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New Databases

Some new databases have been added to our library system, and a few of them might be of interest for you engineers out there.

Statista provides statistical data from 18,000 sources which include industry, marketing, and trade groups.

Pivot is the latest version of the COS Funding Opportunities Database. Its purpose is to aid researchers in finding funding and collaboration opportunities.

Import Genius contains shipping manifests and customs records of product shipments into U.S. ports. The data from these records can be used to investigate import and industry trends. In order to access this resource, University of Texas at Austin students, faculty, and staff must create a free account using their university email address.


More Books, New Topics

We recently decided to expand our offerings on textiles and fibers, and below is a list of books on this subject that are now at the McKinney Engineering Library. You can request these titles through the catalogue, or come and find them with the call numbers listed below. As always, ask a librarian if you can’t find what you need! Happy reading!

Fibrous and composite materials for civil engineering applications / edited by R. Fangueiro. Cambridge, UK ; Philadelphia, PA : Woodhead Publishing : Published in association with the Textile Institute, 2011.
Call No.: TA 418.9 C6 F53 2011.

Development of nanotechnology in textiles / editors, A.K. Haghi, G.E. Zaikov.
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Nova Science Publisher’s, 2012.
Call No.: TA 418.9 N35 D475 2012.

New product development in textiles: innovation and production / edited by L. Horne. Oxford; Philadelphia : Woodhead Pub Ltd, 2012.
Call No.: TS 1449 N493 2012.

Woven textiles: principles, developments and applications / by K.L. Gandhi. Cambridge, UK; Philadelphia, PA, USA : Woodhead Pub. in association with the Textile Institute, 2012.
Call No.: TS 1490 W68 2012.

Handbook of tensile properties of textile and technical fibres / edited by A.R. Bunsell. Cambridge, UK : Woodhead Publishing in association with the Textile Institute ; Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2009.
Call No.: TS 1540 H36 2009.

Identification of textile fibers / edited by Max M. Houck. Cambridge : Woodhead Pub. ; Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press LLC, 2009.
Call No.: TS 1540 I34 2009.

Physical properties of textile fibres / W.E. Morton and J.W.S. Hearle. Cambridge, England : Woodhead Publishing in association with the Textile Institute ; Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2008.
Call No.: TS 1540 M67 2008.

Shape memory polymers and textiles / Jinlian Hu. Cambridge : Woodhead in association with Textile Institute, 2007.
Call No.: TS 1548.5 H8 2007.

Improving comfort in clothing / edited by Guowen Song. Oxford ; Philadelphia : Woodhead Pub., 2011.
Call No.: TS 1767 I452 2011.

Theory of structure and mechanics of fibrous assemblies [electronic resource] / Bohuslav Neckář and Dipayan Das. New Delhi : Woodhead Pub., 2012.
Electronic Book. To access, locate the record in our catalogue.

Tips on Returning Library Materials

This week is a busy time for UT libraries, as students, faculty, staff, and courtesy borrowers start returning huge piles of checked-out materials. If you have a stack of books to bring back, here are a few useful points to keep in mind.

Don’t forget about the outside book drops! There are four book drops on campus, so take advantage of them if you need to drop off books after hours or if you’re in a rush.

BUTand this is very important—do not return reserves items (anything that can be checked out for a few hours or overnight, e.g., textbooks, calculators) in the outside book drops. These book drops are not always checked every day, so you might accrue late fines. Also important: do not return DVDs or CDs in the outside book drops. If they get damaged, you could be on the hook for replacement costs.

Your best bet is to return reserves items to the library they came from and to drop off DVDs or CDs at any library’s circulation desk. The Engineering Library also has an inside after-hours book drop by the library entrance (ECJ 1.300) that is checked every morning that the library is open.

If your book won’t fit into the outside book drops because it’s too big or the bin is too full, please don’t try to force it in. Try a different book drop or run inside and drop it off at the circulation desk.

One more tip: if you have any books or other materials checked out from the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Reading Room or the Law Library, you must return those items at those locations—we cannot check them in here.

If you have any questions about returning library materials, see the Returning Library Materials page or ask an Engineering librarian.

Did You Know… We Have Fun DVDs and CDs?

Well, it’s finally the weekend, and you don’t have any work to catch up on, right?

Just kidding… but if you do have a little free time, check out the huge audio-visual collection housed at the Fine Arts Library. It’s super easy to use, it’s free, and you won’t have to deal with Netflix—excuse me, Qwikster—anymore.

Search the catalog for the title you want (say, Breaking Bad Season 2) and hit the Request button at the top of the page. Sign in with your EID and password, and request the item. Here’s the best part: the FAL will send your item to any library branch for pickup, and you can return it to the same branch.

There are some Engineering-specific titles listed here.

Looking for other leisure material? Over the summer, the blog highlighted a few other fun things:

Your Research Variable Solved: LibX

UT Libraries’ First-Year Experience Librarian Cindy Fisher has published an article on ProfHacker about the LibX browser extension. Available for Firefox or Internet Explorer, LibX connects you to the UT Libraries’ holdings from anywhere online.

Using the plug-in, you can search the catalog directly from the toolbar or right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) on any highlighted word to see contextual search options.

LibX has a lot more cool features, so read the full article on ProfHacker. You can download the UT-specific browser plug-in here.

[Read more at ProfHacker]

[Download the LibX browser extension]

Did You Know… You Can Return Your Books Anywhere?

Here’s a quick Friday tip: you can return books from any UT library branch at the Engineering Library.

The opposite is also true—if you need to return an Engineering Library book at a different branch, that’s fine.

Important note: This rule does not apply to Reserve items. If you got your book or equipment from behind the circulation desk, that item must be returned to the library it came from. The rule also does not apply to books from Tarlton Law Library.

If you want to return a book after library hours, there are four outdoor book drops on campus. See their locations here. Books returned at an outside book drop might not be checked in that same day, so return your books inside if they’re close to the due date. The Engineering Library also has an After-Hours Book Drop slot at the library entrance (come inside to ECJ 1.300). We’ll check in books returned here when the library opens the next day.

Have a great weekend!

New NoodleBib Tutorials

Writing a paper is stressful enough, but creating a bibliography can be a nightmare. If you’ll be doing research this semester, you’ll want to bookmark the UT Libraries’ great new series of tutorials for using NoodleBib. NoodleBib is an easy-to-use resource that helps you create correct citations in APA, MLA or Chicago styles and organize them into a downloadable bibliography.

These videos will show you how to set up a NoodleBib account, how to create a new project, how to add new sources to your bibliography, how to share your project with a group and more.

If you need additional help with citations or research, feel free to contact the library.

Did You Know… You Can Check Out Equipment?

Yes, it’s true: You can borrow much more than books from the library. Did you forget your calculator? Need headphones for use in the library? Come to the circulation desk and check them out.

We have TI-86 and TI-89 calculators available for overnight loan, as well as digital cameras and flash drives (check the website for specific checkout lengths). For use in the library, we have different types of headphones, drafting tools, USB cables and DVD players.

To check out an item, come to the circulation desk and ask for the item you need, just like you would for reserve books.

A full list of the equipment available for checkout (and the different checkout lengths) is here.