Archive for January, 2007

Regular library hours resume

Friday, January 12th, 2007

–Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 10:30pm
–Friday 8:30am – 6:00pm
–Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
–Sunday 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Check our Hours listing for full details on all U of T Libraries.

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Useful library services

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Renewals

Telephone: 416-978-8450
Mon to Thu 9am to 9pm
Fri & Sat 9am to 5pm
Sun 1pm to 6pm

Touchtone telephone: 416-971-2400, 24 hours a day

On Library’s home page, click on my.account

Holds and delivery from other campuses

If you have found the item you want in the library catalogue but it is checked out or only available at Aerospace Library, or at Scarborough or Mississauga campuses, you may place a hold or request delivery to St. George by clicking on: “Request Item” in the Library catalogue’s Detailed record screen.

Inter-library loans

The U of T Library system is one of the largest and most complete in North America. Still, when the item you need is not at UofT, it is possible to borrow it from another institutions’ library. For more information visit this Request Item informational webpage.

Looking for peer-reviewed articles or review articles?

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

It’s easier than ever to find peer-reviewed or scholarly journal articles. It’s also easy to identify review articles. Here is how using the Compendex and Scholars Portal Search databases:

To find peer-reviewed articles:

To find review articles:

  • connect to Compendex
  • type your search terms
  • from the treatment types limits, choose General review or Literature review

General review is used for documents providing an overall view of the subject, discussing its development, current research/status, state of the art, etc.

Literature review is used for documents containing or consisting of extensive references, bibliographies or other summaries of literature relevant to the topic of the document.

Focus: biomass energy

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

This month’s theme is biomass energy, i.e., plant or animal matter grown for use as biofuel or for industrial production of chemicals and other materials. We have a number of excellent books on this topic – come into Engineering & Computer Science Library and check out our book display!

Here are some additional authoritative library resources on this topic:

Biomass & Bioenergy
The online journal Biomass and bioenergy is “an international journal publishing original research papers and short communications, review articles and case studies.

Key areas covered by the journal:

  • Biomass: sources, energy crop production processes, genetic improvements, composition
  • Biological Residues: wastes from agricultural production and forestry, processing industries, and municipal sources (MSW)
  • Bioenergy Processes: fermentations, thermochemical conversions, liquid and gaseous fuels, and petrochemical substitutes
  • Bioenergy Utilization: direct combustion, gasification, electricity production, chemical processes, and by-product remediation
  • Biomass and the Environment: carbon cycle, the net energy efficiency of bioenergy systems, assessment of sustainability, and biodiversity issues

The scope of the journal extends to the environmental, management and economic aspects of biomass and bioenergy.”

Other journals
You can also browse any of these online and hardcopy journals in our library collection:

Keyword searches for articles
Alternately, you can also keyword search for articles on any particular subtopic. Simply go to the
U of T Libraries’ home page and type your search terms in the search box at centre:

US Department of Energy (DOE) Information Bridge
An excellent resource for full text government reports online, including those on topics such as biomass energy, is the DOE Information Bridge. It includes full text links and bibliographic records for reports detailing R&D in environmental sciences, energy technologies, renewable energy, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials, and other areas.

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Upcoming workshops January ’07

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Advanced Engineering Research
Tuesday January 9, 10:10am – 11:30am
Thursday January 11, 10:10am – 11:30am
Monday January 15, 10:10am – 11:30am
Gerstein training lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre
Details & Registration

RefWorks for Engineers
Monday January 22, 10:10am – 11:30am
Gerstein training lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre
Details & Registration

EndNote, Basic
Monday January 22, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Gerstein training lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre
Details & Registration

EndNote, Advanced
Monday February 5, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Gerstein training lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre
Details & Registration

Reference Manager, Basic
Monday January 24, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Gerstein training lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre
Details & Registration

Reference Manager, Advanced
Tuesday February 6, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Gerstein training lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre