Archives—November 2015

Attention MeLCat Users

Use MeLCat to request books and media from other Michigan libraries? Between Wednesday, November 18 and Friday, December 11, MeLCat will temporarily suspend its requesting services for a server migration. ILLiad interlibrary loan services will remain available and can be used to request books and media during the MeLCat server migration. Questions? See MeLCat’s FAQ page or contact Interlibrary Loan at


Instructors’ Experimental Space

Open to all university instructors to innovate with new teaching techniques, the Experimental Education Environment (E3), Library 243, is available to be reserved for a semester or fewer sessions. Up to 15 learners or team members fit comfortably in this space with flexible tables and chairs, white boards, and multiple screens. An orientation to the room’s technology and capabilities is recommended and is offered by Jeff Toorongian from the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, (906) 487-3000. To reserve this space, please contact the library, (906) 487-2500 or

Article Processing Charge (APC) Discounts for Michigan Tech Authors

APCs, fees charged to contributing authors or their proxies to subsidize processing and publishing costs, are sometimes discounted based on the library’s journal licenses. Faculty, researchers, and graduate students have occasionally asked the library to fund APCs. Due to the unpredictability of acceptances and charges from year-to-year, we are unfortunately unable to establish a fund. Publishers are known to waive these charges, when requested, for authors lacking access to funds.

The following discounts are available for 2016; additional discounts for 2016 will be reported here when available.

American Chemical Society (ACS) journals: ACS has a number of open access options for authors. The library’s site license to all ACS journals provides a 25% discount for non-ACS members and a 62.5% discount for members, depending on the type of membership. Please see ACS Author Choice.

Biomed Central: Offers a 15% discount for authors for all of its journals and up to 20% for results reporting.

Chemistry Central: Same as Biomed Central.

Electrochemical Society journals: APC is normally $800.00 and is waived due to the library’s license with the society (or members).

National Academy of Sciences: PNAS offers a 25% Open Access discount.

Springer Open: Same as Biomed Central.

Save Time with Interlibrary Loan

When journals, books, or media are unavailable through subscription or in the library, interlibrary loan (ILL) can save valuable research time. While articles can sometimes be obtained through open repositories, Twitter, or from colleagues, faculty should not be reluctant to use the library’s ILL services for articles that cannot be obtained quickly or at no cost. Recent changes in processing methods, including new agreements with document suppliers and a broader network of library partners, have reduced costs and increased response time. Plus, use patterns contribute unobtrusively and partially to decision-making that weigh the annual subscription cost with borrowing or purchasing single articles.

In addition to our normal article delivery within 12 hours, seven days a week, there are new options through faculty members’ ILLiad accounts: A RUSH service, available daily with limited hours, is offered for urgent needs with delivery within four hours. When using ILLiad for books, faculty are offered the option to recommend a purchase instead of borrowing. Using this method or our Recommend a Purchase form are ways to advise the library for purchases to support current and likely future research or teaching and learning essentials.

We encourage all research to begin at the library’s Databases A-Z list, including Google Scholar; not only are you connected seamlessly to our subscribed content, an unavailable article’s citation is captured automatically for the ILLiad request. Simply click on the HuskyFetch logo next to the article and follow the “Request item using interlibrary loan” link to place an ILLiad request.

For the majority of requests, there are no charges for interlibrary loan services for faculty, students or staff. Under agreed upon copyright guidelines among libraries, however, the sixth and subsequent articles published within the last five years from a single journal exceed the allowable sharing among libraries, and copyright permission fees must be paid to obtain the articles. The library subsidizes this copyright fee up to $40.00 and our engagement with new document suppliers has decreased the number of times a borrower is asked to pay the difference between $40.00 and the true copyright fee. When incentive accounts or other funding are unavailable, especially for your students, please let us know that a hardship exists.

MeLCat is for self-service requests of books, CDs, DVDs, and other other media from academic and public libraries throughout Michigan; delivery to the library can be expected within 10 days. For music lovers, Michigan State has recently contributed the entire Rovi catalog offering thousands of CDs in all genres. In the coming months, the University of Michigan will join MeL for the first time. Family members may also use MeL with a free Courtesy Borrower’s Card from the library. When books or other returnable media are not available through MeL, requests can be made through ILLiad.

The library is also happy to assist instructors with placing articles in Canvas, especially when multiple uses are anticipated for an article that is unavailable through our online subscriptions.

Learn more about ILL or contact us at

New Databases and Resources

To access databases from off-campus, we recommend navigating through the Databases A-Z tab, located on the library homepage. You will be prompted to login with your username and ISO password. For more information, please refer to our Remote Access to Electronic Resources page.

Instructors frequently need images for use in teaching and research but permissions can be a problem. ARTstor is a collection of over 1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities and sciences that are available for use in your educational and research-related materials. Permission, when needed, is clearly outlined.

Browzine is a mobile app for tablets and smart phones that enables you to access and browse many e-journals from different publishers through one simple interface. BrowZine is available for the iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and Android phones and tablets (such as Google Nexus or Amazon Kindle Fire). To get started, simply download the app from your tablet’s app store, select Michigan Technological University as your library on the “Settings” page, and enter your username and ISO password.

Chronicle of Higher Education
There is a new recommended method for accessing the library’s campus-wide subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education. For easier access from anywhere, create a free account at using your email address. With this method, you will no longer need to go through the library’s website or otherwise authenticate to the network. A Chronicle app is also available for IOS devices, just log in using your free account credentials.

Looking for videos or clips to use in class, assignments or entertainment? Docuseek2 is a collection of documentaries covering topics from science and technology to sustainability, health, business and social issues. Documentaries or clips can be embedded into course pages or presentations; videos can be watched on- or off-campus through most devices or computers as well.

For those conducting historical or genealogical research, HeritageQuest is a rich source of primary documents. Federal Census data from 1790-1940, military records, books, bank records, and the PERSI collection are included.

IBISWorld offers more than 700 comprehensive industry reports. Each 30 to 40 page report contains key statistics and market analysis, current and future forecasts, and other data provided by a team of expert researchers and analysts.

Michigan Tech is now a member institution of ICPSR, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, an highly regarded archive for storing, preserving and making data accessible. Despite its name, this data archive also contains a wealth of datasets on topics such as transportation, health, medicine and education. Create a MyData account for access to data sets and other content exclusively for institutional subscribers including excellent guidance on the creation of data management plans.

Are you or your students looking for background information or statistical data on a specific market or company? The library now subscribes to Statista, an intuitive, multifaceted statistics portal with direct access to quantitative data on over 80,000 topics from more than 18,000 sources. Statistics, industry reports, company dossiers, and infographics are just some of the content available for download in multiple formats.