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April 2012 April 20, 2012

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Encyclopedia of Mathematics Rebirth

Ten years ago, Kluwer published an online version of the multi-volume Encyclopaedia of Mathematics (QA5 .M37213 1988, Math Reference) , which had been translated and updated from the original 1977 Russian version, Matematicheskaya entsiklopediya. After Springer bought Kluwer, this online version ceased being updated and was made freely available online.

Now, Springer and the European Mathematical Society are sponsoring the conversion of this respected work into a public wiki encyclopedia. An editorial board led by Ulf Rehmann (Univ. Bielefeld) will oversee the future development of this publicly available resource. They encourage mathematicians everywhere to contribute to the transformation of this important resource.

See: http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org

How Do I?: Find Dissertations

  • UW Theses and Dissertations – if not available in Dissertations Abstracts, search the UW Libraries Catalog:

See ourLibGuide page on finding books for more info.

Journal of Fluid Mechanics

UW Libraries recently purchased the JFM backfiles, v. 1-, 1956-.

Library Collection Shift Almost Complete

The two students who have been working on our collection have finished their book by book inventory. They have reshifted the main floor (A-QA272) and have almost finished reshifting our upper floor (QA273-Z). There is now lots of room for future growth.

Their last task will be reshifting the journals collection in Math Storage. There should be plenty of room down there too.

You may request journal vols. at any time through the catalog, by email, or in person. Should you ever want to go there, remember to get the call number first before you go. The journals there are now in Library of Congress call no. order. This helps us manage the collection better.

December 2011 December 16, 2011

Posted by uwmathlib in Dissertations/Theses, ebooks, Hours, How Do I?, Library Skills, News, Research Commons, ResearchWorks Archive.
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News Flash               

  • Interim hours, 12/17/2011-1/2/2012:
    Closed 12/26/2011 and 1/2/2012
    Open, M-F, 1PM-5PM
  • Our brand new Mathematics Research Library homepage should appear in the next week or so.  Let us know what you think once made public.
  • UW dissertations and theses are moving online in 2012.  The UW Graduate School and UW Libraries will begin accepting dissertations and theses electronically for online publication in UW Libraries’ Research Works collection during Winter Quarter.  While optional during Winter Quarter, electronic deposit of dissertations and theses will become mandatory later in 2012.  Students can choose from several access options.  More information to come.


Tips of the Month:

UW Proxy Bookmarklet

Most of the databases, electronic journals and e-books available through the Libraries are restricted to UW faculty, students and staff. If you want to connect to a UW-restricted resource from outside of the UW campus network, you must log in through the UW Libraries off-campus proxy:

If you often do your research from off-campus, we recommend you install the very convenient proxy bookmarklet on your browser’s bookmarks toolbar. This  bookmarklet lets you authenticate yourself without having to move from the webpage you are on.  More info….

Springer’s My Copy Ebooks
Personal Copies Available for $24.99

UW students, faculty, and staff may purchase for their own use, a paper bound copy of  most Springer ebooks in UW’s subscribed collection.  These are  mostly titles from 2005+ in mathematics, statistics, computer science, and physics.  Access Springerlink via an UW on-campus or proxied account to find a book.  The  Indicates UW access symbol indicates UW access.  Check at the top of the title’s record for this text in the orange bar:

Buy a Print Copy (USD 24.95)

MyCopy (Printed Books)
Because your library provides access to one or more Springer eBook packages, SpringerLink exclusively offers you MyCopy books. You can order a printed copy of this book in black-and-white with a full-color, soft cover. It will be shipped conveniently to your home or work address. The delivery time is approximately 8-11 business days.
The price is USD 24.95 per book and includes shipping and handling.


Research Commons Workshop Recordings

The Research Commons in Allen Library runs a variety of helpful workshops.  Find recordings of past graduate student workshops on citation management, writing and library research tips at http://commons.lib.washington.edu/services/graduate-workshop-series-recordings.  Check for similar sessions to come during Winter Quarter in Upcoming Events.



Cornell’s Eugene B. Dynkin Collection of Mathematics Interviews

Cornell University Library has acquired a collection of nearly 150 audio and video recordings of interviews of mathematicians–many are Russian mathematicians–conducted over 50 years by Eugene Dynkin, Cornell’s Emeritus A. R. Bullis Professor of Mathematics. The recordings are now available online.


IMU Blog on Mathematical Journals

From IMU-Net 49b: Special issue the Blog on Mathematical Journals

The IMU and the ICIAM have created a joint working group to study  “whether or not a joint ICIAM/IMU method of ranking mathematical journals should be instituted, and what other possible options there may be for protecting against the inappropriate use of impact factors and similar manipulable indices for evaluating research.”

There’s an initial report on the issue at the following URL:

Before going ahead and taking any further action the IMU and ICIAM want to
explore opinions on a larger scale and get as much input as possible from the mathematical community. That is why a “Blog on Mathematical Journals”  has been installed.  Input from a wide range of persons is wanted to discuss this important issue and prepare for the final decision process.



We wish you a happy and restful holiday.

Martha, Saundra, Jennifer, Jeff, and Kenji

MRL News May 12, 2011

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Departmental Delivery

UW faculty and staff can now request that  library materials be sent directly to their departmental mailboxes.  All material  that can be checked out , except items  on reserve,  will be requestable.  The Libraries will pull material from the shelves, check it out to you and send it to  departments  via campus mail.  Requests for departmental delivery can be made through the library catalog by selecting  “Send to Fac Staff UW Mailbox” as the pickup location.  Material that is on the shelf should arrive within 1-2 days not counting weekends.  Summit and Interlibrary Loan material can also be sent to departmental mailboxes, delivery times will be longer.  If material cannot be sent, requesters will be notified by email.  Material can be returned through the campus mail or dropped off at any UW library unit.

Items must be sent to a valid campus box number. Check your campus box number in your library account. If the address is not correct you will need to change your address by accessing the Employee Self-Service web site. It may take a week or so for our information to be updated.

More information is at:  http://www.lib.washington.edu/services/deptdel.html.

ArXiv No Longer Free to Libraries

Cornell University Libraries can no longer support the arXiv alone.  Last year they asked high using institutions  to donate to help fund the operations of arXiv.  UW ranked 48th in use in 2009 with nearly 34,000 downloads.  UW Libraries  contributed $3600 to their support in 2010 and continued at the same level in 2011.

It would be helpful to learn more about UW math and stat use of the arXiv.  Please take this very short three question survey:  UW Math/Stat Use ArXiv.


From Dissertation to Book

Many graduate students starting their dissertations or on the verge of completing them imagine turning them into their first book but are unsure of what may be involved, or even how to begin. Join UW Press editors Lorri Hagman and Jacqueline Ettinger for an overview of academic book publishing and a discussion of such topics as how successful books differ from dissertations; what presses do, how editors work with authors, and what they expect of them; how to identify and approach an academic press; and emerging topics like e-books and open access. The presentation is targeted at UW graduate students, but other interested members of the UW community are welcome.

Seating is limited, so reserve a seat today.

When:       Tuesday, May 17th, 1:30-3:00

Where:      OUGL 220

To sign up: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/tjewell/133857.

October 29, 2010 News October 29, 2010

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Noticed anything different?

MathSciNet Enhancements

  • Improved display of mathematics using MathJax, an open source JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all modern browsers (http://www.mathjax.org/)
  • Direct links to books, book chapters, and series using DOIs registered by publishers
  • Bibliographic entries and direct links for Ph.D. theses in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics from the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database

Grad Students:

Put your thesis or dissertation online free

UW Libraries’ ResearchWorks Archive provides a safe, secure, and persistent location for your work.  Submission is easy; simply contact the ResearchWorks staff at rworks@uw.edu and include your name, UWNetID, and the department awarding your degree. ResearchWorks staff will be in touch with further instructions regarding submission.  In addition to your manuscript, you may also include any supplementary files when submitting your manuscript.  If you need to set a public access embargo on your work, but would still like to submit your manuscript to the archive, include that info in your email request.

Impact factors can be misleading


Nefarious Numbers

Authors: Douglas N. Arnold, Kristine K. Fowler
(Submitted on 1 Oct 2010 (v1), last revised 25 Oct 2010 (this version, v3))

Abstract: We investigate the journal impact factor, focusing on the applied mathematics category. We demonstrate that significant manipulation of the impact factor is being carried out by the editors of some journals and that the impact factor gives a very inaccurate view of journal quality, which is poorly correlated with expert opinion.

For more info on journal citation, see the Scholarly Communications section of MRL home page.

E-Media Recycle Bin near Math Research Library

Housecleaning?  Recycle your media, batteries, and cell phones in the eMedia bin now located in the hall across from Mathematics Research Library.

Small quantities of the following are acceptable:

  • Non-confidential electronic media: CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audiotapes, computer disks, and their cases
  • Small personal electronics: cell phones, pagers, PDAs, smart phones, and small electronics
  • Inkjet and bubble jet printer cartridges
  • Batteries: alkaline, carbon, zinc, lithium, nickel-cadmium, nickel, metal hydride, and silver oxide