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Physical Sciences & Engineering Library

TRIS is now TRID

March 24th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

With the integration of bibliographic resources from the ITRD (International Transport Research Documentation) into TRB’s Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) in March of this year, TRIS has now formally become TRID (Transport Research International Documentation):

TRID includes over 900,000 records covering:

* Transportation research from ITRD and TRIS
* TRB publications going back to 1923, including Highway Research Board, SHRP and Marine Board publications
* Records in English, French, German, or Spanish
* Environmental impact statements
* Theses
* Reports
* Research in progress

TRID is the world’s largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information, covering all modes and disciplines of transportation.

Network Outage: Campus Wireless – Moobilenet & Moobilenetx – PROBLEM RESOLVED

March 23rd, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

======================== Network Outage Notice ====================
03/23/2011 09:42

At this time, campus wireless is not working.

Locations Affected:
All moobilenet and moobilenetx connections.

Programmers are investigating the cause of the outage. No ETA at this time.

Wiley backfile journals access from off-campus is inconsistent

March 14th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

There are problems accessing Wiley backfile journals using the VPN or proxy
from off-campus. Occasionally one can get through, but not consistently and mostly
not at all. The current issues are working fine.

Wiley is working to resolve the problem.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

March 14th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for February 2011

The following new titles were published in February:

New Interface for ASCE Digital Library

March 14th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

From an ASCE announcement:

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announces the launch of
the new ASCE Library on the Scitation C3 platform. A cleaner design,
improved search capabilities, and new features — such as full-text HTML
— allow you to work interactively with the content and reduce time
spent locating relevant civil engineering information.

With more than 80,000 journal and proceedings articles in the digital
archive, ASCE Library is the largest collection of peer-reviewed civil
engineering content.


* HTML FULL-TEXT rendering lifts the article off the page with ‘zoom on’
figures and tables, inline reference links, inline searches, and
paragraph-level bookmarking and commenting. Test drive the inline search
feature by selecting “Read Online HTML” for any sample article at Simply highlight any
term or phrase within the HTML article to produce a list of related
content. Full-text HTML is available for all journal articles from 2005
to the present.

* FULLY-LINKED PDFs allow you to click on a reference, figure, table, or
equation citation in the text to be taken to the relevant item in the
PDF. Most journal references will also be linked allowing readers to
jump right to a cited article. Fully-linked PDFs are available for all
journal articles from March 2011 and on.

* ADVANCED SEARCH INTERFACE delivers improved discoverability with more
options and better controls to explore returned content with faceted
results. Explore the new faceted-search at

ASCE Library ( contains 33 ASCE Journals (1983 to
the present), and more than 260 ASCE conference proceedings (2000 to the

Library How To Videos

March 4th, 2011 by Cory Craig

Library How To Videos” are available at:

These short (1 to 2 minute) videos give a brief explanation of how to use some basic library tools and resources.  They are geared toward undergrads who need basic info to get started on library research.  Current videos cover:

  • Finding Articles Using Web of Science
  • Using the VPN
  • Finding Articles Databases via Library Subject Guides & Database A-Z List
  • How to Cite Your Sources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism

APS Journals Down – Problem Resolved

March 4th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

We currently have no online access to the APS Journals: Physical Review Letters and Physical Review A-E.

APS has been notified of the problem and it should be resolved shortly.