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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 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,

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.


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.

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.

Rebecca Dowson

Rebecca Dowson
Liaison Librarian: English and History

Retention Rules for Magazines

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Q. Are there any free magazines to take? As in, the non-current Times, Newsweeks etc offered? What happens to the old ones once they are not current?

A. Thank-you for your question.

Each magazine that we purchase has it’s own retention rule.

For example the paper copies of Newsweek and Times (London, England) are kept until the microfilm copy we purchase arrives. The microfilm arrives quite a long time after the paper issues; the exact timing varies for each title.

When we remove the paper copies from the 6th floor we generally recycle them.

We do have some special requests (mainly from professors and staff, and once in a while from students) to have the paper copies we are discarding passed-on to individuals.

Please let me know if you have any further questions about this topic.


Patty Gallilee
Head, Acquisitions and Serials Division

Journals for Donation

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Q. I’m the Editor of JABES (Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics). As such, the publisher forwards me BOUND copies of the volumes for which I am editor. I have no need of these. Are these useful for the Library? I have bound copies of Volume 13 (2008), Volume 14 (2009) and likely will also get Volume 15 (2010). The binding is in green. If useful, where do I send them. If you need unbound issues, I also have these going back to V.4.

A. Hi,

Thank-you for your offer of the Bound volumes Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics.

The Library has the current Journals in our collection and as we no longer hold paper volumes after 5 years, We no longer bind older journals
For earlier articles we have online access via Jstor : http://troy.lib.sfu.ca/search~S1?/s=jabes/sjabes/1%2C1%2C2%2CB/frameset&FF=sjabes&2%2C%2C2

Perhaps another home can be found for them.

Walter Piovesan
Librarian – Statistics & Actuarial Science

Request for Journal Article

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Q: I need the following article “A genealogy of the chemical weapons taboo” by Richard Price published in International Organization (1995), 49 : 73-103 Cambridge University Press

A: Hello,
My apologies for the delay in responding to you, as I was away from the Library on Friday.

The journal you are requesting – v. 49 of “International Organization” – is available in paper format on the sixth floor of the Bennett Library in the Bound Journals area. A map of the sixth floor is here: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/floorplans/bound-journals

If you are a student at Harbour Centre or at Surrey, you can request that the article you need be sent to you by using the “Request Item” button on the tool bar of the catalogue record for the print version of International Organization – http://troy.lib.sfu.ca/record=b1646697~S1a

If you have any difficulties finding the journal, or require any assistance using the Library or the Library’s services, please use the “Ask a Librarian” Services – http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/ask-us/ and you will receive immediate assistance, or near immediate assistance, depending on whether you choose in person, live chat, telephone, or email assistance.

Best regards,
Don Taylor

Donald Taylor
Assistant Head, Access Services

Back issues of journals

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Q: To whom it concerns:

I am a Ph.D. candidate conducting entomological research in the Department of Biological Sciences. I see that the SFU library does not have the recently digitised back issues of The Canadian Entomologist nor the Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada. The Canadian Entomologist is the premier entomology publication in Canada and our library should have the complete collection. Having it digitally makes it easier to search and easier to access. The Entomological Society of Canada should have contacted the library directly, but perhaps it did not reach the right person. I think this web archive would be very useful for entomology, biology, pest management, or environmental toxicology faculty and students at our institution.

Please contact the Entomological Society of Canada for details of how to obtain digital back issues of the journal: Email: entsoc.can@bellnet.ca; Website: http://www.esc-sec.ca

Please feel free contact me if you have further questions.

Most sincerely,
PhD Candidate

A: Hello,

Your feedback form was forwarded to me for consideration. Thank you very much for bringing this resource to our attention. I will review our current budget to see if we can absorb this cost. I certainly agree with you it is valuable resource for SFU.

I will keep you informed of the progress.

Best regards,

Leslie Rimmer
Life Sciences Librarian

Access to online materials

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Q: I would like to access online materials such as journals, periodicals, etc.
How can I set up access?

A: For the most part, online access to materials licensed by the SFU Library are restricted to current students, faculty and staff. If you are a student, faculty or staff member at SFU, use the links provided by the library under “Journals articles & databases” or “Electronic journals” at the following URL: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/

You will need to authenticate with your SFU computing ID and password.

If you are not affiliated with SFU, you may access some of the electronic resources as a guest when visiting one of our campus libraries:


Some of our electronic resources are available to SFU alumni. The following webpage lists what is available for alumni as well as some open access databases and journals which are freely available on the web or through your local public library in British Columbia.


Let me know if you need further clarification or have additional questions. Thanks.
Sandra Wong,
Electronic Resources Librarian.