Latest arrivals from the Public Library

New books have arrived for Carlson and Mulford Libraries from the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. At Carlson, these popular fiction and non-fiction titles are located near the Circulation Desk, and at Mulford, titles are found on the low shelves on the 5th Floor. Use your Rocket ID Card and check out these bestsellers.   A full list of books is available in our catalog, or you can browse the shelves by author’s last name. New items include:

New offering: Playaway audio books

New from the Toledo-Lucas County Library – the next generation of audiobooks.

Playaways offer high definition audio in a pre-loaded all-in-one format. That’s right – you don’t need a separate player to listen to the latest best sellers, just provide your own headphones. They’re simple to use, so start today and check out one of the new titles:

Looking for other audiobooks?  The Trial & the Death of Socrates, Beowulf, The Aeneid, Freakonomics, or even Andrew Weil’s Eating Well for Optimum Health (and many more!) can be found by seaching audiobooks as a Subject in the UT online catalog.

New Arrivals from the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Check out the new books from TLCPL. These popular fiction and non-fiction titles are located near the Circulation Desk in Carlson Library and are available to check out using your Rocket ID Card.   A full list of books is available in our catalog, or you can browse the shelves by author’s last name. Bestsellers, popular authors and much more are among these new items, including:

Also coming soon… Playaways (self-contained audiobooks)!

QR Codes in the Libraries

The University Libraries are starting to use QR (Quick Response) codes in the library to allow you to connect to more information while you are in our libraries.  QR codes are special two-dimensional ‘bar codes’ that will allow users with Internet-enabled phones, tablets, etc. to easily connect to a website, add a phone number to a contact list, download a music file, etc.  You must download a QR reader app for your device and then you can scan the code to be taken to the Internet content.

QR Code for display cases

The QR code on this page, for example, will take you to more information about the objects in the display cases on the first floor of Carlson Library that display glass and masks donated by Dorothy Price and Peggy Grant.  This code is also posted on signs near the display cases, so if you are in the library and want to know more about the collection, it’s only a click away!


The library is planning to develop more uses for QR codes in the near future.  They may be placed near our bound journal volumes to direct you to electronic journals, or in our book shelves to connect you with subject guides or databases on the same topic.  We will be using them in virtual tours of the libraries.  If you think of other uses, please let us know in the comments!

New Database: Scopus

The University of Toledo students, faculty, and staff now have access to a new database for scholarly literature (especially in the sciences).  Scopus is a databases of peer-reviewed journal articles  and conference papers from approximately 18,000 international publications, as well as additional content from patent records and scientific websites.

Additionally, Scopus has the capability of performing cited reference searching so that you can see which articles cite a particular article or author in their bibliographies.  Cited reference searching is a great way to expand your search and find new articles that did not come up from searching by keywords.  Scopus can therefore be a complementary database to Web of Science, which has the same capability.

Additional information about Scopus is available in the Scopus User Guide.

Researcher authors can use Scopus to track the impact of their own research in publications since 1996.  Authors can see who else is using their published articles in their research using Scopus’ citation analysis and visualization tools.  See our Citation Analysis LibGuide for more about this type of searching.

Scopus is provided to UT as part of OhioLINK for the next three years, and the database purchase will be re-evaluated in 2013.

Millions more articles available through ScienceDirect

UT students and researchers will now have access to more than 3.4 million additional articles from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect database, a highly regarded publisher in the fields of science and engineering.  The journal titles available include The Lancet, Thin Solid Films, The Journal of Operations Management, and 2,700 more.

Though we’ve had access to Elsevier journals previously in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC), this additional collection includes historic backfiles, with articles from 1995 back until the start of each journal.  The new articles are currently available on the ScienceDirect website, and the content will be added to the EJC in the coming year.  Look for the green key or green page icons to see what you have access to on the ScienceDirect site.

The addition of these files was made possible by funds from both the Ohio Board of Regents and contributions from all OhioLINK member institutions, including University of Toledo Libraries.

In Focus: SPIE Digital Library

Go to SPIE Digital LibraryThe University of Toledo has access to the SPIE Digital Library, an interdisciplinary science database useful to many fields at UT that deal with light or optics in any configuration.  At this time, access is available for on-campus use only.  Update 3/28/2011: Off-campus access now available.

The Digital Library includes:

  • Over 275,000 articles from 1990 to the present
  • 6,000 volumes of SPIE Proceedings
  • The following SPIE Journals:
  • Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
  • Journal of Biomedical Optics
  • Journal of Electronic Imaging
  • Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3)
  • Journal of Nanophotonics
  • Optical Engineering
  • SPIE Reviews (open access)
  • SPIE Letters Virtual Journal (open access)
  • Journal of Photonics for Energy (open access) 

For more information about the SPIE Digital Library, see this Quick Start Guide.

About SPIE

SPIE is a not-for-profit international optics and photonics scholarly society advancing light-based research.  SPIE acts as a catalyst for collaboration among technical disciplines for information exchange, continuing education, publishing opportunities, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.  SPIE focuses on:

  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical Optics
  • Communications
  • Defense and Security
  • Imaging
  • Lighting and Energy
  • Micro/Nanophotonics
  • Sensor Technologies

We intend to feature other electronic resources like this occasionally to alert our students, faculty, and researchers to what is available from your University Libraries.

New Year, New Collection on Chinese Culture!

Happy Chinese New Year!  As we welcome the new year and good fortune into our lives, Carlson Library is welcoming a new collection donated by UT’s Confucius Institute.  We invite the UT family to check out these new books and videos on Chinese culture, including philosophy, history, literature, art, and much more.  Some books are in English, some in Chinese, and some in both languages!  These resources can be browsed on Carlson Library’s second floor or by searching the catalog using Confucius Institute Collection as a title.  Take home Confucius: A Philosopher for the Ages, Chinese 101 in Cartoons, Chinese Arts & Crafts, Journey to the West, or one of over 100 unique titles.  We have multiple copies of many of these titles, with over 800 items in the collection.

StatRef! has a new mobile interface

Get access to major medical titles on the go… StatRef! has introduced a new interface optimized for your mobile device.   StatRef! includes major health titles such as

  • Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR)
  • AHFS Drug Information
  • Family Medicine Principles and Practices

Now you can get them on your web enabled device.  Use this web address while you’re on the UT wireless network:

(iPhone users:

Once you connect, you’ll be directed to the StatRef! site based on what capabilities your device supports.  For more information, see this FAQ.