canal opened. More about the canal @ your library.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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November 16 ~

President Nixon authorized construction of the Alaskan pipeline on November 16, 1973. Follow the trail of the pipeline @ your library.

On the same day Skylab 4 was launched into Earth orbit. Explore the universe with Skylab @ your library.

Monday, November 15, 2010

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November 15 ~

On this day in 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike first set his eyes on the peak that would soon bear his name. Discover a wealth of information about Pike's Peak @ your library.


Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle reached Tahiti on this day in 1835. Follow the adventure @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines: November 15, 1901

November 15 - First school magazine The Arum published [sources #2] [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 24]

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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November 14 ~

On November 14th, 1889, New York World reporter Nellie Bly began her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days. Join in the adventure @ your library.

Albert Einstein presented his quantum theory of light on this day in 1908. Learn more @ your library.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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November 13 ~

On November 13, 1843, Mt. Rainier in Washington State erupted. Learn about Mr. Rainier and other volcanoes @ your library.

In a letter to a friend, Benjamin Franklin wrote on this day in 1789, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Meet Ben @ your library.

In 1990, U.S. patent #4,969,317 for the Animal Hat, a cowboy hat designed to protect animals from heat and sunlight; it was held on by a Velcro chin strap was issued. Find patent information @ your library.

Friday, November 12, 2010

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November 12~

The first underwater tunnel, the Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey, opened on this day in 1927.

On November 12, 1940, a deadly blizzard struck the Midwest, claiming 154 lives. The more you know, the safer you are. Learn about blizzards @ your library.

Holiday Hours - Veterans' Day

The library will be open from Noon - Midnight
Thursday November 11th.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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November 11 ~

Alvan Clark patented the telescope on this day in 1851. Today Clark’s 102 cm refracting telescope at the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, remains the world’s largest such instrument.

Discovery of 390 million year old insect fossils, the oldest known specimens, is reported in Science on this day in 1988. Science and hundreds of other journals are available @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines: November 11, 1935

November 11 (Armistice Day) - stratosphere balloon Explorer II reaches 72,395 feet, lands near White Lake with all instruments intact [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 71]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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November 10 ~

On this day in 1933, the great black blizzard snow/dust storm raged from South Dakota to the Atlantic coast. More about the Dust Bowl and dust storms @ your library.

In 1975 the ore ship Edmund Fitzgerald and its entire crew of 29 mysteriously disappeared during a storm on Lake Superior. Investigate this maritime tragedy and other shipwrecks @ your library.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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November 9 ~

The chemical element Darmstadtium was discovered on this day in 1994.

On this day in 1939, Ernest O. Lawrence was awarded the Nobel Prize for his cyclotron.

The American Chemical Society was chartered in New York on this day in 1877. See what they’re doing @ your library.

Monday, November 08, 2010

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November 8 ~

On this day in 1980 space probe Voyager 1 discovered the 15th moon of Saturn. Learn more @ your library.

Sir Edmond Halley who became the first geophysics to calculate a comet's orbit was born on this day in 1656.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

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November 7 ~

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington collapsed on this day in 1940. Get the story @ your library.

On this day in 1872 the cargo ship Mary Celeste sailed from New York heading to Genoa; it was mysteriously found abandoned 4 weeks later. Help solve the mystery @ your library.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

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November 6 ~

In 1977 an earthen dam burst at Toccoa Falls Bible College, Georgia, killing 39. Learn more about the failure of dams @ your library.

RCA introduces television to the press on this day in 1936. More about the wonders of television broadcasting @ your library.

Friday, November 05, 2010

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November 5 ~

An iceberg twice size of Rhode Island is sighted in Antarctica in 1987. Want to know more? Ask @ your library.

The space probe Ulysses completed it first passage behind the Sun on this day in 1994. Find your adventure @ your library.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

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November 4 ~

On this day in 1922, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt. Discover King Tut for youself @ your library.

The first wagon train arrived in California on this day in 1841. Learn more about the westward movement @ your library.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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November 3

On this day in 1871, after 8 years of searching darkest Africa, American journalist Henry M. Stanley first utters the phrase, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Relive the adventure @ your library.

Linus Pauling wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on this day in 1954.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

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November 2

Today is Election Day. Need help? The South Dakota Secretary of State provides personalized voting information and individualized sample ballots. Can’t find your polling place? Google has a special voting map search just to help. And don’t forget personal, individualized assistance is always available @ your library.

Happy anniversary South Dakota. On this day in 1889 South Dakota became the 40th state. What do you want to know about the state? Discover it @ your library.

Monday, November 01, 2010

The Joy of SFX

Locating articles following a bibliographic search is frequently the last and most frustrating hurdle a library user faces. With that in mind, the Devereaux Library has established a service to improve access to library resources.

SFX is a commercial mediation service designed to assist the library user in locating copies of articles. While it does not replace the expertise of a librarian, it may prove useful in your research. We invite you to give it a try. As always, assistance is available @ your library.

The Joy of SFX
SFX is a service provided by the Devereaux Library to help our researchers and students link from database references (like GeoRef, WilsonWeb, Web of Knowledge) to a copy of the corresponding full text document. Further SFX is designed to lead the reader to “appropriate” full text documents, i.e., those which are licensed by the Library for the use of students, faculty and staff. Many databases have their own internal linking services. These are often helpful, but in some cases the links are offered whether or not South Dakota School of Mines and Technology subscribes to a particular online journal.
These services are also limited by the agreements between the database producers and the journal publishers. SFX uses a decision table which identifies not only titles that are available full text to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology users, regardless of the publisher, but also alternate sources for full text, specific volumes and years of coverage, and offers other services even when full text is not available (e.g., a search in the online catalog for print volumes).
How does SFX work? SFX uses metadata organized in a standard format called OpenURL. This metadata includes information like the journal name, International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), volume, issue, pages, and year. The metadata is passed from databases that are SFX-aware to a local SFX server at SDLN. The server decodes the metadata and matches it to the appropriate entries in a table of information about the Library’s online subscriptions. An SFX services menu is generated dynamically, offering “appropriate” choices of services to the user.
Not all databases are SFX-aware, nor are all journal web sites structured to have links directly to the article level from an SFX generated link. However, these systems are undergoing constant development, with more and more SFX-compatible resources and services being offered. Therefore, when you are using a database and searching for journal articles, if you see the SFX link, go ahead and click on it!



Please be aware that the “Find Text” button is not a link to a specific page, rather it is a link to a search request which may or may not retrieve results. Please don’t hesitate to contact the library for assistance.

Adapted from original text by Andrea Twiss-Brooks, University of Chicago

Online Catalog problems

We continue to have problems with the catalog.

AquaBrowser will be search able but holds and ILL requests via the catalog will not be possible. Please place holds using our webform and use WorldCat for ILL requests (search for the item in WorldCat and click Request Item)

Please email or phone 394-2418 the library to renew materials or with any questions.

We will be working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.

We will send an update as soon as we have more information.

On campus and VPN access to all databases should not be impacted. If you use your library barcode to access databases from off campus, you may need to use VPN instead.

SDLN staff

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November 1

On this day in 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations using 24 locations that provided reports via telegraph. Want to know more about weather forecasting?
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The world’s longest suspension bridge, the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, opened on this day in 1957. Learn more about the design and construction of bridges @ your library.

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