Friday, November 30, 2007

Country Statistical Yearbooks (DISC)

The Data & Information Services Center (DISC) maintains a growing resource of online statistical yearbooks from 84 countries (at current count) listed alphabetically and grouped by continent. When available, the DISC page also includes links to multi-country volumes, too.

Country statistical yearbooks are particularly useful for finding facts and figures for assessing a country's agriculture, economy, education, health and population.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Search portal, was created with the collaboration of 15 professional science & technology societies to search the contents of the digital libraries of the participating societies, government documents from the DOE Information Bridge and patents from the USPTO and European and Japanese patent databases.

Simple and advanced search options are supplied with the advanced search enabling limits by date and by publisher/society. Retrieval sorts records by society, patents and government documents (as indicated by tabs).

In some instances, particularly to government documents, full-text may be available. While purchasing options are supplied to content retrieved using, campus libraries often enjoy subscription access to society journals or may already have the document in their collections. Do consult Find It for locating journal articles or MadCat for documents and conference proceedings. If you need assistance, contact a Steenbock librarian.

For publications that campus libraries do not have access, place a request with Library Express.

Many of the partners also supply free email alerts and RSS feeds to news and newly-published journal articles.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Got Leftovers?

Ever wonder what you should prepare with that plate of leftovers?
Take advantage of Steenbock Library’s cookbook collection to find a few recipes for tasteful reinvention.

The cookbook collection is shelved in the stacks and vertical files
(filing cabinets) on the first floor of the library. The collection
includes titles that reflect various historic and cultural periods as
well as contemporary food topics, trends and international flavors.

A sampling of a few cookbooks featuring “leftovers” follows below:

Title: The Camden connection cook book : a collection of kitchen tested recipes featuring luscious leftovers and creative desserts, submitted by residents of midcoast Maine to help pay for a children's room at the Camden Public Library.
Publisher: Camden, ME : Cricketfield Press, c1989.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Catalog: UW Madison
Call Number: TX715 .C34 1989

Author: Wooding, Loyta
Title: Leftovers cookbook
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, 1972
Location: Steenbock Library Vertical File
Catalog: UW Madison
Call Number: VF (Budget)

Author: Field, Michael, 1915-1971.
Title: Culinary classics and improvisations. Illus. by Mozelle Thompson.
Publisher: New York, Knopf, 1967.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Catalog: UW Madison
Call Number: TX725.A1 F48 1967

Author: Brunner, Lousene Rousseau.
Title: Magic with leftovers. Illustrated by Paul Callé.
Publisher: New York, Harper [1955]
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Catalog: UW Madison
Call Number: TX740 B73

Author: Berolzheimer, Ruth
Title: 500 Delicious dishes from leftovers
Publisher: Culinary Arts Institute, 1950
Location: Steenbock Library Vertical File
Catalog: UW Madison
Call Number: VF (General)

Author: Newman, Clare.
Title: A cook book of leftovers, by Clare Newman and Bell Wiley [pseud.]
Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and company, 1941.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Catalog: UW Madison
Call Number: TX715 N566

Consult with librarians at the reference desk to find other cookbook themes.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Breaking News in Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

Direct reprogramming of human skin cells may lend itself to myriad medical applications in a potentially less controversial manner than the use of embryonic stem cells.

Two journals, Cell and Science are reporting the findings from two research teams, one led by Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University and the other led by Junying Yu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

News articles:

UW-Madison News:

BBC News:

Monday, November 19, 2007

Organize your e-life! Try iGoogle

Google now offers iGoogle, a free interactive Web personalization tool that allows you to individualize a Web page to meet your needs with a number of useful applications.

Applications range from finance and technology to lifestyle and entertainment. iGoogle makes Web browsing simple by organizing your favorite Web sites into one Web page that you can thoroughly navigate. Users can watch their favorite YouTube videos, listen to music or enjoy live streaming television. iGoogle also provides a variety of news, weather and resource applications (Wikipedia, Dictionary, etc.). To create your own iGoogle homepage, click here (

Applications include:

--Live streaming TV

--Wikipedia, dictionary, thesaurus

--To do list

--Live weather

--Google map search

--YouTube video search

--ESPN news

--Financial tips

--Daily news from a variety of newspapers

Other customizable Web portal products include netvibes and Pageflakes, among others.

Do you use iGoogle or another product? What are your favorite applications? Reply to this blog post to tell us more.

With thanks to ISIP intern, Jacob M, for this blog post.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Off-Campus Access

Will you be leaving campus during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend or during the winter break? If so, did you know that UW-Madison students, faculty and staff have off-campus access to library databases and full-text resources?

Stay productive and continue your pursuit of information. Select the resource you need to use from the Library system’s homepage. Licensed resources will prompt you to log in with your campus NetId. In some instances, alternatively and apart from NetId, you may still be asked to submit your University ID number and last name as a password. Once you have entered either of these two pieces of identifying information, you will be able to use the resource as if you were on campus.

Consult the Libraries’ off-campus access page for more information or assistance.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Software Training for Students

The Division of Information Technology (DoIt) offers free computer software training classes for UW-Madison students covering a variety of programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint as well as Photoshop and Linux.

Classes offered this week (November 12-16) include Word, Excel, and Access.

Class information can be found at Create a user profile to enroll in classes and to access class manuals and files.

Individual help from software trainers is also available in a variety of ways including instant messaging, phone, E-mail or in person at the Open Book Café located on the first floor of College library.

With thanks to ISIP intern Jacob M for this blog post.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Write that paper! Writing Center Assistance

The Writing Center can help you with the mechanics of organizing your thoughts and materials to complete writing assignments for your classes. The center offers several options for individual consultation including email or face to face instruction and live online conferencing.

The Writing Center office is located at Helen C. White Hall, Room 6171. Drop-by tutoring is offered at several campus locations including Memorial Library (West Corridor) and several residence halls.

Steenbock librarians can help you find information to inform your papers and projects and assist you with using a citation manager to organize citations to the research literature and to format bibliographies/reference lists. (Citation managers include such products as EndNote and RefWorks).

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Introduction to GIS and ArcGIS Workshop (November 16)

Advance registration required. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to learn the basics of Geographic Information Systems by working through an exercise designed to familiarize them with ArcGIS software. The exercise will involve working with the Census Bureau’s demographic data for Dane County. By completing the exercise, participants will learn about spatial data, tabular data, joining tables and thematic mapping.

Introduction to GIS and ArcGIS Workshop
Friday, November 16 (4:00-6:00 PM)
Science Hall, Room 380

Advance Registration is required

Send an email to:
Subject line: Intro GIS Workshop

Please include your name, address, email and classification (UW student, UW faculty/staff, or non-UW affiliated).

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Job Hunting on the Internet (Workshop, November 7)

Discover resources and strategies for job hunting on the Internet/Web. The workshop will cover resume writing resources, databases for job postings, tips for finding non-advertised jobs, and methods for researching potential employers. There will be time for hands-on exploration.

Job Hunting on the Internet

Wednesday, November 7 (3:30-5:00 PM)
Steenbock Library, Room 105

No registration is necessary in order to attend. All workshops are free to students, faculty and staff.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Stem Cells, Essential Science Indicators Special Report

The Essential Science Indicators Website special report for November treats the topic of Stem Cell Research. According to the site’s collected information, UW-Madison ranks 7th among worldwide institutions in stem cell research. See report:

Lists for the Top 20 Authors (JA Thomson is 3rd), Top 20 Stem Cell Papers Overall (a UW-Madison paper (JA Thomson) is 2nd), Top 20 Journals (all available from UW-Madison Libraries), Top 20 Papers in last 2 years (none from UW-Madison), and Top 20 Nations are also included in this report.

With thanks to Steenbock Librarian, Barbara Lazewski, for this blog post.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

RSS Journal Feeds (Ebling Library)

Do you use RSS to keep current with the literature in your field of research or study? If so, you may find the journal feeds collected and organized by library staff at Ebling Library to be particularly useful for that purpose. The list of journal feeds ranging from such disciplines as allergy and immunology to genetics and genomics to nutrition and dietetics to virology can be browsed by these subject areas or alphabetically by journal title. Subscribing to each journal feed will furnish a “table of contents” to the most recent edition of that particular journal. A selection of feeds is also supplied to news sources for general health, medicine, NIH research and pharmacy.

There are a variety of feed-readers available for your use including Bloglines or Google Reader, among others. The Ebling journal feed site includes general information about RSS and feed-readers. Additional information about feed-readers can also be found at the campus Libraries’ Alerts and RSS Feeds page.