Thursday, October 16, 2008

SpringerLink TRIAL -and- Lunch & Learn session with a chance to win an iPod!

Take advantage of the current SpringerLink database trial and attend the SpringerLink Lunch & Learn session with a chance to win an iPod. The lunch & learn session will take place on Wednesday, November 19th at 11:30 a.m. A representative from Springer will be here to tell you about SpringerLink’s features and content and we hope that you will sign up and attend. Lunch will be provided and you will have a chance to win an iPod!
  • The Springer Journals trial is available through December 31, 2008
  • The Springer Protocols trial is available through November 30, 2008. (Springer Protocols is the largest subscription-based electronic database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences.)
  • The library recently purchased the Springer e-books collection (all Springer e-books from 2005-2008 in the English language). These books will be permanently accessible through the SpringerLink portal. The e-book trial includes e-books published between 2000 and 2009.
How to get to the SpringerLink TRIAL:

Go to the library home page at
Within the Search Tools section at left, click on Online Resource A-Z List
Select SpringerLink from the A-Z List

Off-campus access –
If you’re trying to access SpringerLink from an off-campus location, you will need to successfully set up a VPN so that you’re recognized as a Stevens user. Please see the Connecting from Off-Campus page on the library website for full instructions for setting up a VPN.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Beninghove, Head of Reference and Research Services, at or 201-216-5412.

Monday, October 13, 2008

SciFinder Scholar installed on two public workstations

SciFinder Scholar, a unique database that allows you to explore chemical literature, substances, and reactions, is now available at two workstations at the library. These workstations have been designated as "priority workstations", so that users who want to search the SciFinder Scholar database can have priority. SciFinder serves the biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, and related disciplines.

If you'd like to use SciFinder Scholar from your own computer, you must first install the SciFinde software onto your computer. This is only done once and only takes a couple of minutes. You'll need a valid connection to the SciFinder database, either by being on campus or by setting up a VPN connection if you're located off-campus. Instructions for downloading the SciFinder scholar software are located here.

The library's site license only allows one simultaneous user at a time. Therefore, if you're unable to connect, try again later. Also, please remember to disconnect from SciFinder when you're done so that someone else can use it.

To find out what SciFinder has to offer you, check out the SciFinder product overview.

If you have any questions about SciFinder Scholar, please contact a Reference and Research Services Librarian.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Stevens dissertations available online

The text and images of nearly all doctoral dissertations produced at Stevens from 1987 to the present are now available for viewing online via the Proquest database. These dissertations are the first available in a project that will eventually provide online access to every dissertation produced at the institute, with the exception of dissertations with publication restrictions.

The library's online resources page has a link to the dissertations page under the heading Stevens Dissertations Online. Access to the full text is available only within the Stevens network (see here for connecting from 0ff-campus locations.)

For more information about the project, contact Scott Smith at or at 201-216-5419.