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Happy 2015!!! 

Reserve Books

If you have an extra copy of the textbook(s) that you are using this semester, I would encourage you to put it/them "on reserve" for students.  The form to do so can be found at

Library Instruction Sessions

Please call me (x6093) if you would like to schedule a library instruction session for your students.  These sessions can be tailored for the paper or project that your students are working on.   

Book/DVD Orders

Ordering stops in March.  If there is an item that you would like to see made available in the library's collection, please send me the title and ISBN number.

New Databases

We have two new databases, The Cochrane Library and Cochrane Clinical Answers.  The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases in medicine and other healthcare areas that summarize and interpret results of medical research.  Clinical Answers are evidence-based answers to clinical questions that support health professionals in decision making. The databases can be found by using the Article Databases link found on the library's home page and searching by Title.


Selected New Books/DVDs



Call Number

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

Montgomery, David R.

S590.7 .M66 2007

Charles Darwin in Cambridge: The Most Joyful Years

van Wyhe, John

QH31.D2 V355 2014

Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?


HB3722 .H45 2012

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction


QH75 .C325 2010(media)

The Remarkable Life and Career of Ellen Swallow Richards: Pioneer in Science and Technology

Swallow, Pamela

Q143.R53 S93 2014


Websites of Interest

In a time of instant information, many scientists wonder why the publishing process still functions at such a glacial pace, with the time between  submission and publication of articles sometimes taking half a year or  more. bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”), a preprint server for biology  published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, seeks to remedy this situation  by posting preprints of studies. While these papers will not be  peer-reviewed, and it will therefore be up to the reader to judge their  validity, proponents of the new system argue that it could be a support to  the slower peer-reviewed process as it will at least allow scientists to  examine one another’s results quickly. The site is easily searchable by  subject area, date, author, keyword, and title. Equally easy and
straightforward is the submission process for those interested in adding to  the archive. [CNH]

What We Know (Climate Change)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has created this website dedicated to the science of climate change. The site is divided into three main parts: What We Know, Hear From Scientists, and About the Initiative. What We Know lists the facts of climate change (for instance, that there is an overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that climate change is real and dangerous) in a clear, articulate write-up. Hear From Scientists lists short, educational videos with prominent scientists in the field. The videos are typically about 4 to 5 minutes in length and the  "What We Know" video is a great place to start for a summary. Finally, About the Initiative tells the story of the site and how to promote knowledge about climate science in the public sphere. [CNH]

Wolfram Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine

Previously covered by the Scout Report in 2009, Wolfram Alpha, “the computational knowledge engine” is more astonishing than ever. The interface is deceptively simple. Just type what you want to know into the text field. For instance, “How many Buddhists are there?” returns not only the number of Buddhists worldwide (369 million); it also breaks the numbers down by country and provides a colorful world map. Another example: “health care Germany vs U.S.” returns a range of facts, figures, and graphs, including the amount each nation spends per person on health ($3,577 vs. $7,274). These are just the shallowest examples of what Wolfram Alpha can do, so its worth exploring with your specific needs in mind. [CNH]

The Encyclopedia of Earth: Biodiversity

The Encyclopedia of Earth, a project by the National Council for Science  and the Environment, was launched in 2006 as a “free, fully searchable  online resource on the Earth, its natural environments, and their  interaction with society.” Over 1,400 scholars from around the world have  contributed to the site to make it one of the most reliable sources for  environmental and policy information on the web. This link to the  Biodiversity section of the Encyclopedia opens a small universe of insights  into the diversity of life on our planet. Featured Articles are forefront  on the site, with topics such as Coral Reefs, Crustacea, or Habitat  Fragmentation. Each category opens to dozens of loosely related articles.  The Recently Updated section is another great place to start for those  daunted by the variety of conceivable subjects related to biodiversity.  [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994‑2014.

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