Engineering & Science Library
Newsletter - July 2013

Trial Database

Merck Index Online: search or browse over 500 organic named reactions; useful reference matter including: common abbreviations, chemical structures, constants and conversions used in the The Merck Index Online; over 11,500 monographs including historic records not available in the print edition.
(on trial until July 24th)

ACS Style Guide

The ACS Style Guide, 3rd ed. is now available online. The guide is an "established and definitive source within and beyond the chemistry community, educating researchers on how to effectively communicate scientific information."

Librarian Activities

Nasser Saleh and Cory Laverty (Education Library) presented a paper on "Designing Rubrics for Inquiry-Based Learning: Addressing Process and Product" at the Council of Ontario Universities Symposium  "Learning Outcomes Assessment, Practically Speaking" Toronto, April 22-23, 2013.

Morag Coyne attended WILU (Workshop for Instruction in Library Use)

Michael White gave a presentation on recent developments in patent search tools at the Ontario Chemistry Librarians’ Workshop at the University of Toronto on June 13.

Nasser Saleh gave two presentations at the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) Conference, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal June 17-20. "Collaborative Information Behaviour of Engineering Students in Group-Based Design Projects"  and "Integrating Information Literacy in the Engineering Curriculum: A Program Approach"

Michael White presented a paper, “Using Citation Analysis to Explore the Information Needs of Graduate Students Affiliated with a Fuel Cell Research Center”, at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference in Atlanta, June 23-27.

Grade 7/8 Enrichment Studies

Over 80 grade 7/8 students in Queen’s Enrichment program visited the Engineering & Science library in May to learn how to find information about Green Engineering. Before their visit Cristina Buzea, a PhD candidate at Queen’s, taught the students about scientific information and publishing  and peer review.

During the library workshops Morag Coyne, Undergraduate Services Librarian, gave them a tour of the library and gave them some hands-on experience searching for information online. More information can be found at

Library and Archives Master Plan (LAMP)

A LAMP steering group has been formed to work with expert consultants to develop a clear understanding of space needs and opportunities in both the Library and Archives.

A draft report is being prepared in June to be shared with the Campus Master Plan Advisory Group in July. Please contact us if you have any further thoughts to share at this stage.

Nasser Saleh Appointed
Engineering & Science Library, Head

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Nasser Saleh has been appointed to the position of Head, Engineering and Science Library, for a five year renewable term starting from January 1st, 2013. He began his work at Queen’s in 2007 as the Integrated Learning Librarian in the Engineering and Science Library, and has maintained his role as the liaison librarian for  Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials. 

Dr. Saleh is a professional engineer (electrical engineer) with a PhD in information studies from McGill University. Before coming to Queen’s, Dr. Saleh held a variety of positions as a librarian, consultant, project manager and engineer in international organizations such as USAID, the British Council, and ABB-Alstom. His research areas include: Information Behaviour, Engineering Education, and Information Literacy.


We would like to announce the retirements of Janet Burgess and Diane Nuttall, effective this summer.  This spring, both Janet and Diane celebrated their 40th anniversary of working at Queen’s University Library.  They have worked the last 16 years at the Engineering & Science library in reference, web services and collections (Janet), and reference, interlibrary loan and access services (Diane).  Previously, Diane and Janet were key staff members of the Physics and Mathematics branch libraries, respectively.  Each has contributed tremendously to Queen’s Library.

Ginkgo Trees on Campus - Display

Come and check out our display on Ginkgo trees, located on the first floor of Douglas Library!

Ginkgo leafResearched and presented by  Queen’s own John Glew, Award winning Technical Director of PEARL (Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory), this display offers the interesting history of a tree species long thought by geological science to have been extinct for over 50 millions years, but can now be found growing right here on campus.

Complete with fossil drawings and a map of where to find these beauties on campus, this informative display offers a small glimpse at 170 million years of evolution in one tree species.

How and Why Should Researchers Deposit Research Data?

Research Data Management at Queen’s University is a new libguide which provides information about how and why researchers should deposit research data.  Topics covered include:
  • Data Management Planning
  • Funding Agency Guidelines\
  • Metadata
  • Data Repositories & Archives
  • Citing Data
  • Best Practices in Data Management
  • The Library as a Data Partner

Open Access News

Chemistry Central has launched a new peer-reviewed open access journal called Sustainable Chemical Processes. The scope of the journal includes both scientific and engineering aspects of sustainable approaches in chemistry.

Wake Forest University has launched an Open Access Theses and Dissertations portal that provides access to electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) from more than 600 universities around the world.

Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference (CEEA 2012)are now available at 


New Knovel Collection -
Transportation Engineering

Knovel’s Transportation Engineering collection incorporates data and handbooks from publishers including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), Elsevier,  Springer, Wiley and Woodhead. 

Featured titles include:
• AASHTO Standards
• Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials and Methods of Sampling and Testing


New Science Apps

CRC Press is offering a new mobile app that provides access to the Physical Constants of Organic Compounds section of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. The app’s search box accepts chemical names, CAS numbers, molecular weights or molecular formulas. The app is available for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch through the iTunes App Store for $4.99 or £2.99. 

Elsevier Offering $60 to Editors for
Each Paper They Process

Despite a petition opposing Elsevier's business practices, including high prices for individual subscriptions thereby forcing libraries to buy large bundles of journals (many of which they do not want), Elsevier has announced a new policy that editors would receive $60 for every article they process. This new policy, which is seen as bribery to some, has led to the resignation of 2 Elsevier editors ... read more.

New Books/DVDs

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Six courses of collapse: a mathematician's perspective on how things can fall apart in the blink of an eye / Charles R. Hadlock.
GB5014 .H33 2012


When silence is golden (DVD). This film investigates human rights implications of gold mining operations in Western Ghana.
DT512.32 .W53 2007 DVD


The bonobo and the atheist: in search of humanism among the primates / Frans de Waal ; with drawings by the author. QL737.P96 W315 2013


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From Sugar to Splenda: A Personal and Scientific Journey of a Carbohydrate Chemist and Expert Witness
TP422 .F73 2012


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Biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation: exploring the evidence for a link
QH75 .B53225 2013

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A complete list of recently received books can be found under the "new items" link in QCAT

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