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Published: 2018-01-03T10:15:00-06:30


Website Redesign: Card Sort Test


Website Re-design: Card Sort Usability Test


Would you like to help in redesigning the Library's website? The Boulder Labs Library is conducting an online card sort usability test to help us develop Website tests should not take longer than 10-15 minutes. If you are interested in participating please click on the link below, or if you have any questions email our Technology Services Librarian, Aurelia.

Added 01/16

Library Webinars Available for Download


Library Webinars Available for Download


Missed the Library Winter Webinars? No problem. Please visit the links below to download the slides and watch the webinar.

Advanced Searching in Web of Science (WOS) Core Collection

Web of Science (WOS) Core Collection is a multidisciplinary citation index that supports research discovery. This session will cover advanced search tips to help you find journal articles and conference papers relevant to your research. We will cover:

  • Using wildcard characters and operators to create precise topic searches
  • Analyzing results
  • Searching from the Advanced Search panel
  • Editing and combining search sets
  • Conducting Cited Reference Searches to find citations to grey literature
  • Exporting and saving results

Researcher ID

ResearcherID is a free profiling tool that helps researchers manage their publication identity. Learn how to register for a unique identifier and build your publication lists, track your times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author misidentification.

Added 01/12

Science News: CSSR, Fourth National Climate Assessment (NC4R), Volume I


Science News: CSSR, Fourth National Climate Assessment (NC4R), Volume I


The Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume One (NCA4)(image) is currently available online. This volume of the CSSR includes an analysis of climate change and the effects on weather and climate across the U.S. and the impacts of climate change across different sectors. NCA4 Volume II(image) is also available online, interested individuals are encouraged to review and comment on the public draft until January 31st, 2018. More information about how to contribute can be found on the "How to Contribute(image) " page for the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

There are no print copies of the full report, however, the Branch Library in DSRC 2C407 has a print copy of the executive summary available for check out.

Added 01/03

Library News: Early Closing on December 20th


Library News: Early Closing on December 20th


The Boulder Labs Library will be closing at 3:30 PM on December 20th. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. On December 21st, we will return to our normal hours, 8 AM - 4:30 PM.

Added 12/13

Research Resource: HeinOnline Email Alerts


Research Resource: HeinOnline Email Alerts

(image) HeinOnline now has the capability for users to set up email alerts for similar articles written by a specific author. This new feature is a part of HeinOnline's new machine learning and natural language processing tools. Researchers can set up email alerts for a specific author and get monthly article updates sent straight to their inbox. For more information, please visit HeinOnline's Blog(image) .

Added 12/11

Research Resource: CSL Citation Styles


Research Resource: CSL Citation Styles

(image) Citation styles can widely differ from journal to journal. CSL Citation Styles is a great resource for researchers creating bibliographies and need to look up a citation style. From the popular and more well-known citation styles to the uncommon citation styles, this open source tool allows researchers to search for citation styles by name and by example.

For more information, Nature Journal posted a blog on Nature Jobs reviewing CSL Citations Styles here(image) .

You can also check out CSL Citation Styles online and try it out for yourself here(image) .

Research Resource: How to Link Boulder Labs Library to Google Scholar


Research Resource: How to Link Boulder Labs Library to Google Scholar

(image) Did you know that there is a way to add Boulder Labs Library (and other libraries) to your Google Scholar search? Once linked, Google Scholar will let you know if Boulder Labs Library owns a full-text version of the article that you are looking for. Linking Boulder Labs Library to your Google Scholar account is easy, all you have to do is go to the Google Scholar Menu> Settings> Library Links and search "Boulder Labs Library" in the search bar. Once the search icon is clicked, this will automatically add our library to your Google Scholar search.

For more in-depth directions, please go to this link here.

Research Resource: Ebook Central Updates


Research Resource: Ebook Central Updates


ProQuest has recently announced some exciting changes to Ebook Central. These new changes will allow users to find information in the book detail pages with easier access to the table of contents. Users can easily search for terms at the chapter-level, where information can be found within the page-level of the book. Additionally, downloaded resources can easily be organized through the newly added selection of naming conventions.

For more information about the new Ebook Central updates, please visit the ProQuest Press Release(image) .

To see how the new updates for yourself, please visit Ebook Central(image) .

Library News: Usability Survey


Library News: Usability Survey

(image) The Boulder Labs Library is in the process of updating our website to support your information needs. We are requesting your participation in a short usability survey. This survey will help the Boulder Labs Library team in the web development process. The usability survey can be accessed here(image) .

If you have any questions about the usability survey or want to learn more about the new upcoming website, please contact our Technology Services Librarian, Aurelia.

Reference Resource: Unpaywall


Unpaywall is a browser add-on for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that searches for full text open access versions of articles. Unpaywall does this by utilizing oaDOI api which searches over 90 million indexed open access full text versions, and also ensures that the articles found abide by copyright compliance. Using Unpaywall is easy, all a user has to do is download the Unpaywall add-on for their browser (available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox). Unpaywall does not change how users would normally conduct research (through the library catalog, web of science, Google Scholar, etc.). The only change occurs once a user gets to the article summary page, where a little lock icon will appear on the right side of the summary screen. This lock icon is color-coded and tells the researcher if the article is: Available from a fully OA Journal (gold lock); see example. Available on a preprint server or institutional repository (green lock); see example. Available to read on the current page, but is published in a toll-access journal (bronze lock); see example. The lock icon acts as a link to the article and when clicked, directs users to the full text article. You can find more information on Unpaywall here. [...]

Research Resource: Research Impact Metrics


(image) Research impact metrics can help researchers:

  • figure out where to publish,
  • bolster a research profile & portfolio,
  • assist with applying for funding,
  • and allow researchers to benchmark their research outputs.

But where do you start, and how? Elsevier has created an infographic(image) to help researchers understand what different impact metrics measure and how they can be used. This can be a helpful starting place for researchers who want to find ways that they can incorporate research impact metrics into their research portfolio and more. Additionally, if you are looking for more ways to track these metrics, the librarians at the Boulder Labs Library can help you find ways to get the research impact metrics that you are looking for.

Reference Resource: Web of Science Google Chrome Extension


(image) Clarivate Analytics new Web of Science Google Chrome extension allows users to directly search the topic, article, or citation that they are looking for directly from their browser. This new extension will simplify the process of searching Web of Science by integrating it into your daily browser activity.

Please go to the following link to access the Google Chrome extension(image) . Please see this link for PDF directions on how to download the Web of Science extension.

If you have any questions about the add-on, or if you have any comments. Please contact the Boulder Labs Library staff and we can connect you with a librarian who can help you out.

Database News: LexisNexis New Features


(image) LexisNexis has released some useful updates to the search experience for its users:

  • Negative News Sources
  • Combined News Sources

LexisNexis has a new feature where users can now easily search negative news sources for both personal and business news through their easily accessible new post-search filters. Prior to this improvement, users would have to go through a multi-step process to filter news searches to find information on negative news. For more information on how this new feature, please visit their user guide on how to use the negative news post-search filter .

Additionally, LexisNexis has recently added the capability for individuals to receive information on combined news sources such as, major world and U.S. news, magazines and journals, and much more. Through the combined news source feature, individuals can search multiple sources creating a more streamlined search experience for all users. For more information about the combined news source search functionality, please visit their user guide on how to search combined news sources.

New Librarian: Welcome, Aurelia!


(image) Boulder Labs Library is excited to introduce our newest Technology Services librarian, Aurelia.

Aurelia (she/her/hers) grew up in Colorado. She received a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Seattle Pacific University and received her MLIS with a focus in Information Technology from the University of Denver in June of 2017. While in graduate school, Aurelia researched information seeking behaviors of different user groups. Before coming to the Boulder Labs Library, Aurelia worked as an Intercultural Librarian at Arapahoe Library District.

Aurelia enjoys researching usability, technology, computer informatics and HCI, and the digital divide. Outside of the library, you can find Aurelia drinking coffee, hiking, bouldering, or researching information seeking behaviors.

Feel free to stop by and say "hi" to Aurelia. She will be taking care of our library website redesign, and would enjoy having participants for upcoming usability tests. Additionally, if you have any website questions or comments, please make sure to direct all inquries her direction.

Aurelia can be contacted at 303.497.3003 and at

ESSOAr: Earth and Space Science Open Preprint Server powered by AGU and Atypon


On September 21st, AGU and Atypon announced that they will have a joint initiative to develop a Earth and Space Science Open Archive.

"Development of the server, community engagement, and policies and practices will be a community effort guided by an international advisory board that will include representatives from societies across the Earth and space sciences. Its initial development will be supported by Wiley, AGU's publishing partner" (AGU, 2017).

For more information, please visit the Press Release and the ESSOAr FAQ's.

BrowZine: Trial Subscription ends June 30 (for NOAA & NTIA only)


BrowZine features include:

  • Mobile access to thousands of journals either subscribed to by our Library or available via Open Access
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite titles for fast, easy access
  • Get alerts when new articles are available in your favorite journals
  • Save articles for offline reading
  • Send citations to citation management programs
  • Share links with others by email, Facebook or Twitter

Get started here, and please send your feedback to


Library Staff News



We are sorry to report that Aric Villareal has resigned from the library staff. His last day was January 6. Aric and his wife are moving back to Arizona to enjoy warmer weather and be closer to family.
Aric worked at the Boulder Labs Library for eight years and we will miss his expertise and dedication. His library liaison groups will be reassigned to librarians Mike Robinson and Sue Visser, details to be announced.

New Journal: Earth and Space Chemistry


The Boulder Labs Library has added a subscription to a new ACS journal, Earth and Space Chemistry. Edited by Joel D. Blum of the University of Michigan, the journal "will publish high-impact research in the fields of geochemistry, atmospheric and marine chemistry, astrochemistry, and analytical geochemistry." The first issue will be published in the first quarter of 2017.

ACS Announces ChemRxiv Preprints


ACS has announced the development of a preprint server, named ChemRxiv, which is slated to launch later in 2017. The purpose is to rigorously adhere to the peer review process, while making available important data and research findings. Proposed features include:

  • Open Access
  • Targeted toward the global chemistry community, the way arXiv and bioRxiv servers do for physics and biology, respectively
  • Preprints fully citable
  • Collaborative venture--will be the result of partnerships with numerous sponsors
  • Designed to elicit informal feedback

Nature Releases New OA Journal, Accepting Submissions


Nature is releasing a new Open Access journal, npj Climate and Atmospheric Science as part of its Nature Partner Journals (npj) series. The journal’s focus will be in climate and atmospheric sciences. Features include:

  • Peer review
  • Creative Commons 4.0 International (CC BY) license
  • Subject areas include climate dynamics, climate variability, weather and climate prediction, climate change, weather extremes, aerosols, hydrological cycle, air-sea interaction
  • Articles on methodology also invited, such as modeling, in situ observations, and remote sensing
  • Submissions can be original research articles, brief communications, reviews, and dataset summaries

Visit here for information on article submission.


IET Introduces IET Open, Two New Open Access Journals


IET has introduced IET Open, a new initiative for supporting its full Open Access (OA) journals. Two new titles are being launched with IET Open, IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory and Applications and Engineering Biology. Other IET journals currently being published, High Voltage, Journal of Engineering, and Healthcare Technology Letters will also to be included under the program. IET Open features include: Journals published on the Gold OA model All articles published under Creative Commons license Select pre-publication articles available as “eFirst” articles Papers submitted via ScholarOne IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory and Applications began publishing December 2016. Engineering Biology will begin publishing in March 2017, and has waived APC’s until 2018. Healthcare Technology Letters will be fully converted to the Gold OA model in 2017, with all APC’s waived for the entire year. [...]

Library Liaison Updates


Sue Visser, our new Public Services Librarian, has been added to the Library Liaison page, joining Mike Robinson and Aric Villarreal as part of the library’s collection development team. She is now liaison for divisions formerly belonging to Joan Segal, the Library’s chief. These include:

  • NIST: Applied Chemicals and Materials Division (647)
  • NOAA: Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Earth System Research Laboratory Director’s Office (ESRL DO), ESRL NWAVE (NOAA enterprise network), National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Geophysics, NCEI Paleoclimatology
  • NTIA: Institute for Telecommunications Services Office of the Director (ITS.D), ITS Telecommunications Theory (ITS.T)

Additionally, Fall 2016 Newsletters for every division are now available in PDF on the Library’s Newsletters page.


2017 Calendar Now Available


The Library’s 2017 calendar has been delivered to your mailbox. The calendar contains at-a-glance information on eBooks available via the library, including ebrary, Books 24x7, and IEEE-Wiley. Additionally, holidays are marked in red on the calendar, and paydays are in blue. If you have not received your calendar, stop by the Main or Branch Library to pick one up today.

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Calendar front (L) and back (R).

New Look and Functionality for New Books Page


Cover for Advanced
physics of electron
transport in
and nanostructures

The Library’s New Books page has been updated to feature a synopsis of each book in print or electronic format, along with an image of the cover. There are no more boxes to check when reserving a book; instead, click on the title, which links to the item’s catalog page. Click the “Place Hold” button, where you will be prompted to log into your Discovery account, and then follow the on screen prompts to place a hold. You will be notified when the book is available for pick-up at the library or delivery to your office. For assistance placing a hold, contact the Circulation Desk at x3788.

For eBooks, click the title link, which takes you to the book’s webpage, where you may view the item online, download chapters, etc.

EndNote X8 Now Available


EndNote X8 is now available for Mac and PC. To download X8, visit the Library’s Bibliographic Management page and follow the instructions as per your agency (NIST users download EndNote via NVL). New features include:

  • Updated compatibility with Windows 10, MS Word 2016, and macOS Yosemite and Sierra
  • New, more intuitive icons for Mac and Windows
  • New reference update capability, including Configure Sync to consolidate multiple citation libraries
  • Share citation library with up to 100 users who have full editing rights, with Activity Feed displaying updates


LinkedEarth Developing Data Standards for Paleoclimatology


(image) LinkedEarth is a project to develop a set of data standards for paleoclimatology. Sponsored by EarthCube, LinkedEarth aims to give researchers in paleoclimatology the tools to curate data by:

Open Data Repository Invites Beta Testing


(image) The Open Data Repository (ODR) is a platform that supports creating and managing project-related data repositories online. Currently, it is in its Beta phase, and invites open collaboration on code testing. ODR aims to offer a number of unique features, including:

  • Use drag-and-drop features to create database schemas
  • Ready-made field types for common data elements, such as date/time
  • Default plugins for graphics tools and specialized applications such as displaying chemical formulas
  • Users have control over data sharing, including establishing an embargo until a specified date, what types of data to share, and making data public

Currently, ODR is funded by NASA’s CheMin group and the University of Arizona Department of Geosciences.

2016 Nobel Prize Announced for Physics, Chemistry


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced the 2016 Nobel Prize for fields of Physics and Chemistry. Laureates include: Physics, "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter," split: One half of the prize going to David J. Thouless, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA The other half going to F. Duncan M. Haldane, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA and J. Michael Kosterlitz, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA Chemistry, awarded jointly "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines": Jean-Pierre Sauvage, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA Bernard L. Feringa, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands [...]

Altmetric Now Tracking Data from Open Syllabus Project


Altmetric recently announced that it has begun to track data from the Open Syllabus Project (OSP) in order to measure the impact of books and book chapters used in academic courses. OSP archives syllabi from over 4,000 institutions worldwide. OSP features include:(image)

  • All syllabi searchable, with filters by subject, institution, state, country, or corpus (institutional repository)
  • Top ~10,000 texts analyzed on Citation Graph
  • Syllabi mined from publicly-available university sites, archived from agreements with universities, or contributed by individual instructors


Say Hello to Sue Visser, Our New Public Services Librarian


(image) Sue Visser has been a librarian for over 25 years, mostly working in special libraries. Her first library position was at Synergen, Inc., a pharmaceutical biotechnology startup in Boulder (now defunct). For the last 18 years, Sue has been the solo librarian for Stratus Consulting, an environmental consulting firm. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from Emporia State University, and a BA in English from Calvin College

Sue is a Denver native and has lived in Boulder for over 30 years. In her spare time she enjoys indoor hobbies such as knitting, reading, and cooking, and outdoor hobbies such as cycling, running, hiking, camping, and travel. She lives in the foothills west of Boulder with her husband and no dogs, but plenty of wildlife in the back yard. She has hiked over 40 of Colorado’s 14ers, and completed her first and last full Ironman triathlon in 2012. 

Grey Literature Network Service


GreyNet International is an organization devoted to facilitate awareness of, and open access to, grey literature. Grey literature consists of documents of any format produced by government, business, academic, or similar institution not published through traditional commercial or academic channels, and for which citation metrics may not exist. Services offered by GreyNet include:

  • Annual international directory of grey literature organizations
  • Research and Education, including workshops and lectures
  • The Grey Journal—an OA Journal focused on grey literature topics in all disciplines, including the sciences
  • Links to repositories and indexes

GreyNet partners include the Library of Congress FEDLINK and EBSCO.


Scientific Data: New OA Journal from


(image) Scientific Data is a new OA journal published by Nature covering datasets of all sizes. The journal publishes “data descriptors,” a type of article providing detailed descriptions of datasets for the purpose of facilitating data reuse. Features include:

  • Peer reviewed
  • Scope includes analyses of datasets and original articles on data-sharing technologies
  • Data Descriptors published under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC BY)
  • Scientific Data is guided by six key principles, which are credit, reuse, quality, discovery, open access, and service

Visit the Scientific Data Open Access page for information on APC’s, and the Publish page for information on article submission.

New EndNote Updates


EndNote updates for both Windows and Mac are now available. To download an updated version go to:

For videos and other training resources, visit the ThomsonReuters EndNote Training page. For first-time users needing to download EndNote, visit the Library’s Bibliographic Management page and follow the download instructions for your agency.


Book Citation Index Available via Web of Science


The Boulder Labs Library has expanded their Web of Science subscription for NOAA and NTIA researchers by adding Book Citation Index. This addition includes over 60,000 scholarly book titles, and provides access to text and citation metrics for books and books chapters relevant to your research. Features include:

  • 10,000 titles added per year
  • Cited Reference search
  • Included in citation counts
  • Time cited counts for whole books and individual chapters(image)
  • Bibliographies for books and books chapters
  • Link to full text of books to which the library subscribes

In addition to Book Citation Index, the Web of Science Core Collection now includes Science Citation Index and Conference Proceedings Citation Index. To specify which index to use, select “Web of Science Core Collection” from the drop-down menu at the upper left of the Web of Science search page. Underneath the “Timespan” filter, click “More Settings” to check/uncheck boxes for the indexes, including Book Citation Index.

Inspec Now Offers arXiv and ProQuest Dissertations


(image) Inspec is now indexing content from arXiv and Proquest Dissertations and Theses.  Additional content being added as follows:

  • New arXiv records are being added at a rate of 6,000 per month
    • arXiv areas include physics, mathematics, computer science, and statistics
  • Proquest Dissertations and  Theses records continually being added to Inspec
    • Soon to go back to the year 2000

Cornell University hosts arXiv, which is an Open Access archive and distribution server for research papers. Proquest Dissertations and Theses involves a partnership with over 700 universities to archive over 90,000 graduate works per year.

Inspec is a product of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), available via the Web of Science platform, and includes more than 9 million records in the fields including physics, electrical engineering, communications, computer science, and geophysics. It is available from the Library’s databases page.

OA2020 Initiative


OA2020 is an initiative to encourage scholarly journals to transition from the subscription model to Open Access. The initiative builds on the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, which had 560 signatories. Specific aims of OA2020 include:

  • Transition most extant scholarly journals from subscription to OA, respecting the publication preferences of specific communities
  • Accomplish the transition by using existing funds spent on subscriptions to finance sustainable OA models
  • Invite collaboration from all parties involved with publishing, including universities, research institutions, funders, libraries, and publishers on the transition to OA

To see what organizations have expressed interest in OA2020, visit the OA2020 Mission page.


AGU to Introduce New Journal, GeoHealth, in Fall 2016


The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is planning the publication of a new journal, GeoHealth for the Fall. GeoHealth will be an interdisciplinary Open Access journal focusing on the interaction between the environment and health. Specific topics will include, but not be limited to:

  • Impacts of climate change on health
  • Air and water pollution
  • Radiation and its effects on health
  • Geomedicine
  • Impacts of disasters on health

GeoHealth will begin accepting submissions in the Fall. Articles will be published under the Creative Commons License, and automatically deposited to PubMed Central.


900 New Titles in ebrary


The Boulder Labs Library has recently added over 900 new titles to the ebrary book collection in the subject areas of Chemical engineering, Engineering, Environment (including renewable resources), Geosciences, Math and Statistics, Meteorology, Physics, Science (General), and Telecommunications. The ebrary collection can be accessed from the Boulder Labs Library website. Here are some examples of the titles of interest to Boulder Labs researchers: Energy Flows, Material Cycles and Global Development : A Process Engineering Approach to the Earth System; Schaub, G., Turek, T.; Springer, 2016 Engineering Vibroacoustic Analysis: Methods and Applications; Hambric, S.A, Sung, S.H. & Nefske, D.J.; Wiley, 2016 Flood Forecasting: A Global Perspective; Adams, T.E., Pagano, T.C., Academic Press, 2016 Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry of the Atmospheres; Visconti, G.; Springer, 2nd ed.  2016 Mathematical Analysis, Approximation Theory and Their Applications; Rassias, T., Gupta, V.;  Springer, 2016 Light Scattering and Radiative Transfer; Kokhanovsky, A.;  Springer, 2016 Non-Classical Crystallization of Thin Films and Nanostructures in CVD and PVD Processes; Hwang, N.M.; Springer, 2016 Numerical Modeling of Sea Waves; Chalikov, D.V.;  Springer 2016. Polarized Light and the Mueller Matrix Approach; Perez, J.J.G., Ossikovski, R.; CRC Press, 2016 Theory and Methods of Statistics; Bhattacharya, P.K., Burman, P.; Academic Press, 2016 Traffic Anomaly Detection; Cuadra-Sanchez, A.; ISTE Press/Elsevier, 2015 Tunable Laser Optics; Duarte, F.J.; CRC Press, 2015 [...]

Accessible Chemistry Resources with Wired Chemist


Wired Chemist provides data, tutorials, and discussions related to the fields of chemistry, environmental science, mineralogy, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging. The site is intended as an accessible reference resource for both students and professional researchers. Resources include:

  • Instructional modules
  • Laboratory demonstrations
  • Quicktime movies and videos(image)
  • Data
  • Formulas
  • Links to other resources
  • Bibliographies

Wired Chemist features a search function in addition to tabbed browsing.

IEEE Acquires GlobalsSpec


(image) IEEE recently acquired GlobalSpec, a multi-media provider of news, data, and analytics related to engineering and industry. The acquisition includes the Engineering 360 search platform owned by GlobalsSpec, and will complement IEEE’s array of products. Features include:

  • News and Analysis – engineering, tech, and manufacturing new and data
  • Products and suppliers – directories links to manufacturers and OEM parts suppliers, searchable by specification
  • Standards Library – abstracts for over 1.6 million standards documents
  • Reference Library – search for engineering related books and articles
  • Engineering community – blogs and forums
  • Newsletters
  • Alerts
  • Sign up for industry webinars / view past webinars

GlobalSpec, as an independent site, was originally covered in the March 14, 2005 Library News.

New Web of Science Online Seminars for August


Web of Science is offering live online training sessions for the month of August. All Boulder Labs researchers are invited to join. Sessions include: WEB OF SCIENCE: BASIC SEARCH AND NAVIGATION Thurs., August 4, 12:00 PM WEB OF SCIENCE: CITED REFERENCE SEARCH Wed., August 10, 12:00 PM ENDNOTE ONLINE FOR WEB OF SCIENCE USERS Wed., August 24, 8:00 AM WEB OF SCIENCE: AUTHOR SEARCH STRATEGIES Tues., August 30, 12:00 PM All times given are in MST. When registering, click the “New York Time” link at the upper right-hand corner, specify “Denver, GMT-06:00” for your time zone, and click the green “Save” button. Ensure that you have WebEx software installed. [...]

European Space Weather Portal


The European Space Weather Portal offers access to a variety of space weather resources hosted by European repositories. The site is hosted by the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, and is entirely in English. Resources include:

  • Search for documents
  • Access research models related to space weather
  • Datasets
  • Software (such as visualization tools)
  • Upcoming events (European conferences, etc.)
  • Outreach/educational activities
  • Publications

DOE Alternative Fuels Data Center


The U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) is an information clearinghouse on alternative fuel technologies. Information contained in AFDC includes:

  • Data and statistic related to sources of energy like hydrogen and ethanol
    • Basic information
    • Pros and cons of use
    • Fueling stations using interactive maps
    • Vehicles
    • Laws and incentives
  • Calculators, maps, data searches, and other tools
  • Case studies
  • Publications
  • Tips on fuel conservation
  • More

AFDC is a resource offered as part of DOE’s broader Clean Cities initiative.

Left: DOE Alternative Fueling Station Locator allows you to find alt fuel stations in your local area.

Wiley and Hindawi Enter OA Partnership


Wiley and Hindawi recently entered a partnership to facilitate streamlined workflow for OA publishing. As a result, Wiley will convert nine of its subscriptions journals beginning in January 2017, with Hindawi assuming editorial responsibilities. Titles include: Complexity Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging Geofluids Journal of Advanced Transportation Journal of Food Quality Occupational Therapy International Scanning Security and Communications Networks Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Hindawi was originally featured in the July 31, 2013 Library News. [...]

BioOne Complete now with Over 190 Titles


BioOne now hosts over 190 titles under its full-text aggregation service, BioOne Complete. Subject areas include the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. Features include:(image)

  • Subscribed and OA titles
  • Browse by title, publisher, featured article
  • Search figure and table captions via advanced search screen
  • Register for free for custom search tools and alerts

BioOne was originally featured in the June 1, 2005 Library News. It also publishes its own Open Access journal, Elementa, originally covered in the February 20, 2013 Library News.

Research Data Alliance – Open Data Sharing through Collaboration


The Research Data Alliance (RDA) enables researchers to create and manage collaborative groups  directed towards  facilitating  open data sharing in all disciplines. To join, read the RDA Guiding Principles and create a login. Types of groups include:

  • Working Groups – 12-18 month duration to contribute tools, policies, and best practices towards improving data exchange for particular research communities
  • Interest Groups – indefinite duration to address particular topics concerning data sharing and infrastructure
  • Birds of a feather groups – formed to convene at RDA bi-annual plenary meetings around a single topic

So far RDA boasts over 4050 members worldwide.


Gephi Updates to Version 0.9.1


The open-source data-visualization tool Gephi has recently updated to version 0.9.1 to fix issues recently discovered with the 0.9.0 update, which was released in December 2015. Improvements in version 0.9.1 include:

  • German localization added to list of languages, which already include English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Czech, Russian, and Japanese
  • New mutual edge filter implemented
  • Import wizard support re-introduced
  • Ability to merge dynamic attributes and timeset when merging parallel edges(image)
  • Adding label properties in Edit mode
  • Click here for list of bug fixes

Gephi was originally covered in the July 8, 2014 Library News.

TicTocs Now JournalTOCs with over 28k Titles


The current awareness service TicTocs has changed its name to JournalTOCs with a new URL. JournalTOCs allows researchers to set up alerts for the latest articles from over 28,000 journal titles. Additional features include:

  • Free login to follow journals
  • Optional email alerts when new issues of followed journals are published
  • Title count includes over 10,000 OA and 11,000 hybrid journals
  • Search for journals by title or ISSN
  • Keyword search for articles
  • Browse title by subject or publisher

JournalTOCs is available from the Library’s Current Awareness page.  


Ebsco STM Source Added to Databases Page


(image) The Library has added Ebsco STM Source to its Databases page. It is available to NOAA & NTIA employees on the Boulder Campus. STM Source is a full-text database concentrated in science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Features include:

  • 6,000 full-text journals, including more than 5,500 peer reviewed
  • Other publications include books, proceedings, reports, and reviews
  • Create login to save, organize, and share searches
  • Export citation to bibliographic management software, including EndNote and Reference Manager

Full-text articles from STM Source are accessible via the Library’s WorldCat Discovery interface.

Web of Science Coverage Now Back to 1900 for NOAA, NTIA Users


The date range for Web of Science access by Boulder Labs NOAA and NTIA users has expanded back to the year 1900. This expanded access includes all formats, such as:

  • Journal articles
  • Proceedings
  • Reviews
  • Book Chapters
  • News items
  • Biographies

As a reminder, the  Data Citation Index trial is still in process. To learn more, see the May 3, 2016 library news.


Say Hello to Patti Marraro, the Library’s New Collection Services Coordinator!


(image) The Boulder Labs Library is pleased to welcome Patti Marraro as Collection Services Coordinator. She has over thirty-four years of experience working in NOAA, twenty-two of them providing a wide array of library services. Prior to becoming Collection Services Coordinator at BLL, Patti was the Technical Information Specialist and a Fishery Biologist at the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory in North Carolina. She earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) from North Carolina Central University in Durham and her undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M University in Galveston

In her spare time, Patti enjoys quilting, traveling, cooking, walking, biking, reading and/or listening to Audible books. She is currently listening to the Outlander series.

OSDC Cloud-Based Data Hosting


Opensciencedatacloud (OSDC) enables researchers to upload, store, share, and analyze scientific datasets on the terabyte and petabyte scales, with the purpose of improving the reproducibility and transparency of research. Features include:

  • Public Data Commons – hosted repository of publicly-available (OA) datasets
  • Specific clouds available to researchers depending on whether they are working with secure or unsecure data
  • Hosted datasets for large projects
  • Training in data science for students via the PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) program, sponsored by the NSF

For researchers interested in contributing data, read the OSDC page on Resources Availability and Allocation.


Data Citation Index - Trial & Training


The Boulder Labs Library is currently running a trial of the Web of Science, Data Citation Index to determine its usefulness and relevance to NOAA & NTIA research. To access the database, in Web of Science, click the drop-down menu next to the “Search” tab, and select “Data Citation Index.” Features include:

  • Over 2 million records
  • Records linked to online datasets hosted by repositories worldwide
  • Date coverage from 1900 - present

To learn more about this new database, please attend the following webinar. It will provide an overview and instruction on use.

  • Time and date:
    Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 2pm
  • Join by phone:
    1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 
    1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)(image)
    Access code: 737 594 707

No pre-registration required.

The Boulder Labs Library would appreciate your feedback concerning the Data Citation Index. After using the database, please send your comments to Joan Segal,, x5550.

AIP Introduces New OA Journal


APL Photonics is a new Open Access journal from AIP, covering both theoretical and applied research in all areas in photonics. Features include:

  • Rigorous peer review
  • Types of submissions include articles, letters, and special topics
  • Authors retain copyright through CC BY 4.0 license

Click here for APC’s, and the AIP Guidelines for submitting manuscripts. Since the journal is Open Access, search for the title via WorldCat Discovery, and from the title description click “View Online” to go to the journal’s home page.


Boulder Labs Library Vendor Fair - All Boulder Labs Staff Welcome!



Please join the Boulder Labs Library for a Vendor Fair specifically designed for Boulder Labs staff. Vendor representatives will be on-site to demo their products, and answer your questions.

Come join us for:

  • Clinics on Library resources
  • Promotional items and goodies
  • Food and Coffee

When and where:

  • Thursday, May 5, 2016, 10am-1pm
  • Bldg. 1 Lobby & Main Library,  Rm. 1-1200

IEEE Xplore Adds New Features


IEEE Xplore has recently upgraded its interface with several new features to facilitate more rapid searching and content discovery. New collections have also been added to IEEE Xplore. Features include:

  • Author disambiguation using standardized first name, middle initial, and last name
  • Journal titles displayed without normalization, so that what used to appear as “Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on” now appears as IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing”
  • Altmetrics for shares of IEEE and IET journal articles
  • eLearning courses display date of last review for relevance or accuracy
  • Browse International Classification for Standards (ICS) Codes compiled by ISO for research area headings

Boulder Labs researchers may access IEEE Xplore from the Library’s home page and Databases page.


Natural Earth offers Open Access Map Data


Natural Earth offers Open Access raster and vector map data for creating custom maps. The site is supported by a number of institutions, including the University of Wisconsin—Madison, Florida State University, and the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). Data features include: Data downloads available in large (1:10m), medium (1:50m), and small scales (1:110m) Vector data available as cultural or physical map data Varying types of raster files to suit bandwidth and content focus Gray earth raster data for geographic maps Built-in scale attributes for display at different zoom levels Built-in GIS attributes Natural Earth also includes a blog and forums for discussing technical issues related to cartography. [...]

Winter Workshops 2016 Slides & Links


The 2016 Winter Workshop series provided by The Boulder Labs Library has concluded. However, you can still take advantage of the valuable learning opportunities these workshops provided via the links listed below. They include slide presented, recordings of the workshops provided and additional training resources.   IEEE Xplore IEEE Xplore Streaming recording link Download Recording Link IEEE Xplore Search VS. Research  (youtube) ResearcherID Slide Presentation (PDF) Training recording 2/9 Training Recording 2/18 Training Videos Web of Science Slide Presentation (PDF) Training Recording 2/11 Training Recording 2/16 Training Videos (Vendor Site) Training Videos (youtube) [...]

Rapid OA Publishing with IEEE Access


IEEE Access is an Open Access, multidisciplinary journal covering all of IEEE's fields of interest. Its first articles were published in 2013. IEEE Access utilizes the “Binary” peer review process, where articles are accepted or rejected upon submission in order to facilitate rapid publishing. Fields of interest include:

  • Aerospace
  • Bioengineering
  • Communication, Networking & Broadcasting
  • Components, Circuits, Devices & Systems
  • Computing & Processing
  • Engineered Materials, Dielectrics & Plasmas
  • Engineering Profession
  • Fields, Waves & Electromagnetics
  • General Topics for Engineers
  • Geoscience
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Photonics & Electro-Optics
  • Power, Energy, & Industry Applications
  • Robotics & Control Systems
  • Signal Processing & Analysis
  • Transportation

IEEE Access utilizes the IEEE Xplore platform. Read the IEEE Author Digital Toolbox for instructions on preparing articles for submission.


New Library Liaison Newsletters Archived for All Divisions


The V. 4, No. 1 Boulder Labs Library Liaison Newsletter is now available on our Library Liaison Newsletters page for all divisions. Featured in the Newsletter:

  • Getting Started on Discovery using keyword searches
  • Sign In to your personal Discovery account
  • Using the A to Z Resource List to find journals, articles, and eBooks
  • Using Advanced Search
  • Search results and item descriptions
  • Using Share and My List options
  • Request items via ILLiad using Discovery
  • New books and eBooks added for your division in 2015

Visit the Library Liaison page for information on contacting your division’s liaison.

Cogent OA Now Up to 15 Titles


Cogent OA, Taylor & Francis’ Open Access platform, has now expanded access to 15 different titles, including: Cogent Arts & Humanities Cogent Biology Cogent Business & Management Cogent Chemistry Cogent Economics & Finance Cogent Education Cogent Engineering Cogent Environmental Science Cogent Food & Agriculture Cogent Geoscience Cogent Mathematics Cogent Medicine Cogent Physics Cogent Psychology Cogent Social Sciences The Cogent OA platform was upgraded in late 2014, covered in the December 11, 2014 Library News, and the Cogent OA launch was covered in the November 6, 2013 Library News. [...]

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene


(image) Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is an Open Access, interdisciplinary journal focusing on the impact of human activity on natural systems. Elementa is the product of collaboration between CU Boulder, BioOne, Dartmouth, University of Michigan, University of Washington, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Features include:

  • Peer Reviewed
  • Authors can publish under one of six “knowledge domains”:
    • Atmospheric Science
    • Earth & Environmental Science
    • Ecology
    • Ocean Science
    • Sustainable Engineering
    • Sustainability Transitions, i.e. sustainable technology and public policy
  • Governed by CC-BY license
  • Authors also invited to publish in topical Elementa Forums

Elementa was originally featured in the February 20, 2013 Library News in an initial call for submissions, and published its first articles in Dec. 2013. For instructions on submitting and APC’s, review the Elementa guidelines for authors page.

NIST Colloquia on YouTube


NIST provides access to prominent talks from its colloquium series on . To search for specific colloquia, or to find those related to a certain topic or date range, click on the “Filters” drop-down menu. You may narrow your browsing list by Upload date, Type of media, Duration, Features, and Sort by relevance, number of views, or rating. Colloquia include: Baked Alaska: Changing Climate - Changing Landscapes Building a Better Future, with Robots Fatigue Management in the Workplace, Scott Shappell Brilliant Blunders, by Mario Livio The Measure of All Things NIST also hosts its own YouTube page, where you may find other informative videos posted by NIST on a variety of topics related to cutting-edge issues in science and technology. [...]

Web of Science Training for February


Web of Science will be hosting the following training sessions in the month of February. Pre-registration is required; please ensure that you have Webex Meeting Manager installed on your desktop before you join a session. These training sessions complement the Library’s Winter Workshops 2016 Series. WEB OF SCIENCE: BASIC SEARCH AND NAVIGATION Wed., February 3, 12:00pm WEB OF SCIENCE: NEW FEATURES UPDATE - SAVING MARKED LISTS Tues., February 9, 8:00am JOURNAL AND HIGHLY CITED DATA ON INCITES (JCR/ESI) Tues., February 16, 8:00am   ENDNOTE ONLINE FOR WEB OF SCIENCE USERS Mon., February 29, 12:00pm All times are in MST. [...]

Winter Workshops 2016 Series


With the New Year, the Library is rolling out Winter Workshops 2016 series. These webinars will be conveniently accessible from your desktop and no pre-registration is required, so all that is needed is for you to ensure that you have Webex installed prior to joining a session. The IEEE Xplore Digital Library: Insider Tips and What's New The IEEE Client Services team will present two online webinars for NIST and NOAA researchers and engineers. These sessions will improve your ability to find resources via IEEE Xplore, a database of over 3 million items in the areas of computer technology, electrical engineering, remote sensing, and telecommunications. Tuesday, January 26, 10am Thursday, February 4, 2pm ResearcherIDResearcherID is a Web of Knowledge application that allows users to create a unique identifier for their research. This webinar will show you how to use ResearcherID to track your times-cited counts and h-index, and to manage your own publication portfolio via EndNoteWeb. Tuesday, February 9, 10am Thursday, February 18, 2pm Web of ScienceLearn how to build and save searches, select citations for bulk export, analyze citation metrics, and access metrics like the h-index with this primer. Thursday, February 11, 2pm Tuesday, February 16, 10am Books 24x7Enhance your computer and management skills with Books 24x7, which gives you full-text access to over 10,000 eBook titles in areas including: Business & Culture, Databases, Desktop & Office Applications, Graphic Design, Networks & Protocols, Programming, Telecommunications, and Web Development.  Thursday, February 25, 2pm All times listed are in MST. For more information, contact Aric Villarreal,, x3003. [...]

Introduces Omega, New OA Journal


(image) The American Chemical Society (ACS) is introducing a new OA Journal for 2016, ACS Omega. The journal’s focus will be multidisciplinary, including a wide range of articles in the field of chemistry. ACS Omega will begin accepting articles in the Spring of 2016, and will begin to publish in Summer 2016. Other features include:

  • Rigorous peer review
  • International staff of four editors, based in China, India, Europe, and the Americas
  • All published articles will be immediately open access
  • Author submission fee discounts considered for ACS members and authors from low-income countries
  • High visibility

For more about fees, manuscript transfer, and copyright, visit the ACS Author and Reviewer Resource Center.

Learn to Use Library’s New Online Catalog


All Boulder Labs Researchers and staff are invited to attend an informative seminar on using the Library’s new catalog, WorldCat Discovery. The training will demonstrate how to:

  • Create an account in Discovery
  • Search the catalog using basic and advanced features
  • Place holds, recalls and interlibrary loan requests
  • Renew items
  • Find a specific journal or journal article(image)
  • And more

Please join us to learn how to navigate our new system:

  • Monday, January 11, 10-11am, PML 81 1A-116
  • Thursday, January 14, 3-4pm, DSRC GC-402

For more information, contact Aric Villarreal,, x3003.

Calendar Features WorldCat Discovery


Ring in the New Year with the library’s 2016 calendar, featuring at-a-glance information on the Library’s new catalog, WorldCat Discovery.  The calendar also includes all federal holidays in red and pay days in green.  Check your mailbox for the handy 6x9” calendar; they have been distributed to all divisions at The Boulder Labs.  

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Left: calendar front. Right: calendar back. Click for PDF.

Things to Know About the Library’s New Catalog


The following information will help you navigate the Boulder Labs Library’s new WorldCat Discovery catalog:

  • Access the catalog at (please update your bookmarks)
  • The first time you sign into your account, click the set/reset password link and enter your username*.  You will then receive an email telling you how to create a password.  
    • *Your username is your email address before the @ sign, and is all lowercase (for example., the  username for  would be jane.q.doe)
  • Once signed in you can manage your account, including book renewals
  • All emails from the system, such as overdue and availability notices, will be sent from  Please do not delete without reading first.
  • To respond to these emails, forward inquiries to (this information will also be found at the end of each email message.)
  • If you don’t respond to overdue notices in a timely manner,  your account will be assessed fines and blocked from use.  Once the long overdue item is returned or renewed the fines will be waived and the block removed.
  • If you have fines on your account, please contact a library staff member to resolve the issue.


Introducing the New Online Catalog for Boulder Labs


On Tuesday, December 15th, the Boulder Labs Library rolled-out its new online catalog, WorldCat Discovery. To preview the system, link to You will be able to: Access over 1.8 billion items, including items held in-house and at other libraries around the world Search for, and access, full-text journal articles and books in our library’s collection Refine searches using filters for more relevant results Place interlibrary loan and/or hold requests from the catalog Email records, share a permanent record link, and export citations directly to EndNote Sign in to your account to monitor checkout records and holds as well as renew items Create temporary lists of records via “My List,” which can be converted to permanent personal lists after signing in to your account The Boulder Labs Library staff will provide training on the new system in January. This LIVE training seminar will be given twice, so those who are not able to attend one may attend the other: Monday, January 11, 10-11am: PML 81 1A-116 Thursday, January 14, 3-4pm: DSRC GC-402 In the meantime, you can access the following links to learn about using WorldCat Discovery: Written Documentation Maximize Use of the WorldCat Discovery Interface Features Searching WorldCat: Index Quick Reference Webinars: Search in WorldCat Discovery Search in WorldCat Discovery Using Advanced Search Filter Search Results in WorldCat Discovery Interpret the Item Details in WorldCat Discovery Share Items from Search Results in WorldCat Discovery [...]

Dryad Enhances Discoverability while Streamlining Data Submission


Dryad is a non-profit data repository which aims to simplify the data archiving process while maximizing discoverability. Most data contributions are in the areas of biology, medicine, oceanography, and environmental science. Features include:

  • Data is Open Access
    • Download and reuse dictated by Creative Commons
  • Flexibility with regard to submitted data formats
  • Integrates with article submission process of partner journals, easing data archiving process
  • Data linked to corresponding articles
  • Data assigned DOIs so that they can be included in citation metrics
  • Data is searchable via Dryad site and machine-readable
  • Data files may be updated and corrected
  • Files are migrated from older formats for long-term preservation
  • Over 10,000 data packages archived, from over 400 journals

Dryad is curated by North Carolina State University.


NoMaD Repository for Materials Science


The NoMaD (Novel Materials Discovery) Repository contains over 1.2 million data entries related to Materials Science. The repository search page utilizes unique criteria for discovering data, including: Structure System type Crystal system Methodology Code Basis set type Xc treatment Chemical Element Author Data Access Restricted (up to 3 year embargo) Open Access The NoMaD is currently developing NoMaD CoE (Center of Excellence), which will offer an expanded suite of tools for data analysis, and will be based on the current NoMaD Repository database. NoMaD is based out of Europe and funded by the Max Planck Society. It is currently registered with re3data, which was covered in the September 2, 2015 Library News. [...]

Back Issues of Five Journals Now Available via Portico


The back issues of five journal titles are now available on the Library’s E-Journals page. These journals are hosted on the Portico E-Journal Preservation Service, of which the Library is a participant. The titles are: International Journal of Self-Help & Self-Care V. 1 (1999) - V. 8 (2014) Journal of Collective Negotiations V. 28 (1999) - V. 32 (2008) Journal of Environmental Systems V. 1 (1971) - V. 33 (2011) Journal of Individual Employment Rights V. 1 (1992) - V. 12 (2007) Journal of Workplace Rights V. 13 (2008) - V. 17 (2013) [...]

Nature Communications - All Open Access  Starting January 2016


(image) Nature Communications began transitioning to Open Access at the end of 2014, by publishing all new article submissions via the Open Access model. The older content remained subscription based.  Starting in January 2016, however, Nature Communications will become a fully Open Access journal with all content freely accessible online. This change means:

  • No more site license option , since all content will be freely available
  • Content published under default CC-BY license, alternative CC licenses by request
  • Authors permitted to archive final PDF version of their article on a website or repository immediately following publication

For more information, visit the Nature Communications about page. Nature Communications was originally covered in the November 19, 2014 Library News.

New for Web of Science Users: Emerging Sources Citation Index


Starting November 8, Web of Science Core Collection Subscribers will have access to Emerging Sources Citation Index. ESCI will empower the ability to see the largest collection of high quality peer-reviewed, scholarly literature possible with over 1,100 (image) journals currently indexed and more to come. This release deepens Web of Science coverage of regional content and exposes new, important content making it searchable, discoverable, and countable. Learn more today!


ThomsonReuters Announces 2015 Citation Laureates, including NIST Fellow


ThomsonReuters, the publishers of Web of Science, have released the results of their first ever Citation Laureates: People’s Choice Poll. ThomsonReuters conducted a poll of researchers who use its databases to establish a list of Citation Laureates, those likely to be nominated for the Nobel Prize based on the impact of their work in the past year. The People’s Choice Poll is voluntary and represents a wide cross-section of the research community, whereas Nobel Laureates are selected by committee; for 2015, none of the People’s Choice Poll winners have been nominated for the Nobel Prize. Poll results pull from the same categories as those for the Nobel Prize: Physiology/Medicine Physics Chemistry Economics Deborah S. Jin of NIST Quantum Physics Division 689/JILA has been named under the Physics category for her work on atomic gasses at ultra-cold temperatures and the development of the first fermionic condensate. [...]

The Right to Research Coalition


The Right to Research Coalition is an organization of students at the undergraduate and graduate level that advocates for widespread adoption of the Open Access publishing model. The RRC site contains resources for advocacy, including: Handouts/Posters Videos Slides Speakers’ Database Open research Opportunities to petition for non-partisan legislation Recommendations for OA advocacy for individuals, organizations, student government bodies, professors, and librarians. [...]

2015 Nobel Prizes for Physics, Chemistry Announced


The 2015 Nobel Laureates for the fields of Physics and Chemistry have been announced. Laureates include: Physics, split prize "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass": Takaaki Kajita - University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan Arthur B. McDonald - Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada Chemistry, split prize "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair": Tomas Lindahl - Francis Crick Institute, Hertfordshire, UK and Clare Hall Laboratory, Hertfordshire, UK Paul Modrich - Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Durham, NC, USA and Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA Aziz Sancar - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA Credit: nobel_prizes/physics/ [...]

NIST Now Has Access to ASTM Standards


NIST Employees now have direct access to ASTM publication via the ASTM Compass site. Publications include:

  • Standards
  • Journals(image)
  • Data Series
  • Special Technical Publications
  • Proceedings
  • Bulletins

Users can access ASTM Compass on-site from a NIST computer, or through VPN if off-site.

Live Training Sessions on Web of Science for October


Web of Science is offering more live online training sessions for the month of October. All Boulder Labs researchers are invited to join. Sessions include: WEB OF SCIENCE: BASIC SEARCH AND NAVIGATION Mon., October 5, 12:00 PM WEB OF SCIENCE: ITEM LEVEL USAGE METRICS Wed., October 7, 12:00 PM Mon., October 12, 12:00 PM Fri., October 16, 8:00 AM When registering, specify “Denver, GMT-06:00” for your time zone, and ensure that you have WebEx software installed. [...]

Create Your Own OA Repository with Zenodo


Zenodo allows researchers to build their own scientific repository by uploading their work and that of their research groups. Zenodo uses Invenio, the same software used by the CERN Data Center, to safely store documents. Features include: Free registration with varying options: Create login using Zenodo site Use GitHub Use ORCID Curate community contributions by sending upload links to collaborating researchers Accept or reject submitted research Documents feature altmetric score indicating mentions via blog or social media Contributors may specify whether licence will be Creative Commons or other type, depending on desired access level All submitted documents assigned DOI Supports data harvesting using OAI-PMH protocol Simple search box with filter Types of documents include articles, posters, presentations, datasets, images, multimedia, software, and courses Researchers from all scientific fields invited to upload [...]

OpenAIRE Connects You to OA Institutions, Documents, Data


OpenAIRE is an initiative funded by the European Union to connect Open Access scientific repositories and institutions throughout Europe. The OpenAIRE search platform provides access to:

  • Publications including journal articles, books, and dissertations
  • Datasets in all formats
  • Funded Projects
  • Organizations including non-profits, private enterprises, and research organizations
  • Institutional repositories and archives

(image) Though most of the participating repositories and institutions are located in Europe, over 700,000 English-language scientific documents are available via OpenAIRE.

NOAA Central Library Presents Series of Sessions on EndNote


The NOAA Central Library will be hosting an online seminar on EndNote bibliographic management software. It will consist of a single session repeated throughout the months of October and November. EndNote Fast Start for NOAA (1-hour, 30 min) Presented by Donna Kirking of ThomsonReuters Learn how to use EndNote X7 to: Import references from databases Insert references into documents using Cite While You Write Store, organize, and share citations Create bibliographies instantly Dates/Times in MST (click links to register): Tuesday, October 6, 12:00pm Thursday, October 22, 2:00pm Thursday, November 12, 12:00pm Thursday, November 19, 2:00pm Please ensure that you have webex installed on your desktop prior to taking a session. Even though this is hosted by the NOAA Central Library, all Boulder Labs employees interested in using EndNote X7 are welcome to register. [...]

IEEE Collaboratec Offers Full Suite of Tools for Networking, Collaboration, Authorship


IEEE Recently introduced Collaboratec, a platform for researchers to network, collaborate, and manage research projects. Features include:

  • Create free IEEE account, or use existing account from IEEE Xplore
  • Manage personal profile
    • Export citations from IEEE Xplore to build personal library
    • Keep track of research contributions
    • Network with other Collaboratec members based on research or geographical area
  • Join and manage research groups for collaboration
  • Use Collaboratec’s suite of bibliographic management tools to collect, manage and share citations to author research documents
  • Enhanced features for IEEE members, including search, collaboration and grade badges


Over 1,200 repositories indexed by


The Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data) indexes over 1,200 data repositories, providing a global registry of research data repositories from different academic disciplines. Features include: Browse by subject, content type, country Search with filters for: Subject Content type Country Certificate Open access Persistent identifier Repository entries include: General information Institutions contributing data Terms of use Standards for documentation and retrieval Keyword tags linking to listing of repositories sharing keyword Supports the retrieval of datasets via Application Programming Interface (API) Databib, which was covered in the July 30, 2014 Library News, has merged with re3data. DataCite, which was covered in the June 25, 2014 Library News, now manages the consolidated re3data platform. [...]

New OA Journal Accepting Submissions: Data Science and Engineering


Data Science and Engineering is a new OA journal from Springer covering the fields of data science and engineering, with a particular focus on the theory and practice of “big” data extraction and management. Features include:

  • Interdisciplinary with regard to approaches to analyzing big data
  • Peer reviewed
  • Rapid publication
  • Accepts submissions for original research, briefs, and critical reviews
  • Published under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.0)

Article-processing charges are sponsored; therefore, authors do not pay any fees.

Library Adds New Elsevier Journals, Drops Others


Due to usage patterns of Elsevier journals, the Library has added five new titles, and dropped five others. Back issues of the dropped journals are still available via the Library’s E-Journals page, but stop in 2014 or the first issue of 2015. If you need an article to which we no longer have access, it can be obtained via Interlibrary Loan. Added Journals: Aeolian Research V. 1 (2009) - Present Carbon V. 33 (1995) - Present Corrosion Science V. 37 (1995) - Present International Journal of Fatigue V. 17 (1995) - Present Progress in Oceanography V. 35 (1995) - Present Dropped Journals: Digital Signal Processing V. 5 (1995) - V. 36 (2015) Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids V. 56 (1995) - V. 75 (2014) Microelectronics Reliability V. 35 (1995) - V. 54 (2014) Planetary and Space Science V. 43 (1995) - V. 105 (2015) January 1999 - Present Signal Processing V. 41 (1995) - V. 105 (2014) [...]

Wiley Online Library CAPTCHA Stops Mass Downloads


The Wiley Online Library has added CAPTCHA challenges for large-scale article downloading, in order to deter potential security risks caused by hackers. Details include:

  • CAPTCHA challenge is triggered when attempting to download 25 or more articles at once
  • Once the challenge is completed, you may continue downloading additional articles up to 25 at a time
  • You may download up to 100 articles per 24-hour period

August Desktop Training Sessions for Web of Science


Web of Science is offering desktop training sessions for the month of August. These sessions are open to all users, not just Boulder Labs researchers. To register for a specific session, click on the date/time link listed: (All times given in Mountain Standard) WEB OF SCIENCE: BASIC SEARCH AND NAVIGATION Tues., August 4, 8:00 AM WEB OF SCIENCE: ORGANIZATION NAME SEARCHING Thurs., August 6, 12:00 PM WEB OF SCIENCE: AUTHOR SEARCHING USING NAMES OR AUTHOR IDENTIFIERS Tues., August 11, 12:00 PM   JOURNAL CITATION REPORTS Wed., August 19, 8:00 AM   ESSENTIAL SCIENCE INDICATORS Thurs., August 20, 9:00 AM   ENDNOTE ONLINE FOR WEB OF SCIENCE USERS Thurs., August 20, 12:00 PM   INCITES BENCHMARKING & ANALYTICS: AN INTRODUCTION Wed., August 26, 12:00 PM Pre-registration is required. Specify “Denver, GMT-06:00” for your time zone, then follow the prompts to register and receive a confirmation e-mail. Please ensure that you have WebEx software installed prior to joining a session. [...]

Construction In and Around the Library


(image) Starting the week of July 27th and running through mid-October, NIST will be doing renovations in and around the Main Library (Bldg. 1 Rm 1200) to replace the old steam heating system. The project will be completed in two phases, starting with removal of asbestos in the hallway and ending with replacement of the steam pipes within the Main Library.

How this may affect you:

  • During the removal of asbestos from the hallway (Phase 1):
    • The main door to the Library will be closed.  
    • Library users will need to enter via the exterior door on the south side of the lobby, and use the first door on the right to enter the Library.  
    • EMSS will provide directional signs in the lobby.
  • During the replacement of the steam pipes in the Main Library (Phase 2):
    • It will be a construction zone within the Library, and may be noisy.
    • There will be short periods of time when access to a specific range of books or journals is unavailable for use.

If at anytime during the construction you are unable to get to an item you need, please let the library staff know. We will work with the construction crew to ensure you receive the materials as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Segal,, x5550

IEEE Xplore Celebrates 15 Years


Launched in 2000, IEEE Xplore is celebrating 15 years as an online database. Since 2000, over 1 billion documents have been downloaded from IEEE Xplore, and the database has expanded from:

  • 100 journal titles in 2000 to over 200 today
  • 350 conference titles to 1,400
  • 77,000 papers published per year to over 225,000
  • 350,000 article records to over 3,650,000
  • 533,000 total documents to 3,650,000
  • 11 million downloads per year to 100 million

IEEE Xplore includes documents in engineering, physics (including geophysics), and telecommunications, with coverage from 1988 to the present, and select articles back to 1952. It is available from the Library’s Databases page.


Wiley Adopts ReadCube Format, Combining Best of PDF and HTML


Wiley Online Library recently adopted ReadCube for article viewing, supplementing PDF and HTML formats already in place. The advantage of ReadCube is to combine the readability and cross-platform consistency of PDF with the functionality of HTML. Features include: In-line links Attached supplements Author names link out Figure viewer Altmetrics Links to related articles Highlighting tools Comment tools Save in ReadCube library Downloadable apps to fine-tune functionality Share with other researchers To use the ReadCube option, from an article abstract in a Wiley journal under library subscription, click the PDF link. A pop-up box will appear, giving you the option to choose “Standard PDF” or “Enhanced PDF.” Clicking Enhanced PDF will give you the ReadCube view. If the “Enhanced PDF” option will not appear, then your browser does not support ReadCube. Click here for a list of minimal supported browser versions. also adopted ReadCube, which was covered in the June 3, 2015 Library News. [...]

Library News - Save a Piece of Your History


Ever wish you could have a catalog card to document the first book or technical report you authored, or to memorialize a favorite work, author, or subject? Well, now you can! The Boulder Labs Library is preparing to recycle its historic card catalog (for items received through July 1994). Framed catalog cards would make unique retirement gifts.

(image) If you are interested, please stop by the Main Library (Bldg1 - 1200) anytime before Thursday, July 23rd and take as many cards as you like. If you are unable to make it to the library, send your request to and we will send the card(s) to you via interoffice mail.  

For questions, please contact Mike Robinson (x5569) or Aric Villarreal (x3003).

DOAJ Seal for OA Journals Committed to High Standards in Publishing


The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) recently introduced a seal for journals that display the best publishing practices. The seal is displayed alongside a journal title listed in DOAJ, and has nothing to do with the quality of content in journal articles themselves. Instead, DOAJ decides which titles are given the seal once they meet criteria related to a journal’s degree of “openness,” which includes: Accessibility – degree of reader rights, i.e. full free open access to all articles vs. embargoes, pay-per-view fees, OA for select articles, etc. Discoverability – permanent identifiers like DOI, and article-level machine-readable metadata Reuse – covered by CC BY, CCBY-SA, or CC BY-NC license Author Rights – whether an author retains unrestricted copyright DOAJ was originally featured in the March 27, 2013 Library News. [...]

Check out our Little Free Library


The Boulder Labs Library has established a “Little Free Library” at its Branch location in DSRC 2C-407. Little Free Libraries are gathering places where communities share their favorite books with others. Please join us in reading and donating books of general interest, including fiction.

  • Located in the wooden bookshelf on south wall of the Branch Library
  • Based on honor system, not part of Library’s circulation system
  • Take a book, or leave a book


New Books List Now Monthly


New Books List Now Monthly

The Library is now releasing its New Books list on a monthly basis as opposed to weekly. Changes include:

  • New books can be checked out as soon as they are available
  • Items shelved immediately with the rest of the collection
  • Each month, new books are announced on the Library’s New Books page
  • (image) Patrons may still place a hold on items, from New Books page
  • In effect for both Main and Branch location

For further information, please contact the Main Library, x3271.

Next Week: Don’t Miss These Desktop Webinars! Summer Students Welcome!


Following up on our Winter Workshops series, the library is offering two webinars on the Web of Science interface and EndNote that you can access from your desktop. Both webinars will be geared toward this summer’s visiting students. Joining each desktop session is easy -- follow the instructions below: Web of Science Introduction – Monday, June 15, 2pm. Learn how to get the most out of Web of Science with this primer. Topic: Web of Science-NOAA Host: Kristen Faeth Date: Monday, June 15, 2015 Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) Session number: 734 682 776 Session password: training To join the training session 1. Go to 2. Enter your name and email address. 3. Enter the session password: training 4. Click "Join Now". 5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link To join the session by phone only To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access c[...]

Nature Allows Article Sharing and Annotation


Nature now allows you to share and annotate articles using a special reader called “Read Cube.” When viewing an article in any Nature journal under library subscription, click the PDF link at the top of the page. A pop-up will appear, giving you the option between “PDF” and “Read Cube.” Choosing “Read Cube” will bring you to a reader where you may open a sidebar to use these functions: Share via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn View abstract Take notes View references, which are linked to cited article abstracts NOTE: Read Cube provides read-only access.  Articles cannot be copied, printed or downloaded Choosing “PDF” from the pop-up will bring you to the standard PDF version of the article, where you may copy, print, or download but not share or have access to any of the other functions specific to Read Cube. 1. Select "PDF" in article abstract 2. Select "Read Cube" in popup   3. Read Cube with sidebar [...]

Enhance Your Research Career with Elsevier Publishing Campus


Elsevier Publishing Campus offers free online resources related to publishing and career planning. Upon free registration, researchers have access to online training courses, networking, tools, and advice, grouped under these “Colleges”: College of Skills Training – online lectures and interactive courses on improving writing skills, and familiarizing yourself with the peer review process College of Big Ideas – blogs, webinars, articles, discussions, and live events on the latest developments in publishing College of Networking – tools and advice for online and face-to-face networking, managing blogs, and raising the visibility of your research College of Research Solutions – free tools for finding relevant research, annotation, bibliographic management, and metrics College of Career Planning – training videos on starting a research career, choosing a career path or specialty, finding employment, and work-life balance College of Recommended Organizations – links to organizations devoted to supporting research careers The login for Elsevier Publishing Campus is distinct from any other Elsevier login you may have. [...]

Chemistry Central—New Open Access Chemistry Platform


Springer hosts Chemistry Central, an Open Access platform devoted specifically to chemistry. The platform hosts journal titles covering all areas of chemistry. Features include: Gold open access – articles free to use online, with publishing fee for authors Author retains copyright under Creative Commons Attribution License OA articles published in digital archives worldwide for long-term preservation Download statistics maintained by platform Free registration for: saved searches search alerts email article delivery comment on articles submit manuscripts Instructions for article submission available from the publisher’s website. [...]