Images for Scientists & Engineers: Where to Look?

More and more, engineers and scientists need visual materials for their work. Civil engineers need images of bridges and buildings; astronomers need pictures of galaxies and nebulae; biologists want to see microbes up close and personal. A picture is worth a thousand words in the sciences, too! But, where do you find them? No need […]


Got Term Papers?

Just a reminder to all you stressed students out there – the library can help! There is a reference librarian on duty on M Level of MSEL in the Research Consultation Office from 10am-8pm Monday through Wednesday, 10am-5pm Thursday and Friday, 1-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by or make an appointment – we are trained […]


Top 5 Ways Libraries & Librarians Can Help You

“Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters unconditionally.” – Washington Post Guilty library confession: I use Google multiple times per day. I also use it during reference searches…why? Because it’s immediate; because full-text […]


Lit Review Anxiety? Use our step-by-step guide.

Literature reviews can be tough. Whether you’re writing a standalone lit review or writing one to incorporate into a longer research article, they can be intimidating, time-consuming, and frustrating. Each step of the process presents a new challenge: finding information, quickly evaluating it for its appropriateness for your research, summarizing each article, synthesizing your information, […]


What is THE best citation tool?

One very common question that comes up, from both students and researchers, is: “What is the best citation tool for doing X?” It’s an excellent question because every year another slew of citation management tools, apps, and software materialize. Often each new app or tool offers a new twist, but basically they help you organize […]


Five (Library) New Year’s Resolutions You CAN Keep

New Year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to keep. Here are 5 we can help you with! Find out who your liaison librarian is. Whether you’re a grad student and need to meet the librarian for your department, or an undergrad writing a paper on a particular subject, there is a librarian who is assigned to […]


The Board Is Back!

There is a Suggestion Board on Eisenhower Library’s M Level, across from the elevators. This board used to be a treasure house of good questions/suggestions from you, and witty replies from a department head who tended the board as if it were a beautiful garden. Sadly, after she retired, the M Board gradually became neglected, […]


Medium Rare Books? You Mean You Eat Them?

Well, not exactly. We all know what “rare” books are, right? Generally any book produced before 1800, as well as books that have a particular value or, well, rarity. But that leaves scads of older books out in the cold, and susceptible to theft, deterioration and loss. A new category of “special” books is growing […]


Problem Sets and Solutions

You have homework due in calculus or orgo, but you’re having trouble following the steps about how to solve certain kinds of problems. The library has books full of worked problems and their solutions in many areas of science and engineering. It’s easy to find them: On the library home page, click in the catalog […]


It may not be Rocket Science…

… but library research is still an art. In fact, people write books on the subject. Thomas Mann, (a reference librarian at the Library of Congress, not the dead German writer), has written several editions now of The Oxford Guide to Library Research. Mann has also taught classes at the Library of Congress for many years, to […]