Archive for March, 2009

Scifinder Scholar Workshop for Grad Students

30 March 2009

Introduction to SciFinder Scholar

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa Hamilton Library is offering a workshop on SciFinder Scholar, a powerful search tool for chemistry and related disciplines from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS).

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Time: 2:45-4:15 pm
Location: Hamilton Library Addition, Room A156 (near the Science & Technology Commons Area)

UH graduate students in the sciences and engineering with a basic chemistry background are invited to attend.

This workshop will provide a basic overview of SciFinder Scholar, so it is appropriate for those who have limited or no experience working with the program.

Topics to be covered include:
· Content of the databases
· Creating topic searches
· Searching by author or company
· Analyzing & refining references
· Locating a substance by identifier or molecular formula
· Retrieving full-text and related references
· Printing & saving results

The instructor is Leslie Hamasaki, a graduate student in the Library and Information Science Program and intern with Hamilton Library’s Science and Technology Department.

This workshop is free, but space is limited, so please reserve a seat in advance. To sign up, go to: (click on the calendar entry for SciFinder Scholar, April 28, and then the link to sign up for the workshop).

Questions? Email


More Digital Hawai Maps!

30 March 2009

Recently announced by our maps department:

MAGIS is pleased to announce that a set of Hawaii Historical Topographical Quadrangle Maps 1910-1933 is now online and available for download.  As far as we tell, these are not available elsewhere in a downloadable format.

-These are in 1:31,650 scale for all the islands except for Oahu which
is at 1:20,000 scale.
-These are downloadable as a geotiff, which means that it can be
imported into a Geographical Information System.  You may also simply
view the tiff as a jpeg with any image viewer.
-Maps for Oahu, Kahoolawe, Lanai and Niihau are forthcoming.

This project is truly a collaboration/partnership.  Many many thanks go to:

Henry Wolter at the United States Geological Survey who provided us with
the maps.
Ev Wingert of Geography and his colleagues who scanned the maps and
converted them into geotiffs.

Not totally science, but….

12 March 2009

…these two exhibits are really great!

The UH Mānoa Library presents two exhibits, Tau Rima Tahiti and ‘Ite ‘Upa’upa, by curator and ethnomusicology candidate Scott Bartlett, in the Hamilton Library Bridge and Phase II Galleries from March 2 to April 28, 2009.

Tau Rima Tahiti: Crafting Performance showcases the craft artists and the material artifacts of ‘ori Tahiti.  Examples of locally made costumes and instruments show how artists preserve Tahitian traditions through craftsmanship, innovation, creative use of resources, and the transmission of knowledge. Builders and makers construct these objects for the stage production, but their craftsmanship is a performance in and of itself. The materials of Tau Rima Tahiti celebrate these craftspeople and their central role in preserving Tahitian culture.

‘Ite ‘Upa’upa features the resources on Tahiti and performance practices that are held in the Pacific Collection of Hamilton Library.  Developed collaboratively with Librarian Stuart Dawrs, the exhibit highlights photos and books on Tahitian dance and culture.