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BOOKENDS March 2018, Volume 1, Issue 1

FEATURE ARTICLE

Welcome to Our New Library Catalog Portal

The year of 2018 has been declared to be the Year of Zayed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. KU Libraries, in honor of the memory of Sheikh Zayed, have compiled a list of books and resources related to his work, as well as writings about him. Click here to view these resources.

One of the largest benefits of the merger is the increased access to print and online resources. The new library catalog allows you to find print resources. You can search just one campus or all three. If you need more help, check out our FAQ about the catalog. You can also click on the LibGuides logo. These will show you web pages for every program at KU, help you with building your research skills, and teach you the basics of information literacy.

To visit the library catalog, go to http://opac.kustar.ac.ae.

DATABASE SPOTLIGHT

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Engineering Case Studies Online from Alexander Press

What makes Engineering case studies Online unique, is that it focuses on providing analysis of Engineering failures which helps engineers and researchers to know what not to do and avoid mistakes happened in previous designs. Engineering case studies online provides detailed materials videos and text resources of causes and impact of engineering failures. These materials include:

  • Feature - length video documentaries of major failures.
  • Monographs explaining cases in detail.
  • Simulations depicting precisely what went wrong.
  • Primary footage of accidents.
  • Audio footage and transcripts, and many more.

If you need more information on the database, visit their website here.

EVENT SPOTLIGHT

PATENTS WORKSHOP

KU libraries organized a workshop to highlight an important topic PATENTS. The workshop covered the following topics: a brief introduction about patents and an overview on patentability, patent databases and how to search for patents in these databases, classification of patents. Researchers, faculty, graduate students, and staff attended this workshop. This workshop was presented by Rani Anand on the 20th of February Masdar Campus.


QUIZ NIGHT

KU libraries regularly holds Quiz Night events using the Kahoot app. Kahoot is a game-based classroom tool or educational technology used to administer quizzes, discussions and surveys. Participants are pitted against each others to show off their knowledge in different categories such as: General knowledge, Science, Geography, Sports, Music and many more. The last Quiz Night was held in Habshan Library on February 21, 2018 and was hosted by librarian Walter Brian Hall.

SERVICES SPOTLIGHT

We have great news for you! New RefWorks is now available at Khalifa University three campuses!

The New RefWorks is a reference management service that supports the needs of students, faculty, and researchers. With an improved user experience, full-text management, and collaboration features, RefWorks gives students and faculty a tool that enables a more efficient and reliable process for producing research papers.

If you are new to RefWorks or have experience with it, we will help you all way long!

To access new RefWorks and start your fantastic experience simply, please follow the instructions here.

You can check new RefWorks YouTube training videos to help you become more familiar with the tool.

You can also check the recorded workshop training session here.

For a list of FAQs please click here.

You can request a workshop for your study group or as part of your class. Use the links below to get started with RefWorks

Main Campus Masdar Institute Petroleum Institute

 

LIBRARY FACTS

@ KU libraries

You get knowledge and education.

@ KU libraries 

You have access to nearly everything of the best in print, online, and databases resources.

@ KU libraries you have access to 

27 instruction and study rooms equipped with computers, whiteboards and projectors.

250 OPACS

BUT did you know that

@ your library you also get something very special

you have friendly professional librarians to help and assist you.

TECHNOLOGY BYTES

Presentation of data is final step of a research project and the first step in turning research into action. This often means presenting data to different audiences with wildly different background. To communicate research to a wide audience, data visualization of works where speaking or text fails. One tool to help with creating beautifully visualized data is Fusion Charts. Fusion Charts is a data visualization tool with over 90 charts and more than 960 maps designed to serve the full range of needs of developers and professional data visualization experts. It works on a variety of platforms and is free but does put a watermark on images.

Books like Infographics and Beautiful Visualization can give you in depth information on the how’s and why’s of data visualization – and the science that drives it.

SUGGESTIONS

 

If you have any suggestions or comments, please drop us an email to:

Asma'a S. Assim  

Kevin Martin  

Wilfredo Arcilla  

Library Services