Archive for August, 2009

Full Text of Dissertations and Theses Now Available

Posted August 28th, 2009 by Darcy Duke

Good news! Full text of thousands of dissertations and theses from most North American and selected worldwide universities are now available through Proquest’s Dissertations and Theses database:

http://libraries.mit.edu/get/dissertations

Before 1997, many theses will only have abstracts, but the full text collection is growing continuously.

Need an MIT thesis?

MIT dissertations and theses are NOT included in the ProQuest database. Find the thesis you are looking for in the Barton catalog (search by author, supervisor, department and more):

http://libraries.mit.edu/barton-theses

Most MIT theses are available full text from 2004 onwards, with selected earlier theses available full text as well.

If you have any questions or comments about this new resource, please Ask Us!

Check Out the 2009 Orientation Events for the MIT Libraries!

Posted August 27th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Welcome to the MIT Libraries!
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Orientation: Fall 2009

Undergraduate Students || Graduate Students || All Students

Attend these events to become familiar with what the Libraries have to offer – our staff, collections, services, and resources.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:

Academic Expo
What: An expo of MIT’s academic departments and programs. The Libraries will be ready to answer your questions and offer information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
When: Wednesday, September 2, 2 – 3:30 pm
Where: Johnson Athletics Center (W34). Look for the Libraries’ banner.

Freshmen Explorations: Ice Cream Social
What: Build your own ice cream sundae!
When: Thursday, September 3, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Lipchitz Courtyard (Building 14); rain location: hallway in front of Hayden Library (Building 14)

Hitchhiker’s Guide Library Tours
What:
A walking tour of all the MIT Libraries, with special gifts for the first 10 attendees at each tour.
When: Saturday, August 29, 1:30 p.m, Thursday, September 3, 11 am and Thursday, September 3, 2 pm
Where: Meet in Lobby 7

GRADUATE STUDENTS:

Graduate Student Orientation: Grad School 102
What: An introduction to the MIT Libraries services and resources.
When: Tuesday, September 1, 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Where: 34-101

10th Annual New Graduate Student Reception
What:
A reception for new graduate students, with beverages and light
refreshments provided.
NOTE: Tickets may be purchased for $4 at the Graduate Student Council Information Booth.
When: Wednesday, September 2, 5 – 7 pm
Where: Barker Library Dome (Building 10-500)

ALL STUDENTS:

Health & Wellness Fair
What: Libraries’ staff will be ready to answer your questions and offer
information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
When: Friday, September 4, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Kresge Oval, outside the Student Center

Welcome to the MIT Libraries!

Orientation: Fall 2009

Undergraduate Students || Graduate Students || All Students

Attend these events to become familiar with what the Libraries have to offer – our staff, collections, services, and resources.

Undergraduate Students:

Academic Expo

* What: An expo of MIT’s academic departments and programs. The Libraries will be ready to answer your questions and offer information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.

* When: Wednesday, September 2

2:00 – 3:30 pm

* Where: Johnson Athletics Center (W34). Look for the Libraries’ banner.

Freshmen Explorations: Ice Cream Social

* What: Build your own ice cream sundae!

* When: Thursday, September 3

2:30 – 3:30 pm

* Where: Lipchitz Courtyard (Building 14); rain location: hallway in front of Hayden Library (Building 14)

Hitchhiker’s Guide Library Tours

* What: A walking tour of all the MIT Libraries, with special gifts for the first 10 attendees at each tour.

* When:

· Saturday, August 29, 1:30 p.m

· Thursday, September 3, 11:00 am

· Thursday, September 3, 2:00 p.m.

* Where: Meet in Lobby 7

Graduate Students:

Graduate Student Orientation: Grad School 102

* What: An introduction to the MIT Libraries services and resources.

* When: Tuesday, September 1

3:30 – 4:00 pm

* Where: 34-101

10th Annual New Graduate Student Reception

* What: A reception for new graduate students, with beverages and light

refreshments provided.

NOTE: Tickets may be purchased for $4 at the Graduate Student Council Information Booth.

* When: Wednesday, September 2

5:00 – 7:00 pm

* Where: Barker Library Dome (Building 10-500)

All Students:

Health & Wellness Fair

* What: Libraries’ staff will be ready to answer your questions and offer

information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.

* When: Friday, September 4

1:30 – 4:30 pm

* Where: Kresge Oval, outside the Student Center

New MIT Libraries’ Home Page – Let Us Know What You Think!

Posted August 26th, 2009 by Remlee Green

As you begin a new school year, you will notice some changes at the MIT Libraries. One exciting change is that we have redesigned our home page!  The sub-level pages will remain the same for now, but these will likely change as we move forward and our services evolve.

MIT Libraries’ Home Page

The goal of the new home page design was to consolidate searching in our various tools and make our resources and services easier to find. The design was informed by feedback and usability testing conducted over the summer on students, faculty, and staff members. It was also vetted by the ATIC lab (IS&T’s Adaptive Technology Information Center) to ensure appropriate access for screen readers and other adaptive technologies.

We hope that you will be pleased with the results.

Help us make it even better by letting us know what you think. Give us your feedback!

Last Weekends for Summer CD, DVD Loans

Posted August 19th, 2009 by Christie Moore

There are three more weekend to take advantage of extra days when you borrow music CDs, DVDs, or an iPod! Since the Lewis Music Library is still on summer hours and will be closed Saturdays and Sundays (and Labor Day Monday), you can get extra time to enjoy some great music:

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  • Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days (limit of 5), but if you borrow them Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday during the summer they’re due on Monday.
  • Labor Day weekend they’ll be due Tuesday, September 8 (Registration Day).
  • iPods circulate overnight, but during the summer an iPod borrowed on Friday is due Monday (or Tuesday, September 8 for Labor Day weekend).
  • The iPods contain over 2700 sample tracks taken from recent CDs in the library’s collection, which numbers over 20,000 CDs of classical, jazz, world, and popular music and more than 1,200 DVDs

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and summer hours are M-F, 11am-5pm. Semester hours will resume the first day of classes, Wednesday, September 9.

New Bioinformatics Resource Available! Human Gene Mutations Database (HGMD)

Posted August 11th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

HGMD database logo
MIT Libraries has obtained a license for the Human Gene Mutations Database (HGMD). HGMD represents a comprehensive collection of data available on germ-line mutations in nuclear genes underlying or associated with human inherited disease.

Search for newly identified gene lesions to determine whether or not they are novel; search by gene to get an overview of the known mutational spectrum for that gene; and search for a type of mutation in a specific location.

HGMD is integrated with other bioscience resources such as OMIM, Entrez Gene and the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee. The free version of HGMD only contains 3 year old data while the licensed version contains current data and a better search interface, so take advantage of this great resource!

To access HGMD, search for “HGMD” in MIT Libraries’ Vera. Click on “BIOBASE Knowledge Library-ExPlain and HGMD” and then “HGMD.”

Contact Courtney Crummett with any questions.

New MIT Libraries’ Home Page – Let Us Know What You Think!

Posted August 11th, 2009 by Darcy Duke

As we prepare for the start of a new school year, you will notice some changes at the MIT Libraries. One exciting change is that we have redesigned our home page – check out the beta before we make it live.  The sub-level pages will remain the same for now, but these will likely change as well as we move forward and our services evolve.

MIT Libraries’ Beta Home Page

The goal of the new home page design was to consolidate searching in our various tools and make our resources and services easier to find. The design was informed by feedback and usability testing conducted over the summer on students, faculty, and staff members. It was also vetted by the ATIC lab ( IS&T’s Adaptive Technology Information Center) to ensure for appropriate access for screen readers and other adaptive technologies.

We hope that you will be pleased with the results.

Help us make it even better by letting us know what you think. Give us your feedback!