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Library News - April 2012

April 2012 Issue

  • IEEE Xplore – Upgrade Enhancements
  • IET Digital Library – NEW!

Knight Management Center Awarded LEED Platinum

The new, eight-building Graduate School of Business campus, has achieved the LEED Platinum rating for environmental sustainability from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Old Terman Building Recycled - Becomes Park

The Department of Project Management diverted 99.6 percent of the demolished Terman Engineering Center from landfill through recycling or reuse. The lot will become a park space until it once again houses an academic building.

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Read Safari PDFs with Plugin for Mac

We've heard of problems getting the PDF of Safari E-books to open on Mac computers. One fix is to install the Plugin PDF reader from Schubert-it. It perfectly integrates into your web browser and retains the Mac look & feel.

System requirements:

  • Safari, Firefox 4.0, Chrome (with Chrome PDF Viewer deactivated)
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Increasing Solar Concentrator Efficiency

Researchers at UC Merced, have redesigned luminescent solar concentrators to be more efficient at sending sunlight to solar cells. They discovered a hollow cylindrical solar concentrator is a better design compared with a flat concentrator or a solid cylinder concentrator. The hollow cylinders absorb more sunlight while having lower self-absorption losses, significantly improving their efficiency.

Read more at: UC Merced News

January 2012 Library News

January 2012 News

  • Knovel – Optical and Filter Glass Database
  • SolidWorks on Library Computing Cluster
  • New Sheet Feed Scanner

Workshops Update

The Library is still offering some workshops until the end of the month.

Learn how to: save time when searching databases, look for books and journals, and manage your research paper citations. Workshops are offered from 12noon to 1pm in the Huang Engineering Center.

Save Time Searching, Wed. Jan 18, Huang 219
Using Mendeley and Zotero, Fri. Jan 20, Huang 203
Finding and Using Databases, Wed. Jan 25, Huang 219
SearchWorks Tips, Fri. Feb 3, Huang 219


SolidWorks on Terman Library Cluster

SolidWorks software has been installed on the computing cluster in the Terman Engineering Library.

Amateur Radio Magazine at Internet Archive

73 Amateur Radio Today magazine is now available in full at the Internet archive. Full magazine copies are available in a variety of formats, including online-readable, PDF, ePub, and Kindle. Users can do a full-text search for the archives if you go to the Internet Archive advanced search and specify 73-Magazine as the collection to be searched. The issues are full of diy hardware hacking and electronics articles (and the ancient advertising.) A huge, easily-accessible collection for ham radio operators, early computer enthusiasts, and electronics hobbyists.

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Finals Week - Winter Break Hours

The Engineering Library will have the following hours during Finals Week and Winter Break:

OPEN 9am-5pm
Monday December 12th through Thursday December 13th

OPEN 9am-6pm
Friday December 16th

Saturday December 17th through Monday January 2nd

We will reopen starting Tuesday January 3rd - Friday January 6th
OPEN 9am-5pm

We will be returning to normal Winter Quarter hours on Saturday January 7th.

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