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Access journals on SpringerLink now until Dec. 31!

You have access to approximately 1700 American journal titles from 1997 to present on SpringerLink! The world’s most comprehensive online collection of scientific, technological and medical journals, books and reference works.

The Salmon Library now has trial (on-campus only) access to SpringerLink until Dec. 31.

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Now more powerful than ever before, this premiere online service combines the functionality and ease you’ve been waiting for. SpringerLink’s integrated platform provides user friendly integrated searching between online journals, eBooks and eReference Works.

SpringerLink is a preferred data source for researchers in academic institutions and other vital knowledge centers because it is simple to use, scalable and flexible, and helps effectively serve its users.

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LexisNexis Academic “beta” mobile interface now available

To access the mobile interface, visit LexisNexis Academic and click on the “Beta Tools” section on the left. Then, click “Mobile Interface”.

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Engineering Student Retention

The University of Michigan’s College of Engineering teamed up with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in 2004 to help better train graduate student instructors (GSI) in engineering and promote a culture of teaching and learning. This website provides visitors interested in perusing the “Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education” ample amounts of material. They will find the following categories “U-M Engineering Projects”, “Posters Presented at U-M”, along with “Select Publications by CRLN-Engin Staff”. The Posters are displayed each fall, and show research by the College of Engineering faculty and graduate students. One intriguing poster from the fifth annual poster session was entitled “Who Majors in STEM: Psychological Measures that Predict Major Choice”. The U-M Engineering Projects cover four main topics, and multiple subtopics, such as “Engineering Student Retention”, “Technology in the Classroom”, and “Innovative Course Content”.

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Over 400 articles on the E. coli bacteria available online on SpringerLink

Springer Science+Business Media is offering all journal articles and book chapters which deal with the E. coli bacteria free of charge on its online information platform The articles can be found by using the search terms “Enterohaemorrhagic and Escherichia and coli” or by using the link A total of over 400 scientific articles are available to print out or download from now until 1 September 2011.

The E. coli strain of bacterium has the potential to cause severe diarrhea, followed by serious organ system damage. During the past few weeks, a significant increase in the number of patients with the disease has been reported in Europe, especially in Germany. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control says transmission of the strain of bacterium, commonly found in cattle, usually occurs through contaminated food or water and contact with animals.

Eric Merkel-Sobotta, Executive Vice President Corporate Communications of Springer Science+Business Media, said, “As a global scientific, technical and medical publisher, Springer plays a major role in the distribution of scientific information and access to knowledge and research. Therefore we are making all studies, published up to now on the E. coli bacteria, freely available online on SpringerLink. By doing this, we hope to play a small part in helping researchers and medical professionals solve, or at the very least alleviate, this crisis.”

The articles which are available free of charge concern the better-known and less aggressive strain E. coli 0157:H7. For further information and daily reports on the E. coli infection, please visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute ( Information is available in English.

SpringerLink is the world’s most comprehensive online collection of scientific, technological and medical journals, books and reference works. Originally launched in 1996, SpringerLink ( provides students and researchers with electronic access to more than 45,000 eBooks, 2,000 peer-reviewed Springer journals, as well as 23,000 protocols for laboratories. Springer Science+Business Media is a leading global scientific publisher, delivering quality content through innovative information products and services. The company is also a trusted provider of local-language professional publications in Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands. In the science, technology and medicine (STM) sector, the group publishes around 2,000 journals and more than 7,000 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide. Springer has operations in about 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and more than 5,500 employees. In 2010, it generated annual sales of around EUR 866 million.

On the Shelves: Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

About Made to Stick (from the Website

Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas-businessmen, educators, politicians, journalists, and others—struggle to make their ideas “stick.”

Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the Heath brothers reveal the anatomy of ideas that “stick” and explain sure-fire methods for making ideas stickier, such as violating schemas, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating “curiosity gaps.”

In this indispensable guide, we discover that “sticky” messages of all kinds—from the infamous “organ theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a product vision statement from Sony-draw their power from the same six traits.

Made to Stick is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It’s a fast-paced tour of idea success stories (and failures)—the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of the Mother Teresa Effect; the elementary-school teacher’s simulation that actually prevented prejudice . Provocative, eye-opening, and funny, Made to Stick shows us the principles of successful ideas at work—and how we can apply these rules to making our own messages “stick.”

You can read the first chapter at or check out the book at Salmon Library (call number HM1033 .H43 2007).

Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research

Created in 2007, this website is a superb tool for learning about the ethical dilemmas engineers face in areas such as emerging technologies, environment, safety and sustainability, and responsible research. Visitors can learn about various ethical dilemmas via the site’s collection of “Cases”, “Essays & Articles”, “Instructional Resources”, and “Other Resources”. The “Cases” link contains a fascinating collection of historical cases, hypothetical cases, fictionalized cases, numerical problems, and scenarios. Visitors will find cases that address a killer robot, reverse engineering, Internet privacy, and the real case of a “computerized radiation therapy machine and its software flaws, which caused massive overdoses to patients.” The “Instructional Resources” link provides various university syllabi for courses on computers and the Internet, as well as a syllabus for a course for both young people and senior citizens which addresses the future of technology. Visitors will also find an informational article on the misuse of emerging technologies, entitled “Antibiotic Resistance and Dual Use”. [KMG]

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and science visit Scout’s sister site – AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository at

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