Archive for the ‘new resources’ Category

Four New Scanners

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

4 new Epson flatbed scanners were installed in Engineering & Computer Science Library last week.  They are available for use to anyone with a valid UTORid and password.

For the locations  of the scanners and to see if they are currently available, check the map of available computers .

New Resource: Powder Diffraction File (PDF-4+)

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Engineering & Computer Science Library has licensed a new resource – Powder Diffraction File (PDF-4+) .

Powder Diffraction File (PDF-4+)  is a collection of over 60,000 material data sets containing diffraction, crystallographic and bibliographic data, as well as experimental, instrument and sampling conditions, and select physical properties in a common standardized format.

PDF-4+ includes inorganic and organic materials and contains numerous features such as digitized patterns, molecular graphics and atomic parameters, as well as the ability to do quantitative analysis by any of three methods: Rietveld Analysis, Reference Intensity Ratio (RIR) method or Total Pattern Analysis.

Access: The PDF-4+ is available on workstation ENW023 in the Engineering & Computer Science Library. Off-campus use is not available.

UTL mobile app now available!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

UTL mobile apps are now available for iPhone/iPod Touch, Blackberry, and Android devices!  For more information, and instuctions on downloading the app, visit the UTL mobile app webpage.

Did you know? – SciFinder Scholar

Friday, April 17th, 2009

 Did you know that SciFinder Scholar is now available wherever you are?  The web-based version of SciFinder can be searched from any computer with an Internet connection (minimum systems requirements withstanding, of course).  All you need to do is sign up for an account.  Full instructions are available here. 


Benefits to using the web based version for SciFinder include:


Available wherever you are - on campus or off-campus

No downloading required

You can set up alerts so that you stay current with research in your field


If you have any questions, you can contact the Engineering and Computer Science Library.  Happy searching!

Update – Engineering and Computer Science Library Refurbishment

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

As many of you have noticed, the refurbishment of the Engineering and Computer Science Library has been completed. 


Highlights of the renovation include:

-         New carpeting

-         Increased study space – there are now 267  study seats, up from 218

-         New tables for group study

-         New individual study carrels

-         New computer desks and flat panel monitors, with seating for all workstations

-         New reference desk, with a new location within the library


To accommodate the increased study space, over 20, 000 books were shipped to the Downsview storage facility. 


The project was funded by the Student Experience Fund, and as the fund’s name suggests, was completed to enhance students’ experience in the Engineering and Computer Science Library.  The library has a new, brighter look to it, and judging from the large number of students that can be found in the library on any given day, the renovations have been well worth it. 


Come check out the library’s new look today, and let us know what you think!

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.