Friday, December 07, 2007

SHSL hours: Winter Break 2007-08

snowflakeWinter/Semester Break: 15 Dec. 07 - 6 Jan. 08

General-
Weekdays: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Weekends & Holidays: CLOSED

Detailed Breakdown-
Saturday - Sunday, 15-16 Dec.:CLOSED
Monday - Thursday, 17-20 Dec.:7:30am - 6:00pm
Friday, 21 Dec.:7:30am - 3:00pm
Saturday - Tuesday, 22-25 Dec.:CLOSED
Wednesday - Friday, 26-28 Dec.:7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday - Sunday, 29-30 Dec.:CLOSED
Monday, 31 Dec.:7:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, 1 Jan. 08:CLOSED
Wednesday - Friday, 2-4 Jan. 08:7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday - Sunday, 5-6 Jan. 08:CLOSED
Monday, 7 Jan. 08: Regular hours, Spring Semester begins

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tryptophan & turkey


Eating turkey on Thanksgiving makes you sleepy because of the high levels of tryptophan (one of the nine essential amino acids) in the meat, right?? Most likely not.
(Image source: Wikipedia)

While the conclusive verdict is still out, a little critical thinking and knowledge of food chemistry, physiology, and psychology reveals that the carbohydrates and relaxation of usual restraints during the holiday have more to do with the drowsiness than the turkey. In fact, cheese has more tryptophan in it than turkey and other meats like beef and chicken have about the same amount.

Read a more detailed discussion of this at Blog Around the Clock on Scientific American Blogs.

More Information
Try OneSearch, a new integrated discovery tool that searches not only CardCat but also the BSU databases.

Thanksgiving Break hours 2007


The hours for the Science-Health Science Library next week, 21-25 November:

Wed., 21 Nov.: 7:30a - 6:00p
Thurs., 22 Nov. - Sat., 24 Nov.: CLOSED
Sun., 25 Nov.: 1:00-9:00p


(Image from Download-Free-Pictures.com)

Friday, October 26, 2007

"When do I change my clock?" Daylight saving time


So, when exactly do we reset our clocks? And is it forward or backward one hour?

Daylight Saving Time can be very confusing. Read below to help end your confusion! [The chart on the left plots the times of sunrise and sunset (with DST adjustment as separate lines) in Greenwich, GB for 2007. -from WikiMedia Commons]

Short answer
: On November 4th, 2007 at 2:00am, you should set your clock back one hour to 1:00am. (Remember "spring forward, fall back...").

Easy answer: Most people who go to bed earlier than the wee hours of the morning simply set their clocks back one hour before they go to bed on November 3rd.

Detailed answer: Go HERE.


For more information...
Daylight Saving Time from WebExhibits

National Geographic on DST

US Naval Observatory on DST

Figure out what time it is in the United States at Time.gov

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bioinformatics


What is bioinformatics? Closely related with computational biology and systems biology, the NIH Biomedical Information Science defines bioinformatics (PDF) as "research, development, or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral or health data, including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, or visualize such data."

That's a mouthful but, in a nutshell, it means anything that involves more accurate or more usable communication or modeling of life sciences research falls under bioinformatics. For instance, the Human Genome Project could not have happened without the use of bioinformatics of several kinds. Scientists used computers, various laboratory instruments, models, and methodologies to accomplish this project.

>>To learn more about bioinformatics, join the BSU Genetics Club and Department of Biology on November 16 & 17, for a free two-day bioinformatics web-based workshop from the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Biotechnology Information (NIH/NCBI).<<
BSU Resources

Ball State University Department of Biology
Biotechnology program

University Library Resources
Books
Introduction to bioinformatics algorithms
QH324.2 .J66 2004

Current protocols in bioinformatics
QH441.2 .C86

Bioinformatics and functional genomics
QH441.2 .P48 2003

Fundamental concepts of bioinformatics
QH324.2 .K72 2003

Statistical methods in bioinformatics: an introduction
R858 .E986 2001

Bioinformatics: a practical guide to the analysis of genes and proteins
QH324.2 .B565 2001

Bioinformatics methods and protocols
(online book)

Bioinformatics: databases and systems
(online book)

Bioinformatics: machine learning approach
(online book)


Periodicals
EURASIP Journal on bioinformatics and systems biology

Evolutionary bioinformatics online

IEEE/ACM transactions on computational biology and bioinformatics

Journal of bioinformatics and computational biology

Briefings in bioinformatics


Online Resources & Organizations
NIH/NCBI

Bioinformatics.org

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Autumn colors

With autumn comes color changes in the trees, harvest moons, colder weather, and shorter days. It's mostly due to those shorter days that trees begin their annual process of conserving energy by shutting down sugar production in the leaf factories. As these processes stop, the leaves "die," green chlorophyll breaks down, and the other chemicals are revealed.

>>UPDATE, 30oct07: "Sunscreen for trees" new study reveals that there is more to the color change than previously thought<<

You can experience these changes up close and learn more about them during October. The Ball State Department of Biology is hosting Fall Tree Walks at Christy Woods and invites "you to enjoy fall colors and environmental education as part of the Field Station & Environmental Education Center’s quarterly programming."

These walks take place each Saturday at 1pm throughout October. The walks begin outside the Wheeler Orchid Collection Greenhouse with FSEEC Land Manager John Taylor leading the guided tour of approximately 45 minutes. The walks are free and open to the public. Parking is available in lot G13, south of the Wheeler Orchid Collection Greenhouse (OGH) (See MAP)."

Further Reading
-- websites
The Chemistry of Autumn Colors

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

Chemistry of Autumn Leaf Color

-- books & other library materials
Find books in the University Libraries by doing a keyword/words or phrase CardCat search using keywords "chlorophyll," "dendrology," "botany," "vascular plants," or "trees."

Or you can click HERE for a list of selected titles.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Sputnik 50th anniversary

50 years ago to today, October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched a small, beachball-sized sphere into orbit named Sputnik I.

This event inaugurated not only the "space age" but the "communications and information age" as well because Sputnik did more than just placidly orbit the Earth- it sent back information (listen to a .wav file of the telemetry) about its journey.

Sputnik I stayed in orbit for three months until January 4, 1958 when its orbit decayed and it burned up upon re-entry.

It's impact cannot go unnoticed in today's world of cell phones, satellite television, the internet, et al. Take a moment to learn more about it and the world it helped create.

News & Overviews
BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7027199.stm

NASA
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/sputnik/

Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy
http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2007/10/04/october-4-1957/

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/gal100/sputnik.html


Further reading at BSU Libraries-
a selection of books about Sputnik and its effects
(click on the title to view the CardCat record)
Astronomy from space : Sputnik to space telescope
QB136 .A79 1983

Blazing the trail : the early history of spacecraft and rocketry
TL781 .G78 2004

Countdown : a history of space flight
TL789.8.U5 H49 1997

History of the Internet : a chronology, 1843 to the present
TK5105.875.I57 H58 1999

The origins of satellite communications, 1945-1965
TK5104 .W48 2002

Spaceflight revolution : NASA Langley Research Center from Sputnik to Apollo
Available online: http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS69854
NAS 1.21:4308

We interrupt this broadcast : relive the events that stopped our lives-- from the Hindenburg to the death of Princess Diana
COMPACT DISC 6058
PN4784.T4 G36 1998

Monday, September 24, 2007

Bats!

In 2006, Timothy Carter, an Assistant Professor of Biology in the Ball State Department of Biology, was honored by the Wildlife Habitat Council for his work with the endangered Indiana bat population.

{Image from Wikimedia Commons}


On Tuesday, 2 October at the E.B. and Bertha Ball Center at 6:30 p.m. he will give a talk: "Indiana Bats: Creatures of the Night." The event announcement reads: "Learn about Indiana's bats and what you can do to promote bats in your neighborhood while keeping them out of your house! At the end of the talk, we will go outside to watch and listen to bats as they feed around the Ball Center. Bring a flashlight!" There is no charge for this event but reservations are required (call 285-8975).

Selected resources at Ball State Libraries:
--Books
America's neighborhood bats
QL737 .C5 T88 2005

Bat biology and conservation
QL737 .C5 B367 1998

Bat ecology
QL737 .C5 B3594 2003

Echolocation in bats and dolphins
QL737 .C5 E28 2004

Mammals of North America
QL715 .H15 1981

National Audubon Society field guide to North American mammals
QL715 .W49 1996

Walker's bats of the world
QL737 .C5 N69 1994

--Government Documents
Information resources on bats
(electronic document)
A 17.27/3:17

Monitoring trends in bat population of the United States and territories: problems and prospects
(electronic document- PDF)
I 19.210:2003-0003

--Video
Strange creatures of the night
VIDEO VHS-SP 4642

More information...
Bat conservation international

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Bat Facts

Organization for bat conservation

US Fish and Wildlife Services: Endangered Species- Bats

Autumnal Equinox


The Autumnal Equinox occurred yesterday, Sunday 23 September.






Read these previous blog entries for more details:

Vernal Equinox

Summer Solstice

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

From the archives: Wireless printing at University Libraries


Just a reminder of a service now offered by the University Libraries that I announced in a previous entry: You can print from your laptop to select printers in the University Libraries- such as the Science-Health Science Library.

This means that you can sit in the "rotunda" on the first floor of Cooper and print downstairs to the Science-Health Science Library or by the Frog Baby Fountain and print to the Architecture Library.

How do you do this? Read the previous SHSL Blog post.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Secondhand smoke/Environmental tobacco smoke

Researchers from Stanford published a study in the May 2007 issue of Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association which measured outdoor tobacco smoke (OTS). They concluded that “it is possible for OTS to present a nuisance or hazard under certain conditions of wind and smoker proximity”(Klepeis, 522). If upwind from an active cigarette source or at least 2 meters away, OTS levels measured nearly zero. While OTS concentration levels can rival those of indoor levels when measured within 0.5 meters of an active OTS source, “unlike indoor SHS [secondhand smoke] levels, which decay slowly over a period of hours, OTS levels drop abruptly to zero when smoking ends” (Klepeis, 533).

[Update, 20nov07: Orac at Respectful Insolence, has posted an interesting entry about a Dr. Siegel who tries to look at the exaggerations of the war on smoking and SHS]




Facts, Reports, and News

BBC News: "Should smoking be banned?"


Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/smokefree/pubs/strsfs.html


MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine) Links page for “secondhand smoke”


National Cancer Institute: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Factsheet


National Library of Medicine secondhand smoke fact page


Respectful Insolence (a science blog by an oncologist): Blowing over secondhand smoke


TobaccoSmoke.org


US Dept. of Health and Human Services:
“The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General, June 27, 2006”



Studies
Bartecchi, C. 2006. Reduction in the incidence of acute myocardial infarction associated with a citywide smoking ordinance. Circulation, (Oct.), 114(14): 1490-6. Database: Medline.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2007. Reduced secondhand smoke exposure after implementation of a comprehensive statewide smoking ban--New York, June 26, 2003-June 30, 2004. MMWR. Morbidity And Mortality Weekly Report, (Jul.), 56(28): 705-8. Database: Medline.


Hill, S.E. 2007. Mortality among lifelong nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home: cohort data and sensitivity analyses. American Journal of Epidemiology (Mar.), 165(5): 530-40. Database: Medline.


Klepeis, N.E., Ott, W.R., Switzer, P. 2007. Real-time measurement of outdoor tobacco smoke particles.Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association (May), 57(5): 522-534. Available in the Science-Health Science Library.


Ott, W. R., Siegmann, H. C. 2006. Using multiple continuous fine particle monitors to characterize tobacco, incense, candle, cooking, wood burning, and vehicular sources in indoor, outdoor, and in-transit settings. Atmospheric Environment, (Feb.), 40(5): 821-843. Database: Medline.


Repace, J. 2000. Banning outdoor smoking is scientifically justifiable. Tobacco Control, (Mar.), 9(1): 98. Database: Medline.

Zellers, L. 2007. Legal risks to employers who allow smoking in the workplace. American Journal of Public Health, (Aug.), 97(8): 1376-82. Database: Medline.

About Calculating Risk Factor: Relative and Absolute

Relative Risk (RR) of cancer from secondhand smoke approximate average = 1.3

(ie RR = risk of cancer for smokers/risk of cancer for non-smokers)


PubMed (National Library of Medicine): "Statistics Review 11"


Family Health Outcomes Project (PDF): University of California, San Fancisco


Turner-White Communications (PDF)


Children’s Mercy Hospital: "Steve's attempt to teach statistics"

Monday, August 27, 2007

Lunar eclipse Tuesday


A total eclipse of the moon will peak tomorrow morning, Tuesday, 28 August 2007, at 6:37 am.

For details read the more-than-adequate explanations posted through Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog. Calculate upcoming or past eclipses at the US Naval Obvervatory Lunar Eclipse Computer.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Google Sky


The New York Times and the BBC, among others, have reported that Google is set to launch a new application called Google Sky (take a look at the demo here (warning: video plays immediately)).

Unlike Google Mars and Google Moon (both based on Google Maps- zoom in on Google Moon to find out what the moon is really made of...), Google Sky will not be a separate application from Google Earth: users will need to download Google Earth. It will allow users to locate and zoom in on actual photographs taken of the night sky.

Google Sky should make a robust addition to the other sky-watching software out there.

For more information about resources for stargazing see this previous blog entry .

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Renovation of the SHSL

Visit the newly renovated SHSL- see what's changed.

Space has always topped the list of concerns in the SHSL. Finding a balance between resources (eg books, journals, computers, etc.) and open space for study and collaboration represents a major challenge.

This summer, the SHSL received a facelift. The old counter was removed and a new one built in a new location to more efficiently use the limited area of the SHSL (see a panoramic QuickTime VR shot of the old counter and entrance-- here's one of the new one). The walls also received a coat of paint to create a more study-friendly environment.

We also intend to install several new computers to increase the number of public stations available. This part of the plan should be completed within a few weeks. Stay tuned!







Compare photos of the old layout to photos of the new layout
Old
New

Monday, July 30, 2007

100 Years of CAS


CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) is 100 this year. Learn more about its century of service.



BSU Libraries Holdings
BSU Libraries have the print edition of Chemical Abstracts back to its inception in 1907. You can find all editions from 1907-2002 in Bracken Library's 4th floor West near the theses.

In 2002, we stopped the print edition to go with CAS's new online database: SciFinder Scholar. SciFinder can be accessed only from the SHSL and only by one user at a time. Just this year, we have added the SSM (Substructure Searching Module) to our SciFinder subscription which allows researchers to find references and substance information for substances based on constituent components rather than relying on the whole molecular structure.


More Info...
C&EN 85:24, 11 June 2007

CAS 100th Anniversary

SciFinder Scholar General Information

Chemical Abstracts General Information & User Guides

Friday, July 20, 2007

38 Years Ago Today...


July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon.

Take a look at NASA's official site.




Look at incredible panoramas of the lunar surface and Apollo missions at Panoramas.dk.


Was the moon landing a hoax...? Find out at:
Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy links

Moon Base Clavius


More on Apollo 11 and Space Exploration:
Select Books and Videos at BSU Libraries
(click on the link to view the CardCat record)
10:56:20 PM EDT, 7/20/69 : the historic conquest of the moon as reported to the American people / by CBS News over the CBS Television network.
TL789.8.U6 A527 1970 (ARCHIVES)

Apollo 11 / by U.S. G.P.O.
NAS 1.45:5 (GOV-PUBS)

Apollo [videorecording] : missions to the moon / by Dastar Corp.
VIDEO VHS 12533-12539 (ED-RES)

Team Moon : how 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the moon / by Catherine Thimmesh.
629.45 T443TE (ED-RES)

Buzz Aldrin : the pilot of the first moon landing / by Amy Sterling Casil.
92 A3655CA (ED-RES)

Moon rocks and minerals; scientific results of the study of the Apollo 11 lunar samples with preliminary data on Apollo 12 samples / by Alfred A. Levinson and S. Ross Taylor.
QB592 .L48 1971 (GEN-COLL)

Appointment on the moon; the full story of Americans in space from Explorer 1 to the lunar landing and beyond / by Richard S. Lewis.
TL789.8.U5 L46 1969 (GEN-COLL)

First on the moon. A voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins [and] Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., / by Neil Armstrong, Gene Farmer, Dora Jane Hamblin.
TL789.8.U6 A516 (GEN-COLL)

Return to the Moon : exploration, enterprise, and energy in the human settlement of space / by Harrison Schmitt
TL799.M6 S36 2006 (GEN-COLL)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Interim Hours, 21 July - 19 August 2007

Summer Interim: 21 July - 19 August
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday and Sunday

CLOSED

Regular hours resume Monday, 20 August (Fall Semester begins).





Other Calendars and Hours

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Collection Highlight: New books

Click on the titles for more information about these books newly arrived in the SHSL.

Astronomy
Astronomical tables of the sun, moon, and planets
QB12 .M44 1995

Planetary and lunar coordinates 2001-2020 (w/CD-ROM)
QB603 .E6 P583 2001

Night sky observer's guide
QB64 .K46 1998 v.1-2

Messier marathon
QB64 .P46 1997


"Current Protocols in..." (all in Sci Oversize)
Bioinformatics
QH441.2 .C86 2003 v.1-2

Cell biology
QH583.2 .C87 1998

Cytometry
QH585 .C87 1997 v.1-2

Human genetics
QH440.5 .C87 1994 v.1-4

Immunology
QR183 .C87 1991 v.1-5

Microbiology
QR63 .C87 2007

Molecular biology
QH506 .C87 1987

Protein science
QP551 .C86 1996 v.1


Reference
Wolf-Heidegger's atlas of human anatomy, 6th ed.
QM25 .W633 2005 v.1-2

McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science and technology, 10th ed.
Q121 .M3 2007

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer Solstice

Earth northern hemisphere solstice graphic from WikiCommons
2:06 pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time, 21 June 2007 marks the summer solstice- the longest day of the year {image from WikiCommons}.

This means that the sun appears furthest north in the sky and the time between sunrise and sunset is the greatest providing the most daylight hours for the whole year. For example, sunrise was 6:12 am this morning and sunset will be 9:14 pm. On 21 September, three months from now, sunrise will be 7:28 am and sunset will be 7:41 pm (do your own calculations at the US Naval Observatory)- almost 3 hours more daylight (2 hours, 49 minutes, to be exact).

For more information on this in Ball State's University Libraries and online:

Do keyword searches in CardCat for "vernal," "spring," "autumnal," or "fall" "equinox," or "soltices." You can also type in terms such as "astronomy" or "seasons" for more general information.

You can also find books on this subject and astronomy in general on the shelves under call numbers beginning with Q14 (encyclopedia, dictionaries, glossaries, etc.) or QB63-65 (field guides, star charts, manuals, etc.).

External Links--

"The Egg and the Equinox" and "The Longest Day" from Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy

"Summer Solstice" from Wolfram Research

SkyTonight Almanac from Sky & Telescope

Earth's Seasons: Equinoxes, Solstices, Perihelion, and Aphelion from the US Naval Observatory

Monday, June 18, 2007

Login to CardCat

Logging in to CardCat means that you can now directly renew, recall/hold, and review items in your account without a PIN (Personal Identification Number). Ball State students, faculty, and staff can login using their OutLook usernames and passwords. Resident/affiliates, including alumni, must register for a resident/affiliate card (see below for more information).


Holds and Recalls

Look for the “Place a hold” link on the lefthand side of the screen when viewing an item you want (see image below). Just click on it, fill out the simple form, and you will then be notified when the item is available for you to pick up at the location you specified. Review the status of your hold/recall requests by going into "My Library Account."

Remember that some items like videos and course reserves may not have holds or recalls placed on them. If you need a video at a certain time, you can use the booking form. Course reserve loan periods are designed to be short enough that you will not have to wait very long before it is again available for circulation.


My Library Account

This feature lets you see what you have checked out, what you have on hold, and the status of those requests. You can also renew one or more of your items at once- if you have renewed an item online once already then you will need to bring it physically back in to a circulation point for further renewals.


Resident/Affiliate Users

Simply type in your card number and PIN to log in. This refers to anyone that is not currently a student, faculty, or staff at Ball State University. This includes BSU alumni and Indiana State residents (see the Guide for Residents for more information).


More questions?

The CardCat Login FAQ page may have the answers or, as always, you can call any circulation point (eg Architecture Library, Science-Health Science Library, Main Circulation, Educational Resources Collection, etc.) to have your questions answered.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Which journals are in the SHSL?

There is an imperfect dynamic webpage linked to the SHSL's main page: Journals in the SHSL. It seeks to compile a comprehensive list of all the journal titles physically located within the bounds of the SHSL's brick and mortar. However, it does this insufficiently because it also pulls in serial monographs like dictionaries and handbooks due to lack of differentiation of item type categories in the database.

Aside from using the above-mentioned dynamic page, you can do your own search in CardCat.

  1. Go to CardCat
  2. Click on Advanced Search
  3. Leave the search fields empty
  4. From the Library and Location dropdown menus select "Science-Health Science Library"
  5. From the Format dropdown menu, select "Periodicals"
  6. Click the Search button
This search should yield all the titles currently located within the SHSL including all of the titles that have been canceled (ie titles we no longer subscribe to) but have not yet been moved to Bracken or have been move to online-only access.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Interim & Summer Hours, 2007









Interim: 14-18 May


Monday - Friday

7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday and Sunday

CLOSED


Summer Semester: 21 May - 20 July

Monday-Thursday
7:30am - 9:00pm


Friday

7:30am - 6:00pm


Saturday

9:00am - 1:00pm


Sunday

1:00-9:00pm



The SHSL will be CLOSED on...


Memorial Day
Monday, 28 May

Independence Day
Wednesday, 4 July


Other Calendars and Hours

Monday, April 23, 2007

Wireless Printing at University Libraries









[Updated: 01 July 09]
Print from your laptop (or any computer) to certain print release stations in the University Libraries.

You can print from anywhere that you have an internet connection. In other words, you can print to one of the Libraries printers from you wireless laptop on- or off-campus and from you desktop computer at home. If you can access the Libraries website, you can print to the University Libraries.

Here's how:
  1. Go to http://libprinteron.bsu.edu/cps/
  2. Enter your BSU email address to login
  3. Select a print release station
  4. Click on Browse to select the file you want to print. Click on Submit.
  5. Select page setup options. Click Continue.
  6. Wait while your job is processed. When the green bar appears, your print job is ready to be printed at the release station you indicated.
For more information read the Wireless Printing FAQ.

NOTE:
  • You do not have to be in one of the Libraries (or even on campus) to print.
  • Print jobs time-out after 90 minutes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Stargazing: indoors and outdoors

It's quickly becoming warm enough to venture outside to look at the stars without fear of frostbite. Take a look at a selection of resources and programs below that you can use to wander the universe in your back yard, at your computer, or in the BSU Planetarium.

The image above of two galaxies colliding (NGC 2207 & IC 2163) was taken by the Hubble space telescope and can be found at the HubbleSite website listed below.

BSU Planetarium
The BSU Planetarium is offering the Visitor's Guide to the Universe during April. For more information, contact Dr. Ronald Kaitchuck.

Manuals, handbooks, and field guides

Available in the Science-Health Science Library or in Bracken
You will find most within the call number range QB63-65

Click on the title to view the CardCat record:

Summer stargazer by Robert Clairborne
QB64 .C57 1981

Deep sky observing by Steven Coe
QB64 .C597 2000

Backyard astronomer’s guide by Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer
QB64 .D53 2001

Universe from your backyard by David Eicher
QB64 .E53 1988

Field guide to the deep sky objects by Mike Inglis
Sci QB64 .I54 2001

Peterson’s Field guide to the stars and planets by Jay Pasachoff
Sci QB64 .P37 2000

3-D atlas of stars and galaxies by Richard Monkhouse & John Cox
Sci QB65 .M586 2000

SkyAtlas 2000.0 by Wil Tirion & Roger Sinnott
Sci QB65 .T54 1998 (Oversize)


Online Interactive Charts & Images

HubbleSite
images from & information about the Hubble space telescope


Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Sky-Map.Org or WikiSky
an interactive sky chart


Sky & Telescope’s interactive sky chart


Telescopes, Videos, and Other Library Stuff

BSU Media Finder Blog: Astronomy Day (21 April)
Wonderful stuff you can check out from the BSU Libraries to help you explore the cosmos.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

April flowers


A brief guide to spring blossoms on Ball State campus…

FSEEC Wildflower walks in Christy Woods
Learn about wildflowers with John Taylor every Saturday at 1p in April. Check out the Field Station and Environmental Education Center's (FSEEC) online wildflower guide. View an online map of available parking.


Map of cherry blossoms on Ball State campus

This map was created by Graduate Assistant Sang-Seuk “Jack” Yun from the Geospatial Center and Map Collection in 2004. View page 7 of the April 2004 issue of the Library Insider for more information.


Wildflower books at University Libraries
Here's a useful list of books that can be found in the University Libraries about wildflowers obtained by searching CardCat with keywords such as “wildflowers,” “flowers,” “flora,” etc.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

New Software: Nursing and Anatomy Software

The Science-Health Science Library now has the following software available on all computer stations:

--Anatomy software:

The Inside Story, ’97 edition

Study human anatomy virtually.


--Nursing software:

An online reference set for nurses that combines information from Perry & Potter, Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques, 6e, Proehl, Emergency Nursing Procedures, 3e, and AACN, Procedure Manual for Critical Care, 5e as well as other information.


PDS Nursing Scenarios

Professional Development Software Nursing Scenarios are case study presentations within which instruction is provided and nursing knowledge and decision-making skills are challenged. Extensive graphic images and photos throughout illustrate and augment content.

To find ADAM, look for the fig leaf icon on the desktop. The nursing software is located in a file folder on the desktop labeled “Nursing Software.” (see the images below)

--More information

These applications are also available in the Educational Resources Center in the Lower Level of Bracken Library.

For a complete list of software available by location in the University Libraries, click HERE.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Vernal equinox

At 8:07pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time, 20 March 2007, Spring began. This date and time mark the vernal equinox- equal hours of daylight and darkness that occur twice a year in spring and fall.

For more information on this in Ball State's University Libraries and online:

Do keyword searches in CardCat for "vernal," "spring," "autumnal," or "fall" "equinox," or "soltices." You can also type in terms such as "astronomy" or "seasons" for more general information.

You can also find books on this subject and astronomy in general on the shelves under call numbers beginning with Q14 (encyclopedia, dictionaries, glossaries, etc.) or QB63-65 (field guides, star charts, manuals, etc.).

External Links--

"The Egg and the Equinox" from Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy

"The Equinox" from Wolfram Research

SkyTonight Almanac from Sky & Telescope

Earth's Seasons: Equinoxes, Solstices, Perihelion, and Aphelion from the US Naval Observatory

Friday, March 09, 2007

Spring Break Hours, 11-17 March 2007

Sunday, March 11th
CLOSED

Monday - Thursday, March 12th-16th
7:30am - 6:00pm

Satuday, March 17th
CLOSED

*All items due on dates the SHSL is closed will be due the end of the next full business day.*

Thursday, February 15, 2007

SciFinder Scholar

SciFinder logo


An online research tool accessible at Ball State University only in the Science-Health Science Library.

As it says below, SciFinder Scholar concentrates on chemistry literature but also connects with Medline and is SFX-enabled which means researchers from biology, physiology, and other areas can benefit from its robust system- here are a few examples :


  • Physiologists here at Ball State have used it in researching renal ischemia in rats and gill imaging in water fleas.

  • A nutrionist has used it to research tannins and their effects on stress.

  • PhD students in the Human Performance Laboratory area have used it to research diabetes.

SciFinder Scholar - Chemistry Plus More

A user-friendly online tool for accessing more than 22 million indexed and summarized articles (many full-text) from more than 40,000 scientific journals, patents from around the world, conference proceedings, reviews, books, and other documents from chemistry, physiology, medicine, agriculture, and other fields.

The producer of SciFinder Scholar, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), has indexed chemistry articles since 1907 along with other information about substances, authors, companies, topics, etc. In addition, library users can now search by chemical structure with SciFinder’s draw component and receive notification of full-text versions of articles referenced therein. SciFinder Scholar accesses six online databases: CAplus, MedLine, REGISTRY, CASREACT, CHEMCATS, & CHEMLIST.



More Information

Find more information about CAS and SciFinder Scholar at the

CAS website

and from the

University Libraries Databases page.



Tips for using SciFinder Scholar.


  • Ball State does not subscribe to every journal found through SciFinder.
    Search CardCat to see if the University Libraries owns a title·

  • Not all articles referenced have full-text availability- in fact, many do not. Some that signify full-text availability may require an additional fee or password to access·

  • Bring a storage device (a USB flash memory device or blank CD)- SciFinder searches can generate large amounts of data.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Collection Highlight: DVDs

The SHSL has a small collection of DVDs. They focus on science education and are generally used by faculty in the classroom but can be checked out by students as well.


DVD Titles Currently in the SHSL

Click on the link to view the CardCat records.

Cutting and splicing DNA
(DVD Video 2245)

Evolution, the evidence for modern ideas on evolution
(DVD Video 2233-2243)

Sequencing life
(DVD Video 2283)

SkyScan DVDs,
(specifically for use by the Planetarium)
(DVD Video 32, 35-38, 1439-1441)

Video Encyclopedia of Physics Demonstrations
(DVD Video 1492, v1-26)


Circulation & Booking

The DVDs in the SHSL circulate for 4 hours but can be renewed. Special loan periods can be arranged for faculty.

Booking allows faculty to reserve a video or videos for use at a specific time on a specific day. DVDs in the SHSL can be booked the same as videos in EdRes- through the online form or by calling EdRes (5-5334) or the SHSL (5-5079). But, if you’re in the building, you can just pop in the SHSL and check out the video you need for 4 hours and renew it if you need to. For more information, read EdRes’s Video Booking page. If you would like to access the videos or portions of them online, contact Jerry Cole in the University Teleplex’s Video Information Systems (VIS) office (5-2979) and ask about a service called “Video On Demand.”

CardCat Call No. Search

Because the collection grows and changes, you may want to check CardCat to get a list of all the DVDs currently available in the SHSL by doing a call number search. Follow the steps below.

  1. Go to CardCat and click on Call No. Search (the default is a Basic Search).
  2. Enter “DVD Video 32” in the Call Number field.
  3. Select “Science-Health Science Library” from the Library drop-down menu.
  4. Select “Accession Call Number” from the Call Number Type menu.
  5. Select “Science-Health Science Library” from the Location menu.
  6. Select “DVD videos” from the Format menu.
  7. Click Search.

Media Finders


You can also use the Libraries Media Finders to locate specific video titles, their locations, and their availability. Click here to find the finders. You can also access the Media Finders from either the University Libraries main page or the Student Virtual Library. Look for the link "Music, Movies, Software" under the "Find..." menu.

In order to find DVDs that might be in the SHSL, make sure to use the media finder called “videorecordings (all) – the one titled “movies and tv programs” searches for fiction only.