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ERU Volume 7 , Autumn Quarter 2004

Safari Tech Books Online
Technical Computing Resources At Your Fingertips
Electronic Journal Backfile Purchases
Astronomy, Earth And Planetary Sciences and High Energy Physics
Check The Status Of The Network
Web Of Knowledge Updates
Citation Alerts
Trial: Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists Archive
- Degree Angular Scale Interferometer: DASI
- History Of Science In Antarctica

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Technical Computing Resources At Your Fingertips

Titles in Safari Tech Book Online from ProQuest are now available to the University of Chicago community. This electronic resource provides full text access to general interest computing books and manuals. Currently, the University of Chicago Library subscribes to 200 titles, covering subjects such as Unix, Java, html, Perl, Microsoft Access, and web design.

You can use this collection by going to the University of Chicago’s Safari Tech Books page:

It is important to use this institutional page so that 1) you are searching only our subscribed titles and 2) you will not need to enter a username and password to access the full text.



Our Safari main page provides several ways to access the books:

Search: use the search box in the left column to search by keyword in titles and book contents.

Advanced Search: click on “Advanced Search” to perform more complex or focused searches.

Browse: use the “Browse by Category” feature in the left column to display all books in a subject or expand the categories and choose from more narrow subjects.

View: use the “View All Titles” to obtain an alphabetically listing of all subscribed titles.

The search results page lists books by relevance and provides links to both tables of contents and relevant book sections. You can view the results by book or by section.


Chapters and sections are divided into manageable units and can be printed or emailed.

Access to the Safari Tech Books collection is limited to computers with a University of Chicago ip address. If you are off campus, use either the modem pool or the proxy server. If you log into Safari at a University computer and you are asked for a user name and password, it means that all of our user seats (we have three) are in use. You should wait 15 minutes or so and try again.



Additionally, the Library’s On-line Catalog contains records for each subscribed title. You can use the hot link in the record to go directly to the specific title.

If you have any questions about this product, please contact Brenda Rice (; 2-8774).

Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Sciences, High Energy Physics

Over the summer, the Library arranged for additional years of coverage for about 110 journals in high energy physics, earth and planetary sciences, and astronomy. These backfiles on the ScienceDirect site represent coverage from 1950, including such landmark articles as “The origin and development of the Earth and other terrestrial planets” by Harold Urey published in Geochimica et Cosmochima Acta in 1951.

Journal titles, including backfiles may be accessed from the University of Chicago Library searchable
e-journals list: ScienceDirect titles are also available from the publisher’s website: Full text linking from INSPEC, Web of Science, SciFinder Scholar, and other databases using SFX also provides access to the journal backfiles. Please see the complete list of titles.

Selected titles include:

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Atmospheric Environment
Chemical Geology
Nuclear Physics A
Nuclear Physics B
Physics Letters B
Advances in Space Research
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A


By Barbara Kern

If you are experiencing difficulties with the University network check the University’s home page for a status report If the NSIT traffic light (positioned on its side) is showing red or yellow – then there is a problem with the network. Clicking on the traffic light takes you to a site which provides more detailed information. This site does not cover problems associated with your individual computer however – only with the network. Of course, if the entire network is down – then you will not be able to access this site since it is web based.

As always, if you are experiencing problems accessing library resources please contact us - 702-7715 or


WEB OF KNOWLEDGE UPDATES        By Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Citation Alerts

Web of Knowledge (WOK) was upgraded in September 2004. This upgrade included a number of additions and improvements to various features of the database and interface.

Citation Alerts

Creating an Account and Signing In. You must register to use any of the customizable features of WOK. This is easy and free. The information you put in your registration is used only to manage your search and citation alerts. After you have registered the first time, use the “Sign In” box to view, create and modify alerts.

When you have signed in, you will see saved searches, citation and table of contents alerts that you have created. You will also be able to create additional alerts and modify or cancel your existing alerts.



Creating a Citation Alert. Do a search as usual in WOK and view the results. Select an article of interest. If you would like to be alerted when this article is cited simply click “Create Citation Alert.” A confirmation that you have added this article to your alerts appears.


Creating a Topical Alert. You can also create topical alerts based on a search strategy. Select “Search History.” Be sure you are signed in to enable customized features. Select search of interest by checking the box in right hand column. Click “Save History.”


Create a name and optional description. Check the “Send Me E-mail Alerts” box. Select type of record and what format you want. Choose weekly or monthly delivery. ISI ResearchSoft format is suitable for import into EndNote. Click “Save.”

A confirmation that you have added this search to your alerts appears. You can change this by using the drop down box at the top of each page and selecting “Saved Searches.”



Creating Journal Table of Contents Alert. You can be alerted when the table of contents for issues of a list of particular journals are available. Sign in and select “Create My Journal List.” Use Add More Journals option to find titles. Browse or search for the title that you want, or select a subject area for a smaller group of titles.

Select one or more journals and choose to display on home page, send an alert, or both by checking box(es) to the left of the journal name. Click Submit Selections. You will see your choice added to the My Journal list. Click Done to return to WOK.

Changes will be reflected on the home page each time you sign in to WOK. TOC alerts will let you know when a new issue is available in Current Contents. (Note: this may be several days or even weeks later than the journal appears on the publishers’ web sites, so you might want to use the publishers’ TOC alerts, when available.)

Changes can be made on any screen in Web of Knowledge by using the Citation Alerts option from the drop down menu.

For additional help with alerting features, contact Andrea Twiss-Brooks ( or visit the WOK tutorials at: There are tutorials for creating both Saved Search alerts and Citation alerts.


TRAIL: Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists Archive

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Archive is available on a trial basis to University users until Dec 31, 2004 at:

The archive spans 59 years of the Bulletin, from 1945-2004. Users can download articles or even an entire issue - all in pdf format.

To locate a particular article use the "Advanced Search" screen and enter a volume and issue number. Topical searches can be conducted using the "Search Box" in the upper right hand corner of the site.

Let us know what you think: Barbara Kern, 702-8717,


From the South Pole to the South Side Of Chicago
Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI)

The John Crerar Library is currently hosting an exhibit which features a telescope deployed in Antarctica to study the earliest light of the universe. The exhibit was originally on display at the American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space along with a companion HDTV Science Bulletin, “Cosmic Microwave Background: The New Cosmology”, (see, viewed by over five million visitors.

The exhibit explores an unconventional telescope, the Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI), pronounced “daisy”. DASI exploits the frozen desert conditions of the South Pole (-40F in the summer) to measure tiny fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background (CMB), light that has been traveling unimpeded for 14 billion years and carries with it imprints of the infant universe.


The DASI team, lead by John E. Carlstrom, have made a number of historic cosmological discoveries. In 2001 DASI provided the most detailed measurements to date of the fluctuations or anisotropies of the CMB. These measurements provided support for the inflation theory and allowed for the extraction of key cosmological parameters such as the matter composition of the universe. In 2002 the DASI team announced the first detection of the polarization of the CMB, a critical expectation of most cosmological theories. This discovery was significant enough to warrant the cover story of the prestigious journal Nature (420 19 December 2002).

See DASI Group web site at Text and photo provided by Randy Landsberg.

The exhibit is on display in the reference area of the John Crerar Library. Questions about the exhibit should be directed to Barbara Kern, University of Chicago, 773-702-8717, or by e-mail to

A History of Science in Antarctica: Highlights from the Library’s Collection

Antarctica, ice covered and remote, has long been considered a significant site for scientific research. Researchers from around the world come to study geology, astrophysics, ecology and more. This exhibit is a historical look at science in Antarctica using publications from the Library’s collection.


This exhibit will be on display from October 18th-December 28th, 2004 in the atrium of the John Crerar Library. Questions about the exhibit should be directed to Barbara Kern, University of Chicago, 773-702-8717, or by e-mail to


The ERU (Electronic Resources Update) is written and produced by the Science Libraries at the University of Chicago. This quarterly publication is distributed in print, on the web and via email.

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