Archive for September, 2005

SciFinder Scholar 2006 now available

Posted September 28th, 2005 by mit-admin

SciFinder Scholar 2006 is now available ­for PCs (the Mac version is coming later this fall). Download SciFinder Scholar 2006 using the installation instructions.

What’s new

  • Structure similarity searching – uses CAS structure descriptors and the Tanimoto algorithm to help you find structurally-related substances
  • New structure and reaction query tools:
    • Variable Attachment Position tool – this tool allows you to define the attachment of a substituent to multiple points on a ring
    • Repeating Group tool – this tool allows you to specify variable chain lengths and ring sizes
  • Query highlighting in reaction searching – allows for quick identification of query components in the reactions
  • Easy access to additional reaction information – reaction answers can more easily allow you to access retro-synthetic information, commercial availability, regulatory information, and references for each compound participating in a reaction
  • Enhanced multi-step reaction display – CAS generated multi-step reactions can now be expanded to see all intermediate steps in detail in a single view
  • New quick look-up of research references - a new retrieval capability to locate a specific reference based on input of one to many known bibliographic attributes, such as title words, author, journal title, etc.
  • Duplicate detection/removal – duplicate references can be removed from your CAplus and MEDLINE® reference answer set

Note: SciFinder Scholar 2002 is not supported after March 31, 2006!

Contact Erja Kajosalo, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian, with questions regarding SciFinder Scholar.

The Beauty within the Beauty at MIT : the photography of Sulaiman Al-Awadi

Posted September 22nd, 2005 by mit-admin

Stop by Rotch Library to see Sulaiman Al-Awadi’s photographs of the Stata Center. The exhibit will be on display through September 30th. For a list of recent exhibits at Rotch click here.

Beyond the Library’s Walls: Tools, Services and Solutions

Posted September 22nd, 2005 by Stephanie Hartman

Libraries Week: Thursday

Build your knowledge of library solutions that enhance teaching and learning, including course-integrated library instruction, GIS Services, linking to full text via SFX, DSpace, the Business Database Advisor (a special tool for business and management research), and Institute Archives services.

Thursday, 9/22 | Time: 3:30pm – 5:30 pm | Location: Digital Instruction Resource Center, 14N-132

Special event: the future of the digital commons

Posted September 21st, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

Come to an interesting event on Thursday, Sept. 22, 5-7 pm, building 32-155 (Stata Center). The future of the digital commons will be discussed by Ann Wolpert (Director of the MIT Libraries), Nancy Kranich (former president, American Library Association) and Steven Pinker (Harvard University). Sponsored by the MIT Communications Forum, see complete description on their web site. An audio recording of the event will be available on the same web site after the event.
MIT Communications Forum

Food for Thought

Posted September 21st, 2005 by Stephanie Hartman

Libraries Week: Wednesday – Friday

Meet the friendly staff at Dewey, Barker, and Hayden Libraries and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Wednesday, 9/21 | Time: 3pm – 5pm | Location: Dewey Library, E53-100

Thursday, 9/22 | Time: 12 noon – 2 pm | Location: Barker Engineering Library, 10-500, Group Study Room

Friday, 9/23 | Time: 3pm – 4:30 pm | Location: Hayden Library, 14S-100

Library information + giveaways

Posted September 20th, 2005 by Stephanie Hartman

Libraries Week: Tuesday

Discover how the Libraries’ information experts can help you with your studies and research. Need to find information on a research topic, learn about helpful services like InterLibrary Borrowing, or find out who your librarian is? Staff will be on hand at the Stata Center, Information Intersection, to answer your questions, talk about library resources, and share helpful tips. Pick up handouts and other giveaways.

Tuesday, 9/20 | Time: 11am – 3pm | Location: Information Intersection on the Student Street, Stata Center

Wednesday, 9/21 | Time: 11am – 3pm | Location: Lobby 10

Get your picture taken with Tim the Beaver!

Posted September 19th, 2005 by Stephanie Hartman

Libraries Week: Monday

Have your photo taken with MIT’s famous mascot! Library staff will snap your photo and email you a digital copy (suitable for sharing with family and friends)! All participants will be automatically entered into a raffle for prizes.

Monday, 9/19 | Time: 11am – 2pm | Location: Lobby 10

Building Knowledge–Special events offered during Libraries Week (Sept.19-23)

Posted September 16th, 2005 by Stephanie Hartman

Beginning Monday, September 19, the Libraries will host a series of special events to celebrate Libraries Week. This year’s events are coordinated around the theme, “Building Knowledge.” The MIT community is invited to take part in informal information sessions, snack breaks and activities such as photos with Tim the Beaver and a Geocache challenge. Stop by any library for more information or see: for a schedule of events.

Campus-wide access to JAMA now available

Posted September 16th, 2005 by mit-admin

MIT Libraries now has campus-wide access to JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) through VERA.

Access to full-text: 1998 – present
Abstracts or Tables of Contents Only: 1966 – 1997

The print version of JAMA can be found in the Science Library: call number R.A512.

Get full text fast! SFX FullText Finder

Posted September 9th, 2005 by Darcy Duke

The MIT Libraries is pleased to announce a new tool to help you get to online full text fast!

The SFX FullText Finder:

SFX FullText Finder

If you have a citation to an article, simply type the information into this form and if the MIT Libraries has a subscription you will be given a link directly to the journal. If you have entered enough information, you should be brought directly to the article itself.

This tool will work from off-campus, assuming you already have MIT web certificates.

If the MIT Libraries does not have an online subscription to the journal, you will be presented with a link to run an auto-search of the Barton catalog to see if we own the journal in print. You will also be presented with a link to our Interlibrary Borrowing Service in case we do not own the journal at all.

We hope this tool will be useful to you – please let us know if you have comments or questions about the SFX FullText Finder!

The iPods are here!

Posted September 8th, 2005 by Christie Moore

The iPods are ready to circulate! The Lewis Music Library bought 5 iPods over the summer and loaded them with over 500 tracks of newly received CDs (one track per CD).

MIT students, faculty, or staff members may borrow an iPod overnight (due the next day at closing) for the purpose of listening to these sample tracks. If a selection appeals to you, jot down the call number from the iPod and come into the library to borrow the disc.


See the latest CDs in the MIT Lewis Music Library

Posted September 2nd, 2005 by Christie Moore

See the latest Selected New Titles: Compact Discs on the web where you will find audio clips from recently-received additions to the MIT Lewis Music Library’s CD collection.

CDs/DVDs circulate for 3 days to members of the MIT community (limit of 5, no renewals).

Summer hours extend through Registration Day, Tuesday, September 6, 2005: open 11am-5pm
Closed Labor Day, Monday, September 5
Semester hours resume on the first day of classes, Wednesday, September 7