Archive for September, 2013

Get productive: Learn about productivity tools

Posted September 27th, 2013 by Remlee Green

Student working on iPadOctober’s a great time to step back, take a look at your research methods and work practices, and find out how the Libraries can help you become even more efficient.

Prefer to learn in a classroom?

Register for one of our October workshops on a variety of topics, including productivity tools.

Like to learn on your own?

Check out research guides on over 100 topics, from Aeronautics to Zotero. These guides will tell you the best resources for your subject, whatever it is.

MIT Libraries support many productivity tools that can save you time and effort. Learn about productivity tools, including:

Have questions or suggestions about productivity tools? Ask us! Tell us!

National Geographic Archive

Posted September 26th, 2013 by Barbara Williams

Would you like to read about the first flight over Mount Everest?

Mount Everest

Look in the August 1933 issue of the National Geographic Archive from 1884-1994.


Digitize your LPs or cassettes

Posted September 25th, 2013 by Christie Moore

IS&T just posted a news story about the Lewis Music Library: Past Forward: Digitize Your LPs and Cassettes.

Show your MIT ID card at the desk to get the logon and password.
The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are on the web.

Photo: L. Barry Hetherington

Photo: L. Barry Hetherington






Barker Library closing early on Friday, Sept. 27

Posted September 24th, 2013 by Jeremiah Graves

Barker Engineering LibraryBarker Library will close at 4:00pm on Friday, September 27 for a private function.

Access to the Barker 24/7 study space will resume at 9:00pm and the library will be open for regular business hours on Saturday.

All other MIT Libraries locations will remain open for regular business hours and the 24/7 study spaces in Dewey and Hayden will be available after closing.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Fall IAP classes are here!

Posted September 24th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

The Libraries are hosting a series of classes all during the month of October! Some require registration and are filling up quickly – see below for details.

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Managing your references: Overview of EndNote, Zotero, & Mendeley – Register
Thu October 3, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Remlee Green,

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, Zotero, & Mendeley) allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. We’ll take a look at these 3 tools.

Please register for this session.

Intro to R – Register
Thu October 3, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack,

Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets, create R objects, install and load R packages, conduct basic statistical analyses, and create common graphical displays.

Prerequisite: This workshop is appropriate for those with little or no prior experience with R. MIT only – Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

Introduction to GIS for Architecture – Register
Fri October 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack,

GIS is for architects too! Learn how to complete simple tasks using ArcMap GIS software, including making a basic map and exporting to CAD. This workshop is geared toward architecture students or those looking to learn how GIS can be used for architecture-related tasks.

Please register for this session.

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Thu Oct 10, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132 – Register
Thu Oct 24, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132 – Register
Contact: Howard Silver,

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 that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

Please register for either the 10/10 or 10/24 session.

Intro to GIS – Register
Mon October 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack,

Learn the basics of visualizing and analyzing geographic information and creating your own maps in a Geographic Information System (GIS). We will introduce open source and proprietary GIS software options and let attendees choose to work through exercises using ESRI ArcGIS (proprietary) and/or Quantum GIS (QGIS) (open source). Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data, and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations.

Please register for this session.

R Programming – Register
Thu October 10, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack,

This intermediate R course will guide users through a variety of programming functions. This workshop covers blocks, loops, program flow, functions, S3 classes and methods, and debugging in R. This workshop is intended for those already comfortable with using R for data analysis who wish to move on to writing their own functions.

Prerequisite: A basic familiarity with R, such as acquired from an introductory R workshop. MIT only – Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

To Infinity and Beyond: Borrowing from a Galaxy of Libraries – Register
Fri October 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Pat Page,

Did you know you can access a universe of resources? Don’t let your research end with MIT’s holdings—this workshop will show you three trajectories to borrowing from non-MIT collections. We’ll explore the different benefits of these trajectories, so you can take your research to infinity—and beyond!

Please register for this session.

Endnote Basics – Register
Fri Oct 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anita Perkins,

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please register for this session.

Course Reserves at the MIT Libraries – Register
Wed October 30, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Molly McInerney,

Are you a new instructor or teaching assistant at MIT, or are you an administrative assistant who supports teaching faculty? Do you want to learn more about course reserves and their copyright policies?

The MIT Libraries can help you navigate reserves services for print and electronic materials, and we will provide an overview of fair use and copyright guidelines for course reserves. We will also cover the details about submitting required textbook information via the Semester Book Submission Form.

Please register for this session.

Mergent Intellect is new source for Hoovers basic company information

Posted September 18th, 2013 by Katherine McNeill


Mergent Intellect, a database providing basic company facts on over 20 million North American companies and over 70 million global companies, is now available through MIT Libraries. Mergent Intellect provides essentially the information as Hoovers Online using data from Hoovers and Dun and Bradstreet but with additional downloading capabilities not available through Hoovers Online. Hoovers Online will be no longer be available at MIT after November 2013.

Key features of Mergent Intellect include:

  • location, estimated sales and number of employees, industries, and other basic data on companies
  • exporting of up to 2,000 company records per download
  • Dun & Bradstreet data including D-U-N-S identifier numbers and corporate “family tree” details
  • executive contacts and biographies

For more sources of company information, visit the MIT Libraries’ Companies research guide.

OA research in the news: Using solar power to clean water

Posted September 18th, 2013 by Katharine Dunn
Steven Dubowsky

Steven Dubowsky

A team of MIT researchers, led by mechanical engineering professor Steven Dubowsky, are developing a solar-powered system that can produce 1,000 liters of clean drinking water a day—a potential boon in areas where fresh water is scarce and expensive. Over the past several months, the researchers have traveled to remote areas in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to test the purification system, which includes several photovoltaic panels, a tank, pumps, filters, and computers. Communities there can be a day’s drive from drinkable water. “There may be 25 million indigenous people in Mexico alone,” Dubowsky says. “This is not a small problem. The potential for a system like this is huge.” The researchers may do similar tests of the system in other countries.

Explore Professor Dubowsky’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.

ILLiad downtime Friday, September 20th

Posted September 16th, 2013 by Melissa Feiden

ILLiad at MITPlease be aware that due to a scheduled software upgrade, ILLiad will be unavailable from 10:00am – 3:00pm EST this Friday, September 20, 2013.

During this outage, you will not be able to:

For more information, see our ILLiad system outage page.  If you have any questions, Ask Us!

Libraries’ open access publishing fund includes memberships in PeerJ

Posted September 13th, 2013 by Ellen Duranceau

In 2010, the MIT Libraries launched an open access publishing fund to reimburse article processing fees of up to $1000 for articles which have been accepted for publication in eligible open-access, peer-reviewed journals. The fund’s purpose is to cover fees when funds from other sources, such as grant funds, are unavailable.

This fall, the fund began supporting memberships in a new and innovative open access journal in the biological and medical sciences, PeerJ. PeerJ is peer-reviewed scholarly journal which emphasizes rapid publication, and focuses on determining “scientific and methodological soundness” rather than on “subjective determinations of ‘impact,’ ‘novelty’ or ‘interest.'” peerJ logo

Its funding model is unique: PeerJ has a lifetime membership model. Once an author is a member, the author can publish for free, at a frequency based on the level of membership:

Basic (which allows a Member to publish once per year, for life); Enhanced (which allows a Member to publish twice per year, for life); and Investigator (which allows a Member to publish an unlimited number of articles per year, for life).

The Libraries’ open access fund will support PeerJ memberships at the Basic or Enhanced level. To apply, please provide details about your article through the open access fund application form.

More information:

If you have any questions about eligibility for or use of the fund, please contact Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Program Manager, Scholarly Publishing & Licensing, MIT Libraries.

How good are your research skills? Take the Knovel University Challenge

Posted September 11th, 2013 by Barbara Williams

Test your knowledge and potentially win great prizes.  The Knovel University Challenge 2013 has begun.

What can be better than learning how to use valuable research tools while competing for prizes?

Discover how to take the challenge.

Last year’s winner was MIT’s very own Patrick Heider, a graduate student in Chemical Engineering.

So let the games begin and good luck!


Apply online for Harvard College Library privileges

Posted September 6th, 2013 by Cassandra Silvia

via Flickr CC licenseThe MIT Libraries has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with Harvard College Library for MIT faculty, students and research staff. Eligible community members may apply online for an HCL Special Borrower card. In most instances, the confirmation email and privilege letter are delivered to your inbox within 15 minutes. Applications occasionally require review by a Libraries’ staff member, who will respond within 1 business day. Once the privilege letter is received, MIT community members may obtain a photo ID from the Widener Library Privileges Desk.  The card gives the bearer borrowing privileges at participating HCL libraries including:

CabotChemistryFine ArtsHarvard-YenchingLoeb MusicPhysicsTozzer and Widener.

MIT has similar agreements for Faculty, Graduate Students and Research Staff at Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine  and the Graduate School of Design (GSD) Loeb Library. You may apply for access and borrowing privileges using the Countway or Loeb online application.

Do you need to renew your privileges? The special borrower card expires on May 31st for students and August 31st for Faculty and Research Staff. Submit an online application to receive your new privilege letter and then visit the Widener Library Privileges Desk to renew your borrowing privileges for the year.

OA research in the news: Maier was “one of the key intellectual figures in her field”

Posted September 4th, 2013 by Katharine Dunn
Pauline Maier

Pauline Maier

Historian Pauline Maier, who wrote award-winning books on 18th-century America, died last month at age 75. Maier had been on the MIT faculty since 1978. In one of her best-known books, American Scripture, she helped show that the Declaration of Independence was a “secular document” and a collaborative effort, not a sacred text that Thomas Jefferson wrote on his own: In her research Maier found dozens of local resolutions to declare independence from the British Crown. The New York Times named American Scripture one of the 11 best books of 1997.

“One of the key intellectual figures in her field, Pauline was also a leader at MIT—a great historian and scholar who understood the pulse of the Institute and helped guide and improve our community in profound ways,” said Deborah Fitzgerald, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT.

“The impact of losing Pauline goes beyond family, friends, and colleagues. It extends to the young students who now will never encounter her enthusiasm, the cut of her mind, and how she made America’s past come alive,” wrote Maier’s MIT colleague John Dower in a post alongside other remembrances and tributes.

Maier was on the original faculty committee that put forward the MIT faculty Open Access Policy.

Explore Professor Maier’s research in the Open Access Articles collection in DSpace@MIT, where it is openly accessible to the world.

Since the MIT faculty established their Open Access Policy in March 2009 they have made thousands of research papers freely available to the world via DSpace@MIT. To highlight that research, we’re offering a series of blog posts that link news stories about scholars’ work to their open access papers in DSpace.