Thursday, December 29, 2005


EurekAlert! is an online news service produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). News can be browsed by particular subject categories including Agriculture and Biology.

Access EurekAlert by name via the E-Resource Gateway or visit the Web link at:

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Winter Holidays and Interim Hours

(December 27-30; December 31 - January 2; January 3-16)

Steenbock Library will be open:
Tuesday - Friday, December 27 - 30 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Saturday - Monday, December 30 - January 2 (Closed)

Tuesday - Friday, January 3 - 6 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Saturday - Sunday, January 7 - 8 (Closed)

Monday - Friday, January 9 - 13 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Saturday - Sunday, January 14 - 15 (Closed)
Monday, January 16 (Closed, MLK Day)

Tuesday, January 17 (Classes begin. 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM)

Reference assistance is available at the library: Monday - Friday, (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM).
Requests for assistance can also be sent by email, or by phone, 608-262-9635.

Hours for Other Campus Libraries.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Faculty of 1000

Looking for some fresh journal club reading? If so, then consider Faculty of 1000, a literature awareness tool featuring important articles in the biological sciences as reviewed and ranked by peer researchers.

The database can be browsed by discipline or by article "top 10", "most-viewed", or "hidden jewels"--those exceptional or must-read articles appearing in what the product has determined to be less-widely read journals beyond a particular audience.

Records to articles can be selected and conveniently exported to personal database products such as EndNote, RefWorks and Reference Manager. The database can also be customized by the individual user to store search strategies and to email article alerts from these strategies or from the user's preferred disciplines.

Faculty of 1000 can be selected, by name, from the Libraries' E-Resource Gateway.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Find It with Google Scholar

Users of Google Scholar will be pleased to note that retrieval will now include a link to Find It at UW Madison. If you are using Google Scholar from an on-campus location, following the Find It at UW Madison link will map you to local holdings for the particular item—either in full-text online or as available in print from campus libraries.

If you are using Google Scholar from off-campus, select Scholar Preferences from the Google Scholar search page, and type the name of your library in the Library Links space. Click Save Preferences in order to generate an active Find It at UW Madison link. (Do note that selecting a link to a full-text article from off-campus will require you to login with your UW Madison ID number and last name). For information regarding remote access, see:

Exam Week & Library Extended Hours

(December 9 - December 23, 2005)
Steenbock Library will be open:
Friday, December 9 (8:00 am - 1:00 am)
Saturday - Sunday, December 10 -11 (10:00 am - 1:00 am)

Monday - Friday, December 12 - 16 (8:00 am - 1:00 am)
Saturday - Sunday, December 17 - 18 (10:00 am - 1:00 am)

Monday - Thursday, December 19 - 22 (8:00 am - 1:00 am)
Friday, December 23 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Saturday - Monday, December 24 - December 26 (Closed)

Friday, November 11, 2005

Avian Flu Resources

The spread of avian influenza and its implications to human health has garnered considerable world attention. For students and staff interested in additional information, consider the following Web-based resources:

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu), US Department of Agriculture

Avian Influenza: Frequently Asked Questions, World Health Organization

Spotlight: The Spread of Avian Influenzavirus H5N1, 2005, CAB International

Monday, November 07, 2005

CURB Project Remodeling, Steenbock Library

Steenbock Library will benefit from CURB remodeling during the next year. The project replaces our air handling units and upgrades the air delivery and control system using a Variable Air Volume system.

The work will begin in December 2005 and will proceed as follows:
December 2005 - February 2006 (Third Floor), February - April 2006 (First Floor), May - August 2006 (Second Floor), and September - December 2006 (Fourth Floor).

During the repair period, the ceiling, lights and much of the air ducting system will be replaced. This will create noise, dust and inconvenience. Library staff members will do what they can to reduce these problems, but some may be unavoidable. Staff from Steenbock's Circulation Desk will provide earplugs to help with the noise, and library staff will shroud work areas to limit dust. As needed, Circulation staff will retrieve materials from areas that are closed to the public.

Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to Bob Sessions, the Steenbock Library building manager.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Steenbock Library will be open the following schedule of hours during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend (November 21 - 27, 2005):

Monday - Tuesday, November 21 - 22 (8:00 am - 1:00 am)

Wednesday, November 23 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving (Closed)

Friday, November 25 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Saturday, November 26 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Sunday, November 27 (10:00 am - 1:00 am)

Monday, October 31, 2005

Job Hunting on the Internet

Steenbock Library will offer a job hunting workshop, Tuesday, November 1 (3:30 - 5:00 PM). The hands-on workshop will cover resume writing resources, databases for searching job postings, and resources for finding the non-advertised jobs and information about potential employers.

The workshop is free and open to the public. No registration is required to participate.
Location: Steenbock Library, Room 105 (Library Instruction Lab, First Floor)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Keep on Top of the Literature!

Would you like to receive regular email messages that supply you with new citations on a topic of interest? If so, then consider email alerting services. Many of the library's databases to the research literature permit you to automate a search that will pull citations when the database is updated--that is, when new content has been added.

Come speak with a liaison librarian if you would like assistance with selecting a database alerting service or with constructing the search strategy.

Steenbock Library Liaisons
Subject Librarians by UW Department

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

How to Print and Photocopy--Online Tutorial

If you have ever had questions about printing and photocopying in campus libraries and DoIt InfoLabs, then this online tutorial is for you. The tutorial explains the cost to print or photocopy and how to purchase and add value to debit cards expressly-designed for these purposes. The tutorial was created by Nikki Busch, Research Intern for College and Steenbock Libraries.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Finding Literature about Rural U.S.

Have you ever had trouble finding material in journal databases about the rural United States? Steenbock Library has prepared a brief Web guide to help solve this problem, complete with examples from some popular databases used for social science research.

Consult the guide at

For additional tips on searching for journal literature, see, email us at, or contact your department's liaison librarian.

Friday, September 16, 2005

CAB Abstracts--Archive available to 1910!

Historical research just became a bit easier. CAB Abstracts, one of the most comprehensive indexes of research literature in agriculture and veterinary medicine, has just been expanded. Until recently, the online version covered literature published since 1973. Now nearly 2 million additional records have been added, covering the literature from 1910 to 1972. Research in the Archive includes such topics as biodiversity, pest control, food production, animal diseases, plant and animal breeding, and many more.

To access the database, use the library's new E-Resource Gateway.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Get 'Clued' In

Do you need to learn how to use campus libraries? If so, then check into CLUE--the campus libraries' interactive, multimedia tutorial. The tutorial consists of five modules that address important aspects of conducting college research, campus library services and facilities, and important searching strategies for MadCat and licensed journal databases.
Access CLUE at:
CLUE uses Flash and Javascript. Information about the requirements to run CLUE are in CLUE Help:

Friday, September 09, 2005

Grants Information Collection

The Grants Information Collection is located in Memorial Library, Room 262 (Reference Department). This collection of print and electronic resources supplies information on scholarships, fellowships and a variety of funding opportunities for individuals and non-profit organizations. For more information, see:

A hands-on workshop, Finding Funding for Individuals, will be held Friday, September 16 from noon - 1:10 PM in Memorial Library. Check the sign in the entrance lobby for room number.

New Resource--UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database

Detailed international commodity trade data is now available via UN Comtrade. This resource includes downloadable data on international trade from over 130 countries. The data is detailed by commodity and partner country, and includes value in US dollars and (where possible) quantity. For many countries the data coverage begins as far back as 1962 and continues up to the most recent, completed year. Campus users can download unlimited data. If you are not affiliated with the University, you can still view data at:

Monday, August 29, 2005

Steenbock Tours--On-Site and Online

Come, see what Steenbock Library has to offer. Helpful staff, interesting collections, and convenient study spaces. Consider a Welcome Week tour or visit us virtually at:

Free Drop-In Workshops!

The fall 2005 calendar of library workshops has been posted. Come, learn more about library collections, services and tools. Future workshops will treat effective Web searching, resources for finding grants and funding opportunities, and tools for managing information (EndNote, RefWorks).

Library workshops are free and open to the public; no registration required unless otherwise noted.

Connect to the workshops and tours calendar at:

Monday, August 15, 2005

Looking for Maps or Geographic Data? is “your one stop for federal, state & local geographic data"--a gateway to maps and data in many categories, including agriculture, biology, cadastral, demographic, and environment.
The new release (version 2, allows you to save your searches and maps for later use. For additional sources of geographic information for Agriculture, Life Sciences and the Environment, see the Libraries' E-Resource Gateway.

Monday, August 08, 2005

E-Resource Gateway

Have you ever had trouble finding the best database for your research? With the Libraries' new E-Resource Gateway, you can select databases by name or by subject.

Try finding resources by subject, then by sub-category. Core databases will be listed first, followed by additional resources of interest.

Access the E-Resource Gateway from the Libraries' Web Site or at

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Temple Grandin Interview

Steenbock liaison to Veterinary Medicine, Bob Sessions, announces that the spring 2005 issue of Vetz Magazine features an interview with Temple Grandin--who shares her unique insight into how animals may perceive and interact with their world.

Access the interview online at:

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Library Tours, Welcome Week 2005

The Welcome Week Tours schedule is now available. For additional information regarding tours and library instruction, see:

BioMed Central

BioMed Central provides free access to original research as published in its collection of online journals. Visit the UW Madison BioMed Central Gateway to see the list of journals.

The institutional membership for UW-Madison was initiated by Campus Administration and the Campus Libraries in an effort to encourage established authors to support new models of scholarly communication.

For more information, see the UW Madison BioMed Central page.

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

The Council of Wisconsin Libraries and UW System's Office of Learning and Information Technology established the digital collections repository in 2001 to provide digital access to significant resources from its academic libraries. A menu of these digital collections is available at:

The currently featured resource, History of Wisconsin Agriculture and Rural Life, highlights a selection of documents from 1870 through 1945. Digital content for this collection is informed by the bibliography, Wisconsin Agriculture and Rural Life: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Material Published through 1945, that was generated to satisfy the Wisconsin portion of the National Preservation Project for Agricultural Literature, a program of the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN).

Friday, July 15, 2005

Course Reserves for Fall 2005

To ensure that your course reserve materials are available by the first day of class, submit your course reserve materials to Steenbock Library's Reserves Office by: August 10th, 2005.

You may contact Steenbock Reserves staff by email,, phone 263-8331 or in person (2nd Floor, Circulation/Reserves Desk).

For information regarding policies and procedures, see:

Liaison Library Services

A Steenbock Information Services Librarian works as liaison to each of the departments we serve. Liaison librarians are available to answer any questions you may have regarding library collections and services.

Additionally, liaisons can provide customized instruction for your students and staff and consult on individual research needs by recommending resources and enabling current awareness services.

In order to consult with your library liaison, see:

Virtual Tour of Steenbock Library

Research Intern, Nikki Busch, has created a Virtual Tour of Steenbock Library. Explore the library by floor or view a slideshow of images.

Access the Tour at:

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

NCBI Workshop--GenBank and Molecular Biology Resources

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) presents A Field Guide to GenBank and NCBI Molecular Biology Resources, a free lecture and hands-on computer workshop. Workshop details are available at:
A general lecture is scheduled for July 19 (from 9:00 - noon) with a two-hour hands-on workshop to follow on either July 19 or July 20, as assigned. The workshop will be held at the Health Sciences Learning Center.

Reserve your spot (175 participants maximum) by sending your name and contact information to Ann Combs, Health Sciences Librarian. (Do include NCBI in the subject line).

Celebrating Women in Science & Engineering, Grant Program

The WISELI grant program is the result of collaboration between WISELI and the following Schools/Colleges: CALS, L&S, Pharmacy, Medical, Veterinary Medicine, and Engineering. This program provides funds to departments, centers, or student groups wishing to enhance their own seminar schedules or especially to create new workshops, symposia, lecture series, or similar events in line with the goals of WISELI: to promote participation and advancement of women in science and engineering. The maximum award is $3,000, and the maximum time frame for the award is one academic year. Applications for the 2005/06 academic year are due May 27, 2005. (Text as per WISELI site).

For application and additional information, visit the WISELI Web site:(

West Campus Construction, Summer Projects

During the late spring and summer, Steenbock Library will bear witness to several construction projects that will impact the approach to the building. While it will be business as usual inside, campus and community users are encouraged to exercise caution and to plan their route, as need be, in order to visit the library. Please call 608-262-9635 for information and recommendations regarding access and route.

See, "Campus Construction Impacts" for a map and list of projects (UW Facilities Planning and Management)

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Resources of Interest, Biomedical/Medical Sciences

Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic Edition (1985 - )--Updated DailyDatabase provides searchable access to the contents of 100+ journals (many peer-reviewed) in the biomedical/medical sciences including, clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.Select this resource, alphabetically ("B") from the library menu of Journal, Magazine, Newspaper Databases.

MD-Consult (1995 - )--Updated DailyComprehensive, clinical reference resource provides access to the contents of selected medical texts, journals, clinical practice guidelines, patient handouts, drug news and advisories.Select this resource, alphabetically ("M") from the library menu of Reference resources.

Medical & Healthcare Marketplace Guide (current)--updates varyOnline guide provides overview of biomedical industry with access to market reports, and company profiles.Select this resource, alphabetically ("M") from the library menu of Reference resources.

Birds of North America, Online

Campus libraries now have access to the online edition of the Birds of North America--a comprehensive reference tool detailing the life histories of some 716 North American species. This online edition, a product of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, supplies descriptive text, image collections, audio and video to illuminate aspects of behavior and habitat.
This resource can be selected alphabetically ("B") from the library menu of Reference resources.
Of related interest, see: Ornithological Worldwide Literature Database (OWL).

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