Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Interlibrary Loan Holiday Schedule

BOOK REQUESTS - Due to the potential for delayed delivery or lost packages during the holiday mail rush, ILL will not process new BOOK REQUESTS from Dec. 8th, 2010 to Jan. 3rd, 2011.

DOCUMENT REQUESTS - The last day to guarantee REGULAR Delivery documents to arrive before the start of Winter Break is December 15th.

The last day to guarantee RUSH Delivery document requests arrive before the start of Winter Break is December 20th.

Please note: ILL will NOT process new document requests from Dec. 15th, 2010 to Jan. 3rd, 2011.

The ILL Department and the Library will be closed from Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd. We will process any book or document requests in the order they were received when we reopen January 3rd, 2011. Please understand that turnaround time for these requests may be a bit longer than our usual turn-around time.

Thank you.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Research for final papers workshop

Library workshop,
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
4-5 p.m., Library room 204

If you're writing a final paper and you need to find scholarly & professional articles to support your paper/project, we welcome you to the library workshop today. You'll learn research tips and tricks for finding journal articles, magazine & newspaper articles, books, e-books, and more. We will also discuss citing sources and avoiding plagiarism. If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Book Sale!

Stop by the Library for our used books sale. The books range from old textbooks to manuals to reports and proceedings covering all areas of engineering, business and technology, with even a few novels thrown in!

Prices are $2 for all hard-bound books and $1 for any softcover book. There may even be some free books hanging around if you ask nicely ;)

Friday, October 1, 2010

American Chemical Society Journals

The library is happy to announce that the Stevens community now has online access to the journals of the American Chemical Society. Our subscription includes all years, from Vol. 1, Issue 1 to the present.

Journals included in this collection are:
  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Catalysis (available in 2011)
  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • ACS Combinatorial Science (previously called Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry)
  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • ACS Nano
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Chemical Reviews
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Crystal Growth & Design
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
  • The Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Journal of Natural Products
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
  • Journal of Proteome Research
  • Langmuir
  • Macromolecules
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Letters
  • Organic Process Research & Development
  • Organometallics
As with our other online resources, you can bookmark the direct link here (
or access it through our online resources page (

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Library YouTube Channel

The library has created a YouTube channel for all of our videos and online tutorials. Check them out here: and let us know in the comments if there's anything you'd like us to cover in future screencasts! (Professors, you can also contact us at library [at] stevens [dot] edu to let us know if you'd like us to create a customized tutorial for your class or subject area.)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall Workshops

The Dangers and Advantages of Social Media (part of the Graduate Student Affairs Professional Development Series)

This presentation covers how to use social media in a positive fashion while avoiding common negative branding downfalls, and will be relevant to graduate students, club leaders, staff, and faculty.

Thursday, Sept. 23rd, 4 - 5 p.m. (Fielding Room, Howe Center)


Utilizing Library Resources & a discussion about Plagiarism (part of the Graduate Student Affairs Professional Development Series)

Thursday, Sept. 30th, 4 - 5 p.m. (Fielding Room, Howe Center)


Searching the Deep Web

Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 4 - 5 p.m. (Library Research Training Room 204)


Thesis and Ph.D. Dissertation Formatting and Submission (part of the Graduate Student Affairs Professional Development Series)

Thursday, Oct. 21st, 4 - 5 p.m (Fielding Room, Howe Center)


Using RefWorks

Learn how to use this online tool to manage, sort, and create citations and bibliographies from your research resources. This really is an incredibly useful tool if you are working on your thesis or dissertation, or doing research for a book or article.

Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 4 - 5 p.m. (Library Research Training Room 204)


Utilizing Library Resources from Off Campus: a Wimba live presentation

Tuesday, Nov. 9th, 4 - 5 p.m. (Online via Wimba)
Please send an email to if you would like to participate.


Utilizing Library Resources: Research for final papers & projects

Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 4 - 5 p.m. (Library Research Training Room 204)
Learn research tips and tricks for finding scholarly and professional articles & books to support your final papers and projects. We will also discuss citing sources. If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact


Using library research tools from off-campus (live online via eLearn)

Thursday, Nov. 18th, 4 - 5 p.m. (live online via eLearn)
Please send an email to if you would like to participate. You will receive an email with a link to the online classroom.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

JSTOR & RefWorks now available!

The library is happy to announce two new online tools for your research: JSTOR and Refworks.

JSTOR is a multi-disciplinary full-text database of scholarly journals, and will be especially helpful for those doing research in the humanities and social sciences. For more information on JSTOR, see:

RefWorks is an online citation manager, which allows you to export,
sort, edit and share references from many online sources, as well as create bibliographies in a variety of formats, all from a web-based portal. (Note: to use this tool, you will have to sign up for an individual account.) For more information on RefWorks, see:

Off-campus users must access JSTOR and RefWorks through the library's online resources list, or use the following links:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Springer Materials Free Trial

Now till Oct 29th, the library has trial access to the Springer Materials, the world's largest resource for physical & chemical data in materials science.

The details:
  • Based on Landolt-Börnstein, the unique and top-quality data collection in all areas of physical sciences and engineering
  • Includes 165,000 substances and material systems, 3,000 properties and 1,000,000 literature citations.
  • User friendly one-stop web platform
  • International experts scan the primary literature in more than 1000 peer-reviewed journals and evaluate and pre-select the most reliable and scientifically acknowledged data.
  • Researchers save time as they do not need to scan and assess primary literature themselves.
The link:

Find it on our Online Resource List

Friday, September 3, 2010

Hoboken public library welcomes students, faculty & staff

Did you know that as a Stevens student or faculty member you are eligible for a Hoboken Public Library card?

Hoboken Public Library, located on the corner of 5th Street and Park Avenue (across from Church Square Park), is a great place to check out popular reading, as well as video games, dvds, e-books and audiobooks.

Want to learn a foreign language or improve your English skills? Check out their Mango Languages collection!

HPL also hosts great lectures, workshops, movie viewings, book discussions and more! For a list of their upcoming events, see:

For more information on how to apply for a card, click here, or check out the HPL website.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Textbook donations greatly appreciated

With the beginning of the fall 2010 semester fast approaching, the Stevens Library Committee would like to remind you of the library’s textbook collection and of how you can help make it useful to our students. This collection was started in spring 2009 with the goal of having at least one copy of each course textbook available in the library for students to use in-house. Currently, a number of professors supply copies of their course textbooks to this collection, and we are requesting that you donate extra copies of current textbooks or acceptable earlier editions of your course texts to this collection.

In recognition of your support of this effort, you will be given a receipt of the donation, and the library copy will be stamped as having been donated by you. If you would like more information about this initiative, or have any comments or concerns please contact Ourida Oubraham, the library director, at or (201) 215-5411. She will also be happy to coordinate the collection of your books.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. The success of this program depends greatly on your contribution.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Looking for On-Campus employment?

Stevens now has a central portal for student employment. In order to check for on-campus jobs (including jobs in the library), visit:

The Student Employment Office (SEO) works with faculty, the community, and all University departments to create Part-Time Federal Work Study/Community Service and Regular On-Campus Employment. The purpose of the On-Campus Student Employment Program is to promote Part-Time Employment of Undergraduate, Graduate or Professional Students who are in need of earnings to pursue courses of study at Stevens Institute of Technology.

The SEO Wesbite is a resource for job-seeking students. This website will walk Students and Supervisors from the recruitment process all the way through their employment journey.

SEO requires Departments to post job opportunities for students through the Virtual Edge Database by filling out a Requisition. Students may then apply by requesting a password by using their pipeline login.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A New Tool to Support Your Work in Optics and Photonics

The library has recently acquired access to SPIE eBooks on the SPIE Digital Library. SPIE eBooks includes 120 significant titles from SPIE Press, including Field Guides, monographs and reference books, and Tutorial Texts in the field of optics and photonics, an area which encompasses multiple disciplines.

SPIE is one of the world’s foremost non-profit societies in the field of light research, publishing more than 17,000 new articles and conference proceedings each year as well as 15 to 20 books.
The areas covered in the SPIE Digital Library and SPIE eBooks include:
  • Astronomy & Astronomical Optics
  • Biomedical Optics and Imaging
  • Communication and Information Technologies
  • Defense and Industrial Sensing
  • Electronic Imaging and Processing
  • Micro- and Nano- Technologies
  • Optics and Electro-Optics
We hope you find SPIE eBooks becomes an essential tool in your work; the library and SPIE would value your feedback. (You can always contact us at: library [at] stevens [dot] edu.)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New green alternative to photocopying at the library

In an effort to further Stevens' efforts towards being a green campus, the library has a new, easy-to-use scanning station. Instead of photocopying, you can now scan book pages or documents, and then either save them to your usb drive or e-mail them directly from the console.

The simple touchscreen interface allows you to scan in color, black and white or greyscale, and save your files in various formats, including pdf and jpg. You can also use the station to edit and adjust your documents after scanning.

The scanning station is free to use, and located on the first floor of the library, on the north wall (at the beginning of the row of public computers.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

System downtime

This Saturday, 6/19, from 7:00am to 12:00pm, Information Technology will be performing required maintenance on the network file storage system. Services that will experience outages during the maintenance timeframe include Stevens E-mail, individual, departmental and shared file services, and Stevens website content. Additionally, the following applications will be disrupted:

Physical Plant work order system, password self-services, CallPilot web services, library proxy services, Adina, LabView, & Ansys license managers, and Webevents.

This means that all library online resources will only be available from on-campus during that time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Information Technology help desk at 201-216-5500 or go to

Friday, June 11, 2010

Connect with us online or on your mobile phone!

The library is now on Gowalla! Check out our profile here: and if you're on Gowalla, be sure to check in next time you're at the library!

Using Foursquare, not Gowalla? No problem! We're on Foursquare too:

And of course you can always find us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Alumni Weekend Library Events

If you're going to be around for Stevens' Alumni Weekend, there will be two events held at the library on Saturday, June 5th:

5:00-6:30 p.m.
ALUMNI COCKTAIL RECEPTION, S.C. Williams Library. Libations and hors d'oeuvres for all.

6:00-6:30 p.m.
GUIDED TOUR of the S.C. Williams Library's Leonardo da Vinci and Frederick Winslow Taylor, Class of 1883, special collections.

For the full schedule of Alumni Weekend events, see:

There will also be several exhibits on display in the Great Hall of the library, including a video retrospective of graduations past.

Posters and postcards reprinted from pictures in the Stevens Archives will be available for sale to benefit the library, so please stop by and show your support!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Citation Software Online Demos

On Tuesday, April 20th, at 11 am, the library has arranged for representatives from two citation management software companies to demonstrate their products (RefWorks and EndNote).

The demonstrations will be available remotely, through WebEx, so you can access them from your own computer. We will also be presenting the demos in the library, in room 208b. A screencast for the open source citation tool Zotero will also be available via the website.

For more information, including directions for viewing the demos in WebEx, see:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Scopus Lunch & Learn

Please join us for the Scopus Lunch & Learn at the library on Wednesday, April 21, from noon to 1 pm.

Lunch will be provided, so please let us know if you plan to attend. (Please also let us know if you require a vegetarian meal.) RSVP by Monday to

A representative from Elsevier will be here to tell us all about the newest features of the scholarly Scopus database.

Come join us for free lunch, Scopus giveaways, and the latest news about how to use Scopus for your research. Faculty, students, and staff are urged to attend!

The Scopus Lunch & Learn will meet in Library Training Room 204.

Questions? Please send an email to

Monday, April 12, 2010

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Free Trial

The library currently has a free trial to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) digital library. The database includes 24 online journals, as well as a multitude of e-books. You can access it from on campus from this url:

(You can access it from off-campus using the Stevens VPN connection. Directions for doing so are here:

Decisions about permanent access to these journals and e-books will be based on usage during the trial (as well as budget).

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Library Workshops

The library will be offering several workshops to help students learn how to use the library's resources & services for professional development and how to use the library resources to prepare papers, projects, theses, and dissertations.
  • Thursday, April 8, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Graduate Professional Development Series - Office of Graduate Student Affairs. Graduate students will learn how to use the library resources for academic assignments and career development. This seminar is offered through the Office of Graduate Student Affairs. Location: Babbio 304.
  • Monday, April 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Library Research for Graduate and Ph.D. Students. Graduate students will learn how to use the library resources for academic assignments and career development. Location: Library Training Room 204. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Wednesday, April 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Thesis and Dissertation Workshop. For all students working on a thesis or dissertation, this workshop will provide details about formatting & submission requirements. Location: Library Training Room 204. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Wednesday, April 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Scopus Lunch & Learn. (RSVP required to - lunch will be provided, so we'll need to know how many people are attending!) All members of the Stevens community are welcome to attend. Attendees will learn about the latest features of the scholarly Scopus database. Location: Library Training Room 204.
If you have any questions about the library workshops, please contact Linda Beninghove, Head of Reference and Research Services, at or 201-216-5412.

Please join us at our workshops! We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Writing & Communications Center Workshops

Starting tomorrow, the Writing & Communications Center will be offering free, weekly workshops open to the entire Stevens community. (See below for schedule and locations.) Just visit 210 Morton to sign up.

MAR 2: Delivering Effective Oral Presentations

Don’t ever let "the cat get your tongue" again! Attend this workshop to learn and practice tips for crafting and delivering effective oral presentations. The importance of non-verbal communication, eye-contact, vocal projection and modulation for grabbing and keeping your audience’s attention form the core of this workshop.
Tuesday, March 2; 4-5pm; Babbio Center; Room 304

MAR 9: Writing a Focused Essay for Your Humanities Courses
Ever wondered: How do you write an essay that stays on topic? How do you develop an idea without repeating the same few points? How do you avoid excessive plot summary? In this workshop, you'll learn strategies for finding the right focus and maintaining it throughout the essay - from your thesis statement to your topic sentences to your conclusion. You'll also learn how to select and integrate the right quotes for your topic, and what teachers really mean when they ask for "critical analysis" and a strong argument.
Tuesday, March 9; 4-5pm; Babbio Center; Room 304

MAR 10: Writing Resumes, Cover Letters, and Grad School Essays
Whether you're drafting a resume for the first time or revising a version you've had for years, this workshop will help you create a sophisticated and targeted resume and/or application packet. Topics covered will include overall format/design and key considerations for each document. Effective examples and templates will be provided.
Wednesday, March 10; 4-5pm; Babbio Center; Room 204

MAR 23: The Writing Process: How to Organize Your Thoughts
From time to time, everyone experiences "writer’s block" or has difficulty beginning the process of writing. This workshop presents techniques to prepare for academic writing, as well as the Stevens' English Competency Exam (SECE). Students interact throughout the modeling process, and then formulate their own thesis statements and paper outlines. Anyone who needs to sharpen their skills, from performing successfully in a testing situation to constructing a
dissertation, will benefit from this session.
Tuesday, March 23; 4-5pm; Babbio Center; Room 304

MAR 30: Writing Abstracts, Introductions, and Conclusions
Whether you're an undergraduate student working on a research paper or a graduate student preparing a thesis or an article for publication, this workshop will help you with key steps in your process - from the most essential information to include in an abstract, to introductions and conclusions, to strategies for organizing that information effectively. Templates and models will be provided.
Tuesday, March 30; 4-5pm; Babbio Center; Room 304

APR 6: Business English for ESL/ESOL Students
Do you ever wonder if your English skills will get you through a day in an American office without frustration? Come to this workshop and find out how people communicate in a real business setting. This interactive workshop is designed for native speakers of other languages who want to learn American Business English. Topics covered will include: making introductions, developing business relationships, giving presentations, and writing business documents, such as emails, letters and reports.
Tuesday, April 6; 4-5pm; Babbio Center; Room 304

APR 7: Citing & Summarizing Outside Sources for ESL/ESOL Students
Students new to the US are often confused by the strict rules guarding the use of "outside" information in their papers, and plagiarism - or using another's work without giving credit - is a serious offense. Therefore, to avoid this "unacceptable copying," students must be able to paraphrase, summarize, and correctly cite from written and spoken material. This workshop will help students learn these skills, which include note-taking techniques for both readings and lectures.
Wednesday, April 7; 4-5pm; Babbio Center; Room 204

APR 13: Pronunciation Workshop for ESL/ESOL Speakers - Part 1
If English is not your first language, pronunciation can be an obstacle to successful communication. This 2-part Pronunciation Workshop offers an opportunity to learn more about the sounds and rhythms of North American English. The focus is on muscle-building exercises, the connection between word and sentence stress, thought grouping and intonation patterns. You will also have the chance to practice your skills using tongue twisters, songs and dialogues.
Tuesday, April 13; 4-5pm; Babbio Center; Room 304

APR 20: Pronunciation Workshop for ESL/ESOL Speakers - Part 2
Even if you missed Part 1, you are welcome to attend the second part of this Pronunciation Workshop. As with the first part, the workshop's focus is on muscle-building exercises, the connection between word and sentence stress, thought grouping and intonation patterns. You will also have the chance to practice your skills using tongue twisters, songs and dialogues.
Tuesday, April 20; 4-5pm; Babbio Center; Room 304

English Conversation Groups: Improve your English conversation skills in a free and informal setting with native English speakers. No homework is assigned and students are welcome to visit any session.
Every Friday; 12-1pm; Morton 210

Literary Tuesdays: The aim of this series is to foster student creativity and analytical thinking through the appreciation of writing. The series is fundamentally designed to be collaborative, so students are welcome to select and suggest short readings for each week, and discuss their own creative writing during or after each meeting.
Every Tuesday; 12-1pm; Morton 210

Please sign up for workshops in 210 Morton.
Space is limited!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Optics InfoBase now available!

The library is now offering access to Optics InfoBase, a database of journals from the Optical Society of America (OSA). The following journals are now available through this online resource:
  • Advances in Optics & Photonics
  • Applied Optics
  • Applied Spectroscopy
  • Chinese Optics Letters
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America A
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America B
  • Journal of the Optical Society of Korea
  • Journal of Display Technology
  • Journal of Lightwave Technology
  • Journal of the Optical Communications & Networking
  • Journal of Optical Technology
  • Optics Express
  • Optics Letters
  • Optics & Photonics News (backfile is now available too)
  • Virtual Journal of Biomedical Optics
  • OSA Conference Papers
As with all our online resources, you can access Optics InfoBase from both on-campus and off, via our website's Online Resource A-Z List.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Upcoming Library Workshop!

The library will be giving a workshop as part of the Office of Graduate Affairs Professional Development Series, held every Thursday from 5-6 p.m. in Babbio 304.

***Thursday, February 25***

Library Resources

There is a plethora of resources that are available for students to use and reference in the library such as databases, information about companies for job searching, journals, and more. Learning to use these resources is a critical tool for writing research papers.

The library research lecture will teach graduate students how to use library resources to support their papers & projects and to improve their academic writing skills. Students will learn how to find scholarly and professional journal articles & books, how to find company & industry information, how to cite sources properly, and how to use the library website effectively to find high-quality information.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop has been postponed due to inclement weather. Information will be posted here regarding a rescheduled date. Thank you!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Library open for Presidents Day

Despite the Presidents Day holiday, the library will be open for normal hours (8:00 am - 2:30 am) on Monday, February 15.

Reference and all library offices besides the front desk will be closed, however. If you have any questions or need any help while we're gone, email us at library[at]stevens[dot]edu, and we'll get back to you first thing on Tuesday!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 1, 2010

New InterLibrary Loan Policies

The InterLibrary Loan Department of the library is enacting the following new policies, effective immediately. For a listing of all the library's policies, see

Late books: Books should be returned by the due date on the ILL book slip. Returning books late jeopardizes our relationship with other lending institutions.

Students: If you do not return the book by the due date you will get 3 emails over a one-week period of time reminding you that your book is late. If the book is not returned by the date indicated in the 3rd email, your student account will be charged a $50 processing fee and a $150 lost book replacement fee. Also, you will be responsible for any late fees incurred from the lending library. If you return the book after the fees have been charged, your student account will be reimbursed the $150 replacement fee. Please be aware that you will not be reimbursed the $50 processing fee. If you are late with an ILL book more than 2 times without contacting us about it, you will lose your ILL privileges.

Books not picked up: ILL books will be at the circulation desk for one week after the arrival notification has been sent, and if they are not claimed during that week, they will be sent back to the lending library. Students will be charged $5 for each book that is not picked up

Recalled books: If a book is recalled by another university, you will be asked to return it to us right away. Since the book is not the property of our library we must abide by the rules of the lending library.

Monday, January 25, 2010

New e-books in Psychology and Ocean Sciences

The Stevens community may now access two major reference works online from Elsevier: the Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology and the Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences (2nd ed.).

The Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology (2004; electronic ed., 2008) encompasses applications of psychological knowledge and procedures in all areas of psychology. It is a major source of information for professional practitioners, researchers in psychology, and for anyone interested in applied psychology. The topics included are, but are not limited to, aging (geropsychology), assessment, clinical, cognitive, community, counseling, educational, environmental, family, industrial/organizational, health, school, sports, and transportation psychology. Each entry provides a clear definition of the topic, a brief review of theoretical basis relevant to the topic, and emphasizes major areas of application.

The second edition of the Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences (2008) contains more than 500 articles on the subject, with improved coverage of climate, remote sensing, and data modeling. Over 30% of the content is new or has been updated from the first edition.

Both of these resources may be accessed through either ScienceDirect or the library’s online catalog.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Database downtime


ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 12 hours from 1:00PM GMT Saturday, 23 January to 1:00AM GMT Sunday, 24 January (8:00AM EST Saturday, January 23 to 8:00PM EST).

For information on the new upgrades please follow these links:

We apologize for the inconvenience.