Meet your Science and Engineering Librarian

Rodgers Library has a librarian assigned to each academic department in the Sciences and Engineering, as well as the Capstone College of Nursing. The Liaison librarian facilitates communication between the teaching faculty and the library, as well as helps students, faculty and instructors with research or library instruction needs.  Meet your Science and Engineering Librarian here:

About Rodgers Library

Rodgers Library is a world-class library.  Rich and diverse collections cover all the sciences, engineering, and nursing.  The library’s major goal is to connect students and faculty with state-of-the-art research done by the world’s leading scholars.   Using sophisticated databases and a broad range of electronic resources, delivered over the Internet, the library is ready to help beginners and sophisticated researchers.  Many users access the library’s resources by computer from remote locations on Campus and from home.  Others visit the library at its physical location near Shelby Hall, at the northeast corner of the Campus.  Enjoy Rodgers Library!

Tip 13: 3D Printing

Tip 13:  3D Printing.  About three years ago we opened a 3D Printing Studio in Rodgers Library.  Services offered include: 3D printing, 3D scanning, training workshops, and do it yourself 3D printing.  Supporting 3D design and conversion software is installed on the workstations within the 3D Studio. The 3D printers are capable of creating a multitude of 3D plastic objects.

GO to Rodgers 3-D printing.

Go to College of Engineering 3-D printing.

Tip 12: Course Reserves

Tip 12:  Course Reserves.    Many faculty use extra materials to enhance   instruction in the classroom.  In the library, we refer to these materials as course reserves.  Commonly faculty put books from the Rodgers Library collection or personal copies of books on reserve.  Other materials may be appropriate too.  If the content you want to use is in digital format it is probably more convenient to link digital content in your class syllabus or Blackboard Learn.  Learn more about how we handle course reserves.

Go to Course Reserves.

Tip 11: Library Polices

Tip 11:  Library Polices.   Like any large organization the UA Libraries has a set of policies that govern library use.  Policies provide guidance and even answer specific questions.  A few examples:  For how long can faculty check out a book? How does the Library Annex operate?  How do I donate books to the library?  How does interlibrary loan service work?  What does the Code of Conduct say to users?  What is acceptable use of computing resources?

Go to Polices.

Tip 10 Libraries’ Catalog (also known as Classic Catalog)

Tip 10  Libraries’ Catalog (also known as Classic Catalog). Before Scout came along, faculty consulted Classic Catalog to find books and journals in the UA Libraries.  Classic Catalog is still a useful tool.  In particular, Classic Catalog offers a convenient way to find out what journals are in the UA Libraries, both the archival print journals and the newer electronic journals. Note, Classic Catalog is not used to find specific articles.

Go to Classic Catalog.

Tip 9: Research Guides

Tip 9:   Research Guides.  We have developed a series of simple and convenient guides to get faculty and students started when first using the library.  They’re called LibGuides.   Each guide is built to acquaint you with library resources which are available to support your work.  We have a guide for every major subject area:  geology, nursing, civil engineering, etc.   The guides cover ways to find books, list important databases, identify research tools, and point to key Internet resources.

Go to LibGuides.

Ways to Achieve Success at the Library

There are many things to consider for getting the best results when using Rodgers Library.  Here are a few:

1.  Get to know library staff
2.  Consult the UA Libraries’ Web pages
3.  Renew books to extend loan periods or return them when due
4.  Ask library staff about resources and services offered by the libraries
5.  Visit the UA libraries often (Gorgas, Bruno, McLure, Rodgers, Hoole)
6.  Consult library-prepared research guides for chemistry, nursing, and other subjects
7.  Identify the most important databases in your field
8.  Use Interlibrary loan (ILL) to get books and articles not found in local collections
9.  Use citation management tools – Refworks/Endnotes
10.  Understand locations (Annex, Rodgers, Gorgas) for print books and journals
11.  Learn how to access electronic books and journals
12.  Use free scanners / scan & deliver
13.  Login and use academic software
14.  Collaborate with others in Group Study Rooms

Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering

Tip 8: Instruction

Tip 8:  Instruction.  Rodgers Library likes to share information about its services and collections and further help users achieve information competencies.  We can prepare custom lectures or workshops focused on any topic of interest.  If you choose, a librarian can come to one of your departmental meetings or a class which you teach to do a presentation.  In addition, we often conduct instruction inside Rodgers Library on high-interest topics.  If you have a request, please contact us or submit a request using this form.

Go to Instruction Request.

Tip 7: Print Books & E-books

Tip 7:  Print Books & E-books.  Rodgers Library has a substantial assortment of print books and e-books.  Since about 2010, we’ve acquired e-books only, unless a faculty member specifically requests a print edition of a particular title.   Our print books are on the 2nd floor of the library and for older and less used print titles in the Annex.   For 2015 we will get all Wiley and Springer e-books, as well as titles from other publishers, such as ACS.   Scout is an excellent tool for finding books. In Scout, execute a word search.  In step 2, under the heading “Refine Results,” in the left-hand column, choose Source Types and then limit search results to just “Books.”

Go to print and e-books search.

Tip 6: E-Journals and Print Journals.

Tip 6:  E-Journals and Print Journals.  There are multiple pathways to finding journals at Rodgers Library.  For a quick search for a specific e-journal, our e-journals page does the job. Remember that some older journals are still in print format only.  To get complete results of Rodger Library journal holdings, both print journals and e-journals, do a look-up in Classic Catalog.

Go to Classic Catalog

Rodgers Library @25 Anniversary


Join the Celebration

Rodgers Library 25th anniversary celebration is this Thursday, October 15, 2015.  Rodgers Library will celebrate 25 years of service. In 1990, the all new Rodgers Library opened. The facility is a merger of two separate libraries, one for engineering (in H.M. Comer Hall) one for science (in Lloyd Hall). Much has happened over the past 25 years. Learn about our progress. Please come and celebrate with us. Location: Rodgers Library.


• 1:30 pm: music by professor Alan Lane (Chemical and Biological Engineering Department)
• 2:00 pm: brief remarks by Kevin Whitaker, Interim UA Provost
• Exhibits showing Rodgers timeline and progress
• Refreshments for all
• Giveaways

Tip 4: InterLibrary loan.

Tip 4:  InterLibrary loan.    Over the years Rodgers Library has acquired thousands of books and journals.  But the literature is way too large for us to own or license everything that you may want. Fortunately the UA Libraries is a member of a national network of libraries and participates in RapidILL.  So we can get what you need.  If a book or a journal article not available from the UA Libraries, use ILLiad to make a request.  If a book, it will be sent to us by a lending library and be available for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk in Gorgas Library when it arrives.  If you request an article, the article will be scanned by the lending organization and sent to your ILLiad account. Some articles arrive in 24 hours.

Go to InterLibrary loan.

Tip 3: Databases

Tip 3:  Databases.    Databases offer a great way to find information on specific subjects.  It’s often good advice to start a search using a database that matches with a particular discipline, such as the IEEE Digital Library (electrical engineering) or BIOSIS Previews (biology), for example.  General purpose science databases such as the Web of Science or Scopus are great too.  Each database has its own special interface.  While searching a database, you can “click through” to full-text content when available.

Go to full list of databases.

Tip 2: The Annex

Tip 2: The Annex. Beginning in 2003, we started to move books and bound journal volumes from Rodgers Library to the Annex. The Annex is closed stacks building located off 15th Street southwest of the Campus. To retrieve an item from the Annex while searching in Scout, go to Location bar near the bottom of the page and choose “Request this” and then click on “Place a hold, recall, or request for this item” If you are asking for a journal article, it will be scanned at the Annex and sent to your e-mail account.

Go to the Annex page.

WorldCat and Books

Books are an important resource in science, engineering, and nursing. Both students and faculty can benefit from content in books.  Books are a great source to learn about a topic or find information for a classroom activity. Books often have content suitable for research activities as well. Whatever the purpose, books are an essential tool for scholarship.

Annually, thousands of sci-tech and nursing books are published by professional associations and commercial publishers.  Many of these books are acquired as print or e-books by Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering. We do not, however, acquire every title that’s published even if there’s a match with UA’s curriculum and research agendas. Still it’s important to remember that nearly all books are acquired by one or more academic libraries in North America.

The good news: Academic libraries in North America share collections and all of us are beneficiaries of this resource sharing. In essence you have access to most of the books owned by other academic libraries. WorldCat is the primary database used to make this happen. WorldCat contains both current and archival books on every subject.  Go to WorldCat database.

EndNote is Ready to Use

EndNote, a citation management tool, is ready for all UA students and faculty. Here are some of the major characteristics of EndNote highlighted at a workshop offered by Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering on Friday:

• End Note is a citation management tool
• EndNote is a desktop application while RefWorks is a web-based application
• Start by creating a new EndNote library
• Most databases have an export function to EndNote (examples, SciFinder and Scopus)
• When you are ready to export choose RIS format
• With tabs on the far right side of your EndNote Library you can import citations, metadata, and articles in PDF format
• Simply highlight citations in your EndNote Library and then click on FIND FULL TEXT and it will import PDFs (if we have access to the resource)
• Existing articles on one’s hard drive can be imported to EndNote as well
• EndNote has many bibliographic styles to choose from and many more can be added
• Word has an EndNote Plug In for citing within text and preparing references at the end of documents
• If a citation is incorrect while in Word, make a change in EndNote and the Word document will update automatically

EndNote is a powerful piece of software. It streamlines and simplifies citation management. As an added bonus EndNote creates a fully searchable library for later use. EndNote information.

Submitted by Mary Ann Robbins

UA Libraries Launch New Web Site

This summer the UA Libraries launched a new Web site. The new site is a gateway to all the services, collections, and facilities offered by Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering as well as Gorgas, Bruno, McLure and Hoole libraries. The new site features responsive design making Web pages easy to read and simple to navigate. The site is convenient for use on both desktop and mobile devices. Using the search box at the top of the homepage, users can find a wide range of resources. Other boxes on the homepage show library hours and lead to key services and resources, such as databases, interlibrary loan, e-journals, e-resources, Ask-A-Librarian, the libraries’ catalog, and Scout, as well as a library staff directory. Information on events and news are also displayed. At the bottom of the homepage, links lead to some specific collections, helpful resources, and individual libraries. Enjoy our new Web site.