Archive for September, 2009

Database of the Week: CSA / ASCE Civil Engineering Abstracts

CSA / ASCE Civil Engineering Abstracts provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the serials literature in civil engineering and its complementary fields, including forensic engineering, management and marketing of engineering services, engineering education, theoretical mechanics and dynamics, and mathematics and computation.  This database provides comprehensive international coverage as well as numerous non-serial publications.  Sources covered include over 3,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases.  You can learn more about this database from its Factsheet or begin searching the database at CSA Illumina.

The CSA / ASCE Civil Engineering Abstracts Database is one of many information resources brought to you by the Brown Science and Engineering Library!  Ask for a demonstration of this database or about other resources that can help you work faster, smarter and better!

(Use of this database from this address restricted to University of Virginia users only.  Please contact a librarian for assistance, if you are having trouble connecting.)

Info Tool of the Week: RefWorks and RefShare

RefWorks and RefShare are software applications that enable you to…

  • Download citations from databases and put them into a personal RefWorks research database
  • Format bibliographies and citations automatically in over 400 styles including APA, MLA, etc.
  • Use in conjunction with WORD to write papers, dissertations, etc.
  • Access your RefWorks account from any computer, anywhere
  • Create a database and share it with colleagues around the world

To use RefWorks, you must sign up for a free account that will identify you as a University of Virginia student, faculty or staff member.  You can do this at https://www.refworks.com/Refworks/login.asp?WNCLang=false and the process takes only a minute.  You can learn more about RefWorks at http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/tools/refworks.html or stop by any UVa library for more information.  RefWorks also offers free online webinars; the October schedule is at http://www.refworks.com/content/webinars/default.asp

Georeferencing an Image

The Alderman Library Scholars’ Lab continues its series of workshops on geographic information systems (GIS) this Thursday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Brown Science & Engineering Library electronic classroom (Room 133).  GIS Specialists Chris Gist and Kelly Johnston will guide participants through the process of georeferencing, or aligning a digital image–such as a scanned historic map–with its spatial location.  While there are no prerequisites for attending the workshop, a basic knowledge of Windows computers is helpful.  The session will build on skills from previous sessions but those unable to attend earlier workshops should feel welcome to attend later sessions.  No RSVP is required, though we encourage you to arrive early as space is limited.

 For a full listing of events in the Scholars’ Lab this semester, please visit http://lib.virginia.edu/scholarslab/about/events.html

Helping Hands

Technology Review (9/28, Grifantini) reports, “Researchers from Harvard and Yale Universities have developed a simple, soft robotic hand that can grab a range of objects delicately, and which automatically adjusts its fingers to get a good grip. The new hand could also potentially be useful as a prosthetic arm.” Unlike other soft robotic hands, this one “has just a few sensors and a single motor, but can pick up a variety of objects with the flexibility of a human hand.” The researchers noted that “people do not normally use a rigid grasp, but keep their fingers relaxed” when reaching for an object in order “to avoid knocking the object over.” Similarly, “making the robotic hand flexible allows it to pick up objects even with minor calculation errors” while “embedded sensors…allow the new hand to feel an object and adjust its grip.”

 

From ASEE First Bell, September 28, 2009.  All rights reserved.

Aircraft Structures

The Knovel Library contains hundreds of full-text online resources in a wide variety of science and engineering disciplines, as well as innovative research and analysis tools for using them. Here is one of the latest items to appear in the Knovel Library:

Composite Materials for Aircraft Structures (2nd Edition)
Publisher: AIAA
Description: The 2nd edition of this best-selling book provides an introduction to virtually all aspects of the technology of composite materials as used in aeronautical design and structure.  Since the first edition of this textbook in 1986, the use of high-performance polymer-matrix fiber composites in aircraft structures has grown steadily, although not as dramatically as predicted at that time.  The text discusses important differences in the technology of composites from that of metals–intrinsic substantive differences and their implications for manufacturing processes, structural design procedures, and in-service performance of the materials, particularly regarding the cause and nature of damage that may be sustained.

Canadian Scientific and Technical Data

 The National Research Council of Canada recently launched a new Gateway to Scientific Data which provides access to Canadian scientific, technical and medical data sets as well as information for scientists on best practices for managing data.  The Scientific Data Sets cover a wide range of subjects including Aerospace, Biochemistry, Environment, Geosciences, Physics, and Thermodynamics among others.  To learn more or search the data sets visit http://cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/services/cisti/gateway-scientific-data.html

Database of the Week: Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts

The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts Database — part of the CSA Illumina suite of databases — provides biomedical engineering students and faculty a window into the journal, conference and other technical literature central to their fields.  This database provides bibliographic coverage of ground-breaking research, applications, regulatory developments and new patents across all areas of biotechnology and bioengineering, including medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, environmental and marine biology.   This database provides comprehensive international coverage as well as numerous non-serial publications.  You can learn more about this database from its Factsheet or begin searching the database at CSA Illumina.

The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts Database is one of many information resources brought to you by the Brown Science and Engineering Library!  Ask for a demonstration of this database or about other resources that can help you work faster, smarter and better!

(Use of this database from this address restricted to University of Virginia users only.  Please contact a librarian for assistance, if you are having trouble connecting.)


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