Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Winter Break Hours, 2006

The SHSL's Winter Break hours:


: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Weekends & Holidays

Detailed Breakdown-
Sunday, 24 Dec.: CLOSED

Monday - Thursday, 18-21 Dec.:
7:30am - 6:00pm

Friday, 22 Dec.:
7:30am - 3:00pm

Saturday - Tuesday, 23-26 Dec.:

Wednesday - Thursday, 27-28 Dec.:
7:30am - 6:00pm

Friday, 29 Dec.:
7:30am - 3:00pm

Saturday - Monday, 30 Dec. 06 - 1 Jan. 07:

Tuesday - Friday, 2-5 Jan. 07:
7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday - Sunday, 6-7 Jan. 07:

Monday, 8 Jan. 07:
Regular hours, Spring Semester begins

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Web of Science

Beginning in October, the University Libraries began subscribing to the Web of Science. You can find the Web of Science on the databases page of the University Libraries website.

In case you do not know, the Web of Science is an online index encompassing the Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Not only do these indexes provide access to citations of scholarly articles from thousands of journals but they also allow you to look at citation histories. In other words, the Web of Science can tell you who has been citing which articles and how frequently. Very useful for faculty working on career planning and for researchers in general who want to find the main researchers in a certain area or see what subsequent work has been done.

The Web of Science allows us access to the indexes back to 1992 at present with hopes of extending our subscription in the future to earlier volumes. Five users can simultaneously access the index and access it from any location, on or off campus, through the proxy server (ie you will be asked to enter your BSU/OutLook username and password).

Make sure that before you begin your search you go to the top of the screen and select Web of Science from the drop down menu then click GO (see image below). While the default page offers the CrossSearch function which searches multiple products, it does not allow as much refinement in filtering results as the Web of Science does.

Find out more about the Web of Science at the Thomson Scientific website or try the online tutorial for more practical information.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Collection Highlight: Anatomy Models & DMR Images

collage of anatomy models

The Models

Many students from academic programs based in Cooper Science Building such as pre-med, nursing, biology, science education, anatomy/physiology, health science, and even medical students from Ball Memorial Hospital study anatomy. Each semester, an average of 200 students enroll in the entry-level anatomy course (ANAT 201) alone.

The SHSL has 11 human anatomical models. The Department of Physiology and Health Science makes available a wide variety of models in the Anatomy Study Room. However, the Study Room can only accommodate so many students simultaneously and is open only a limited number of hours each week. We also frequently have a selection of models from the Anatomy Study Room on reserve to supplement our own collection. By making even a small number of models available in the Science-Health Science Library, University Libraries can support the Study Room’s efforts and help students of anatomy achieve academic success.

You will need a valid BSU ID in order to check out any of the models. The loan period for all models is 2 hours and they must remain in the Library. The models can be renewed.

Online Images

In case you cannot make it to the SHSL, images (and coming soon: keys to the models) of the models can be accessed through the Digital Media Repository (DMR). Additionally, there is an Anatomy Study Page on the SHSL website that contains thumbnails of most of the models, links to their CardCat records, and a few links to some online anatomy resources.

Click on the call numbers to see the CardCat record

UDC 4057
"Tall Paul" Torso

UDC 4058
Digestive System

UDC 4059
Disarticulated half skeleton with skull

UDC 4060
Male Pelvis

UDC 4061

UDC 4062
Female Pelvis

UDC 4066
Respiratory System (Lungs & Larynx)

UDC 4067
Head and Brain

UDC 4085
Giant Five-Part Eyeball

UDC 4086
Muscled Arm

UDC 4129
Heart, 2-part [model]

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Thanksgiving Break hours

Thanksgiving Hours for the SHSL:

Wednesday, 22 Nov.: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Thursday, 23 Nov. – Saturday, 25 Nov.: CLOSED

Sunday, 26 Nov.: 1:00 – 9:00 pm

How to access electronic reserves

  1. Make sure the computer you are using has a PDF reader as all electronic reserves are in PDF format. All computers in the University Libraries have Adobe Acrobat already installed. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free download available at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html.

  2. Access University Libraries home page.

  3. Click on CardCat. NOTE: you must login to CardCat using your BSU username and password to access course reserves.

  4. Click on the Course Reserves link in the blue bar at the top of CardCat page.

  5. Enter search criteria in text box (recommend using Instructor's name)

  6. Click on hyperlink that matches search criteria (Instructor)

  7. Locate desired reserve from displayed list and Click on the Details button on the left. Reserve information including the URL will be displayed.

  8. Click on the URL

  9. Enter your BSU username and password if prompted.

  10. Click OK.

  11. Adobe Acrobat Reader will launch and display the document

More information specific to Electronic Reserves can be located on the Course Reserves page titled “Search for Items on Reserve.”

OR view a tutorial in either PDF or PowerPoint format.

Prepare for the lady bugs

Sitting in my living room I hear “tink... tink...” above me. In the ceiling lamp is a small spot bumping and crawling around inside the globe. I quickly discern it to be a lady bug- or, more properly, a lady beetle. As I look closer I can see that it is not alone- one or two others are crawling and bumping around attempting to fly out of their prison and still others have succumbed, no longer moving in the bottom of the globe.

In fact, these insects are Asian lady beetles (harmonia axyridis) and they have taken center stage for scenes like this every fall for the past several years. Introduced by USDA Agricultural Research scientists in the late 1970's and early 1980's as a biological control agent for pear psylla and other soft bodied insects, the Asian lady beetles have become a common sight in the US. In their native habitat, they often overwinter in cliffs so the next best thing here in the US is often houses or buildings where they can find cracks and crevices. Here on the Ball State campus, one of the most prominent places they swarm is on the southwest corner doors of the Teachers College building- beginning in mid to late November they can be seen in great numbers carpeting the side of the entrance there.

They can pinch if they become trapped in your clothing and can emit a foul odor. The odor is caused by the beetles exuding a yellow colored liquid (that is actually their blood) and it can stain and even cause allergic reactions in some. What they do not do is chew wood, bore into walls, or lay eggs in houses.

How do you tell if you have found an Asian or a common lady beetle? Asian lady beetles, often called multicolored, range in color from yellow to pumpkin orange to red (but never quite as bright as the common lady beetle). Asian beetles also have a black mark on their middle thorax between their head and the big shell shaped like an M. That area on common lady beetles tends to be all black or more of a stylized figure 8 or black with 2 white splotches similar to eye-spots. (Asian lady beetles on the left; common lady beetle on the right)

Find out more at the SHSL and on the internet:

Resources in the SHSL (click on the hyperlink to view the CardCat record)

American Beetles, (2 vols.)
Sci QL581 .A43 2001

American Insects
Sci QL474 .A76 2000

Encyclopedia of Entomology
Sci Ref QL462.3 .E47 2004

Encyclopedia of Insects
Sci Ref 462.3 .E485 2003

General Information






Identification and More Information


http://ohioline.osu.edu/hse-fact/1030.html (Asian lady beetle)

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2002.html (common lady beetle)

Friday, July 14, 2006

Fall Semester in sight

Next Friday (21 July) marks the end of the Summer Semester here at Ball State which means it's time to begin thinking about Interim and Fall Semester.

The SHSL's hours during Interim (22 July - 20 August) will be:

Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. CLOSED
Regular hours will resume Monday, 21 August.

Summer course reserves will be removed and returned to faculty. You might want to begin planning what you would like to have on course reserve for Fall Semester if you haven't already.

Also, remember that I can provide in-class instruction on topics concerning research, information resources, and information evaluation. Classes are welcome to come down to the Science-Health Science Library for such instruction as well.

I have also begun a program to create online course-specific resources accessible from the SHSL webpage. Please let me know if you are interested in participating. These pages can be linked to from either your BlackBoard pages or personal pages. Please take a look at the preliminary work I have done so far at the Course-Specific Resources page on the SHSL webpage. Any feedback/suggestions you might have would be much appreciated.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

And so it begins...

This blog is for anyone interested in the goings-on at the Science-Health Science Library at Ball State University. Specifically, I will be posting items that might interest the science faculty at Ball State but that others might find informative as well.

About the SHSL
The SHSL is located in the lower level (ie the basement) of Cooper Science Complex in Room CN 16 (go to the middle stairwell near the vending machines on the first floor and go down- you should see the library entrance on your right in the middle of the hallway).

As of today's date, the SHSL has about 3,000 books, 250 scholarly journals, 7 computer stations, a public scanner, a public copy machine, and room for about 30 people to study quietly or in groups.

We provide all kinds of services including course reserves (paper and electronic), research consultation, basic assistance with software found on the libraries computers, general or course-specific instruction on library resources and research techniques, and a full-service circulation counter where you can renew or return any BSU Libraries item from any location.

Want more information?
If you want to find out more about the SHSL and what happens here, visit our website: http://www.bsu.edu/library/collections/shsl/. Or contact me, Kevin Brooks, via email (kbrooks2@bsu.edu) or phone (765-285-1118).