Schwerdtfeger Library News
November 1998


Scientific & Technical Reports Collection
This technical report database by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) includes all unclassified, unlimited technical report citations to full text reports since 1985.  The scope of DTIC's collection includes areas normally associated with defense research; however, since DoD's interests are widespread, the collection also contains information relating to:  hard sciences, biological and medical sciences, environmental pollution and control, behavioral and social sciences, DoD directives and instructions, conference and symposia proceedings, patents and patent applications.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)
Electronic deposit and dissemination of theses and dissertations is currently being investigated -- not just at the University of Wisconsin-Madison but at universities around the world.  The May 1998 article "UW Examines Paperless Theses" from the Office of News and Public Affairs describes efforts underway at UW-Madison.

DOE Reports Bibliographic Database
The Department of Energy Reports Bibliographic Database contains citations for Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored scientific and technical reports covering the period January 1, 1994 to present.  Current Department citations are added weekly as new reports are made available.


Papers from NAS Colloquia [.pdf]
At this site, viewers will find listings and full text (.pdf format) of
scientific papers presented at 1996, 1997 and 1998 National Academy of
Sciences (NAS) colloquia. Topics of colloquia reflect cutting-edge science,
are very diverse, and range from 'Computational Biomolecular Science,'
'Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change,' and 'Genetics and the Origin of
Species,' to 'The Age of the Universe, Dark Matter, and Structure
Formation,' among others.   (From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998.)

Australian Science E-Journals
This comprehensive website from the National Library of Australia links you
to electronic journals, magazines, webzines, etc. and promotional sites -
including overseas works with Australian content, authorship and/or
emphasis  General science journals and journals grouped by specific
scientific discipline are listed.   (From the NSF Library Newsletter, 11/6/98.)

El Nino Southern Oscillation Diagnostic Advisory
Published by the Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for
Environmental Prediction.  The mission of the Climate Prediction Center is
to maintain a continuous watch on short-term climate fluctuations and to
diagnose and predict them. These efforts are designed to assist agencies
both inside and outside the federal government in coping with such climate
related problems as food supply, energy allocation, and water resources.

El Nino Update
The El Nino Update is based on information obtained from the national
Meteorological and Hydrological Serviced (NMHSs) of WMO Member States and
affiliated organizations.

Nighttime Lights of the World
Derived from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), these
fascinating satellite-based images show a global inventory of human
settlements around the world. The black and white images are given at two
spatial scales: planetary or continental. References are provided for
details behind the algorithms and data set production.   (From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998.)

Hubble Heritage Project
Subject Index
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has recently unveiled this
"celestial photo album" to offer users some of the best photos taken by the
Hubble Space Telescope. Currently, visual and textual descriptions are
available for four objects: Galaxy NGC 7742; NGC 7635, The Bubble Nebula;
Sagittarius Star Cloud (SGR-I); and Saturn. Users may choose to explore the
site from the more easily navigated Subject Index, which also offers
technical information about the images and the Hubble Project and a few
links. The site will be updated the first Thursday of each month with a
composition created from recent image data.  (From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.)

Leonid Meteor Shower
The campaign to study the impending Leonid meteor shower from aircraft has
begun. The Leonid '98 Airborne Mission web page also has lots of links to
related information, including estimates of the degree of risk to
spacecraft from these meteors.

SHEBA:  Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean
The Ice Station SHEBA (Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean) has just completed one year of being frozen into the Arctic ice, while gathering information to imiprove climate modeling.  When sea ice is formed there are important changes in polar and global climate processes.  Scientists from the US, Russia, Norway, and Canada are collaborating on the SHEBA project, a 5-year National Science Foundation research project.  Although not all sections of the site are current, the SHEBA homepage offers background information, data, and updates of research on teh Ice Station SHEBA, as well as links to other ice- or climate-related sites.  (From the Scout Report for Science and Engineering, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998.)

He who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe
In 1955, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas
presented an exhibition compiled by librarian Robert Vosper on intellectual
freedom and the banning of books. Demand for the exhibition catalog was so
great that it was reprinted until over 20,000 copies had been distributed.
This year, Alexandra Mason and Richard Clement issue this electronic
edition of the catalog to "continue the travels of this exhibition and
reaffirm our commitment to free enquiry." The electronic catalog is a
descriptive bibliography of books banned in England, Germany, Russia,
France, Spain, and the United States, and includes images. Given this
range, the catalog provides good examples of printing and illustration of
books from the early seventeenth century through the first half of the
twentieth, along with thought-provoking commentary on book-banning.

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