Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Halloween fun at the Library!

All day on Wednesday, October 31st, the Library Staff will be giving out free Halloween candy and lollipop ghosts. You can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Margherita's Pizza and Cafe, located at 8th and Washington in Hoboken! Just look for the orange raffle entry forms available in the Library. If you wear a Halloween costume to the Library on Wednesday, you will get a free gift.

To enter the raffle, just pick up an orange entry form inside the Library, and use one of the recommended research databases (choose one from the list of research databases at to identify a scholarly journal article on the topic of Halloween and write down the journal title, article title, volume, issue, date, and page numbers for the article. Also, tell us which database you used to find the article. Then, just hand in the entry form at the Information Services desk or the Circulation desk, and you will be entered to win the prize!

All students, faculty, and staff are invited and encouraged to stop by the Library on Halloween! We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Stevens Library Catalog Upgrade/Downtime

The Library Catalog (WebCat) will not be available from Thursday, October 18 to Sunday, October 21, 2007, while it undergoes a software update and server migration. During this time, users will not be able to search for or renew books online.

Books can still be checked in and checked out manually at the circulation desk.

Electronic books are still available online through the databases, such as
* knovel Engineering & Scientific Online References
* Engineering Handbooks Online (EngNetBase)
* Referex Engineering e-Books
* Safari Tech Books Online

Users may also check WorldCat to see if the library owns an item; however, this database will not indicate the availability or location of the item (e.g., checked-out, stacks, new books, reference), and it will not give the exact call number. If WorldCat indicates the library owns an item, one way to find the call number would be to check the Library of Congress catalog, since many of our call numbers match the records in this catalog.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to improve our library catalog.

Please contact the Library circulation desk at 201-216-5200, or email us at if you have any questions.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Web of Science & Journal Citation Reports

Are you a student or faculty member who needs to do a citation search? Do you need to find impact factors for journals? Are you applying for promotion or tenure?

Unfortunately, our library doesn't currently subscribe to the Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports databases, but, we have good news! They are available at the New York Public Library (NYPL).

Web of Science provides access to the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Journal Citation Reports allows you to find impact factors for a diversity of journals.

NYPL is a public library, so you can walk in and use the resources. Just remember that sometimes there may be a waiting list for computer use. The NYPL research libraries are excellent, and the librarians there are very knowledgeable and helpful.

There are two NYPL research libraries that are very easy to get to from Hoboken - check out the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL, located at 34th Street and Madison Avenue) and the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (located at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue).

Be sure to check the NYPL website for library hours and directions to the library before you make the trip. You can use the PATH train or NJ Transit bus to get you close to these libraries.

People who are not New York residents may pay a $100 annual fee to obtain a NYPL card, so as to access NYPL online research resources remotely. Check out their website for more information.

Ask a Librarian here at the Stevens Library if you have any questions!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Free Concert!

This Friday at 8PM, the Library, in conjunction with the Stevens Philosophy Club, will be hosting a musical performance by The Bloom Equations, featuring a program of opera arias by Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and more. Light refreshments will be served.