Applied Sciences

Data Visualization: Becoming a Data Scientist

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services


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Big Data before it was “Big Data”

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

This interactive time line of Big Data and the History of Information Storage based on the article by Gil Press   A Very Short History of Big Data  begins in 1800.  This timeline’s  short bursts include how the changes in information processing from the census of 1880 to Critical Questions for Big Data affect business, also, libraries and researchers.

The effect of “information overload” isn’t new; big data is having an impact on scholarly publishing. Add to your reading list the books:

Blair, A. (2010). Too much to know : Managing scholarly information before the modern age. New Haven Conn.: Yale University Press.

Short review and interview with Ann Blair about Too Much to Know

Fitzpatrick, K. (2011). Planned obsolescence : Publishing, technology, and the future of the academy. New York: New York University Press.

-Planned Obsolescence is a wonderfully clear and honest assessment of the present state of academic publishing and possible future directions.  Alessandra Tosi

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Keeping up: RDS reading

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

Big data is here to stay, as it should be. But let’s be realistic: It’s an important resource for anyone analyzing data, not a silver bullet.

The New York Times weighed in on data this week with Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data by Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis. There is great faith in statistical correlations and “big data” predictions leading to Artificial Intelligence (AI) breakthroughs. “Big data”, while seen as an “adjunct to science inquiry”, may not be the revolutionary 4th Paradigm of Science – read more  The Fourth Paradigm : Data-intensive Scientific Discovery by Tony Hey (

The Open Data initiative announced by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is bearing some fruit according to George Leopold of datanami. Read his April 9, 2014 article Survey Finds Open Data Boosting U.S. Economy.

On the Digital Humanities front, from dh+lib, there is discussion on the interdisciplinary nature of digital humanities in Defining Digital Social Sciences by Lisa Spiro  from Rice University.



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Chronicle of Higher Education Available to Entire CUA Community

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Joan Stahl
Posted in Access Services, Applied Sciences, Catholic History, Collection Management, General, Humanities, Library's Home page, Life Sciences, Music, Rare Books, Reference & Instruction, Religious Studies, Research Data Services, Semitics/ICOR, Tech Tools and Tips, University Archives is your gateway to on campus and remote access to the reputable publication, The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as several e-newsletters, job listings, a blog, and forums for discussions.  This is the essential resource for those who want to keep up with the latest news, trends, facts and figures in higher education.

To set up a personal account that allows you to select newsletters and features that will automatically be received on your desktop, ipad, smartphone, or tablet,  if you are on or off campus, go to and click on login. Then click on “Create a free Account. Enter and confirm your university e-mail address, then follow the steps on the account setup pages.  Note: The locks will still appear on premium content but you will have access.

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Get the Most from Web of Science (WoS) + EndNote, February 27

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Joan Stahl
Posted in Applied Sciences, Life Sciences, Reference & Instruction, Tech Tools and Tips

CUA Libraries is providing 2 in‐depth training sessions for researchers; no registration required.

Date: Thursday, February 27
Time:  10:00 AM (WoS) and 11:30 AM (EndNote)
Location:  Scullen Room, Pangborn Hall, First Floor (more…)

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Web of Science New Look

Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in Applied Sciences, Library's Home page, Life Sciences, Reference & Instruction

Happy New Year! Welcome to Spring 2014.
Web of Science at CUA
To access Web of Science, use the link through the Databases tab

The next generation of Web of Science went live on January 12, 2014.

New short training videos are available.

We will be offering training on campus in February – stay tuned.

For instruction on Web of Science and EndNote please contact Kimberly Hoffman, Coordinator Science Libraries

WiFi upgrades in Mullen Library

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Stephen Connaghan
Posted in Access Services, Applied Sciences, General, Humanities, Library's Home page, Reference & Instruction, Religious Studies

Technology Services is installing new WiFi access points throughout Mullen Library this week. Library staff is continuing to work with them to fine-tune the configuration of the new units.

If you encounter troubles please be sure to ask at the information desk for help. If we are unable to help we will pass along all information to the technicians to aid in the proper configuration of the new network. We appreciate your patience and join you in looking forward to a robust, reliable WiFi experience in Mullen Library.

Mullen Library to reopen at 5pm Aug 28

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by Stephen Connaghan
Posted in Access Services, Applied Sciences, General, Humanities, Reference & Instruction, Religious Studies

The ruptured water pipe near McMahon Hall has been replaced and water has been restored to the Crough Center, Shahan Hall, and Mullen Library. Water dependent cooling systems in Mullen are being checked and reset. We expect the Library to reopen at 5pm.

In the meantime please visit our other campus libraries,

Library closing, library services endure

Monday, August 12th, 2013 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in Applied Sciences

EALib_Closed3After serving the CUA community since the 1960’s, the Engineering + Architecture Library in Pangborn is closed -  to provide additional space for the growth of the School of Engineering. The engineering library collections have been moved to Mullen Library.  Some biomedical engineering resources are now in the Nursing/Biology Library (212 Gowan.)  Some materials science resources are now in the Physics Library (101 Hannan.)

The architecture and planning library collections will be moved to a new Architecture and Planning Library in the basement of the Crough Center; that space is being readied and the anticipated opening of the new library is September, 2013.

The Engineering + Architecture Library may be closed, but library services to all Engineering faculty, graduate students and undergraduates continue.

Please contact Engineering Librarian: Kimberly Hoffman BCE, MLS for questions.
See: CUA Science Libraries Collections web page
See: Engineering Research Guide
See CUA Science Libraries on Facebook and Twitter

We encourage our Engineering students who need a quiet place to study to use group study rooms in Mullen Library; group study rooms in the Nursing/Biology Library (second floor); and the Physics Library in Hannan Hall – which has recently been re-purposed to provide a model of progressive library space – a blend of flexible study space, collaborative technology and expanded hours.

Library services include – but are not limited to:

  • Requesting new research materials, print and online
  • Course Reserve consultations for faculty (NOTE: Engineering Course Reserves are now handled in Mullen Library)
  • Assistance with hard to find research materials (CLS, ILL and Document Delivery)
  • Reference meetings
  • Instruction sessions tailored to faculty and student needs
  • Research tools/introduction for new faculty and graduate students:
    - topic discussion
    - importance of a literature review
    - finding dissertations and mining references
    - finding review articles and research articles
    - using Web of Science tools and connections through the references
    - using other specific science databases
    - using CLS and ILL methods to get articles
    - using Google Scholar and settings to connect to CUA resources
    - bibliographic citation management tools – Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote and  RefWorks

The CUA University Libraries look forward – with all of our students and faculty -  to a great new Academic year at CUA!

Engineering/Architecture Library to Close August 9th

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Stephen Connaghan
Posted in Applied Sciences, General, Library's Home page

The Engineering/Architecture Library is expected to close permanently at noon on August 9th. During the next two weeks library staff will perform a final inventory of the architecture & planning (ARPL) collections, prepare the collections for the move, and pack staff offices & equipment. We understand from Facilities Planning the move into the new ARPL Library in Crough should occur during the last week of August.

If you need assistance regarding ARPL collections, please contact Anne Marie Hules, or 202-319-5548. Depending on the stage of the transition, it may be possible to schedule appointments to retrieve ARPL materials. (

Engineering materials have already been moved out of Pangborn. Most materials can now be found in Mullen Library though some interdisciplinary materials are now in the Physics and Nursing/Biology Libraries. For assistance with engineering research, please contact Kim Hoffman, or 202-319-6178. (

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition.