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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

Choosing and Using Astronomical Filters

Griffiths, Martin

QB21 .G54 2014

Classical Mechanics

Gregory, Douglas R.

QA805 .G653 2006

Classical Mechanics

Taylor, John R.

QC125.2 .T39 2005


Weinberg, Steven

QB981 .W475 2008

Ethnographies of Science Education: Situated Practices of Science Learning for Social/Political Transformation

Brandt, Carol, et al (eds)

Q181.3 .E87 2014

Handbook of Research on Science Education, Volume II

Lederman, Norman G., et al (eds)

Q181 .H1492 2014 v.2

Light: The Physics of the Photon

Keller, Ole

QC793.5.P42 K45 2014

Mathematics for Physicists and Engineers: Fundamentals and Interactive Study Guide

Weltner, Klaus, et al

QC20 .M37413 2009

Simplicial Complexes of Graphs

Jonnson, Jakob

QA3 .L28 no.1928

Statistical and Quantum Optics

Chopra, S.

QC446.2 .C46 2014

The Weight of the Vacuum: A Scientific History of Dark Energy

Kragh, Helge S., et al

QB791.3 .K73 2014

Tropospheric Aerosol-Formation, Transformation, Fate and Impacts: Faraday Discussions No. 165


QC882.42 .T76 2013

Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice

Burch, Sarah, et al

QC903 .B86 2014

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Munroe, Ronald

Q173 .M965 2014


Web Sites of Interest

Online Statistics Education

Statistics textbooks can easily cost over $150. But what if you could get the same information for free? This somewhat unattractive but incredibly informative site provides everything a big, fat, hard-covered stats book  does but it in an easily navigable web format. (And did we mention it’s  free?) This helpful online book was designed and developed by David Lane at Rice University, with a host of helpful co-authors and funding from the National Science Foundation. All chapters include multiple video  presentations on such topics as quantitative variables, histograms, and  one-factor ANOVA. This is a great find for anyone who wants to better understand the multitude of fields, from politics to plate tectonics, that depend on statistical modeling. [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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