Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thesis & Dissertation Specifications Available

Writing or Advising a Thesis, Dissertation, Senior Report, or Senior Project?

As you finalize your theses, dissertations, reports, and projects, we encourage you to take a look at the Specifications and Instructions for Submission of Theses, Dissertations, Reports, and Projects. This information is available to you within the Library Services section of the Library website at

This page provides you and your Advisors with formatting requirements, report specifications, sample pages, and links to copyright information & forms. Students using LaTeX to prepare their papers will find a LaTeX template available for their use.

If you or your Advisors have any questions about submitting a thesis, dissertation, report, or project, please contact Doris Oliver, Special Collections Assistant Curator at the Samuel C. Williams Library, at or 201-216-5415.

Best of luck with your papers and projects!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SciFinder moving to web version

SciFinder Scholar has now changed to a web version of the database. In order to use SciFinder, users will need to register using their valid Stevens email address. If you are currently using the client version of SciFinder, you will need to register with the new web version. The client version will no longer work after the end of March, 2009.

Registration instructions are available on the Stevens Library website at

Some of the new features of the web version of SciFinder include:

* Direct links to data
* Keep Me Posted enhancements
* Improved search precision
* Session history retention
* Index term linking

For SciFinder Web training and tutorials, check out the CAS website, at

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

Monday, March 16, 2009

Drs. Blumberg and Bruno to speak at Hoboken Historical Museum

As part of the Hoboken Historical Museum's "Up & Down the River: The History of the Hudson, 1609 - 2009" exhibit, two noted Stevens professors will give talks for the exhibit's lecture series.

On Sunday, April 5th, Dr. Alan F. Blumberg, the George Meade Bond Professor & Director of the Center for Maritime Systems, will give a talk about how his team assisted in the rescue of USAir Flight 1549 earlier this year.

On Sunday, May 17th, Dr. Michael Bruno, the Feiler Chair & Dean of the School of Engineering and Science, will give a talk entitled "A Sailing History of Hoboken", about Stevens Institute's cutting-edge research into boat design and the America's Cup.

The "Up & Down the River: The History of the Hudson, 1609 - 2009" exhibit will continue through December 23, 2009. Full details about the exhibit and lecture series are available on the Hoboken Historical Museum website.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Summer program for student entrepreneurs

From TechCrunch: VC firm Highland Capital Partners is issuing a call for applicants for their 3rd annual “Summer@Highland” entrepreneurship program.

Highland’s 10 week program is only open to enrolled graduate and undergraduate students or recent graduates (no later than December 2008). But only one member of a start-up team has to meet this criterion. Teams can have up to 4 people and will be given the option of working in the VC firm’s Menlo Park, CA or Lexington, MA offices. Stipend amounts range from $7,500 to $15,000, depending on how many people are part of the team. Read more...>>

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Free e-book: Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets

In a new book from MIT Press, Peter Cowhey (UCSD and now the Senior Counselor at USTR) and Jonathan Aronson (USC) discuss why global information and communication markets matter, why change is needed, and what should be done. For more info, or to download the pdf version of the book (available for free under a creative commons license) see here:

(Source: BoingBoing)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Source of the Week

'Source of the Week' is back! And what prompted us to revive the weekly feature where we highlight a report or article that focuses on science and/or technology? Why the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science, of course!

Anyway.... The above-mentioned, lengthy-named agency just released a report on curating digital science data, called "Harnessing the Power of Digital Data for Science and Society" (60 pages; pdf). From the abstract:

"The Interagency Working Group on Digital Data of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science has released a report describing a strategy to promote preservation and access to digital scientific data.

The report lays out a strategic vision for “a digital scientific data universe in which data creation, collection, documentation, analysis, preservation, and dissemination can be appropriately, reliably, and readily managed, thereby enhancing the return on our nation’s research and development investment by ensuring that digital data realize their full potential as catalysts for progress in our global information society.”

The report includes three key recommendations to pursue this vision. The first is to create an Interagency Subcommittee under NSTC that will focus on goals that are best addressed through continuing broad cooperation and coordination across agencies. The second key element of the strategic framework is for departments and agencies to lay the foundations for agency digital scientific data policy and make the policy publicly available. In laying these foundations, agencies should consider all components of a comprehensive policy to address the full data management life cycle. The third key element is for all agencies to promote a data management planning process for projects that generate scientific data for preservation." Read more...>>

(Source: ReferenceShelf)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Textbook Drive

In order to improve the resources available to the student body, and to meet a rising demand among students, The Stevens Library Committee is trying to create a reserve of current textbooks used in Stevens’ classes.

Currently, a number of professors supply copies of their course textbooks to the library for students to reference. Our goal is to have at least one copy of each textbook from every course available to students in the library each semester. In order to accomplish this goal we are requesting that the Stevens community donate any extra copies of current textbooks or acceptable earlier editions of textbooks for current courses.

So far, the drive has received an outstanding response from the School of Systems and Enterprises, with Dr. Donald Merino being the first to respond to our call and dropping off two copies of his textbook at the library. Dr. Rashmi Jain has also done a great job helping out with this project, collecting 44 textbooks in total from her school. We'd like to thank both Dr. Merino and Dr. Jain sincerely for their support (and Dr. Jain's diligence!), and we'd like to call on the other members of the Stevens faculty to join in the drive. Please consider dropping off your extra texts at the library, or even better, ask around amongst your colleagues and see how many books you can collect! (The library would be happy to come pick up the books from your department, just drop us an e-mail at and let us know when and where we can come get them.)

Thanks so much from us, and from the students, for all your help!