Adler Planetarium and CERN Open Collections

Two new physics and astronomy collections have recently been made available to the public. Both CERN and the Adler Planetarium have opened up new and interesting collections for viewing and use.

Alder Planetarium First, the Adler Planetarium recently announced that its collections are available for searching in their new online database.

The Adler has one of the largest collections of historic scientific instruments in the world. Its collections also include rare and modern books, photography, paintings, and models. This is the first time that these resources are searchable online.

Check out the amazing collections here.

CERNopendataCERN also recently announced its Open Data Portal, which makes LHC experiment data from collision events open to the public for the first time. The CERN Data Portal gives access to data from ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb collaborations, as well as the open source software to read, analyze, and visualize the data.

All data on are shared under a Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication and have a citable DOI. More information is available here.

Both of these collections are a great step toward openness and will help preserve and share valuable resources for the research community.

CV & Resume Writing Help for STEM Students

This series of events is brought to you by the Center for Professional Development and Kresge Library! All events will take place in the Kresge Library Conference Room.

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Applying to Graduate School Programs: CVs for Science Storytelling

Interested in applying for STEM-related positions or programs that ask for a CV instead of a resume? In this fast-paced workshop, Neukom Fellow and postdoc Kes Schroer will provide you with an overview of what to include and what to leave out — as well as tips for how to share your skills and experience in terms easily understood by scientists and non-scientists alike.

When: Thursday, October 23 at 12-1pm
Register by 10/23 at 10am! Click here.

Kresge Face Time

Chat with CPD advisor Chandlee Bryan and get all your questions answered!

When: Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30-8:30pm

Formatting Your CV/Resume in LaTeX

Join Physical Sciences Librarian Shirley Zhao for a hands-on workshop to format your CV or resume in LaTeX. Use what you learned in the previous events and come away with a working document.

When: Thursday, October 30 at 12-1pm

Get Started with LaTeX

latex_handoutBy now, you’re convinced that writing your documents using LaTeX is the way to go. Your papers, presentations, and even homework assignments will look publication-ready with its fancy headers, section numbering, and beautifully typeset mathematical equations. You’re ready to make the leap from MS Word, but how do you begin?

First, you have to decide between online versus offline use. There are pros and cons to each, but the major difference is if you plan to have internet access while you’re working on your documents.

Certainly if you don’t want the hassle of downloading the software and choosing an editor, go with one of the web options (all of these allow for collaborative writing as well):

  • writeLaTeX — instant updating of your new content or edits
  • ShareLaTeX — watch your collaborators type (like google docs)
  • Authorea — version control through git

But if you do want your own installation, start with downloading the right software distribution for your operating system here and follow the instructions to install. You should allow for at least 30 minutes for the whole process. Factors to consider: internet speed, size of the software (varies), speed of your computer, etc.

You may notice that your distribution may or may not come with a starter editor, which is your interface to writing. For example, MacTeX comes with TeXShop. You’re not obligated to use it and you are free to choose whatever editor you want. You may already be using an editor to code in other languages; e.g. Vim or Emacs. Check out this table for comparison.

Now you’re ready to make your first document! If you’d like a suggestion, try writing your CV/resume. I will be holding a workshop on formatting tips for your CV/resume in LaTeX on Thursday, October 30 at noon in Kresge Library. Save the date and bring your document!

Lora Leligdon Joins Kresge Library

Wondering who’s the new face in Kresge?  It’s Lora Leligdon, who began work in Kresge on Monday as Physical Sciences Librarian with liaison responsibility to the Physics and Astronomy department.

Lora joins us from the University of New Mexico Library in Albuquerque, where she was the Engineering Research Librarian since early 2012.  Before moving to New Mexico, she worked as a Reference Librarian at Washington State University in Vancouver.  She has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State, as well as an M.S.L.S from Emporia State University.  Before going into librarianship, Lora worked for several years for engineering firms in Portland, Oregon and in Aurora, Illinois, near Chicago.  Lora brings experience and insight into the characteristics and research needs of scientists and engineers, and has particular interests in information literacy in the workplace, communication and relationship building with faculty, and data management.

We’re very excited to have her join our staff. Please stop by and say hi to her on your way through Kresge!

P.S. I am now the official subject librarian and liaison to Mathematics and Computer Science. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Poster Prep — May 8 at 6pm

We’re gearing up for the annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium, which is May 22. Join us for a poster preparation session!

Thursday, May 8 at 6pm in Starr 

Here’s the page with some guidelines and examples. We will look at previous posters and give you some tips about layout designs, choosing images, creating infographics, and more!

If you miss the session, feel free to drop in for help:

  • Thursday, May 15, 4-6 PM
    Friday, May 16, 2-4 PM
    Shirley Zhao, Physical Sciences Librarian
    Location: Kresge Library–3rd floor of Fairchild Hall
  • Monday, May 19, 2-4PM
    David Izzo, Computing and Media Services, Biomedical Library
    Location: Dana Library at Dewey Field Road, 3rd floor


cosmosentryHappy National Library Week! We kicked off celebrations with an Edible Books Festival, held yesterday afternoon. Kresge staff submitted an entry: “Cosmos”-politans.

We were inspired by Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and cosmopolitans were the perfect fit. We used jello to suspend edible glitter and candy in the glasses. For the space theme, we added asteroids (rock candy and chocolate rocks), alien saucers (satellite wafers), stars (candy stars, star confetti, origami stars, star shaped sprinkles), celestial bodies (bouncy balls), and rings (glow sticks).

Many people asked us for the recipe so here it is!

Edible Ingredients:

  • jello mix
  • candy stars
  • edible glitter
  • sugar pearls
  • star shaped sprinkles
  • silver sprinkles
  • lava balls (candy)
  • chocolate rocks
  • rock candy
  • red sour taffy
  • satellite wafers
  • lime
  • candy fruit slices

  • black table cloth
  • tray
  • martini glasses
  • origami stars
  • star confetti
  • glow stick bracelets
  • bouncy balls
  • Marvin the Martian
  • original book cover
  • parody book cover
  • sign holders

  1. Prepare jello mix as directed on box. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until jello has gelled but not solidified.
  2. Stir in candy stars, edible glitter, sugar pearls, and star shaped sprinkles.
  3. Ladle into martini glasses and drop in a couple of lava balls for each glass. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Set table with decorations as shown in photo.
  5. When the jello is set, sprinkle some more glitter/sprinkles and drop some chocolate rocks on top.
  6. Add lime slices, candy fruit slices, rock candy, satellite wafers, and/or red sour taffy to garnish.

rainbowfishAnd a big heartfelt congratulations to the winner of the People’s Choice category: Rainbow Fish by Jenny Bai, Diane Jang, and Juliana Park. Juliana is one of our student assistants! In fact, she was working at the front desk when the judges announced it.

Filed under: Astronomy, For Fun, Kresge, Library – General


Check out this new web app! It’s called AstroTRENDS, created by Stefano Meschiari. Here’s an excerpt from his blog about the motivation behind it:

AstroTRENDS shows how popular specific astronomic topics are in the literature throughout the years. For instance, you could track the popularity of Dark Energy vs. Dark Matter; or the rise of exoplanetary-themed papers since the discovery of the first exoplanets in 1992. As an example, check out this post I wrote about whether the astronomical community has settled on the “extrasolar planet” or “exoplanet” monicker.

You can normalize keywords with respect to one another, or the total article count, to track relative trends in popularity (say, the growth of “Transits” papers compared to “Radial Velocity” papers). Finally, you can click on a specific point to see all the papers containing the keyword from that year (maybe that spike in a keyword is connected to a discovery, a new theory or the launch of a satellite?).

Read more about it here!

What do you think of this keyword comparison between AGN, Dark Energy, and Inflation?

Special thanks to Chris Erdmann at Harvard CfA for sharing!

Filed under: Astronomy, For Fun, Publishing

Dartmouth LaTeX Users Group

Announcing the formation of a Dartmouth LaTeX Users Group! We have an internal SharePoint site to share files and to hold discussions. Have a template for a thesis to share? Have questions about getting started? Come join the online community! Click here to send me an email request; please use your Dartmouth email.

Supernova in M82!

I bumped into Prof. Ryan Hickox this afternoon as I was wrapping up my LaTeX crash course for MATH 17, and he shared this piece of exciting news with me: a supernova went off in one of the nearby galaxies!

Here are some headlines I dug up:

Animation of Supernova in M82 – January 22, 2014
by E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini

There may be an organized viewing some time in the next two weeks so keep an eye out! In the mean time, come on over to Kresge and check out a book on supernovas! Suggested titles:

Filed under: Astronomy, For Fun

Gear Up: The Impact of Your Work


Click here for suggested tools

Gear Up is a great opportunity to explore services and tools, and speak with people available on campus who can support your research endeavors. At the “Impact of Your Work” table, we explore different tools that show the impact of your work/research. Journal articles are the traditional form of publication, but it is only one way to disseminate work. The graphic (right) shows an array of possibilities.

Publication citation is only one way to measure impact. Most people have heard of the h-index, which is the number of papers, h, that have been cited at least h times. You can find your h-index through Web of Science or Google Scholar Citations.

  • In Web of Science, the most accurate way to generate a citation report is to do an “Author Search” and follow the prompts that are meant to find the right author (by field and by affiliation). In addition to h-index, the citation report shows your publication count by year and the number of citations received by year.
  • Google Scholar Citations is another place to find the h-index. You do need to sign up and create a profile (which can be public or private). It can be set up to automatically or manually populate with your publications. The metrics are immediately updated. Check out Prof. David Kotz’s profile as an example!

Some researchers have very common last names and first (and middle) initials so it is difficult to pinpoint their work exactly. Hence, we recommend all researchers sign up for an ORCID identifier, which is similar to having a Social Security Number. Many publishers and funding agencies are now including this as a field in submissions. No matter what variation of your name gets used, as long as it’s associated with this ID, you’ll get credit!

To raise your impact, you have to broaden your reach. One way is to make your work as openly available as possible. For example, you can choose to archive on your website, deposit in a repository, or publish open access.

  • Sherpa ROMEO allows you to search for your publisher’s copyright and self-archiving policies. It’s easy to figure out if you can use the publisher’s final version on your website!
  • The Registry of Open Access Repositories is a listing of world-wide repositories. Dartmouth does not (yet) have an institutional repository (see Carole Meyers if you’d like to learn more).
  • If you’re considering publishing open access, talk to us (namely, Barbara DeFelice)! Dartmouth supports the publication fees for open access journals that qualify under the Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE).

You can also disseminate your work in many different forms, including figures, graphics, presentations, datasets, code, etc. There are several sites that help facilitate this: figshare, slideshare, github, Dryad, YouTube, etc. This results in new ways of measuring impact and redefining what that means.

  • tries to keep track of the most recent tools to have arisen.
  • ImpactStory aggregates impact data from a variety of sources and shows impact of a variety of different forms of dissemination. See a sample profile here.
  • Research Gate is a tool that is growing in popularity here at Dartmouth. I spent some time looking into this and have written up a separate blog post about it. It also has its own metric called an “RG score.”
  • We also have an extensive listing of tools on our Scholarly Publishing & Communication guide.

The scholarly communications landscape is constantly changing and keeping up with trends can be a challenge, but we are here to help! Contact your favorite librarian anytime.

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