Archive for December, 2005

SciFinder Scholar for Mac OS X available

Posted December 30th, 2005 by MIT Libraries

Mac users can now download the latest version of SciFinder Scholar.

Installation instructions

SciFinder Scholar for Mac OS X provides you with:

  • Direct integration with native OS X web browsers, including Safari® (default), Mozilla Firefoxâ„¢, Netscape® Navigator and Microsoft® Internet Explorer
  • Better desktop performance including new icons and improved navigation using your mouse wheel and scroll bar
  • Streamlined installation with new Mac Disk Image install
  • Support for Tiger (10.4), Panther (10.3), Jaguar (10.2) versions of OS X

Need help using SciFinder Scholar? Look for classes in the Libraries’ IAP event listing.

For further information on SciFinder Scholar or help with installation, please contact Erja Kajosalo, Librarian for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Bernanke Thesis Available

Posted December 30th, 2005 by Katherine McNeill

Ben S. Bernanke, an alumnus of MIT’s Economics Department (1979), recently has been appointed as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Library users can access Bernanke’s doctoral thesis electronically in DSpace, MIT’s Digital Repository, at Print copies are available on Reserve in Dewey Library (E53-100) and at the Institute Archives (14N-118, on-site use only).

MIT Libraries IAP events

Posted December 22nd, 2005 by MIT Libraries

Are you wondering what an RSS feed is and how it can help your research? Interested in consumer or company information? Want to learn more about using GIS, EndNote or RefWorks? Need to find chemical information, social science data, or patents?

Look no further! The MIT Libraries are offering classes on these topics and much more. Look at the MIT Libraries IAP Activities list for more information.

Methods in Enzymology available online

Posted December 20th, 2005 by MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries have subscribed to the online version of Methods in Enzymology, an acclaimed laboratory standard in biochemistry, from the volume 1 (1955) to current.

To access Methods in Enzymology, use Vera or bookmark the following URL:

The Science Library will continue receiving the print volumes (call number QP601.C719). These volumes are currently in the reference collection, but will be moved to the stacks and available to borrow in summer 2006.

New Do-It-Yourself Market Research Guide

Posted December 20th, 2005 by Katherine McNeill

Market research reports on the web often come with a hefty price tag. Dewey’s new subject guide, Market Research – DIY Resources, shows how researchers can mine market information from databases freely available to MIT users. The guide highlights sources for:

  • developing industry overviews,
  • analyzing markets, and
  • understanding the competitive environment.

It also includes access to several off-the-shelf sources of market research reports such as Gartner, Jupiter, and Euromonitor.

FIXED – Access to licensed resources temporarily unavailable from off-campus

Posted December 19th, 2005 by Darcy Duke


Access to our licensed online resources is currently down this morning from off-campus. On-campus access is available by going through Vera, our interface for electronic journals and databases. We are working to restore off-campus access ASAP.

Snacks at Hayden, Friday 12/16 – Food for Thought

Posted December 15th, 2005 by MIT Libraries

Take a break from studying and enjoy cookies and drinks, compliments of the Science Library.

Friday, December 16
2 – 3:30 p.m.
In the lobby outside Hayden Library (Building 14)

Good luck during finals!

December Exhibits @ Rotch Library

Posted December 9th, 2005 by MIT Libraries

Stop by Rotch to see two wonderful exhibits:

Snaps Journey to South India -Photographs of Wanda W. Lau

Carvings and Sculptures by Paul Angiolillo

Both exhibits will be up through December.

Calling attention to the war memorials in Lobby 10

Posted December 8th, 2005 by Lois Beattie

Ji-Hye Ham, a second-year student in Architecture, has created an exhibit in Lobby 10 in fulfillment of an assignment to reveal or draw attention to something overlooked in a public space. Using photographs and information from the Institute Archives and Special Collections, she has created a moving display focusing on the war memorials engraved on the Lobby 10 walls. There are more pictures of the exhibit on the Archives’ web site.

Lobby 10 memorial exhibit

MIT faculty: share your musical tastes and send us a playlist!

Posted December 8th, 2005 by Christie Moore

MIT faculty: would you like to provide a playlist to be included on the Lewis Music Library’s circulating iPods?

The library has 5 iPods which circulate overnight (due the next day at closing) so that MIT students, faculty and staff can explore more than 800 sample tracks from the library’s newly received CDs. Short playlists highlighting favorite discs in the collection have been created by library staff. Faculty are welcome to participate and share their musical taste with the MIT community. Give us your list; we’ll look up the CDs and add the selections.

  • Playlists may contain up to 10 tracks from the Lewis Music Library’s CD collection
  • Tracks must be no more than 10 minutes long
  • Each playlist will be named for its contributor

Download a pdf version of the playlist form or pick one up at the Lewis Music Library circulation desk. Fill it out and return it to the library at 14E-109.

Lewis Music Library quick links for CD and score searches

Posted December 8th, 2005 by Christie Moore

It is now easier to find CDs and scores in the Barton catalog. The desktop shortcuts on the Lewis Music Library’s public Barton terminals have been expanded to include quick links for compact disc and score searches. Just below the quick link “Barton – online catalog” are now “Search for CDs only” and Search for scores only.”

Happy birthday to MIT’s founder, William Barton Rogers!

Posted December 6th, 2005 by Lois Beattie
William Barton Rogers was born December 7, 1804. A noted geologist and educator, Rogers began to organize and promote his ideas for a “polytechnic” institute as early as the 1840s. His vision of a new kind of education came to fruition in the founding of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1861. He served as MIT’s first president and his life would end, in 1882, in service to the Institute.

Learn about William Barton Rogers and the founding of MIT through online exhibits and more on the web site of the Institute Archives and Special Collections.

William Barton Rogers, 1869

authors@mit presents William J. Mitchell on 12/6 (Tuesday), 5:30 pm

Posted December 5th, 2005 by Jim Eggleston

authors@mit presents

William J. Mitchell speaking on his newest book, “Placing Words” (MIT Press, 2005).

The meaning of a message, says William Mitchell, depends on the context of its reception. “Shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater produces a dramatically different effect from barking the same word to a squad of soldiers with guns,” he observes. In his new book, Professor Mitchell looks at the ways in which urban spaces and places provide settings for communication and at how they conduct complex flows of information through the twenty-first century city.

Location: MIT E15, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Time: December 6 (Tuesday), 5:30 pm

For more information, please see: MIT Press Bookstore Events

Co-sponsored by the MIT Libraries and the MIT Press.

Study spaces available in the Barker Library

Posted December 2nd, 2005 by Darcy Duke

Need to quiet place to study on your own or to meet with a group on a project? The Barker Library has a variety of study spaces available!

lounge-like study space dome study space
group study space with table carrol study space

To see the list of amenties available in the Barker study spaces and those of other libraries across campus, see:

Individual Study Spaces
Group Study Spaces

Archives’ December exhibit: Resource for Energy Research

Posted December 1st, 2005 by Lois Beattie

The December Object of the Month exhibit by the Institute Archives and Special Collections features the papers (1944-2000) of Peter E. Glaser, a pioneer in the study of solar energy. A guide to the collection is available on the Archives’ web site in PDF format, and the papers are available for research in Room 14N-118, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with 24 hours’ advance notice.

Van de Graaff generator Browse previous exhibits for a sample of the scope of the
collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.
Shown here is the Van de Graaff generator from an earlier exhibit.