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December 2011 December 16, 2011

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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

October 29, 2010 News October 29, 2010

Posted by uwmathlib in Dissertations/Theses, Journals, MathSciNet, ResearchWorks Archive.
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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