Archive for July, 2007

Need help organizing your references? Let us help!

Posted July 30th, 2007 by Remlee Green

With so much information to manage for your research, how do you keep track of all of your references? Bibliographic software can help you to:

  • import citations from your favorite databases and websites
  • build and organize bibliographies
  • format citations for papers
  • take notes on articles and save them in your collection of citations
  • save and organize pdfs, screenshots, graphs, images, and other files for your research

For more information on choosing the right software for you, and to compare the programs that are supported by the MIT Libraries, see the Overview of Bibliographic Software at MIT. To get help using particular programs, also see library guides on EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero.logos

2007 version of SciFinder Scholar now available!

Posted July 27th, 2007 by Remlee Green

SciFinder logo

Download SciFinder Scholar 2007 now! This version is available for both Windows/Vista & Mac OS X. SciFinder Scholar offers access to “Chemical Abstracts,” including the CAS Registry file, with over 29 million substances, and the CAPlus file, which includes patents and conference proceedings and is the most comprehensive database of all chemical literature.

New features:

  • “Categorize” allows you to sort and evaluate information in your answer sets by creating a histogram for analysis.
  • Combine a previously saved answer set with your currently active answer set. Both answer sets must be the of the same type: reference, substance, or reaction.
  • Export commercial chemicals records into Excel.
  • Explore from Substance displays

Questions or comments about SciFinder Scholar? See the Libraries’ guide on SciFinder, or ask Erja Kajosalo, the Librarian for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering!

JulyAP Workshop: Bioinformatics for Beginners

Posted July 27th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, August 3, noon – 1pm

NCBI’s Entrez family of databases is the foundation of knowledge for molecular level bioscience research. Class attendees will learn about the organization of key NCBI databases, understand the database record structure, and work with the BLAST search tool. The session is a hands-on practicum and an excellent starting point for people who are new to, or curious about bioinformatics research tools.

NCBI Bioinformatics

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2007 information workshops

New music books, CDs in the Lewis Music Library

Posted July 27th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are some books and CDs that have been received in the Lewis Music Library in the past week or two; they will also be listed in Recent Additions to the Collection (also available via RSS).

Click on an image to see its Barton catalog record:

Adamenko, Victoria.
Neo-mythologism in music:
from Scriabin and
Schoenberg to Schnittke
and Crumb.
ML3849.A383 2007
Music in central Java
Brinner, Benjamin Elon.
Music in central Java:
experiencing music,
expressing culture.
ML345.I5.B75 2008
[book & audio CD]
Singing for freedom
Gac, Scott. Singing
for freedom: the Hutchinson
Family Singers and the
nineteenth-century culture
of reform.
ML421.H88.G33 2007
Harper-Scott, J. P. E.
Edward Elgar, modernist.
ML410.E41.H37 2006
Bill Monroe
Rosenberg, Neil V.
The music of Bill Monroe.
ML156.7.M66.R72 2007
The naked voice
Smith, W. Stephen.
The naked voice: a
wholistic approach to singing
MT820.S697 2007
[book & audio CD]
Harrison, Lou. In
PhonCD H248.2 insmu b
Ockeghem, Johannes.
Cathedral sounds.
PhonCD Oc3 vocmu a
Tears & lamentations
Pro Cantione Antiqua.
Tears & lamentations.
PhonCD P9413 tear

The Lewis Music Library is located in 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Now available! Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) book pick-up at Aero/Astro

Posted July 24th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

As of July 24, you can choose to have items from our Interlibrary Borrowing service (from non-MIT libraries) delivered to you for pick up at the Aero/Astro Library. For more information or to register for our ILLiad system where you can submit or track your borrowing requests, see:

To take advantage of this new option, select Aero/Astro as your delivery location when you register for an ILLiad account. If you’ve already registered with ILLiad, select “Change User Information” from the ILLiad Main Menu, to update your delivery location.


Vera is being upgraded!

Posted July 24th, 2007 by Nicole Hennig

This summer we are working on a new version of the Vera database, which lists the MIT Libraries’ e-journals and research databases. Vera has been in its current form since 2001 and has served us well in a basic way. Now the time has come to add features and improve the interface.

New in this version of Vera will be the ability to search multiple databases simultaneously. For example, you will be able to search our Barton catalog, Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Proquest Research Library all at once with the results merged. We will also provide groupings of appropriate databases to search together for several broad subject areas: Art & Architecture, Engineering, Humanities, Management & Business, Science, and Social Sciences.

Watch this space for announcements of a beta version that you can give us feedback on later this summer. We will be looking for volunteers to participate in usability tests in August/September. Send email to if you would like to volunteer or if you have any comments.

JulyAP Workshop: Flavors of Citation Searching

Posted July 20th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, July 27, noon – 1pm

Have you ever used Web of Science to find citations? Have you used Google Scholar? Ever used citation links in journal articles?

This session will explore the different ways you can use the citation searching method for identifying literature on a subject to benefit of your research. The concept of citation searching has been around for over 50 years, but it has evolved with technology. Several examples will be given, and we would enjoy hearing about your own techniques.
Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2007 information workshops

HP and MIT Create Non-Profit Organization to Support Growing Community of DSpace Users

Posted July 18th, 2007 by Heather Denny


Today HP and the MIT Libraries announced the formation of the DSpace Foundation, a non-profit organization that will provide support to the growing community of organizations that use DSpace, an open source software solution for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly works in a digital archive. Jointly developed by HP and the MIT Libraries beginning in 2002, today more than 200 projects worldwide are using the software to digitally capture, preserve and share their artifacts, documents, collections and research data.

The foundation will assume responsibility for providing leadership and support to the ever growing DSpace community and promote even wider distribution and use. Michele Kimpton, formerly of the Internet Archive (, will serve as Executive Director of the DSpace Foundation. Prior to joining DSpace, Kimpton led web-archiving technology and services at the Internet Archive where, as one of its founding directors, she initiated and managed several open source software projects to collect, access and preserve web pages from national libraries and archives.

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New Online Maps of Dewey Library

Posted July 18th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Dewey floor1 plan

Dewey Library has new online maps of each of its floors. Need to see how to get to the Librarians’ offices? Or what’s in the basement?

Check out these detailed pdf maps to see what’s where:

New books, CDs, DVDs of interest in the Lewis Music Library

Posted July 13th, 2007 by Christie Moore

Here are some books, CDs, and DVDs that have been received in the Lewis Music Library over the past couple of weeks; they will also be listed in Recent Additions to the Collection (also available via RSS).

Click on an image to see its Barton catalog record:

Cooper, John Michael.
Mendelssohn, Goethe, and
the Walpurgis night: the
heathen muse in European
culture, 1700-1850
ML410.M5.C66 2007
Kramer, Lawrence.
Why classical music still
ML3800.K72 2007
Mitchell, Gillian. The North
American folk music
revival: nation and identity
in the United States and
Canada, 1945-1980.
ML3550.5.M58 2007
Argersinger, Charles.
The three fates, and
other chamber works.
PhonCD Ar379 sel a
Burns, Robert. The
complete songs.
PhonCD F G5770.B87
v.1-12, booklet
Canty (Musical group).
Felix femina.
PhonCD C169 felix
Corner, Philip. Extreme
PhonCD C8153 insmu
Dunn, David. Autonomous
and dynamical systems
PhonCD D922 sel
Lionheart (Vocal group). El siglo
de oro: chant and polyphony of
Renaissance Spain.
PhonCD L6615 sig
DVDs: Hahn
Hilary Hahn: a portrait.
ML418.H34.H55 2007 [DVD]
Legends of jazz
Legends of jazz with Ramsey
Lewis: showcase.
PhonCD J L523 jara
[CD and DVD]

The Lewis Music Library is located in 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

JulyAP Workshop: Patent Searching Fundamentals, Friday, July 20, noon – 1 at DIRC

Posted July 12th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, July 20, noon – 1pm

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams.

The session will be a hands-on practicum which will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patent literature. Using patent literature is important for understanding competitive technologies and keeping abreast of current product innovations.
Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2007 information workshops

R Statistical Software Now Available on Athena

Posted July 12th, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

MIT now has access to a new statistical software package on Athena: R (thanks to licensing from MIT IS&T). R is an open-source, free software environment for statistical computing and graphics with its own internal programming language. More information about the software is available at:

Help with R and other statistical software packages is available from the Harvard-MIT Data Center Statistical Consulting Service. Contact a Consultant at

New Tools Explore Journal Publishing Policies

Posted July 6th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

Two new tools make finding key information about journals easier, providing authors with support for decisions about where to publish and offering information about what they can do with their work once they publish. Both tools were announced this month and are open for testing and comment.

Journal Info


The first tool, Journal Info, includes access, cost, and quality information for 18,000 journals. Journal Info is intended to support researchers in their choice of journal for publication. It offers access, cost, and quality information, and also indicates if there is an open access alternative to a given title.

Some of the data points offered for each journal are:

  • Allowance of self-archiving [by author] of reviewed manuscript
  • Subscription price per article and per citation
  • Profit or not-for-profit status
  • Publication fees
  • Quality measures, including where the journal is indexed, the ISI Impact Factor, and a new impact factor measure called the Journal eigenfactor, which is sponsored by the Bergstrom lab in the University of Washington’s Biology Department.

Journal Info was created by Lund University Libraries (with financial support from the National Library of Sweden). Lund also created the Directory of Open Access Journals, a resource that identifies scientific and scholarly journals that make their content accessible to readers without legal or subscription barriers.

HHMI Journal Publishing Policy Database

The second tool was built by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to support their authors in meeting the terms of the new HHMI open access mandate. This tool was developed by HHMI “as a convenience to HHMI scientists and their collaborators around the world” and offers “a searchable resource with information about the policies and author responsibilities for 50 high-impact journals,” principally in biomedicine.

Some of the data points offered for each title are:

  • Full Text Access [how, when & where articles are made openly available]
  • Author Role/Responsibility [in relation to the HHMI policy]
  • Publisher Role [in relation to the HHMI policy]
  • Journal Publishing Policy [a link to copyright, posting, and related policies]

The HHMI public access policy summary database was created and is maintained by the library staff at the HHMI library.

More on Choosing Journals

For more information about evaluating journal copyright and publishing policies, please contact

JulyAP Workshop: Copyright and Scholarly Publication: Retaining Rights & Increasing the Impact of Research

Posted July 6th, 2007 by Ryan Gray


WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, July 13, noon – 1pm

Can you use and re-use your own work for future writing and teaching? Or is it locked tight behind a vault of copyright restrictions?

This session will help you find the keys to fully realize the potential of your own work for yourself and the world. It will provide a very brief summary of copyright law and how it affects your work, and an overview of actions you can take to improve the impact and reach of your research – including why retaining rights to your work matters, and how you can take advantage of such rights to increase citation and readership.

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2007 information workshops

HHMI Announces New Open Access Mandate

Posted July 5th, 2007 by Ellen Duranceau

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a non-profit medical research organization that invests $700 million per year in research, has announced that it will require its investigators to publish their original research articles in scientific journals that allow the articles to be made freely accessible in a public repository within six months of publication.

Which Researchers are Covered by the New Policy?Â

The policy affects more than 300 HHMI researchers. These researchers are located not only at the HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Virginia, but also at many universities (including MIT) and research organizations (such as the Massachusetts General Hospital) throughout the United States. Â

HHMI investigators are selected in a competitive process. Once selected, they are considered HHMI employees, but continue to be based at their home institutions and lead research from those institutions.

While the policy applies to HHMI investigators regardless of their physical location, it does not apply to HHMI grantees.  HHMI focuses its grant support on undergraduate educational efforts which do not directly relate to this publication policy.

When Does it Take Effect, and What if a Publisher Does Not Agree?

The policy applies to manuscripts submitted on or after January 1, 2008, for papers where an HHMI investigator is a major author. HHMI will require investigators to look for another publisher if a publisher will not allow open access on HHMI’s terms.

Where Does the Work Get Shared?

If the publication is in the biological or biomedical sciences, it must be made available through the National Library of Medicine’s open archive PubMed Central within six months of publication; for other disciplines, the policy states that comparable repositories should be used if available.

What’s New or Different About This Policy?

This mandate has several unusual aspects:

  • It’s the first open access mandate from a research funder in the United States. (The Wellcome Trust and others in the UK already have mandates; in the US, the NIH has a request that is not yet a requirement.)
  • HHMI will provide HHMI authors with a custom interface for uploading their manuscripts to PubMed Central for those journals who do not provide that service.
  • HHMI is working on arrangements with some publishers (e.g. Elsevier) to fund publisher charges involved in making the articles openly accessible.  (In other cases, investigators will be asked to use their operating budgets to pay any applicable charges.)

For More Information

More details are available at HHMI’s website , including a searchable database of journal titles and publishers indicating how the policies of 50 high-impact journals relate to the new mandate.

For more about what this means for scholarly publishing or for MIT authors, please contact