Extensive journal content purchased through Elsevier backfiles

Posted by: Katherine Herrlich


Good news!  The Library now provides online access to an additional 3-4 decades of scholarly research and knowledge. The online “backfiles” are now available for the following Elsevier journals in the ScienceDirect database :

Nuclear Physics A  (Includes Nuclear Physics):  1956-1994

Nuclear Physics B:   1967-1994

Journal of Chromatography A:  1958-1994

Tetrahedron:  1957-1994

Physics Letters B (Includes Physics Letters):  1962-1994

Journal of Molecular Biology:  1966-1994

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A  (Includes Nuclear Instruments; Nuclear Instruments and Methods; and Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research):  1957-1994

Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications: 1960-1994

Physica A (Includes Physica): 1934-1994

Experimental Cell Research:  1950-1994

Developmental Biology: 1959-1994

Journal of Alloys and Compounds (Includes Journal of Less Common Metals): 1959-1994

Discrete Mathematics: 1971-1994

This content can be found by searching individual titles in TDNet (the ejournal finder) and also by searching the ScienceDirect database.  You will also be able to link to this content when searching any of the major databases on the A-Z list  that have a “check for full text” link in the record.

I hope you enjoy these resources and the new access!

Posted in: Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Engineering, Health Sciences, Library News and Events, Mathematics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Toxicology, Physics, Research Online


IEEE Xplore upgrade brings new content and features

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


On Wednesday, IEEE upgraded the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Here are some of the new features:

1. Addition of VDE VERLAG Conference Proceedings: One of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe, VDE VERLAG now integrates its conference proceedings into IEEE Xplore bringing new and important content that was not available to us before.

There are 3,100 VDE conference papers from 20+ annual conference titles and 1,000 new articles anticipated to be added every year.

2. Sort search results by “Most Cited”: This new feature allows you to sort your search results by “Most Cited” and a citation count will be displayed on each article so you will be able to find articles of high impact quickly.

3. See more search results with is a search engine that surfaces content from 15 leading scholarly society publishers in science and technology. Now, when you perform your search in IEEE Xplore you will see additional relevant results from

Enjoy the new IEEEXplore upgrade, and we hope it makes your research easier!

Posted in: Engineering, Library News and Events, Research Online


New Resource: Annual Reviews Online Back Volume Collection (1932-2006)

Posted by: Rebecca Bailey


Need a summary of research in Biomedical, Life, Physical, or Social Sciences?

To supplement our ongoing access to the Annual Reviews, Snell Library is pleased to offer the Electronic Back Volume Collection, which has over 70 years of research online — timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists and social scientists from 1932-2006. It offers seamless access to a comprehensive collection of all available Annual Reviews Sciences Collection back volumes, with content dating back to the very first volume of the Annual Review of Biochemistry in 1932.

Features and Benefits

  • A comprehensive online collection of available Annual Reviews Sciences Collection with content spanning Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences, including Economics
  • Immediate access to 1,100+ volumes, comprising over 25,000 critical and authoritative review articles from 1932-2006
  • Color and grayscale figures, charts, tables, and cited literature available via full-text searchable PDFs

You may also wish to look at Annual Reviews‘ audio and video series featuring interviews with foremost scientific scholars.

To find Annual Reviews, click here to link directly, or go to the Library home page and click on All Databases and Trials for an A-Z list.

Posted in: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer and Information Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Library News and Events, Marine Science, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Toxicology, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Research Online, Serendipity, Sociology


Why Should I Go Looking in IRis?

Posted by: thomas urell


"Tires to Fit," by Flickr user Bob Aubuchon

If I was applying to go to college, and was hearing over and over about how important research is at major universities, I might wonder what exactly that means. Research can be something of an abstraction to a high school student—most of the social and lab science taught in classes is done straight out of textbooks, two or three times removed from the original research that they’re based on. Northeastern has great opportunities for grad and undergrad students to be involved in research, with faculty and independently.

IRis contains research done here at NU, and can show a prospective student both what she or he could be working on, and the kinds of research that are being done on campus that make NU unique. For example, I’ve gone through just now and seen a capstone project in mechanical engineering about turning tires into fuel. This seems like a really interesting project: the method is laid out for breaking down old tires, pulverising them into particles, and the economic model for generating fuel this way.

IRis is free and open to the public, and is therefore a great way for the university to show off to prospective students. It can also be appealing to new students to see how their work could be published and permanently archived.

Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, Engineering, Information and Society, Library News and Events, Research Online


Finally here! The redesigned IEEE Xplore

Posted by: Amy Lewontin


A newly redesigned interface for IEEE Xplore is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, February 13. Major new features for the new Xplore are a brand new interface, a more robust search engine, improved search and more personalization.  E-mail alerts, RSS Feeds, the ability to set your preferences, save searches and much more.  Check out the new type ahead features and the search suggestions as well.

There is further information about the new interface here including searching tip sheets.
Also, check out the video!

launch ieee xplore demo

Also, start following IEEE Xplore on Twitter

Feel free to send your feedback to Joan Omoruyi at or call her at 617-373-2806.

Posted in: Engineering, Information and Society, Library News and Events, Research Online, Serendipity