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.

Looking for a Job? New Library tool can help!

Job & Career AcceleratorJob & Career Accelerator

For new graduates and other job seekers, help has arrived! Job & Career Accelerator, a comprehensive online job search system, is now available to help graduates from the University of Toledo launch a new career. This innovative online resource provides UT job seekers everything needed to find career enhancing jobs, all in one easy-to-use application. The online program is a new feature in LearningExpress Library and is available to all Ohioans at no charge. Job & Career Accelerator™ can be accessed for three months after graduation from any Internet-enabled computer by going to and searching our library catalog for

The Job and Career Accelerator provides an opportunity for job seekers to:

  • Explore over 1,000 occupations and match those that fit job interests
  • Search available jobs from over 5 million job postings
  • Create professional resumes and cover letters
  • Get tips and advice on how to improve your search each step of the way
  • Organize and track your job search progress

The Job & Career Accelerator™ is paid for through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Get a head start on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at your University Libraries.  Traditionally celebrated in May each year, the University of Toledo got started a little early so that we could celebrate the heritage of people of Asian or Pacific Island ancestry before the end of the semester.  Stop by the exhibit table in Carlson Library to see what books and DVDs we have that explore the cultures of both the largest and smallest continents and the islands of the largest ocean, as well as the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Experiences:


Children’s and Young Adult books:

Arts & Literature:

Business & Economics:

Online Databases

An Evening with Neil Gaiman Webcast

To celebrate National Library Week, come to the library to watch author Neil Gaiman speak from the University of Minnesota via webcast.
April 12, 6-8 p.m.
Carlson Library Room 1025
As Honorary Chair of National Library Week and 2009 Newbery Medal winner for The Graveyard Book, Slide 1

Neil Gaiman will be speaking about his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by supporting intellectual freedom and privacy.
Slide 1

The program will conclude with a question and answer session.  Submit your questions ahead of time at

Neil Gaiman (used by permission Jessamine County Public Library)

This webcast is sponsored by the American Library Association, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Internet2, the University of Minnesota, and the Jessamine County Public Library.

UT Authors & Artist Exhibit: March 29 – April 30

The 2010 University of Toledo Authors and Artists Exhibit will be displayed March 29 through April 30 in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The exhibit will feature the works of nearly 200 UT faculty who have published books, journal articles or conference papers or have produced creative works in the past two years.   Begun in the 1950s, this annual exhibit allows the community a chance to see a large portion of the scholarly and creative output of our university faculty in one place.

photo courtesy of UTNews

International Book Club

Where great books meet great conversation!

Friday April 16, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. : Discuss the Book in Depth

Carlson Library Room 1025

The International Book Club events focus on selected international authors and their books to discuss them with fresh new ideas and perspectives. The events attempt to create a community around the books that have made an impact on us, and allow us to think of ways to use the lessons we take from these books in support of learning.

Click on the cover below to request a copy from OhioLINK.

Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra

Sponsored by the University Libraries.

Link from Library Catalog to More Resources

When you do a search in the library catalog, you can often link out to more resources on the same topic.  Just do a search like you normally would, and then click on the ‘More Resources’ button to the right of the title.

This will bring up a menu of additional options based on the item you’re looking at, such as:

  • Searching for the same subject or title in our Research Databases to find articles.  (While the catalog can tell you what books, videos, and other items we have, it cannot find individual articles on a subject.)
  • Looking in online reference resources including encyclopedias
  • Finding e-books on the topic
  • Connecting to a Library Guide developed by our own librarians for more research ideas.

Use the ‘More Resources’ button to expand your research today!