Archive for January, 2006

Archives’ February exhibit focuses on radar training at MIT during World War II

Posted January 31st, 2006 by Lois Beattie
The subject of the February Object of the Month exhibit by the Institute Archives and Special Collections is “Harbor View: Radar Training at MIT, 1941-1945,” one of the programs sponsored by the U.S. government at MIT during World War II.

Browse previous exhibits for a sample of the scope of the collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.

MIT Libraries booksale, Friday 2/24, 10-3

Posted January 31st, 2006 by Darcy Duke
MIT Libraries booksale

Books on a variety of subjects will be available.

Friday, February 24, 10-3

Bush Room 10-105

Questions? or x3-5693

All proceeds benefit the Libraries’ Preservation Fund.


Wiley journal backfiles now online

Posted January 30th, 2006 by MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries have purchased backfiles to Wiley journals in the Polymer and Materials Science collections. The titles and date ranges are:

Acta Polymerica: 1979 – 1997
Advanced Materials: 1989-1997
Advanced Materials for Optics and Electronics: 1992-1995
Advances in Polymer Technology: 1981 – 1995
Chemical Vapor Deposition: 1995-1997
Fire and Materials: 1976-1995
Journal of Applied Biomaterials: 1990-1995
Journal of Applied Polymer Science: 1959 – 1995
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: 1967-1995
Journal of Polymer Science: 1946 – 1995
Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology: 1979-1995
Macromolecular Chemistry & Physics: 1947 – 1997
Macromolecular Materials and Engineering (Die Angewandte Makromolekulare Chemie): 1967 – 1997
Macromolecular Rapid Communications: 1980 – 1997
Macromolecular Theory & Simulations: 1992 – 1997
Materials and Corrosion/Werkstoffe und Korrosion: 1950-1997
Materialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik: 1970-1998
Particle and Particle Systems Characterization: 1984-1997
Polymer Composites: 1980-1995
Polymer International: 1994 – 1995
Polymers for Advanced Technologies: 1990 – 1995

The backfiles and current issues of these journals can be accessed through Vera. The years of coverage indicated in Vera may not be accurate as we work to update the records, but you will have access to the backfiles once you go into the journal title.

More information on Wiley Materials Science Backfiles and Wiley Polymer Backfiles.

Books are on the move in the Humanities Library

Posted January 27th, 2006 by Jim Eggleston

During the next four weeks, visitors to the Humanities Library will notice B. Stimpson & Son movers doing major shifting of materials throughout the building. This move is part of a plan to make better use of Hayden Library shelf space.

To reduce delays for the movers, patrons are asked to refrain from using the elevator between 8:00 and 4:00. Staff at the front desk will gladly retrieve materials from areas actively being moved.

The Humanities and Science libraries have collaborated on this plan to re-allocate space in Hayden library to better accommodate our monograph collections. After this reorganization, the monograph collections should have ten years of growth space.

Read more of this moving story in Books on the Move

CDs for your weekend listening

Posted January 26th, 2006 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library’s CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days, so discs checked out on Friday are due on Monday (closing is 6 pm during IAP). Here are a few suggestions from the library staff and student assistants:

Google or Google Scholar? That is the question!

Posted January 24th, 2006 by MIT Libraries
to be or not to be Would you like to learn more about Google Scholar and how it can help you with your research? This IAP session will do just that! No advance sign-up required. February 1st, 3 – 4 pm, 14N-132.

Umbrella Installation at Rotch

Posted January 23rd, 2006 by MIT Libraries

Come see The Umbrella Collection by Leo Shieh “A commentary on urban utopia, and the voracious real estate market in NYC. ” The exhibit will be up through January.

Flyer for Umbrella Installation

IAP event today, January 20: “All the Presidents — Men and Woman”

Posted January 20th, 2006 by Lois Beattie
Reference Archivist Nora Murphy of the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections will share facts and anecdotes about MIT’s sixteen presidents – from the first (Rogers) to the current (Hockfield) – today, January 20, 11am-12:00pm, 56-114. Presidents Rogers and Hockfield

New Proquest Business Databases!

Posted January 19th, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

Four new business databases from ProQuest are now available to the MIT community:

  • ABI/INFORM Dateline is a fulltext database covering more than 140 local, city, state, and regional business publications, as well as business-oriented newswire services across the U.S. and Canada. Coverage 1971-present.
  • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry covers more than 750 business periodicals and newsletters with a trade or industry focus. It provides news, product and competitive information, marketing trends, and other information on most major industries. Most articles are available in full text. Coverage 1971-present.
  • Snapshots North America contains the fulltext of over 630 market research overviews specific to North American markets. These brief reports (about a dozen pages) are designed to provide an instant overview of a market. Coverage 2001-present.
  • ProQuest European Business provides full-text, fully searchable articles about the European business climate. It covers more than 110 leading European and non-European periodicals. Coverage 1971-present.

Check them out!

Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

Posted January 17th, 2006 by Darcy Duke

What is an RSS Feed? We’ll tell you, plus teach you how to use this new technology to keep up with information in your fields of interest.

Come to one of the following sessions:
Wed Jan 18, 05-06:00pm, 14N-132 (DIRC)
Wed Jan 25, 05:15-06:15pm, 14N-132 (DIRC)

Enrollment limited: first come, first served

Questions? Contact Darcy Duke, x3-9370

Meet the artist reception Jan 17, 3:00 pm

Posted January 17th, 2006 by Jim Eggleston

If you have visited the Hayden Library recently, you may have wondered who is behind the tent-like sculpture in the space beside the entrance. “Hideout” is Christina Hawkes final project for course 4.322. Come meet the artist, crawl inside the Hideout, and have your questions answered at a reception at 3:00 pm, this afternoon, Jan 17.

Come see what’s new — and old — in the history of physics on January 17

Posted January 14th, 2006 by Lois Beattie

Tuesday, January 17, Archivist Ewa Basinska and Physics Librarian Jennifer Harter present an IAP session, Seeking Yesterday’s Science: Resources in the History of Physics. The time is 2:00 – 3:00 pm; the place, 14N-132.

Van de Graaff generator Come celebrate the tercentenary of Ben Franklin, a statesman, writer, and a scientist, born in Boston, on January 17, 1706. Look through an early edition of Franklin’s Experiments and Observations on Electricity and other archival materials as you learn about resources in the history of physics.

We are offering an introduction to the sources in the history of physics from ancient times through present. Together, we will look at the wide range of resources, from manuscript collections to electronic databases. Our perspective is historical rather than scientific, so no math background is required.
Contact: Ewa Basinska, 14N-118, x8-5533,

Get Help Using Statistical Software Packages!

Posted January 11th, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

Do you use statistical software packages, such as Stata, SAS, or SPSS? A new Statistical Consultant from the Harvard-MIT Data Center is now available to answer your questions about these packages and provide hands-on support. No need to struggle with the software on your own! The Consultant can help you learn how to use the programs, import and manage datasets, and perform statistical analysis and graphing. One Economics PhD student said: “I would absolutely recommend this service to other students. With the Consultant’s help I was able to work much more efficiently than I could have on my own.”

The Consultant now is available for one-on-one consultation by appointment at Dewey Library. To make an appointment or ask for tips on a project, email For more information, see our page on the Statistical Consultant.

Online Backfiles of Historical Newspapers Now Available!

Posted January 11th, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

The MIT Libraries have recently acquired online historical backfiles of three newspapers: the Boston Globe (1872-1922), the Wall Street Journal (1889-1987), and the Washington Post (1877-1988). Like the New York Times Historical Archive, these newspapers are fully-searchable and articles are displayed as PDF files. An additional year of the newspaper will be added to the end of each archive every year. The historical newspapers now are available in Vera.

Check out CDs, DVDs for the weekend!

Posted January 11th, 2006 by Christie Moore

CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days from the Lewis Music Library, so check out some music for the weekend! In fact, you’ll be getting an extra day because of Thursday’s bookmobile: any music CDs or DVDs checked out Thursday through Saturday, 1/12-1/14/06 will be due on Tuesday, 1/17/06 (limit of 5 per borrower). Here are some titles the library has recently received:


  • Bartók, Béla. Zoltán Kocsis plays Bartók. [Recorded 1980-1999]
    PhonCD B285 piamu d v.1-8 & booklet
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van. The late string quartets. [Takács Quartet]
    PhonCD B393 quasmu
  • Burman, Rahul Dev. You’ve stolen my heart: songs from R.D. Burman’s Bollywood. [Kronos Quartet, Bhosle, Hussain]
    PhonCD B927 mpmu
  • Coltrane, John. One down, one up: live at the Half Note. [Coltrane, Tyner, Garrison, Jones]
    1345049 precat
  • Du Prez, John. Monty Python’s Spamalot: original Broadway cast recording.
    PhonCD D9285 spam
  • Hildegard, Saint. The origin of fire: music and visions. [Anonymous 4]
    PhonCD H544.2 syarm sel f
  • Rollins, Sonny. Without a song: the 9/11 concert. [Rollins, Anderson, Scott, Cranshaw, Wilson, Dinizulu]
    PhonCD J R657 with
  • Touré, Lamine. Lamine Touré and Group Saloum.
    1350574 precat
  • Van Ronk, Dave. The mayor of MacDougal Street: rarities, 1957-1969.
    PhonCD F G3700.V366


  • Eroica. [Soloists, Orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique, Gardiner]
    PN1997.2.E76.A1 2004 [DVD]
  • Glass, Philip. Images 4 music: [by Philip Glass and Steve Reich]
    DVD G463 ima
  • Great conductors of the Third Reich: art in the service of evil. [Various performers and orchestras, filmed between 1933 and 1943 in Germany]
    ML402.G74 2005 [DVD]
  • Lehmann, Lotte. Lotte Lehmann: master classes: v.1, Lieder; v.2, Opera.
    ML420.L33.L6 2005 [DVD]
  • Piazzola, Astor. Astor Piazzola in portrait.
    ML410.P579.A886 2005 [DVD]
  • Stravinsky, Igor. Solovei = Le rossignol. [L’Opéra National de Paris, Conlon]
    DVD Str828 sol
  • We are the world: the story behind song / USA for Africa; conducted and produced by Quincy Jones; written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. [20th anniversary special ed.]
    ML3477.W4 2005 [DVD]
  • Weill, Kurt. The seven deadly sins. [Sellars]
    DVD W429 sie

Book your entertainment for the holiday weekend. Visit the Bookmobile in Lobby 10, 11:00 – 2:00 on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Posted January 11th, 2006 by Jim Eggleston

Please join us at the Humanities Library Bookmobile on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 11-2 in Lobby 10. Browse books, DVDs, audiobooks, and music from the Lewis Music Library for the long weekend ahead!

Come check us out! Bookmobile in Lobby 10

Lewis Music Library iPods now hold over 850 tracks

Posted January 6th, 2006 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library’s circulating iPods now contain over 850 tracks, one each from recently received compact discs. Several of the Humanities Library audiobooks are also represented. The iPods circulate overnight to MIT students, faculty, or staff for 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.

Learn how to find business information (for engineers and scientists)

Posted January 5th, 2006 by MIT Libraries

You don’t need to be an expert in business to attend these workshops!

Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists: Exploring Markets and Products

Angie Locknar, Stephanie Hartman

Fri Jan 27, 12 – 1pm, 14N-132
Enrollment limited: first come, first served. Limited to 30 participants.

You want to turn your great idea into a successful product. Is your product unique? Is there a market for your product? What are the trends in the industry? This hands-on session will introduce you to resources and strategies for learning about industries, markets, and products.

Contact: Angie Locknar, 14s-134, x3-9320,

Company Research for Engineers and Scientists: Know Your Prospective Employer or Partner

Howard Silver, Stephanie Hartman

Thu Feb 2, 12 – 1pm, 14N-132
Enrollment limited: first come, first served. Limited to 25 participants. Single session event.

You’re a researcher in Science and Engineering, but what do you know about company research? This session will introduce you to library-supported databases about companies and industries. We will use examples and hands-on exercises to demonstrate strategies for learning about prospective employers or partners. Biotech company research will be emphasized.

Contact: Howard Silver, 14S-134, x3-9319,

MIT Libraries’ IAP events – complete listing

Chemical Information sessions during IAP

Posted January 5th, 2006 by MIT Libraries

Learn more about the powerful tools for finding chemical and materials information during these IAP sessions.

SciFinder Scholar: Advanced Reaction and Substructure Searching

Erja Kajosalo, Amy Christuk

Tues Jan 10, 1 – 2pm, 14N-132 (DIRC)
Enrollment limited: first come, first served. Limited to 20 participants.
Prereq: Basic knowledge of SciFinder Scholar searching

Are you a chemist, materials scientist, chemical engineer or someone else who needs chemical information in your research? Or would you like to improve your chemical information searching skills using SciFinder Scholar? Then this hands-on workshop is for you!
SciFinder Scholar is the most comprehensive database of chemical and related scientific information from 1840s, covering over 10,000 sci/tech journals and patents from >50 patent issuing authorities. Representative from “Chemical Abstracts Services” will teach advanced features of SciFinder Scholar, including reaction and structure searching. She will use real life complex examples that she’s worked on with her clients to teach these techniques.

Contact: Erja Kajosalo, 14S-132, x3-9795,

CrossFire Beilstein and Gmelin – Advanced Searching

Erja Kajosalo

Wed Jan 11, 1 – 2pm, 14N-132 (DIRC)
Enrollment limited: first come, first served. Limited to 20 participants.
Prereq: Used either Beilstein or Gmelin

This session will concentrate on advanced substructure, reaction, and factual searching of organic and inorganic compounds in Beilstein and Gmelin databases using MDL Crossfire Commander software.

Contact: Erja Kajosalo, 14S-132, x3-9795,

Introduction to PubChem

Erja Kajosalo

Tue Jan 24, 1 – 2pm, DIRC: 14N-132
Enrollment limited: first come, first served. Limited to 20 participants.

Learn about PubChem, a NIH database on biological activities of small molecules. Learn to search chemicals and substances by name or structure, or search bioassay records using terms from the bioassay description. PubChem is a component of NIH’s Molecular Libraries Roadmap Initiative.

Contact: Erja Kajosalo, 14S-134, x3-0795,

Knovel — Engineering and Scientific (Hand)books

Erja Kajosalo, Robert Brandt

Wed Jan 25, 10 – 11:00am, DIRC: 14N-132
Enrollment limited: first come, first served. Limited to 20 participants.

If you work with properties materials or chemicals, this session is for you! Learn to use Knovel, a fully searchable database of online science and technology books, databases, and proceedings from over 30 publishers. Knovel covers 17 industrially important subject areas in the fields of chemistry, life sciences, materials, and engineering. Learn also how to use its productivity tools like interactive tables, graphs and live equations and how to export your search results.

Contact: Erja Kajosalo, 14S-132, x3-9795,

What’s the Melting Point of H2O?: Finding Materials Properties Information

Angie Locknar

Tues Jan 31, 4 – 5pm, 14N – 132
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up.

You probably know the melting point of H2O is 0 C (or 32 F or 273.15 K). But what would you do if you didn’t know? Come learn about the wide variety of resources you can use to locate property information.

Contact: Angie Locknar, 14S-134, x3-9320,

Introduction to Science of Synthesis

Erja Kajosalo, Alex Williams

Wed Feb 1, 1 – 2pm, 14N-132 (DIRC)
Enrollment limited: first come, first served. Limited to 20 participants.

Organic chemists! Learn to use “Science of Synthesis” which is an electronic edition of the classic Houben–Weyl. Alex Williams from Thieme Publishers will show you how to find evaluated synthetic methods from this database using (sub)structure and/or text searching. This session will allow participants time for hands-on use of the resource!

Contact: Erja Kajosalo, 14S-132, x3-9795,

MIT Libraries’ IAP events – complete listing

Learn EndNote, RefWorks during IAP

Posted January 5th, 2006 by MIT Libraries

Sign up now to attend these popular IAP sessions!

EndNote Basics

Howard Silver, Peter Cohn

Wed Jan 11, 5:15 – 6:15pm, 14N-132
Tue Jan 17, 4 – 5pm, 14N-132
Thu Jan 19, 1 – 2pm, 14N-132

Signup by: Jan 19, 2006. Limited to 20 participants. Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session.

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Your database can be used to automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in your manuscripts. This session will be a hands-on practicum. Attendees will create a personal database of cited literature by importing references from resources such as Barton, Web of Science, PubMed and other sources of published literature. You will learn how to search and manipulate databases, and to generate a manuscript and bibliography.

RefWorks Basics

Howard Silver

Thu Jan 19, 4 – 5pm, 14N-132
Tue Jan 24, 3 – 4pm, 14N-132
Wed Jan 25, 4 – 5pm, 14N-132

Signup by: 25-Jan-2006. Limited to 20 participants. Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session.

RefWorks is a web-based resource designed to help you to organize references and create a bibliography. RefWorks allows you to search, retrieve relevant citations, and build your bibliography. It allows users to create individual or group accounts, and makes it easy to write papers, or post your results to web pages.

This session will be a hands-on practicum. Attendees will create a personal web account and create a database of cited literature by importing references from resources such as Barton, Web of Science, PubMed and other sources of published literature. You will learn how to organize your references, and to generate manuscripts and bibliographies.

To sign up for these classes, contact: Howard Silver, 14S-134, x3-9319,

MIT Libraries’ IAP events – complete listing