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August 2020

Diversity & Inclusion Resources in the Library

Did you know that the Library has a number of books available on diversity and inclusion? To supplement the recent training and discussion opportunities, the library has created a curated list with eBooks that you can access off- or on-campus. We are also working with the Boulder Labs Diversity Committee to add recommended books to our print collection, which will be included in this curated list. In addition to these diversity resources, we have special collections on leadership, management, and personal skill improvement.

Research Impact Reports

Personalized Research Impact reports are now available from the Boulder Labs Library for Boulder researchers. Individual bibliometrics reports help demonstrate your impact using metrics such as citation rate, h-index, and more. This information can help you prepare for reviews, evaluations, or proposals. The Boulder Labs Library can provide bibliometrics analyses at the individual and group level. View a sample report and get a glimpse of what is possible! Contact Sue Visser a to request your personalized report today.

The h-Index Debate

Since its introduction in 2005, the h-index has gained wide acceptance as a metric for measuring researcher success. The use of a single, easily calculated number has proven extremely attractive to administrators and decision-makers. But no citation-based metric is perfect, and the h-index is no exception. Among its well-documented shortcomings, the h-index:

  • Can be subject to manipulation by self-citing
  • Favors older researchers
  • Does not adjust for differences in disciplines
  • Is insensitive to highly-cited, influential papers

Jorge Hirsch (January 2020) recently wrote “I proposed the H-index hoping it would be an objective measure of scientific achievement… But I have now come to believe that it can also fail spectacularly and have severe unintended negative consequences.”

The library encourages researchers and administrators to consider the h-index in the context of its shortcomings, and give equal or greater weight to normalized indicators such as percentile rankings and CNCI. Ask your librarians for more information, see the library's bibliometrics page or Bornmann & Daniel 2007 and Kreiner 2016.

Perseid Meteor Shower to Peak Aug 11-13

Every year from around July 17 to August 24, the Perseid meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids are a favorite in the northern hemisphere because they occur during the summer. Under peak viewing conditions, in the predawn of August 11, 12, and 13, one might see 50-75 meteors per hour. Coming up in October: The Draconids and Orionids. Check out the titles about Perseid meteor showers held by the library.

July 2020

Do Open Access Publications Get More Citations?

You may have read that open access papers (those that are freely available online) are cited at a higher rate than papers behind a paywall – a trend known as the OACA (Open Access Citation Advantage). Some studies have shown that open access papers are more highly cited, but the results vary widely by discipline, type of open access, and other variables. Other studies, using different methodologies, have shown no OACA. The causes and implications of the OACA are the subject of lively debate, and this metric alone should not drive publication decisions. To learn more, ask a librarian for more information or see Davis, 2011; Gaule & Maystre, 2011; or Piwowar, et al., 2018.

Nature Podcast Series

Early career researchers are under considerable pressure to publish their research. Although the scientific publishing industry is evolving, the published paper is, for now, still the primary channel for disseminating scientific information. But the process of transforming months of research into a publishable paper is a daunting task. Recently, the Nature Careers podcast aired a four-part series on writing and publishing for early career researchers. Episodes:

  1. How to Write a Top-Notch Paper
  2. How to Bounce Back from a Bruising Peer Review or Paper Rejection
  3. How to Get Media Coverage for Your Research
  4. How the Academic Paper is Evolving in the 21st Century

June 2020

Tutorials on the Library's New Knowledge Base (KB)

To support your learning about EZproxy, the library search box, and other library resources, the Library has created a new Knowledge Base page. It has video and text tutorials covering many of the resources that the Library provides. Let us know if there is a tutorial you would like us to add to the KB!

Download Journal Articles from Home without Connecting to VPN (NOAA & NTIA)

The Library is excited to provide a new tool that allows you to access its subscribed journal articles, eBooks, and databases while teleworking without needing to be on the VPN or on a government-issued computer. Called EZproxy, it is an authentication system designed for library eResources that allows you to be recognized as a Boulder Labs Library user by simply logging into EZproxy with the same credentials as our interlibrary loan system and catalog. NIST staff, EZproxy only applies to your access of IEEE and Proquest eBooks supplied by Boulder Labs Library.

To access proxied content remotely, search content from the catalog on the library homepage and databases page (with links to Web of Science, MGA, Google Scholar, and more). To learn more about EZproxy, view the video and written tutorials on the new Knowledge Base (KB).

March 2020

Quickly Request Interlibrary Loans from Google Scholar

Google Scholar Get Link for ILLWhen in Google Scholar and the Get@Boulder Labs Library link does not appear on the right side of the screen, look for a double-arrow underneath the search result. Click on that, and a Get@Boulder Labs Library link should become visible. Once you click on the link, you will be taken to a “Find Full Text” page. This results page displays options for the book or article delivery method (e.g. from another library through interlibrary loan or from the Boulder Labs Library) and format (e.g. electronic or print). (Click on the image for full-size rendering.)

New & Improved Meeting & Study Spaces & Reservations

meeting and study space

Check out the new quiet meeting and study spaces in DSRC Room 2C407 and in Building 1, Room 1200. The locations are furnished with comfortable chairs and ottomans that allow you to spread out your work or put up your feet. You can also work on your laptop or mobile device with individual power outlets and tables in select seating areas. The seating areas are also great for small, quiet, informal meetings.

Building 1, Room 1200 also has tables and seating for 30 individuals that is great for conferences, large-sized meetings, and collaboration (especially with four large whiteboards). Reserve this space now. Additionally, it can be reserved for SURF and SHIP students to both practice presentations and meet with mentors. For questions about reservations, contact Mike Robinson.

February 2020

Inspec Analytics Wins Best New Product at the Charleston Library Conference

Inspec Analytics was recognized as a “wonderful analytics tool” at a recent library conference. Inspec Analytics explores relationships between institutions and subject areas to identify research trends and patterns, potential collaborators, areas of strength and opportunities for growth, and relevant journals and conferences.

New features include a “search all” function that simplifies your search and makes it quicker to find what you’re looking for, and an enhancement to the organizations page that allows you to compare output of up to 25 research organizations (see example below).

AMS Publication Updates

We hope that you enjoyed last month's AMS conference as much as we did! We learned about some exciting developments for AMS journals:

  • Lower page charges for subscription journals, but higher article processing charge (APC) for Open Access journals
  • Reviewers will see their peer review activity credit deposited directly to their ORCID profile
  • Each article will include a data availability statement
  • Weather and Forecasting, in addition to Weather, Climate, and Society journals will include plain language significance statements

January 2020

Find the Right Journal for Your Manuscript

The Clarivate (Web of Science) Manuscript Matcher can help you find the best match. Log in to the Manuscript Matcher using your Web of Science username and password. Enter your title, keywords, or abstract, and the Manuscript Matcher will suggest journals where your research is most likely to be accepted, based on indexed data from more than 24,000 journals in the Web of Science Core Collection.

Each suggested journal has a profile page that includes quick links to the journal’s website, aims & scope, and instructions for authors. When available, the profiles include helpful information such as average time from submission to publication, frequency, open access options, and peer review process.

NOTE: Search results are limited to journals indexed in Clarivate Web of Science Core Collection. Depending on your subject matter, there may very well be other titles you should consider.

2020 Training, Events & Staff Updates

Staff Changes: Stacy Bruss as Library Chief (June 2020)

Please welcome Stacy Bruss as the Library Chief of the Boulder Labs Library. She has been with the Boulder Labs Library since 2018 as the Collection Services Coordinator Librarian. Prior to joining NOAA, Stacy spent nine years as a Reference Librarian with NIST Gaithersburg.

Many thanks to Joan Segal for her 25 years of service to the Boulder Labs Library. She has spent her entire career with the Boulder Labs Library, and the past eight years as the Director. Fortunately, Joan is staying in the NOAA family as she has accepted a new position with the NOAA Central Library.

Training: eResources Provided by the Library

Thank you to those of you who joined us for the April 8th session on databases, eJournals and eBooks provided by the library.

Training: ORCiD or Publons - Which One Should You Use?

Thank you to those who came to learn about author identifiers and how they can help you manage your publications list, and increase your impact by making it easy for others to find your work during the March 11th presentation. We explained the difference between two widely-used author identifiers, and showed you how easy it is to set up your account and get started.

Thank You for Attending the March 4th Open House!

Thank you to those of you who attended the March 4th Open House and learned about the Library, including bibliometrics report development (discussed by Sue Visser), 3D printing (Anna McDevitt), and meeting and study spaces (Mike Robinson). Regina Avila also discussed data management and publishing research data sets using MIDAS (NIST application for making data public) and the NIST Public Data Repository.

December 2019

Library Resources Available 24/7

You may be working remotely or wanting to take library materials with you. No matter your location, you can access library resources as long as you are connected to the Boulder Labs computer network. In addition to the library databases, you can still access eJournals and eBooks (most of which can be downloaded as PDFs that you can load onto your computer or mobile devices). Contact your systems administrator for instructions on remotely accessing the Boulder Labs computer network.

AIP Publishing Academy Resources

Getting published is only the first step in getting yourself and your research noticed. The AIP Publishing Academy resources provide some advice on how to be your own advocate, and how publishers can help. One such resource is the Promote or Perish white paper on how to get noticed by the right people, the right institutions, and the right influencers for social collaboration networks or social media channels.

Kopernio vs. Unpaywall: Which Should You Use?

Kopernio vs UnpaywallKopernio is a browser extension that finds copies of articles for you, whether from the publisher through the Library’s subscriptions or from legal Open Access (OA) repositories.

Now, view the comparisons between Kopernio and a similar browser extension, Unpaywall. You can view the comparisons in the table (that can also be clicked on for its full-size rendering). In short, if you want assistance finding OA copies of articles, Unpaywall is faster and simpler. However, if you want to find subscribed content and future features, Kopernio is the best tool.

November 2019

Articles on the Dangers of Predatory Publishing

Readers Beware! Predatory Journals Are Infiltrating Citation Databases

Because predatory journals were assumed not to be indexed in well-known academic search engines, it has also been assumed that their publications would rarely be cited by other scholars or applied in practice. Unfortunately, that is not the case:

  • Studies have shown that predatory journals have found their way into respected databases such as Web of Science, Scopus and PubMed
  • Researchers citing papers published in predatory journals may be relying on poor-quality, unethical or even fabricated findings
  • The presence of scientifically questionable papers increases the risk of citing and further spreading poor quality science, distorting the evidence base and influencing policy
  • Before citing a paper, authors should read the full publication and check that it comes from a reputable source.

Severin, A. and N. Low. 2019. Readers beware! Predatory journals are infiltrating citation databases. International Journal of Public Health 64:1123:1124. doi: 10.1007/s00038-019-01284-3.

Stop This Waste of People, Animals and Money

Common wisdom has assumed that the hazard of predatory publishing is restricted mainly to the developing world, but when Moher, et al. examined 2,000 biomedical articles from more than 200 journals thought likely to be predatory, they found that more than half of the corresponding authors were from high- and upper-middle-income countries.

  • Of the 17% of papers that named a funding source, the most frequently named funder was a US agency
  • The US produced more articles in the sample than all other countries except India
  • It is estimated that at least 18,000 funded biomedical-research studies are hidden in poorly indexed, scientifically questionable journals. Even if the research is sound, it is hard to find, and often too poorly reported to assess and build on the findings.

Moher, D., et al. 2017. Stop this waste of people, animals and money. Nature, 549:23-25. doi: 10.1038/549023a.

Questionable Papers in Citation Databases as an Issue for Literature Review

In spite of growing awareness of the problem of predatory journals, questionable papers are showing up in citation databases and literature reviews.

  • Academic search engines and fee-based databases are not immune to including papers from questionable journals in their indexes. Predatory and questionable journals have been found in Web of Science and Scopus
  • Relying on papers from questionable journals can lead to unreliable science
  • WoS and Scopus use defined criteria for selecting journals to index, but Google Scholar does not; a far greater number of papers from predatory and questionable journals appear in GS than in fee-based databases.

Dadkhah, M., et al. 2017. Questionable papers in citation databases as an issue for literature review. J. Cell Commun. Signal. 11:181-185. doi: 10.1007/s12079-016-0370-6

New Ways to Access the Library’s Databases

Databases Tab SearchThe Library provides specialized databases that make it easier to find peer-reviewed literature, especially when compared to Google. Below are new features that find and access databases for your NOAA and NTIA research. Reach out to your Library liaison for assistance.

Feature 1, The Library's Search Box: The Library’s search box on the home page accesses articles, books, and conference proceedings within and outside the Library’s collection. The Databases tab allows you to search for a database by name or subject area.

Feature 2, The Databases A-Z Page: The updated Databases A-Z page allows you to browse through the Library’s database collection and includes subscribed databases as well as governmental and other open databases for your research.

Kopernio, the Friend in the Corner of Your Browser

There’s a Chrome browser extension that gives you one-click, legal access to publications, no matter where the publication is located. It’s called Kopernio, and you should try it today! Kopernio searches for journal articles and conference papers from publishers, Open Access repositories, and Google Scholar when you view the abstract page of an article. Kopernio also allows you to save publications to read later off-campus.

How does it work?

  1. Once you install Kopernio in your browser and it detects you are looking at the abstract page of a publication, an icon pops up in the lower-left corner.
  2. The icon will change to a green View PDF button when it finds a legal source. It will change to gray if it cannot find a source.
  3. Click the green button and the PDF will open in your Kopernio locker for you to download on your computer or leave in the locker to read later.
A Single Click in Web of Science and You Have the PDF
Web of Science

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No Access in ScienceDirect but is Available via Open Access
Science Direct

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Why should you use it?

  1. This extension works with Web of Science and IEEEXplore, as well as all publishers that work with the Library.
  2. No more multiple clicks to get to an article, or hunting around a web page to find the PDF download link.
  3. Quicker access to articles that you can get directly, instead of requesting through interlibrary loan.
  4. Kopernio is new and will be adding new features in the coming years. As one of the early users, you have opportunities to shape these features. One feature in the works is one-click connection to interlibrary loan.

The Boulder Labs Librarians can also help with your research needs.

Google Scholar Get Link for BLL The Library subscribes to many specialized databases to assist with your research, but sometimes Google Scholar is the best tool for finding publications. Now the Library has made it easier to access subscribed, full text publications that you find through Google Scholar (for NOAA and NTIA staff).

When accessing Google Scholar on a desktop computer on campus, you will automatically be shown articles that the Library has subscription access to on the right-hand side (as in the picture - click on it for full-size rendering). Click on that Get@Boulder Labs Library link to go straight to the article.

October 2019

New Writing Resources Available

hand writing

The Library now subscribes the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster Unabridged for your writing needs. Merriam-Webster Unabridged provides access to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, which, for government technical reports, is the definitive source for the spelling of words not appearing in the GPO Style Manual. The Chicago Manual of Style provides guidance on the Chicago bibliographic style, one of the most commonly used in journals.

New Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery System

As of September 4, 2019, the Boulder Labs Library switched to a new interlibrary loan (ILL) system. The new system is seamlessly integrated with the Library’s current catalog/discovery system, the same one that allows you to place holds and renew materials.

All users can now conveniently:

  • Access the system by any device with an internet connection
  • Place and monitor requests
  • Access their ILLiad requests until October 4, 2019

For current ILLiad users, your individual ILLiad login and password will no longer be used.

If you are unable to access your account, or if you forgot your password, please follow these steps:

  1. Click on Set/reset Password
  2. Enter your User Name [This is usually the characters before @ in email address, e.g. jane.doe]
  3. Check your email for instructions for creating a new password

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Robinson.

EndNote Mac OS Update

During the Fall of 2019, Apple will be releasing macOS 10.15 Catalina and dropping all 32-bit application support. As such, Clarivate will be releasing a compatibility update to EndNote X9 for macOS before the launch of Catalina. Be sure that you download and install all updates as they become available to avoid interruption in your workflow. For NOAA and NIST, contact your IT staff for your specific division for questions or concerns.

September 2019

A World of Information at Your Fingertips

Now you can access 22K+ eBooks on every research topic. The Boulder Labs Library, in collaboration with other NOAA libraries, is pleased to bring you the Wiley UBCM (Usage Based Collection Management). Every standard eBook on the Wiley Online Library platform is accessible to NOAA and NTIA staff until July 2020. Find some of your favorites and new research materials such as all American Geophysical Union (AGU) books and books on economics, mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, and 100 other disciplines. These eBooks provide flexibility via chapter or full text PDF download, saving on any researcher device, and printing without restriction. These Wiley eBooks join other eBooks in the Library collection, all of which are best discovered via the Library's single search box or by asking a librarian.

Show Your Impact with a Personalized Research Impact Report

Personalized Research Impact reports are now available from the Library for Boulder researchers. Individual bibliometrics reports help demonstrate your impact using metrics such as citation rate, h-index, and more. This information can help you prepare for reviews, evaluations, or proposals.

The Library can provide bibliometrics analyses at the individual and group level. View a sample report and get a glimpse of what is possible! Contact Sue Visser to request your personalized report today.

Expansion of Web of Science Collection

The Library is excited to announce that its Web of Science Core Collection has been expanded with new content! You can now use Web of Science to search for:

  • Science journals, conference papers, and books (with journals back to 1900) - Includes physics, chemistry, atmospheric science, and 175 other science and technology fields
  • Social science journals, conference papers, and books - NEW! Includes economics, management, environmental studies, green science, and 55 other social science fields
  • Emerging sources - Extends coverage to newly established journals and those not yet internationally recognized, such as Acta Geochimica
  • Chemical reactions - NEW! Includes two databases specially designed to search by chemical structure or reaction parameters

Inspec Analytics

New from the publishers of Inspec database: Inspec Analytics, a dynamic research tool that explores relationships between institutions and subject areas to identify research trends and patterns. With its highly curated 5-level subject classification, Inspec is the premier database for literature in Engineering, Physics and Computer Science.

Inspec supports your strategic planning by helping you discover trending or emerging topics related to your area of expertise; identify potential collaborators; highlight areas of strength and opportunities for growth; and identify the most relevant journals and conferences for your specialty. And there is more to come; some great features are still in development, including individual author analytics and improved advanced search options.

August 2019

Making Magic with EndNote: A Case Study

Recently, the Library created a streamlined process to help NOAA PSD track citations to The Century Reanalysis Project, a joint effort with CIRES to produce a comprehensive global atmospheric circulation dataset spanning the entire 20th century. PSD uses the citations to help measure the value of the dataset, but with over 1700 citations in Web of Science (WoS) and counting, they needed a more efficient approach.

First, we exported all of the existing citations to Compo, et al. 2011 paper (the introductory paper describing the dataset) from WoS into an EndNote library. We then created an email alert for all new citations. We chose EndNote formatting for the alert, so it is simple to import the new citations into EndNote.

PSD EndNote Project

Finally--and here is where the magic happens--we wrote a custom EndNote export format that automatically adds HTML tags to the new citations. It is a simple matter of copy-pasting the text into a web page--including functional links to the DOIs. No additional coding is needed.

Can the Library work some magic for you?

From the Stacks: August

Inspired by the NOAA Heritage Exhibit in the DSRC, the Library has an exhibit in the Branch Library called From the Stacks that celebrates the research history of NOAA-Boulder and its predecessor agencies by displaying reports and books from the Library collection.

The theme for From the Stacks: August Edition is "Before the Internet: Data Sharing". These days, it is very easy to publish NOAA data and make it available to other researchers and the public on the Internet. But what about before this web of computers connected us globally?

Data was published in technical reports... tables and tables of data, and reports were written about the data that could be obtained from NOAA. This month’s display features reports such as a 1953 catalog of tropospheric data, a catalog of geomagnetic data as part of NOAA-Boulder’s role as World Data Center A for solar-terrestrial physical data, and a 1968 standard for storing space-based data on magnetic tapes. Stop by and reminisce with the Library about the “good old days” of data sharing (and be grateful for all the tools that make it easy to store, share, and find data today!) Interested in learning more about finding and measuring the impact of data today? Email the Boulder Labs Library librarians or call them at extension 6742.

July 2019

Current Issues in Scholarly Publishing

A recent review article by Tennant, J.P., et al explores 10 controversial or misunderstood topics in scholarly publishing. Here are some highlights of their findings:

  • Preprints: Contrary to a concern that preprints expose research to ‘scooping’, the authors find that preprints can protect against scooping by (1) establishing a time-stamp of publication, (2) facilitating rapid sharing and collaboration, and (3) providing a DOI, which allows more cites, faster--benefiting early career researchers.
  • Peer review: Following a discussion of strengths, weaknesses, and misperceptions of peer review, the authors propose a new model of open, author-directed peer review that would facilitate discussion and restore the culture of healthy skepticism that is a foundation of scientific research.
  • Copyright transfer: The authors suggest that current copyright transfer practices do not benefit authors and may be wrongfully acquired, given the complexities of author affiliations and funding sources. They call for a new copyright model that re-establishes copyright’s fundamental intended purpose of protecting authors and furthering research.
  • Tennant, J.P., et al. 2019. Ten hot topics around scholarly publishing. Publications 7, 34; doi:10.3390/publications7020034

    Nature Reviews Earth & Environment coming in 2020

    Nature Reviews Earth & Environment will publish reviews and perspective articles across three key themes: Weather & Climate, Surface Processes, and Solid Earth. While the content is usually commissioned by the editors, this journal is open to proposals. Once the journal begins publication, NOAA and NTIA staff will be able to obtain copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.

    From the Stacks: July

    The theme for From the Stacks: July Edition is "Global Reach". While the past two months have featured the local impact of NOAA-Boulder, July delves into the expansive worldwide impact. From the East Coast to the pyramids of Giza to the South Pole, get inspired for your own research (or for your next vacation).

    June 2019

    ResearcherID Moves to Publons

    In December of 2017, Clarivate Analytics, the company that owns Web of Science and ResearcherID, purchased Publons, a company that verifies and maintains authors' peer reviews. In April 2019, ResearcherID moved to Publons. Now researchers can track their publications, citation metrics, peer review history, and journal affiliations all in one place. Publons allows users to generate and download customized reports for use for funding and performance reviews. If you currently have a ResearcherID account, all your data has been moved to Publons. Register using your ResearcherID credentials.

    From the Stacks: June

    The new From the Stacks is on display. The theme of June is a continued look at "Local Impact", with 6 new publications focusing on Boulder or Colorado. Topics include: the Big Thompson Flash Flood of 1976, radioisotope sampling of atmospheric nuclear detonations, the historical climatology of downslope windstorms in Boulder, and the history of atmospheric research institutions in Boulder. These items are available at the Branch location (DSRC 2C407) for browsing and checking out.

    May 2019

    Videos You Can’t Find on YouTube


    Books 24x7, an ebook platform that the Boulder Labs Library provides a subscription to, now provides instructional videos in addition to ebooks. These short, focused videos provide how-tos or information on everything from Adobe Acrobat to web services. These professional videos are useful to all computer users and developers at Boulder Labs.

    To access these videos, log into Books 24x7 and then select either Desktop Video Topics or IT and Technical Video Topics in the Browse Topics window at the right (#1 below), or use the search box and select IT, Productivity, and Collaboration Tools Videos (#2 below). Check back often, as new videos will be added regularly.

    From the Stacks: May

    May's theme is "Local Impact" that covers NOAA reports on meteorology of Boulder and surrounding areas, from Boulder air quality to Colorado storms, and the impact the Boulder Labs have on the local economy.

    April 2019

    From the Stacks: April

    Inspired by the NOAA Heritage Exhibits in the DSRC, the Boulder Labs Library has a new exhibit in its Branch Library (DSRC-2C407) called From the Stacks. This exhibit celebrates the research history of NOAA-Boulder and its predecessor agencies by displaying reports and books from the Library collection and changes monthly. The theme for April is “The Name Makes the Project: Cool Acronyms.” The items on display are all on projects whose names become cool or unique acronyms.

    March 2019

    Geofacets, AGU Millenium Edition

    As part of the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) centennial, AGU members have access to a new research database – Elsevier’s Geofacets, AGU Millenium Edition. This database allows you to search publications by geographic location and geologic time period, focusing on the maps and figures that accompany AGU journal publications.

    Expand Your Skills with Our Special Collections

    The library has much more than scientific books and journals in its collection. We have books, eBooks, and audiobooks that can help you develop a presentation, learn a language, further your project leadership, learn office computer skills like Excel and more! To help you find the best and latest in our collection on these topics, we developed six online special collections. You can also always contact your library liaison or stop by the library for assistance in finding exactly the book or audiobook that fits your needs.

    February 2019

    Easily Search All of Web of Science

    You are now able to search the entire Web of Science Core Collection, using the ‘All Fields’ search option. You are able to combine key terms, author names, funder details and more in a single search box. This allows you to focus more on the results list, instead of the search query. Watch the tutorial.

    Search 10.4 Million Datasets on Mendeley

    Access links to images, tabular data, geospatial data, software, and videos on the Mendeley Data website at Mendeley Data. The domain-specific and cross-domain repositories contain an impressive 10.4 million datasets. Become a part of the community of researchers that uploads and shares research data. Plus, sharing data is a great way for you to get exposure for your research.

    January 2019

    Boulder Labs Library Renewal

    How to renew library books from the Boulder Labs Library:

    1. Go to our library home page.
    2. Click on “My Account” in the upper right of your screen.
    3. Click on “Library Account Login.”
    4. Log in using your username and password. If you don’t remember your login, ask a librarian.
    5. Click on your name in the upper right of your screen.
    6. Click on “My Account.”
    7. You should see a list of the items you have checked out. Click on “Renew” for the items you would like to renew.
    8. If your books will not renew, please contact us. Possible reasons for this include:

    • Your account has expired. We just need to update your account with the current expiration date on your CAC.
    • You have renewed the books too many times. You are allowed to renew books up to 11 times, and then they must be returned. You can check them out again later.
    • You have too many overdue books. A librarian will need to override default system limits and renew the books for you.

    2019 Trainings & Events

    Library Open House (Apr 9 & 11, 2019)

    In April, the Library celebrated National Library Week with refreshments, prize drawings, and demonstrations. Library staff answered questions about the Library services and resources, including: bibliometrics, website resources and search box, new meeting and study spaces, 3D printing, book/file scanning, document delivery and interlibrary loan. See event handouts below.

    3D Printing Bibliometrics Doc Delivery & ILLiad Seating Scanner Website

    3D Printing Program Launched (May 2019)

    The Library has launched its 3D Printing Program, a self-service, shared resource among NIST, NTIA and NOAA. With a 3D printer, you can visualize the environment (or changes therein) or create customized prototypes and parts. The resource is available on a first come, first served basis after an orientation and safety training have been provided. Contact Anna McDevitt for more information or to RSVP for an orientation/training.

    Library Renovations (June 2019)

    The Library updated its resources and physical space to better meet the needs of its users. For example, the Library added a meeting/study space in Building 1, Room 1200 based on the feedback from the Library's 2018 Customer Survey. Changes such as this provide more functional and accessible resources and services to you. While the Library has shifted a handful of resources (such as the IEEE conference proceedings) from the physical to the online format, the majority of physical books (including journals, conference proceedings, abstracts/indexes, and technical reports) have simply moved to a different bookshelf within the Library. Librarians weed (i.e. systematically and selectively remove items from) the collection using a variety of criteria, such as whether or not an item has been checked out within the last 20 years, it is a duplicate of an item already part of the collection, or the material has become outdated (i.e. older computer books). The Boulder Labs Library is dedicated to maintaining an accessible collection relevant to the research needs of the Boulder Labs community.

    Library Single Search Bar (August 2019)

    The Library launched it single search bar. Patrons can quickly search for articles or books from the Library and beyond, or select the journals or databases tab to find Library resources by name or topic. The “Everything” tab explores articles, chapters, books, journals, and databases simultaneously. The “Also Try” sections on each tab for specialized resources, such as databases or Library web pages that can further catapult your research.

    December 2018

    Employees Get Free Access to Washington Post

    If you want to casually read the Washington Post, every employee with a .gov e-mail address can sign up for an account using that e-mail and enjoy free, unlimited access to this newspaper.

    EBSCOhost Resources

    EBSCOhost provides access to nearly 6,000 full-text journals, including more than 5,500 peer reviewed; other publications include books, proceedings, reports, and reviews; create login to save, organize, and share searches; export citation to bibliographic management software, including EndNote and Reference Manager; and full-text articles from STM Source are accessible via the Library’s WorldCat Discovery interface. EBSCO STM Source is available to NOAA and NTIA employees on the Boulder Campus. STM Source is a full-text database concentrated in science, technology, engineering, and medicine.

    You can also log into EBSCOhost account with your Google account. When you sign into a personal account on EBSCOhost, you can personalize your search screens, save articles for later, and more. EBSCOhost also allows you to log on using your NOAA or personal Google account.

    November 2018

    Web of Science Features

    Web of Science citation report provides citation statistics for a set of search results, including h-index, total times cited (with and without self-cites), cites per year, and more. Analyze results helps you examine countries, organizations, journals, and more for a group of papers. Analyze results helps you answer questions such as:

    • What researchers in China have cited my work?
    • In which journals are my publications cited the most?
    • Which organizations are funding my area of research?

    To log in using your Google account, begin by clicking “Sign In” from any EBSCOhost screen. On the sign in screen, click the blue “Sign in with Google” button, then select or enter in the Google account you’d like to use. Note: if you have an existing EBSCOhost account, you can’t transfer it to one that uses the Google login, you’ll be creating a new account.

    Quickly Research Topics in Web of Science in Your Browser

    With the Web of Science (WoS) Quick Search Google Chrome extension, you can search topics from over one billion cited references within the Web of Science database. To add the extension, go to your Google Chrome settings in your browser and select extensions. At the top of the screen, enter “Web of Science - Quick Search” in the search box and then select “Add”. You should now see the Clarivate Analytics’ (producer of Web of Science) logo at the top right of your Chrome browser.

    October 2018

    Filter Book Search by Boulder Labs Library or Nearby Ones

    You can filter library catalog search results to show only books (or electronic resources) available through the Boulder Labs Library. You can set filters to see if a book is in nearby Boulder- and Denver-area libraries. You can either use the advanced search to start your search with specific libraries or use the library filter in the search results.

    Request Supplementary Data via ILLiad

    Did you know you can request supplemental data as well as articles and books through ILLiad, the library's interlibrary loan service? Go to the Library’s homepage and click on the Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery icon. Log into your ILLiad account. From the Make a Request menu, select Other (Free Text). In the box labeled Citation or Description of Item, enter the phrase “Request for copy of supplementary data that accompanies this article: [enter the citation of the article here].” Also enter any information about the supplementary data, its description, title or its DOI. Following these procedures will help ensure that your request is fulfilled with the supplementary data instead of the article copy.

    Why You Need a Lexis-Nexis Advance Account

    The Lexis-Nexis Advance database contains full text of more than 32,000 sources, including business, news (local through international) and legal sources, including federal legislation and regulations. Sources include newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and scholarly journals. The Lexis-Nexis Advance database can help you:

    • Find economic and market data
    • Enumerate impact and mentions in news and trade publications
    • Receive congressional, legislative, and regulatory alerts
    • Stay up-to-date on procurement and contracting news

    You must have an individual account to access Lexis-Nexis Advance and all users must be employed by DoC. To request an account, e-mail the Boulder Labs Library with your: name, mail code, and email address.

    May 2018

    How Can I Share It?

    How Can I Share It is a resource for researchers that provides information and tools on how you can share, where you can share and recommendations for sharing sites where you can engage and collaborate with the research community. How Can I Share It also provides information on best practices for sharing and copyright rules.

    Retraction Watch

    Retraction Watch is an organization aimed at alerting the research community on retracted articles. Their blog features the latest retracted articles (which are also searchable in their database) and how to report misconduct.

    JoVE: A Unique Journal for Learning and Sharing Technical Knowledge

    The Library has a subscription to chemistry, environment, and engineering sections of the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). This is the only peer-reviewed, indexed journal whose articles consist of high-quality video demonstrations and detailed text protocols, promoting scientific reproducibility and productivity. So check out this journal to learn new protocols and consider sharing your novel techniques with others through this journal. JoVE releases an average of 150 video journal articles each month. It is able to release so much content because it reduced time to publication by 25%, to 6 months.

    2018 Training, Events & Staff Updates

    Web of Science Training (Jan 9, 2018)

    Advanced search tips to help you find journal articles and conference papers relevant to your research

    ResearcherID Training (Jan 11, 2018)

    Learn how to register for a unique identifier and build your publication lists, track your times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author misidentification.

    Grounds for Discovery

    Library Resources (April 24-25, 2018)

    How the Global Research Community Informs which Scientific Papers to Publish (May 24-25, 2018)

    Accessing & Searching in GeoRef, Meterological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (June 11, 2018)

    JoVE Publishing & Submisson (July 17, 2018)

    Library Annual Survey Conducted (Aug 2018)

    Library Website Soft Launch (Sept 7, 2018)

    Library Move Completed (Dec 2018)

    Technical reports and 2,500 journal volumes moved to Branch Library, making the materials more accessible

    Stacy Bruss, Collection Services Coordinator & Librarian (June 2018 Start Date)

    Stacy comes from the NIST Research Library in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

    November 2017

    CSL Citation Styles

    CSL Citation Styles is a resource for researchers creating bibliographies who need to look up a citation style. From the popular and more well-known citation styles to the uncommon citation styles, this open source tool allows researchers to search for citation styles by name and by example.

    Link Boulder Labs Library to Google Scholar

    You can add Boulder Labs Library (and other libraries) to your Google Scholar search. Once linked, Google Scholar will let you know if Boulder Labs Library owns a full-text version of the article that you are looking for. Linking Boulder Labs Library to your Google Scholar account is easy, all you have to do is go to the Google Scholar Menu, then Settings, then Library Links and search “Boulder Labs Library” in the search bar. Once the search icon is clicked, this will automatically add our library to your Google Scholar search.

    HeinOnline Email Alerts

    You can set up email alerts on HeinOnline for similar articles written by a specific author. Researchers can set up email alerts for a specific author and get monthly article updates sent straight to their inbox.

    October 2017


    Unpaywall harvests Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories. It searches over 90 million indexed open access full text versions, and also ensures that the articles found abide by copyright compliance. It has Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox extensions.

    Research Impact Metrics

    Research impact metrics helps researchers: figure out where to publish, bolster a research profile & portfolio, assist with applying for funding, and allow researchers to benchmark their research outputs. Elsevier has created an infographic to help researchers understand what different impact metrics measure and how they can be used.

    September 2017

    ESSOAr Open Preprint Server

    The Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr) is a community server established to accelerate the open discovery and dissemination of Earth and space science early research outputs, including preprints and posters presented at major scientific meetings. In the future, other rich conference presentations may be added.

    Earth & Space Chemistry Journal

    The ACS journal, Earth and Space Chemistry publishes research in the fields of geochemistry, atmospheric and marine chemistry, astrochemistry, and analytical geochemistry.

    2017 Trainings, Events & Staff Updates

    Usability Survey (Nov-Dec 2017)

    The Boulder Labs Library usability survey was conducted to help inform access to information needs on the new website. The website launched in September 2018.

    Aurelia Mandani, Technology Services Librarian (Oct 2017 Start Date)

    Aurelia grew up in Colorado. She received a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Seattle Pacific University Outside Link and received her MLIS with a focus in Information Technology from the University of Denver in June of 2017. While in graduate school, Aurelia researched information seeking behaviors of different user groups. Before coming to the Boulder Labs Library, Aurelia worked as an Intercultural Librarian at Arapahoe Library District.

    December 2016

    IET Open

    IET Open is an initiative for supporting its full Open Access (OA) journals. IET Open features include: Journals published on the Gold OA model; All articles published under Creative Commons license; Select pre-publication articles available as “eFirst” articles; Papers submitted via ScholarOne.

    Nature OA Journal

    Nature's Open Access journal, npj Climate and Atmospheric Science is part of its Nature Partner Journals (npj) series. The journal focuses on climate and atmospheric sciences. Features include: peer review, Creative Commons 4.0 International (CC BY) license, subject areas (include climate dynamics, climate variability, weather and climate prediction, climate change, weather extremes, aerosols, hydrological cycle, air-sea interaction), articles on methodology also invited (such as modeling, in situ observations, and remote sensing), and submissions being original research articles, brief communications, reviews, and dataset summaries.

    November 2016

    Open Data Repository

    The Open Data Repository (ODR) is a platform that supports creating and managing project-related data repositories online. ODR aims to offer a number of unique features, including: use drag-and-drop features to create database schemas, ready-made field types for common data elements, such as date/time, default plugins for graphics tools and specialized applications such as displaying chemical formulas, users have control over data sharing (including establishing an embargo until a specified date, what types of data to share, and making data public).

    LinkedEarth Develops Data Standards for Paleoclimatology

    LinkedEarth is a project to develop a set of data standards for paleoclimatology. Sponsored by EarthCube, LinkedEarth aims to give researchers in paleoclimatology the tools to curate data by: Building Community Data Standards based on the LiPD (Linked Paleo Data) format; Development of the LinkedEarth ontology, which aims to define descriptors and specify relationships between terms in a dataset; Crowdsourcing standards development via the LinkedEarth Wiki platform; Develop open-source software for data visualization, modeling and analysis; and Integrate infrastructure with parent project EarthCube, and with other projects such as the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Neotoma, and NCDC Paleo.

    October 2016

    Scientific Data: OA Journal from

    Scientific Data is an OA journal published by Nature covering datasets of all sizes. The journal publishes “data descriptors,” a type of article providing detailed descriptions of datasets for the purpose of facilitating data reuse. Features include: peer reviewed, scope includes analyses of datasets and original articles on data-sharing technologies, Data Descriptors published under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC BY), and Scientific Data being guided by six key principles, which are credit, reuse, quality, discovery, open access, and service.

    Grey Literature Network Service

    GreyNet International is an organization devoted to facilitate awareness of, and open access to, grey literature. Grey literature consists of documents of any format produced by government, business, academic, or similar institution not published through traditional commercial or academic channels, and for which citation metrics may not exist. Services offered by GreyNet include: annual international directory of grey literature organizations, research and Education (including workshops and lectures), the Grey Journal - an OA Journal focused on grey literature topics in all disciplines, including the sciences, and links to repositories and indexes.

    August 2016

    Accessible Chemistry Resources with Wired Chemist

    Wired Chemist provides data, tutorials, and discussions related to the fields of chemistry, environmental science, mineralogy, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging. The site is intended as an accessible reference resource for both students and professional researchers. Resources include: instructional modules, laboratory demos, quicktime movies and videos, data, formulas, links to other resources, and bibliographies.

    AGU GeoHealth Journal

    The American Geophysical Union (AGU) GeoHealth journal is an interdisciplinary Open Access journal focusing on the interaction between the environment and health. Specific topics include: impacts of climate change on health, air and water pollution, radiation and its effects on health, geomedicine, and impacts of disasters on health.

    OA2020 Initiative

    OA2020 is an initiative to encourage scholarly journals to transition from the subscription model to Open Access. The initiative builds on the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, which had 560 signatories. Specific aims of OA2020 include: (1) Transition most extant scholarly journals from subscription to OA, respecting the publication preferences of specific communities; (2) Accomplish the transition by using existing funds spent on subscriptions to finance sustainable OA models; and (3) Invite collaboration from all parties involved with publishing, including universities, research institutions, funders, libraries, and publishers on the transition to OA.

    July 2016

    DOE Alternative Fuels Data Center

    The U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) is an information clearinghouse on alternative fuel technologies. Information contained in AFDC includes: data and statistic related to sources of energy like hydrogen and ethanol (pros and cons of use, fueling stations using interactive maps, vehicles, and laws and incentives), tools (calculators, maps, data searches), case studies, publications, and tips on fuel conservation. AFDC is a resource offered as part of DOE’s broader Clean Cities initiative.

    June 2016

    OSDC Cloud-Based Data Hosting

    Opensciencedatacloud (OSDC) enables researchers to upload, store, share, and analyze scientific datasets on the terabyte and petabyte scales, with the purpose of improving the reproducibility and transparency of research. Features include: Public Data Commons – hosted repository of publicly-available (OA) datasets; Specific clouds available to researchers depending on whether they are working with secure or unsecure data; Hosted datasets for large projects; and Training in data science for students via the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, sponsored by the NSF. For researchers interested in contributing data, read the OSDC page on Resources Availability and Allocation.

    Research Data Alliance

    The Research Data Alliance (RDA) enables researchers to create and manage collaborative groups directed towards facilitating open data sharing in all disciplines. To join, read the RDA Guiding Principles and create a login. Types of groups include: working, interest, and birds of a feather.

    April 2016

    Rapid OA Publishing with IEEE Access

    IEEE Access is an Open Access, multidisciplinary journal covering all of IEEE's fields of interest. Its first articles were published in 2013. IEEE Access utilizes the “Binary” peer review process, where articles are accepted or rejected upon submission in order to facilitate rapid publishing. Fields of interest include: Aerospace; Bioengineering; Communication, Networking & Broadcasting; Components, Circuits, Devices & Systems; Computing & Processing; Engineered Materials, Dielectrics & Plasmas; Engineering Profession; Fields, Waves & Electromagnetics; General Topics for Engineers; Geoscience; Nuclear Engineering; Photonics & Electro-Optics; Power, Energy, & Industry Applications; Robotics & Control Systems; Signal Processing & Analysis; Transportation. IEEE Access utilizes the IEEE Xplore platform. Read the IEEE Author Digital Toolbox for instructions on preparing articles for submission.

    Natural Earth Open Access Map Data

    Natural Earth offers Open Access raster and vector map data for creating custom maps. The site is supported by a number of institutions, including the University of Wisconsin—Madison, Florida State University, and the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). Data features include: data downloads available in large (1:10m), medium (1:50m), and small scales (1:110m); vector data available as cultural or physical map data; varying types of raster files to suit bandwidth and content focus; gray earth raster data for geographic maps; built-in scale attributes for display at different zoom levels; and built-in GIS attributes.

    APL Photonics

    APL Photonics is an Open Access journal from AIP, covering both theoretical and applied research in all areas in photonics. Features include: rigorous peer review; types of submissions include articles, letters, and special topics; and authors retain copyright through CC BY 4.0 license.

    February 2016

    ACS Omega, OA Journal

    The American Chemical Society (ACS) Omega Journal includes chemical articles. It has rigorous peer review, international staff of four editors (based in China, India, Europe, and the Americas), open access articles, author submission fee discounts, and high visibility.

    NIST on YouTube

    NIST hosts its own YouTube page, where you can find other informative videos posted by NIST on a variety of topics related to cutting-edge issues in science and technology. NIST even provides access to prominent talks from its colloquium series on To search for specific colloquia, or to find those related to a certain topic or date range, click on the “Filters” drop-down menu. You may narrow your browsing list by Upload date, Type of media, Duration, Features, and Sort by relevance, number of views, or rating.

    Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

    Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is an Open Access, interdisciplinary journal focusing on the impact of human activity on natural systems. Elementa is the product of collaboration between CU Boulder, BioOne, Dartmouth, University of Michigan, University of Washington, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Features include: peer reviewed; authors can publish under one of six “knowledge domains” (atmospheric science, earth and environmental science, ecology, ocean science, sustainable engineering, sustainability transitions, and public policy); governed by CC-BY license; and authors also invited to publish in topical Elementa Forums.

    2016 Trainings, Events, & Staff Updates

    IEEE Xplore Training (Jan 26 & Feb 4, 2016)

    Improve your ability to find resources via IEEE Xplore, a database of over 3 million items in the areas of computer technology, electrical engineering, remote sensing, and telecommunications.

    ResearcherID Training (Feb 9 & 18, 2016)

    Use ResearcherID to track your times-cited counts and h-index and to manage your publication portfolio in EndNoteWeb

    Web of Science Training (Feb 11 & 16, 2016)

    How to build and save searches, select citations for bulk export, analyze citation metrics, and access metrics like the h-index in Web of Science

    Books 24x7 Training (Feb 25, 2016)

    Enhance your computer and management skills with Books 24x7, which gives you full-text access to over 10,000 eBook titles in areas including: Business and Culture, Databases, Desktop and Office Applications, Graphic Design, Networks and Protocols, Programming, Telecommunications, and Web Development.

    Boulder Labs Library Vendor Fair (May 5, 2016)

    Vendor representatives will be on-site to demo their products and to answer your questions. Join us for: clinics on library resources, promotional items and goodies, and food and coffee at 10am-1pm in Bldg. 1 Lobby and Main Library, Rm. 1-1200.

    Patti Marraro, Collection Services Coordinator (May 2016 Start Date)

    Patti Marraro has over 34 years of experience working in NOAA, 22 of them providing a wide array of library services. Prior to becoming Collection Services Coordinator at BLL, Patti was the Technical Information Specialist and a Fishery Biologist at the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory in North Carolina. She earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) from North Carolina Central University in Durham and her undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M University in Galveston.

    Sue Visser, Public Services Librarian (Oct 2016 Start Date)

    Sue Visser has been a librarian for over 25 years, mostly working in special libraries. Her first library position was at Synergen, Inc., a pharmaceutical biotechnology startup in Boulder (now defunct). For the last 18 years, Sue has been the solo librarian for Stratus Consulting, an environmental consulting firm. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from Emporia State University, and a BA in English from Calvin College.