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Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Author: JD Hansom and BW Flemming
Title: TREATISE ON ESTUARINE AND COASTAL SCIENCE; VOL. 3 ESTUARINE AND COASTAL GEOLOGY AND GEOMORPHOLOGY
Publisher & where & when published: 2012
Where you saw this item mentioned: CGRG bibliography
Your affiliation: SFU Faculty

A. Your request for ‘Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science’ was just forwarded to me; we appreciate you taking the time to pass along this excellent purchase suggestion. I think the set would be a valuable addition to the library’s collection; however, at US$9,990.00, the multi-user electronic version of the 12-volume set is currently outside of Geography’s means. I am exploring cost-sharing options with other academic units on campus, and will report back with more details soon.

If you have any questions or further requests, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Warm regards,
Lindsay

Lindsay Tripp, BA, MLIS
Liaison Librarian for the Faculty of Environment

Library Resources for Artificial Intelligence

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Q. i need some information about artificial intelligence??
i have to write a persuasive paper

can u also suggest me some books on the topic ?

A. Hi, Depending on the details of your assignment, and what class this is for, you may find one of our Research Guides to be useful. For instance we have put together the following guide for ENSC 105 students: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/subject-guides/engineering-science/ensc-105, which includes strategies for getting started as well as links to some helpful resources. The “Finding Background Information” section might be the best place to begin gathering information for your paper.

Searching for “artificial intelligence” using the Library Search tool (the default search at www.lib.sfu.ca) turns up some books which might be of interest, including one which is on reserve for CMPT 310 D100: Artificial intelligence : a modern approach / Stuart J. Russell and Peter Norvig (see http://troy.lib.sfu.ca/record=b5496001~S1a ). This search will also lead you to additional library guides (see the lower part of the right-hand column on the results page).

I hope that this will help to get you started. If you need more assistance, please feel free to phone or drop by any of our reference desks in person (http://www.lib.sfu.ca/my-library/services-for-you/reference), or email us using the form at http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/ask-a-librarian with a little more information about the course and your assignment, and we’ll get back to you.

All the best,
Janis McKenzie
Head, Information and Instruction

Access to download a paper

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Q. Hello. I am an SFU student trying to download this paper: Qualities of thoughtful social studies classes: an empirical profile – from the Journal of Curriculum Studies, Volume 22, Issue 3, 1990. http://www.tandfonline.com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/doi/abs/10.1080/0022027900220304

Do I not have access to this?
Thanks

A. Hello,

According to the holdings information for the Journal of Curriculum Studies, our access entitlement begins with 1997 at volume 29, issue no. 1.

http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CJDB/BVAS/journal/142639

We have print holdings for the back issues of this title in the Bound Journals section of Bennett Library, located on the 6th floor:

http://troy.lib.sfu.ca/record=b1647302~S1a

Journals are shelved alphabetically by the name of the journal and photocopiers are located on the 6th floor as well.

Please feel free to contact us again if you have further questions.

Sandra Wong, Electronic Resources Librarian.

Hoovers Database Subscription

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Q. Would it be possible for SFU to subscribe to Hoovers? Its an excellent business database that many of the other post secondary institutions subscribe to– it would be extremely helpful for my many research papers!

A. Thanks for the suggestion, Emily. Although we don’t currently subscribe to Hoover’s directly through the publisher, SFU researchers do have access to the in-depth Hoover’s reports via our LexisNexis subscription. We’ve set up a direct link to that part of LexisNexis to make things simpler: http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CRDB/BVAS/resource/5731

We also have many other resources that provide profiles and financials that are either similar to Hoover’s or much more detailed. For instance, Datamonitor360 [http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CRDB/BVAS/resource/11401] is great for company and industry reports and we provide several major financial data sources ranging from Bloomberg to ThomsonOne: http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CRDB/BVAS/browse/facets/subject/635

I’d be happy to chat with you about other resources that might fit your needs.

Regards,
Mark

Mark Bodnar
Business Librarian

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Nature Climate Change

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Title: Nature Climate Change
Publisher & where & when published: Nature Publishing Group (NPG)
Acquire for which library?: Bennett (Burnaby Mountain)
Your affiliation: SFU Faculty

A. Thank you for suggesting that the library subscribe to Nature Climate Change. This title was also recommended by a faculty member in Geography, and is currently on the Department’s library ‘wish list.’ Unfortunately, the annual subscription price is very expensive. I am hoping to explore cost-sharing options with other departments in the new year. Please contact me directly at ltripp@sfu.ca and I will sure to keep you updated as discussion around this title progresses.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions you might have. And thank you again for your input – it is very important to us!

All the best,
Lindsay

Lindsay Tripp
Liaison Librarian for Faculty of Environment

Refworks

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Q. I am new to Refworks, and am trying to figure how to export a reference from: Grossman, Henryk (2006) ‘The Beginnings of Capitalism and the New Mass Morality’ Journal of Classical Sociology 6 (2): July to my Refworks account. I cannot figure out how to do it, there is no Refworks icon on this journal. Am i missing something?

A. Hello,

Thank you for contacting the SFU Library with your question and sorry to hear you’ve had difficulties exporting the citation for ‘The Beginnings of Capitalism and the New Mass Morality’ to your RefWorks account.

The Journal of Classical Sociology (JCS) has a direct export feature for RefWorks. To upload the citation for this article to your RefWorks account:

Access the article in JCS through the SFU Library website at: http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CJDB/BVAS/journal/148454
Click on ‘Abstract’ under the article to see the full record for the article (see JCS_scrnsht1.jpg attached).
Click on ‘Download to Citation Manager’ under ‘Services’ to the right of the screen (see JCS_scrnsht.jpg screenshot attached).
Click on ‘Refworks’ under ‘Citation Manager Formats’ to the right of the screen.
If you are logged into your Refworks account, the citation should automatically export to your account now (check your ‘Last Imported’ folder). If you’re not logged in to your account, you will see the RefWorks login page.

I hope this helps! If you encounter any further difficulties, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Warm regards,
Lindsay

Lindsay Tripp
Liaison Librarian

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Nature Reviews: Neurology

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Title: Nature Reviews: Neurology
Publisher & where & when published: Nature Publishing Group
Where you saw this item mentioned: Several References
Acquire for which library?: Bennett (Burnaby Mountain)
Your affiliation: SFU Graduate Student

A. Thank you for your suggestion of Nature Reviews: Neurology. When we want to add a new journal to our collection we often need to cancel another due to budget constraints. Usually the departmental rep, Mike Hart, and the Liaison Librarian, myself, work together on this process. I know Mike is on vacation for the next while so I will put this title on our wish list for discussion. I see that you are in the FAB lab so you may want to discuss this with Mike directly.. I have had another request from your lab and I will suggest the same.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have suggestions for our collection, including monographs. As Liaison Librarian for Biological Science I’m here to assist you with your research.

Best regards,
Leslie

Collections Librarian
Liaison Librarian for Biological Sciences

Suggestion for New Title: Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Title: Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies
Publisher & where & when published: London, UK: http://www.islamic-college.ac.uk/Research/JSIS.html
Where you saw this item mentioned: Research Searches
Acquire for which library?: Bennett (Burnaby Mountain)
Your affiliation: SFU Faculty

A. Thank you for your suggestion . We will look into acquiring this journal and be in touch with you soon.

Regards,
Leslie

Leslie Rimmer
Collections Librarian
Liaison Librarian for Biological Sciences

Suggestion for New Title: Sensors & Transducers journal

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Title: Sensors & Transducers journal
Publisher & where & when published: International Frequency Sensor
Association (IFSA), Canada (Toronto), Spain (Barcelona)
Where you saw this item mentioned: http://www.sensorsportal.com/HTML/DIGEST/Journal_Subscription_2011.htm
Acquire for which library?: Belzberg (SFU Vancouver)

A. Thank you for your suggestion of this journal, however we will not be pursuing this at this time.

Regards,
Leslie Rimmer

Leslie Rimmer
Collections Librarian
Liaison Librarian for Biological Sciences

Suggestion for a New Title Purchase: Postmedieval Journal

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Author: Eileen Joy & Myra Seaman (eds.)
Title: Postmedieval Journal
Publisher & where & when published: Palgrave Macmillan, England, 2010 -
Where you saw this item mentioned: Recommendation of colleague
Acquire for which library?: Bennett (Burnaby Mountain)
Your affiliation: SFU Graduate Student

A. Hi,

Thank you very much for your recent suggestion that the SFU Library begin a subscription to Postmedieval Journal. Unlike book purchases, journal subscriptions represent an ongoing annual cost to the library (in this case about $350 CAD per year). Given the current library collections budget, this may mean that another journal must be cancelled in order to start a new subscription.

As the English Literature Liaison Librarian, I will look into whether the departmental collections budget can absorb the cost of this subscription. In the meantime, please consider requesting any articles of interest via our free Interlibrary Loan service: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/find/document-delivery/request-form

You can browse the table of contents and article abstracts for current issues of Postmedieval Journal through the publisher’s website: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/pmed/index.html

I will keep you updated on the progress of this request.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Dowson

Rebecca Dowson
Liaison Librarian: English and History