arXiv celebrates 25th anniversary, issues user survey

arXiv, an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016.

To mark the occasion, the service has engaged in a series of vision-setting activities, including a user survey, to help improve arXiv and to clarify future directions in a way that best serves the user community. The survey is located at arXiv user survey. It has four sections and should take about 10 minutes to complete. No personal information is collected during the survey and only a summary of the results will be shared. The survey closes on April 27.

arXiv is owned and operated by Cornell University, a private, not-for-profit educational institution. arXiv is funded by Cornell University Library, the Simons Foundation and by the member institutions.

Artstor expands content to include architectural plans, related materials

ArtstorArtstor, a major provider of images for use in the teaching and study of art, architecture, and archaeology, has added 10,000 architectural images through a partnership with the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

Curated by Professors Mary McLeod and Kenneth Frampton from Avery’s extensive holdings, the collection will eventually include 20,000 images. It is based on GSAPP’s history of modern architecture curriculum and covers the history of modern buildings, focusing primarily on 20th-century modernism. The Plans and Sections project comprises 1,000 projects from 44 countries, the majority of them of built works, and also includes documentation of unbuilt projects and competitions. This is the first time this rich body of visual material and related scholarship has been made available online.

Other specialized image collections in Artstor include Asian art, Native American art and culture from the Smithsonian, the MoMA collection for architecture and design, and the Schlesinger photograph collection on the history of women in America.

For more information, contact Architecture Librarian Barbara Opar or see the Artstor blog.

RefWorks is moving to the Cloud

PQFRefWorks is a citation management tool used to store references and facilitate citing and formatting references in written works. The new RefWorks will be on an entirely new platform with new features and tools, as well as a new name, ProQuest RefWorks.

ProQuest RefWorks will be a cloud-based client with a mobile responsive design. A beta version of ProQuest RefWorks called, ProQuest Flow, is available now and one can access it by signing up for a ProQuest Flow login. Flow account holders will automatically migrate to ProQuest RefWorks when it comes out in January 2016. When signing up for Flow, users will be given the option of importing ProQuest RefWorks folders and references. This can also be accomplished at a later date. Note, however, there is no continuous synchronization between the two tools: these are separate tools with different logins.

ProQuest RefWorks will offer new features such as drag and drop capability for importing PDFs, a PDF reader, and integration with Google Docs and Dropbox. As in the legacy RefWorks, users will still be able to share references, create bibliographies, and format papers.

Mac users should be aware that the formatting tool, ProQuest for Word, also called Write-N-Cite, may not work with the latest Mac operating system or with Microsoft Word for Mac 2016. Mac users may want to consider using the citation tool Mendeley instead.

More information can be found at the ProQuest RefWorks Customer Resources support center or on the ProQuest Flow Guide. SU Libraries will provide more information on using ProQuest RefWorks when it is released in January. For assistance using Flow or ProQuest RefWorks at Syracuse University, please email

A dozen news databases every SU student should know!

dailydogCreated to support October’s News Engagement Day (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication), be sure to visit A Dozen News Databases Every SU Student Should Know. All are available to Syracuse University-affiliated students, staff, and faculty, 24/7 & 365 days per year.

This collection of resources is also featured on the Databases listing on the Libraries website.

For more information about news databases at SU Libraries, contact Librarian for Communications and Public Affairs, Michael Pasqualoni, at



New anatomy and physiology resources

The Libraries’ subject specialists are constantly updating library collections to keep up with changing disciplinary and user needs. The two new Primal Pictures’ products described below are targeted for students and faculty in the biomedical and life sciences. They contain detailed anatomical models, videos, study guides, medical data, and much more.

Established in 1991, Primal Pictures produce the world’s most medically accurate and detailed 3D graphic rendering of human anatomy based on imaging data. Their benchmark anatomy, physiology, and clinical content is used by many thousands of health science educators, students, and practitioners worldwide to teach, learn, and practice. It is widely recognized as the best in class. Primal Pictures resources are continually revised and upgraded to keep up with cutting-edge digital technology.

Anatomy.TV contains medically accurate and detailed 3D graphic renderings of human anatomy. Supporting media, such as MRIs, X-rays, movies, and animations are included. Designed for use in anatomy-focused courses, this content can be embedded in Blackboard.

Anatomy & Physiology Online

This product includes 20 comprehensive modules on the human body, with 3D anatomy and integrated physiology content. Users can engage with 3D models, use intuitive functions to rotate, add, or remove anatomy, and identify and learn about any visible structure. Case studies, quizzes and study guides are included.

For more information, contact Linda Galloway at or x9766.