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ASTM Standards online

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

University of Toronto Libraries have purchased an institutional subscription to ASTM Standards online.  U of T students, staff and faculty can now access the complete set of active standards from on or off campus.

ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. ASTM standards cover a very wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.

Engineering & Computer Science Library has hardcopy ASTM Standards up to 2008. They are in the Reference section of the library, on the main floor, on the ‘standards’ shelf.

Library renovations

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

With funding from the Student Experience Fund, the following improvements to Engineering & Computer Science Library are underway:

  • new carpeting and fresh paint for a major portion of main floor
  • addition of quiet study carrels along the east wall of main floor
  • more efficient design of computer area on main floor with new, more comfortable furniture and flat panel monitors
  • additional group study space on second floor
  • improved location for Reference Desk

Renovations have begun and we expect they will be completed in early September. The renovations will result in a more pleasant environment for students, with increased study space, additional seats and improved access to reference services.

Sandford Fleming BuildingEngineering & Computer Science Library serves 5,000 undergraduates, 1,600 graduates and 290 faculty members from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Department of Computer Science. Every day, 1,300 people, mostly undergraduate students,  enter the Library. The renovations  directly link to the Faculty’s goal to enhance learning experiences for academic programs.

DOE Data Explorer

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

From Jannean Elliott on OSTIBlog <>


If you’re ready to discover data, then OSTI’s newest product is ready for
you! The DOE Data Explorer (DDE) <> is a
unique tool that identifies collections of Department of Energy sponsored
numeric files, figures and data plots, multimedia and images, computer
simulations, specialized databases, and interactive data maps. Browse,
run a quick search, or advanced search, then click a link to results.
You’ll be amazed at the data you can freely see and use, the highly
specialized interfaces developed by the owners of the data that will help
you delve deeper into their collections, and the software toolkits that
allow you to manipulate, compare, visualize, download, and re-use the


The DOE Data Explorer will guide you to data collections at national
laboratories, data centers, scientific user facilities, colleges and
universities …and across all of the science areas with DOE involvement.
The DOE Data Explorer development team sifted through hundreds of these
websites so that you would not have to, selecting each collection for
inclusion according to strict criteria.


The Department of Energy has several data centers
<> that provide excellent
collections and expert services. Each of these centers specializes in
data belonging to a specific subject area or scientific discipline. The
DOE Data Explorer will help you find those centers and their collections.
However, its unique usefulness is in helping you find the collections
that are NOT in a data center. In addition, what if you want to do
cross-disciplinary research? Or what if you don’t even know what data
might be out there or what discipline it might belong to? You need a data
discovery tool that will allow you to see ALL of DOE’s data – regardless
of scientific discipline, regardless of format, and, even, regardless of
where the data collection resides. The DOE Data Explorer can do that.

UofT Engineering and Computer Science Theses

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

UofT Libraries collect U of T Masters’ and PhD engineering and computer science theses. Some newer theses are online while others may be hardcopy or in a microform. Some are housed in Engineering & Computer Science Library, others are not.

Here are some tips on finding them:

Online theses:

  • Proquest Digital Dissertations. Coverage: 1997 to the present. Also includes theses from many international institutions). To limit to UofT, type ‘toronto’ in one of the search boxes and choose the field ‘school’
  • Theses Canada Portal. Coverage: 1998 to August, 2002. Also includes theses from other Canadian universities.

Here is the complete listing of theses databases at U of T. Please note that some contain links to the full text, while others provide only a database record.

Hardcopy theses:

1. Civil, electrical and computer science masters and doctorate theses are housed at Engineering & Computer Science Library. From the library entrance, turn left, go past the Reference Desk and continue to the rear room upstairs. They are shelved against the walls.

We are in the process of creating catalogue records for them. This means that you may have to search a local database and the library catalogue to locate a civil or electrical engineering thesis:

  • civil engineering (1900′s to present): depending on the year of publication, some are listed in our local database while others are listed in our library catalogue
  • electrical engineering (1950′s to the present): depending on the year of publication, some are listed in our local database while others are listed in our library catalogue
  • computer science (1950′s to the present) are all now listed in the library catalogue

2. Theses in all other engineering and science disciplines can be searched in the library catalogue . The catalogue will indicate the library where the thesis is housed, e.g., Gerstein, University Archives, and so forth.

Construct a keyword search in any field using this template:

theses code yyyy, where code can be any of the following (yyyy is optional)

  • AEROS (aerospace science and engineering)
  • ASTRO (astronomy)
  • IBMEN (biomedical engineering/biomaterials and biomedical engineering)
  • CHENG & CHEMG (chemical engineering)
  • CHEMS (chemistry)
  • CIENG (civil engineering)
  • COMPS (computer science)
  • ELENG (electrical engineering/electrical and computer engineering)
  • INENG (industrial engineering)
  • METAL (metallurgy, materials science and engineering)
  • MATHS (mathematics)
  • MEENG (mechanical engineering/mechanical and industrial engineering)
  • FOODS (nutrition and food science)
  • PHYSI (physics)
  • STATS (statistics)

CSA Standards online are here

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

U of T Libraries has just purchased a subscription to the complete collection of CSA Standards online. The Canadian Standards Association is one of the premier standards-producing bodies in Canada.

The online collection is available to U of T students, faculty and staff on and off-campus. To connect off campus, just type your utorid and password, or your T-Card barcode number and PIN.

This online collection includes hundreds of standards, including important documents such as the Highway Bridge Design Code and Canadian Electrical Code.

The Engineering and Computer Science Library also has an extensive collection of current and superseded CSA standards in hardcopy. You can drop by the library, call us at 416-978-6578, or email to ask about specific holdings. Other standards collections held at our Library are listed in this online guide.

Workshops: January & February ’08

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Advanced Engineering Research
Friday January 25, 2008, 10:10am – 11:30am
Friday February 8, 2008, 10:10am – 11:30am
Gerstein Instruction Lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre
Details & Registration

RefWorks for Engineers
Friday February 22, 2008, 10:10am – 11:30am
Gerstein Instruction Lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre
Details & Registration

Technical Reports

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008


Technical reports describe the progress or results of scientific or technical research. They are usually issued in numbered series by government agencies, university departments or corporations.

Below is some information on NTIS, a useful database for locating government technical reports, as well as information on finding reports at University of Toronto Libraries.

What is NTIS?
The NTIS Database produced by the National Technical Information Service, is the preeminent resource for searching for reports describing the latest U.S. government-sponsored research as well as worldwide scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related research.

NTIS is also the central source for the sale of unclassified and publicly available information from research reports, journal articles, data files, computer programs and audio visual products from Federal sources.


How do I access NTIS?

NTIS is accessible to University of Toronto staff and students.You can connect to it directly via

Both interfaces search for reports dating from 1964 to the present. The Scholars Portal interface has the handy GetIt link which allows you to check whether U of T Libraries have a copy of the report.



How do I find a Technical Report at U of T Libraries?

Once you have used a database such as NTIS to learn about a useful report, you need to search the library catalogue to see whether we have the report at U of T.

Some technical reports have been catalogued in the same manner as books, and may be found by searching authors, titles, keywords etc. in the library catalogue. Reports found in this manner will be held by the library listed on the catalogue record, and shelved by call number. Other technical reports have been catalogued in the same manner as serials, and may be found in the catalogue by serial title for example, “Transportation research record”, or by series author for example, “United States. Mine Safety and Health Administration”.


Reports held at Engineering and Computer Science Library

The Engineering & Computer Science Library has the NASA CP series to 1997, and continues to receive the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Informational report. Both series are shelved in the Journals section of the library: the NASA CP series under “United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA Conference Publication” and the Informational report under “United States. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Informational report”. In addition, the Books sections of the Engineering & Computer Science Library contain many technical reports which may be found by using the library catalogue.


Reports held at Aerospace Library

The U of T Aerospace Library in Downsview holds many aerospace-related reports issued by NACA, NASA, ARC, AGARD, DFVLR etc. Call the library technician at 416-667-7712 to ascertain if a particular report is in their collection. If so, you may make an appointment to view the document at the Institute for Aerospace Studies, 4925 Dufferin Street, Downsview, or make arrangements at the Engineering Reference Desk to have the item sent to the Engineering Library via the document delivery service.


Reports held at Gerstein Science Information Centre

Gerstein has a large collection of older technical reports which are catalogued as serials. Check the library catalogue by serial title.


Reports held at Noranda Earth Sciences Library

The Noranda grey literature collection consists of technical reports, government documents and unpublished manuscripts in the area of environmental sciences. Access is provided through the Environmental Grey Literature Catalogue on the Noranda web site at This collection is not accessible through the UTL Catalogue.


Reports held at Data, Map and Government Information Services, Robarts Library

Data, Map and Government Information Services in the Robarts Library acts as a depository location for Canadian and U.S. government publications in the social sciences. A very small number of scientific reports may be available on microform in this location. Many items found in the Canadian Research Index having a Microlog number.

2006 Ontario Building Code Compendium is here

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

The 2006 Ontario Building Code is now at Engineering & Computer Science Library. You will find it on our Standards shelf, at the centre of the Reference Area.

The call number is TH226 .O65212. It is a large two-binder set.

The 2006 Building Code is written in an objective-based format to promote innovation and flexibility in design and construction. The objective-based Code will continue to contain prescriptive requirements known as acceptable solutions that serve as benchmarks for evaluation.

The 2006 Building Code also includes over 700 technical changes. These changes include:

  • Significant increases in the energy efficiency requirements for buildings;
  • Increased accessibility requirements for buildings;
  • More flexibility in the design and construction of small care homes; and
  • Updating/simplifying the requirements for small buildings, including houses.


Focus: Biographies of Engineers

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Our December book display at Engineering & Computer Science Library features biographies of famous engineers. Drop by and take a look!

We also have a great selection of online biograhical resources. Here is a sampling:

Sandford Fleming is quoted as saying that steam and electricity were the twin agencies of civilization. Read more about this very influential engineer:

History by the Minute (has a video clip)

Articles on Sir Fleming:

…from Dictionary of Canadian Biography

…from the Canadian Encyclopedia

…from Canada Science & Technology Museum

…from the Canada Science & Technology Museum

…from Virtual Museum Canada

Engineering Index Backfile now available

Friday, August 24th, 2007

U of T students, faculty and staff can now find older engineering articles using the Engineering Index Backfile (EI Backfile). This outstanding index covers the information from the printed Engineering Index from 1884-1969. It provides engineering researchers with the most comprehensive overview of engineering literature available from that period.

After 1969, Engineering Index Backfile is continued by the Compendex database, which covers engineering literature from 1969 to the present. Both these databases run on the same platform and can be searched simultaneously.