Penrose Newsletter to NSME Faculty
April 2003

The Penrose Library has quite a number of things that we would like to announce to the Science and Engineering faculty here at DU.

Nature and Science are Now Available Site-wide

We recently started site-wide electronic subscriptions to these two major journals. To access from off-campus, please use the Peak records for Nature and Science.

Institute of Physics (IoP) Journals

The British IoP publishes some of the most highly-respected journals in physics. The publisher provides DU patrons site-wide electronic access to the most recent couple of years to all of their journals. Since we currently subscribe to three of their journals in print (Journal of Physics A, B, and D), we can access those three journals back to 1993.

Here are the titles:

  • Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General (access to issues published since 1993)
  • Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (access to issues published since 1993)
  • Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter *
  • Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics (access to issues published since 1993)
  • Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics *
  • Classical and Quantum Gravity *
  • Combustion Theory and Modelling *
  • European Journal of Physics *
  • Inverse Problems *
  • Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering *
  • Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics *
  • Journal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics *
  • Measurement Science and Technology *
  • Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering *
  • Nanotechnology *
  • Network: Computation in Neural Systems *
  • Nonlinearity *
  • Physics Education *
  • Physics in Medicine and Biology *
  • Physiological Measurement *
  • Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion *
  • Plasma Sources Science and Technology *
  • Reports on Progress in Physics *
  • Semiconductor Science and Technology *
  • Smart Materials and Structures *
  • Superconductor Science and Technology *
  • Waves in Random Media *
(* access to issues published since 2001)

American Institute of Physics (AIP) Journal Backfiles

The AIP has digitized many of their journals back to 1975, and we can now access the back issues for five AIP journals. They are: Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Mathematical Physics, and the Review of Scientific Instruments.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Journal Backfiles

The ACS Journal Archives was awarded the 2002 "Best Internet-Based Electronic Product in Mathematics/Science" from the AAP's Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division. The Archive gives you immediate access to nearly 3 million pages of original chemistry, and full text searching of all titles and all years — from 1879 to current ACS Web Editions subscription. We have full text access to most of their journals. (The full text of the Chemical & Engineering News is not included in our package.)

Web of Science Trial

We will be running a trial of the Web of Science in May. Be on the lookout for more details at a later date.

Journal Sticker Shock

Many academic libraries have recently demonstrated to their faculty the high cost of science journal subscriptions. For example, Brown University put red tags near all of their journals that cost over $1,000. "Prepare for sticker shock if you're headed for the journal shelves in the Science Library. Dangling red tags are marking periodicals that have one-year subscription rates of $1,000 or higher. Some rates, such as the $19,396 for Nuclear Physics A & B, match the cost of a new midsize car. Relatively lower rates, such as $4,159.13 for Neuroscience Letters, still take your breath away."

Other virtual library exhibits include:

Biological Abstracts

We changed our vendor for Biological Abstracts, the leading abstracting and indexing service for life science information. Provides references derived from thousands of life science research journals. Once you get to the EBSCO Select Service page, click on "Biological Abstracts (1997 to present)."

Some New Reference Books

The following is a smattering of recent reference works that we have received. Items in bold are major reference works.

Reference Call Number
Title & Publisher
G133 .W88 2001 V.1-8 World geography / editor, Ray Sumner ; managing editor, R. Kent Rasmussen. Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, c2001.
GE10 .E534 2001 Encyclopaedic dictionary of environmental change / edited by John A. Matthews ; [subject editing by] E. Michael Bridges ... [et al.]. London : Arnold ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
GE170 .I55 2002 International encyclopedia of environmental politics / edited by John Barry and E. Gene Frankland. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Q141 .A47 2003 V.1-8 American men & women of science. New York : R.R. Bowker, 21st ed. (2003)
Q141 .H2167 2001 International women in science : a biographical dictionary to 1950 / Catharine M.C. Haines, with Helen M. Stevens. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2001.
Q175.46 .S35 2000 V.1-8 Science and its times : understanding the social significance of scientific discovery / Neil Schlager, editor ; Josh Lauer, associate editor. Detroit : Gale Group, c2000-2001.
QC854 .A48 2003 V.1-6 Encyclopedia of atmospheric sciences / editor-in-chief, James R. Holton ; editors, Judith A. Curry and John A. Pyle. Amsterdam : Boston : Academic, c2003.
QD5 .C5 2001 Hawley's condensed chemical dictionary / revised by Richard J. Lewis, Sr. New York : Wiley, c2001. 14th ed.
QD181.S6 S4415 2001 V.1-2 Silicon-based materials and devices / edited by Hari Singh Nalwa. San Diego : Academic Press, c2001.
QD451 .E539 2001 V.1-2 Encyclopedia of chemical physics and physical chemistry / edited by John H. Moore and Nicholas D. Spencer. Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub., c2001.
QE28 .E12 2001 V.1-5 Earth science / editor, James A. Woodhead. Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, 2001.
QK45.2 2001 Guide to standard floras of the world / David G. Frodin. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001. 2nd ed.
QK475 .M67 2002 The illustrated encyclopedia of trees / David More, John White, Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2002.
QL690.A1 S9413 2000 The complete guide to the birds of Europe / text by Lars Svensson and Peter J. Grant ; illustrations by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström ; translated by David A. Christie. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2000.
R121 .J86 2002 Concise dictionary of biomedicine and molecular biology / Pei-Show Juo. Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2002. 2nd ed.
RA1193.S58 2002 V.1-2 Sittig's handbook of toxic and hazardous chemicals and carcinogens / Richard P. Pohanish, editor. Norwich, N.Y., U.S.A. : Noyes Publications/William Andrew Publ., c2002. 4th ed.
RC262 .E558 2002 V.1-4 Encyclopedia of cancer / editor-in-chief, Joseph R. Bertino. San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, c2002. 2nd ed.
RS51 .M4 2001 The Merck index. Rahway, N.J. : Merck & Co., 2001. 13th ed.
TK5102.5 .F68 2002 V.1-2 Reference manual for telecommunications engineering / Roger L. Freeman. New York : John Wiley & Sons, c2002. 3rd ed.
TP9 .U614 2003 V.1-40 Ullmann's encyclopedia of industrial chemistry. Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, c2003. 6th Edition, completely revised.

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Let me know if you have any questions concerning these or other services that the library provides.


Joseph R. Kraus   Science Librarian
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Denver, CO        80208
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