Science and Engineering Resources:
Science and Engineering Reference Librarian
January 10, 2011
The assigned readings
What did you think of:
Lina Ortega and Cecelia M. Brown, The Face of 21st Century
Physical Science Librarianship, 2005, Science & Technology
Libraries, 26 (2): 71-90,
The education and training needs of health librarians—the
generalist versus specialist dilemma, Tatjana Petrinic and
Christine Urquhart, 2007, Health Information & Libraries
Journal, 24(3): 167-176.
Subject Knowledge in the Health Sciences Library
2005, J Med Libr Assoc. 93(4): 459–466.
Digital Libraries and Multi-Disciplinary Research Skills
2004, LIBRES 14(2). Section dealing with scholarly
Readings for Next week are
Chapter 7 - Research in the sciences.pdf (found in
Blackboard ―Content‖ area)
Information seeking behavior of academic scientists [PDF]
JASIS&T, 58(14):2205–2225, 2007.
Information needs and information seeking in a
biomedical research setting: a study of scientists and
science administrators, J Med Libr Assoc. 2007 October;
Optional: Comparing Journal Use Between Biology
Faculty and Undergraduate Students
Assignment One is due Jan. 31st.
Hand out the assignment for general science, biological
and life science literature.
General Science Reference
Guides to the Lit.
Journals and their abbreviations
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology
Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary
Stedman's Medical Dictionary
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology
Most handbooks are published for a specific subject
area, but some are for a wide range of subjects.
CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbook
Springer handbook of nanotechnology
Handbook of optical fibre sensing technology
Civil Engineering Handbook
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Abbreviations and other difficulties
Zebra Muscles? Mussels?
Encyclopedia of Mathematics?
Modelling the colour of behavioural organisations
Show chart from the RSC.
Guides to the Literature
A guide to the guides to the literature
Some are online
American Men & Women of Science
Used to be called just American Men of Science
Web of Science / Web of Knowledge / Science Citation Index
Scopus (from Elsevier)
Biological Abstracts / BIOSIS
Medline / PubMED
Chemical Abstract Service (CAS)
Available to us through SciFinder
Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
ACM Guide to Computing Literature
Compendex / Engineering Index / Engineering Abstracts
PRA, PRB, PRC, PRD, PRL
Annals of the NYAS
Journal Abbreviations & Title changes
TLAs and FLAs
Periodical Title Abbreviations: By Abbreviation
Conferences and Associations
IET (used to be called IEE)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Associations for Librarians
ALA / ACRL
Journals, mags and blogs for science
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (ISTL)
Science and Technology Libraries
Confessions of a Science Librarian
A bunch are aggregated at