febnew99 Schwerdtfeger Library News
February 1999

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS

NEW WEBZ INTERFACE TO MADCAT
http://www.library.wisc.edu/

The new  WebZ interface to MadCat and CIC catalogs was released on February
15.  Please note these changes:

--this is a frames version, which facilitates several improvements
including a better scheme for marking records, a more useful display of
results from multiple-catalog searches and a better presentation of help
--help messages have been substantially rewritten
--the capability to sort records has been expanded
--emailing of records is easier and more visible
--the capability to search OCLC WorldCat (a catalog of materials held by
thousands of libraries worldwide) has been added as a pick via the
"catalogs" link at the top of the screen.  CIC catalogs and combinations
continue to be available.

Remember to search MadCat first.  If you do not find the book you are
looking for in MadCat, you may find it in one of the other catalogs.  If
so, and if you are a UW-Madison faculty member, staff member or student,
you can use WebZ to request an interlibrary loan of the book.  Or you can
ask your local librarian.
 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY WEBBOOK
http://webbook.nist.gov/

The NIST webbook is a gateway to the data collections of the agency.  This
new resource is being added to the indexes, electronic texts and reference
sections of the Electronic Library after March 1.
 

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES SESQUICENTENNIAL EXHIBIT

You are invited to visit the University Archives to see the exhibit which
celebrates our past but also looks to the future.  Materials on exhibit
were not only taken from the Archives but sent from numerous areas on
campus, depicting accomplishments and plans.  The University Archives are
located in the basement of the Memorial Library, B134 and are open Monday
through Friday, 8 to 4:30.
 

CHADWYCK HEALEY'S HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS ONLINE
http://historynews.chadwyck.com

You can access Chadwyck Healey's Historical Newspapers Online through a
*trial* subscription, which will be operational on Tuesday, March 2nd.
Campus libraries are considering purchasing access to some or all of these
indexes.  Your comments are welcome.

"Historical Newspapers Online provides rapid, unprecedented access to the
historical archives of two of the world's largest English-language
newspapers - The Times of London and The New York Times. Historical
Newspapers Online includes:

* Palmer's Index to The Times, 1790-1905
* Official Index to The Times, 1906-1980
* Historical Index to The New York Times, 1851-1920
* Palmer's Full Image Online, 1785-1870 (spring 1999)

Historical Newspapers Online completely revolutionizes access to the
indexes by enabling users to search across years on subjects that would be
difficult or impossible to find in the printed version of the indexes. The
database contains records for millions of articles from two centuries of
history, ranging in topic from the French Revolution to Margaret Thatcher's
first administration.  With the addition of Palmer's Full Image Online in
spring 1999, users will be able to view scanned images of the full text of
nearly 100 years of The Times."
 

OTHER SITES OF INTEREST

ENCYCLOPEDIA  ASTRONAUTICA
http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/~mwade.spaceflt.htm

A comprehensive guide to space on the Web, Encyclopedia Astronautica
features a detailed chronology of the Space Age as well as complete
listings of rockets, satellites, launch sites and astronauts.  You'll find
an extensive space chronology, information on programs, spacecraft,
astronauts, rockets, flights, etc.  [Copyright Final Frontier, February 1999]
 

NEW WORKING GROUP ON POLAR CLOUDS
http://paos.colorado.edu/~curryja/wg5/home.html

GCSS (GEWEX Cloud System Studies) has approved a new Working Group on Polar
Clouds.  This group aims to improve the understanding and model
parameterization of cloud, radiative, and boundary layer processes in the
polar regions.  The overall methodology is to conduct careful
intercomparisons between models and observational case studies.  The
Working Group on Polar Clouds is presently chaired by Professor Judith
Curry.  You will be able to link to the GCSS, FIRE , ARM and SHEBA home
pages from the Polar Clouds page.
 

ECONOMIC REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT AND FY2000 BUDGET
http://www.access.gpo.gov/eop/
http://www.access.gpo.gov/usbudget/fy2000/maindown.html

Find the full text of the Economic Report of the President and the FY2000
Budget on the Government Printing Office web site.  [NSF Library
Newsletter, 2/24/99]
 

NEW NSF REPORTS

The National Science Foundation (NSF) periodically releases statistical
reports on the status and trends of US Science.  All reports are available
in HTML and/or .pdf formats and may be downloaded at the URLs provided.

Has the Field of Federal Research Funding Changed Over the Past Three Decades?
http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf99328
Retention of the Best Science and Engineering Graduates in Science and
Engineering
 http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf99321
Federal Academic Obligations for S&E Activities Increased More than 4% in
FY 1997
http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf99326
 

DEEP SPACE ONE and DEEP SPACE TWO
http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/ds1/
http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/ds2/

Deep Space 1, the first mission of NASA's New Millennium Program, was
launched on October 24.  This official Web site for the mission has images,
the latest news on DS1 and background information about the technologies
used on the spacecraft.   Riding piggyback on the Mars Polar Lander are the
two tiny spacecraft of the Deep Space 2 mission.  These spacecraft will
separate from the lander just before it reaches Mars and crash-land on the
planet.  A probe on each spacecraft will dig into the martian surface to
collect soil samples for analysis.  Learn more about DS2 at the mission Web
site.  [Copyright Final Frontier, February 1999]
 

MCAFEE'S VIRUS INFORMATION LIBRARY
http://vil.mcafee.com/villib/query.asp

McAfee, the well-known anti-virus software company, offers this free
library containing information on over 40,000 known PC viruses.  Virus
details include their source, how they infect your computer, and how to
remove them.  Users can search for viruses by keyword or browse by
category.  The site also lists new viruses, the year's top ten, and hoax
viruses.  Although in most cases the instructions for virus removal include
the use of a McAfee product, the site is still an excellent source of virus
information.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999]
 

TREASURES FROM EUROPE'S NATIONAL LIBRARIES
London Server
http://www.bl.uk/gabriel/treasures/entree.html
Frankfurt Server
http://www.ddb.de:80/gabriel/treasures/entree.html
Helsinki Server
http://renki.helsinki.fi/gabriel/treasures/entree.html
Den Haag Server
http://www.konbib.nl/gabriel/treasures/entree.html
Ljubljana Server
http://nuk.uni-lj.si/gabriel/treasures/entree.html

This major new exhibition from the Conference of European National
Librarians and provided by Gabriel, Gateway to Europe's National Libraries,
features almost 100 of the most precious artifacts from the collections of
24 National Libraries. Users may tour the exhibition by document type or
topic, view selected highlights, or browse several indices (Library,
Creator, Titles, and Date). Entries for each artifact include an image and
brief description. Although the exhibit would greatly benefit from the
addition of thumbnailed links to full-screen images of the artifacts, it is
still a remarkable representation of Europe's cultural heritage over the
past 1,000 years. It should also be noted that this is the first of
multiple planned versions, and additional treasures will be added as they
become available.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999]
 

THE BRITISH INVASION
http://britishinvasion.eb.com/home.html

Thirty-five years ago this month the Beatles made their debut in front of
73 million viewers on The Ed Sullivan Show and began what has come to be
known as the British Invasion.  Encyclopedia Britannica turns the spotlight
on this influential period of the 1960s, highlighting the music, fashion,
and culture that was brought over to America by bands such as the Beatles,
the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Yardbirds.  Vintage film clips,
animated maps, classic photos, and audio files of almost 90 popular songs
trace the musical movement and its artists, with articles by leading
rock-and-roll critics, historians, and scholars.
 

CONSUMER INFORMATION CATALOGS ONLINE
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/

The Consumer Information Center site offers "full text versions of hundreds
of the best federal consumer publications available.  View them for free or
you can purchase printed copies at [their] online ordering site."
Categories are the same as for the printed catalog.  Some are:  Cars,
Children, Food & Nutrition, Health, Employment, Travel.  Besides the
"regular" categories, the online version features Special Stuff which
provides information on up-to-the-minute topics, like the Year 2000 problem
and the Fuel Economy Guide for newer cars.  There are even several
publications on estimating your retirement income.   It's a very
informational site, reasonably easy to read and quite easy to navigate.
 

WORLD DATABASE OF HAPPINESS
http://www.eur.nl/fsw/research/happiness/

And lastly, The World Database of Happiness, maintained by Professor Ruut
Veenhoven of Erasmus University Rotterdam, is a "continuous register of
scientific research on subjective appreciation of life."  This site
contains the Bibliography of Happiness, a collection of over 3,000
scientific publications accessible by author or subject, the Catalog of
Happiness in Nations, providing responses from over 1,500 national
happiness surveys taken in 93 different countries between 1946 and 1996;
the Catalog of Happiness Correlates, which presents the abstracts of
correlational research findings from 662 studies worldwide; and finally,
the directory of Happiness Investigators, an international listing of more
than 3,300 happiness researchers.  Users may freely download the
bibliography or the Catalog of Happiness in Nations as compressed MS Access
files (.zip) and download the full text of the Catalog of Correlates in
compressed RTF format (.zip).  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1999]
 


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