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Finding the best tool for your research and using it efficiently is a challenge for all students.  The Stanford Libraries offer workshops to help you increase your skill level and explore new resources.  Sign-up to learn about citation management tools such as Mendeley, EndNote and RefWorks as well as how to search for grants, patents, chemical information, energy information and how to keep current with new research.  This year we have added a new workshop on tips and tools for publishing. The Stanford Geospatial Center in the Branner Library offers workshops on GIS data creation and management, GPS and mobile data collection and ArcGIS.  All workshops are free and all Stanford students, faculty and staff are welcome.  Workshops are held in the Green Library, Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library, Branner Earth Sciences Library and the Huang Engineering Center. View the list of Fall 2014 workshops and sign-up.

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Is your research confused with others who have a similar name as yours? Do you have problems distinguishing between authors with similar names?

As an author or  researcher you need to be able to easily and uniquely attach your identity to your scholarly output including datasets, articles, books, citations, and experiments.  You want to be sure you are recognized for the great work you do! The best solution is to register for your personal ORCID id to claim your publications and connect your scholarly contributions.

Volvo CE 310X

For the second year in a row, students from ME310 Project Based Engineering Design submitted their final projects to the SDR for preservation. With the submission of these 19 projects, we also preserved the Winter quarter reports for the students’ design projects.   This year’s projects covered a variety of products from construction equipment to designing a better way to chill a drink to creating a better flying experience for passengers with limited mobility.  These projects help inform future classes about design process as well as create a network of contacts for future work. 

ACS on Campus

The Stanford Chemistry Department's Student Activity Committee, the Stanford Chemistry Department, and the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library are co-hosting ACS on Campus at Stanford which will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 8:30am - 6:30pm in the Huang Engineering Center, Room 300 (Mackenzie Room). 

This event is free but registration is required in order to attend.  You are invited to come for as many of the sessions as your schedule allows.  Complimentary food will be provided for all registered participants.

Lake Surprise Research by Daniel Ibarra from http://purl.stanford.edu/zd652gs8988

It is no longer a surprise how ancient lakes in the western US -- such as Lake Surprise -- managed to become so large. Research undertaken by Daniel Ibarra, a graduate student working at the time with Kate Maher, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences, showed that the root cause was a lower rate of evaporation than we see today.

Altmetric donut

Save the date!  Two workshops on Altmetric will be offered on Monday, August 4, 2014.  One aimed at library staff will be held from 1:30-3:00 PM and a second one for library users will be held from 3:15-4:15 PM.  The speakers for both sessions are Sara Rouhi, Altmetric, and Kortney Capretta, Digital Science (Altmetric's parent company).

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

"Proudly serving the scientific community for over a century, the 95th edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is an update of a classic reference, mirroring the growth and direction of science. This work continues to be the most accessed and respected scientific reference in the world. An authoritative resource consisting of tables of data and current international recommendations on nomenclature, symbols, and units, its usefulness spans not only the physical sciences but also related areas of biology, geology, and environmental science.  Content of the 95th Edition is now available online.

Student reception

2014 Honors theses written by undergraduates in Engineering were self-deposited by the authors for the first time this year. Stanford Electrical Engineering and BioEngineering students were quick off the mark to get their draft deposits ready for final check and inclusion in the SDR archive.  2014 research topics range from Deer Antler Genetics to Thermionic Emitters.

The benefits of having a PURL (permanent URL) for their digital honors thesis which they can include in resumes, CVs, and grad school applications is something students really appreciate.  It preserves their research for the future and makes it easy to share with others, if they choose.

The five theses submitted this year are now available in SearchWorks alongside 30 digital honors theses from prior years collected and deposited in the SDR by Terman Library staff.

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