Penrose Newsletter to NSME Faculty
May 2001

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

ISI Proceedings database

We have one free full year of access to this database. Free access will end as of March of 2002. It is a good place to get abstracts of conference reports from the IEEE.

  • INSPEC is loaded

    We now have the INSPEC database loaded onto terminal #10, 1989-Present. It is good for finding information on a variety of scientific topics. INSPEC is the leading English-language bibliographic information service providing access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, and information technology. Here are some results on different topics such as:
  • remote sensing - 26,310 hits
  • (EPR or electron paramagnetic resonance) - 8,823 hits
  • parallel processing - 20,966 hits
  • Statistics from ACS journals

    We recently received usage statistics for the first three months of our ACS full text access contract. In short, over 600 articles were downloaded! The full report can be found here -

    ACS Full Text Journals - Information retrieved
    Registered IP Address Abstracts Full Articles (HTML) Full Articles (PDF) Searches performed Total
    130.253.*.* 59 84 617 106 866

    PASCAL Update

    Most of you by now have already heard of the PASCAL storage facility that is at the old Fitzsimons Army Base. This news announcement and Power Point Presentation gives some backgound. ( and

    PASCAL is for storage of low-use items. The definition of a low use item is a tricky one. What one department may call low use is different from what another department would consider low use. Right now, we are starting to identify those items that have not been checked out in a very long time, since atleast 1983. We regard those titles as candidates for transfer to storage. Library staff are inserting a pink slip into each of these volumes to identify them. If anyone has a reason for thinking the volume should remain in the active collections in the Penrose Library building, she or he should indicate the reason and sign the form, returning it to the ciculation desk.

    Researchers in many of the NSME departments have a history of needing materials from a longer range of time as compared to other fields. Some areas of the stacks have old books and low use, such as books on surgery. (The following might be a good candidate - Keith, Arthur, Menders of the Maimed : the Anatomical & Physiological Principles Underlying the Treatment of Injuries to Muscles, Nerves, Bones & Joints, London, Oxford University Press, 1919.) I plan on working with the faculty in all of NSME to identify the truly low use materials.

    E-mail a reference question form

    We have always received reference questions directly via email, but sometimes, we could not answer promptly because we were away for a conference or on vacation. We now we have a standardized form that is sent to all of the reference librarians. This will ensure that the person gets a prompt response. Please let your students know that this is now available.

  • Some New Reference books

    The following is a smattering of recent major reference works received and cataloged for the reference stacks.

    Reference Call Number
    Title & Publisher
    GF75 .B5613 2000 V.1-11Encyclopedia of the Biosphere / project director, Ramon Folch ; assistant project director, Josep M. Camarasa, Detroit, MI : Gale Group, c2000
    QA55 .G6613 2000 Table of Integrals, Series, and Products / I.S. Gradshteyn and I.M. Ryzhik ; Alan Jeffrey, editor ; Daniel Zwillinger, associate editor, San Diego : Academic Press, c2000, 6th ed.
    QA76.15 .E48 2000Encyclopedia of Computer Science / editors, Anthony Ralston, Edwin D. Reilly, David Hemmendinger, London : Nature Pub. Group, 2000, 4th ed.
    QC462.85 .H36 2001 V.1-3Handbook of Organic Compounds : NIR, IR, Raman, and UV-Vis Spectra Featuring Polymers and Surfactants / [edited by] Jerry Workman, Jr., San Diego : Academic Press, c2001
    QC983 .W385 2001Weather America : a Thirty-year Summary of Statistical Weather Data and Rankings / editor, David Garoogian, Lakeville, CT : Grey House Publishing, c2000, 2nd ed.
    QD77 .H37 1999 V.1-4Handbook of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; New York : Wiley, c1999
    QD400 .C65 1996 V.1-11Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry II : a Review of the Literature 1982-1995 : the Structure, Reactions, Synthesis, and Uses of Heterocyclic Compounds / editors-in-chief, Alan R. Katritzky, Charles W. Rees, Eric F.V. Scriven., Oxford, UK ; New York : Pergamon, 1996
    QD401 .P824 2000 v.1-10 (still being processed)The Porphyrin Handbook / editors, Karl M. Kadish, Kevin M. Smith, Roger Guilard, San Diego : Academic Press, c2000
    QE5 .O94 2000 Oxford Companion to the Earth / editors Paul L. Hancock and Brian J. Skinner, Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
    QH77.N56 B43 2001 V.1-6Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America / edited by Walton Beacham, Frank V. Castronova, Suzanne Sessine, Detroit, MI : Gale Group, c2001
    QH506 .C74 1999 V.1-4Encyclopedia of Molecular Biology / Thomas E. Creighton, New York : John Wiley, c1999
    QH541.15.B56 E53 2001 V.1-5Encyclopedia of Biodiversity / editor-in-chief, Simon Asher Levin, San Diego : Academic Press, c2001
    QR9 .E53 2000 V.1-4Encyclopedia of Microbiology / editor-in-chief, Joshua Lederberg, San Diego : Academic Press, c2000, 2nd ed.
    TA418.9.N35 H36 2000 V.1-5Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology / edited by Hari Singh Nalwa, San Diego : Academic Press, c2000
    TA459 .M43 1990 V.1-20 (4 vols. are a prev. ed.)ASM Handbook / ASM International Handbook Committee, Materials Park, OH : ASM International, c1990-, 10th ed.
    TK151 .S83 2000Standard Handbook for Electrical eEngineers, New York : McGraw-Hill, c2000, 14th ed.
    TK5102 .M85 2000Desktop Encyclopedia of Telecommunications / Nathan J. Muller, New York : McGraw-Hill, c2000, 2nd ed.
    TP248.3 .F57 1999 V.1-5Encyclopedia of Bioprocess Technology : Fermentation, Biocatalysis, and Bioseparation / Michael C. Flickinger, Stephen W. Drew, New York : John Wiley, c1999
    TP248.27.A53 E53 2000 V.1-2Encyclopedia of Cell Technology / edited by Raymond E. Spier, New York : Wiley-Interscience, c2000

    Trial Databases

    Here is the list of science database trials from Please give these a try, and let me know what you think.

    Aqualine -- Trial ends June 15, 2001.
    Earthscape -- Trial ends June 10, 2001.
    GeoRef -- Trial ends June 15, 2001.
    Polymer Library -- Trial ends June 15, 2001.
    Zoological Record -- Trial ends June 15, 2001.

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    Joseph R. Kraus   Science Librarian
    U. of Denver      2150 E. Evans Ave.
    Denver, CO        80208
    v. 303-871-4586   fax 303-871-2290