Library News and Events


Digital Media Design Studio Closing August 21st

Posted by: Debra Mandel


The Library’s Digital Media Design Studio (DMDS) closes its doors on August 21st. Beginning on August 26th, most of the Studio’s services will be distributed elsewhere in the library, while construction of an innovative landscape of improved facilities and services gets underway.

Here is how we are addressing key services:

  • Basic audio and video recording rooms will be temporarily available on the first floor in while construction for an improved suite of studios are built for spring term. Reservations to use the temporary studios will be available through a new booking system.
  • Multimedia workstations with a full suite of software are available in the Digital Media Commons.
  • Media equipment, such as video and audio recorders, will be available for check-out from the new first floor Help & Information Desk.
  • Instructional sessions, workshops and support for multimedia projects will continue to be available to you and your students, either in your classroom or library location, as appropriate. Learn more about instruction here.
  • We will assist you with media reformatting, duplication and digitization requests, in partnership with Terry Beadle of Academic Technology Services.
  • Unfortunately, we will not be able to assist with off-air recording requests during the fall.

Staff offices are also changing in September. Temporarily, Thomas Bary and Jonathan Iannone will reside in 260 SL, adjacent to the 2d floor Digital Media Commons (DMC). Library and Information Services student staff will continue to provide a wide range of media and printing services from the DMC Information desk.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Let’s discuss how we can work together to meet your research and curricular needs in the coming school year.

Debra Mandel


Associate Dean (Acting), User Services

320 Snell Library

(617) 373-4902

Posted in: Digital Media Design Studio (DMDS), Library News and Events


Four Great Reasons to Sign In to Scholar OneSearch

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


You’ve tried the new search box on the library web page and it seems just fine. But did you know that you can get even more out of it when you sign in?

Sign In to Scholar OneSearch


If you’re a current NU student, faculty, or staff member, here are 4 great reasons to sign in to Scholar OneSearch every time you use it:

1. If you sign in, you get more high-quality search results. This is because the NU Libraries subscribe to some great scholarly content that will display ONLY if you show you’re affiliated with the university. Web of Science (the Thomson Reuters citation indexes), ArtSTOR, GeoRef (American Geological Institute), and MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association) have key scholarly citations that you will only see if you sign in with your myNEU credentials.

2. If you sign in, you can make requests. Some full text and book requesting options are only available to NU affiliates. Signing in lets you see all the options available to you.

3. If you sign in, you can save your work. Whether it’s individual citations, or whole batches of results, you can make folders for different projects, and even save searches to update and run again at a later date. Instead of having to remember another password, this service is based on the same credentials you use for myNEU.

4. If you sign in, you can see your account information. You can view and renew the items you have checked out from the library, and see the requests you have made and waiting lists you are on.

And here’s another tip:

Think about connecting directly to Scholar OneSearch the next time you’re in myNEU. Just go to the “Services and Links” tab in myNEU (or use the library tab, if you’re a faculty/staff member), and look under “Useful Links”. Because Scholar OneSearch recognizes your NU identity, you will automatically be signed in.

Give it a try, and let us know if you think it’s worthwhile!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Research Online


Spread the word: New full-text e-resources in medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy are now available

Posted by: Katherine Herrlich


AccessPhysiotherapy covers physical therapy, AccessMedicine covers medical/health sciences, and AccessPharmacy is the tool of choice for pharmacy.

These resources from McGraw-Hill were designed especially for instructors and students, with a focus on curricular topics, Q & A, self-assessment, core titles for assigned reading, high quality images, animation tools to convey concepts, and videos that demonstrate clinical practices.  Content can be embedded in Blackboard.

Mobile access: These resources are optimized for the iPhone, Google Android devices and the Blackberry Bold.



  • 500+ videos and narrated lectures in key topics in orthopedics, neurology and sports medicine; demonstrations of various examination and treatment techniques
  • Anatomy and Physiology Revealed”, a powerful cadaver dissection tool with imaging slides and animations
  • Essentials of Neuroscience in Physical Therapy”, an ongoing lecture series, which combines graphics, case studies, and narration to teach key neuroscience and neuroanatomy concepts relating to physical therapy
  • “Custom Curriculum”, a cutting edge tool to assign, manage, and track the progress of student assignments


  • 77 essential medical texts, including “Harrison’s Online”, “Hurst’s The Heart”, “Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment”, and “DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination”
  • Thousands of photos and illustrations
  • Diagnosaurus, the differential diagnosis tool
  • Interactive patient safety modules, musculoskeletal exams, case files, and Q & A
  • 200+ procedural videos and Grand Rounds lectures


  •  Drug databases, cases, self-assessment tools, animations, and full text of these core titles:
    • DiPiro’s Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 8e
    • Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach, 8e
    • Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 12e
    • Applied Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics, 6e
    • Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 12e
    • Casarett & Doulls Essentials of Toxicology, 2e
    • Drug Information: A Guide for Pharmacists, 4e
    • Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology, 24e
    • Pharmacy and Federal Drug Law Review
    • Pharmacy Student Survival Guide, 2e
    • Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach, 6e

Register for a My AccessMedicine, My AccessPharmacy or My AccessPhysiotherapy account to enter the mobile sites, save and download images, bookmark content pages, view and print CE certificates, customize patient education handouts, re-run recent searches, and use the Custom Curriculum.

For more information on health sciences resources, please see the biomedical and health subject guides.


Posted in: Health Sciences, Library News and Events, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Toxicology, Research Online


Updated: Scholar OneSearch Replaced NUCat on July 1st, 2013

Posted by: Amira Aaron


Update, July 1, 2013: Scholar OneSearch is live! We’re very excited to be able to share this new service with you, and we hope to hear your feedback about the service. WorldCat is also back online, along with all of the myNUCat functions that had been offline, login to Scholar OneSearch with your myNEU credentials to get started.

Update, June 28, 2013: The interlibrary loan service WorldCat is currently unavailable due to the system changeover, but do not despair: you can still order any materials you need through ILLiad! Our apologies for the disruption in service, and thank you for understanding. We will update here when the service is restored.

Update, June 26, 2013: With the change from NUCat to Scholar OneSearch, all functions of myNUCat will be offline from 11:00pm tonight, Wednesday, 6/26/13, until the new system comes online July 1. This includes placing holds, renewing materials, viewing fines, and self-service room reservations. Room reservations are still available, however, details are here. You can still borrow and return books from Snell Library, as well, you’ll just have to stop by the Circulation & Information desk by the front doors to Snell Library. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this transition, all self-service functions will be back online starting sometime on July 1st.

There’s a lot of exciting change coming to the library this summer. If you’ve been in Snell Library, you’ve seen the construction work taking place on the 1st floor, which will provide wonderful new individual and group study spaces for the Northeastern community.

Another major change will occur on July 1 as our legacy NUCat library catalog is replaced by a sophisticated new research tool called Scholar OneSearch. Using Scholar OneSearch, you will be able to search the library collections, articles and more from one search box. Or, if you prefer, you will be able to limit your search to just the library collections as you did formerly with NUCat.

Scholar OneSearch is the front end to a major new automated library management system in the Northeastern libraries, which is now also being implemented in many other libraries across the world, including Princeton, Purdue, Boston College, University of Minnesota and hundreds more. Because this system is new to Northeastern and relatively new to libraries in general, it will be enhanced over the summer and beyond as we gather user feedback. So we need to hear from you about any thoughts you have about Scholar OneSearch, any problems you encounter or any changes you would like to see.

Meanwhile, if you have personal lists and borrowing history in your myNuCat account and you need that information, please be sure to print them out or save them before July 1st.

Thank you for helping us to make your library research experience the best it can be!

Posted in: Library News and Events


3D Printing is Coming to Snell Library!

Posted by: Julie Ryu


This fall, the Digital Media Commons at Snell Library will be home to a new studio with 3D printers, 3D scanners, and more. 3D printing, or “additive manufacturing,” is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model. The technology involves using additive processes where objects are created from adding layers of materials and is being used to make all kinds of products in different fields, from medicine to engineering to retail.

The new 3D studio will be accessible to everyone across campus, too, so you’ll be able to learn about 3D printing and try it out for yourself. More information on how you’ll be able to do that is coming soon.

While Northeastern has already been active in the 3D printing world, bringing this technology into Snell Library now will make this cutting-edge technology available to the whole community. In recent years, several colleges and departments have added in 3D printers and faculty, staff, and students have been working on 3D projects. Just today, for example, the news @ Northeastern has a 3Qs with Constantinos Mavroidis, a professor in engineering, talking about his work in bringing 3D printing to biomedical research.

ANA figure

An ANA print-out. 

Another Northeastern 3D project, called ANA, is particularly interesting. ANA prints physical 3D objects that store information via alphanumeric text. You can type text into ANA’s website and the text is coded into the printed object, making the object a storage tool for information. The result of a capstone project, ANA was created by visiting professor Janos Stone who partnered with Sia Mohammadalipoor, a mathematics PhD candidate; Michael Godlewski, an undergraduate senior in Digital Art and Interactive Media; Stephen J Elliott, an undergraduate senior in Programming and Computer Science; and Hooman Javaheri, a PhD candidate in Computer Science.

As you might be able to tell from the varying backgrounds of the ANA creators, an important part of 3D printing at Northeastern is the emphasis on interdisciplinary applications. At the new Snell Library 3D studio, 3D printing, as well as other new technologies, will be woven not only into engineering and the sciences, but design and the arts as well. This is one of the reasons the facility at Snell Library will be unique–it will be a resource for everyone on campus and not be restricted to a particular major or grade level.

Looking beyond Northeastern, universities around the world have started to use 3D printing to do a number of cool things. Computer scientists at Harvard are conducting research on how to make 3D printing useful for artists and animators, and in one case, developing software for printing 3D action figures from digital animation files. They’re basically creating a software tool that translates 3D animations into fully articulated action figures(!).

Case Western Reserve University has opened a space for the new technology called Think[box] where 3D printers, laser cutters, and other tools are available for students’ use, and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand also opened a 3D Model Workshop equipped with metalwork and woodwork machines.

Over the course of the summer and into the fall semester we’ll have more information up about what will be available in the 3D studio at Snell and how you can get involved, but the first step is to think up ideas for what you want to 3D print—what will you create?

Posted in: Library News and Events