Engineering & Science Libraries Environment Guide

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At the Engineering & Science Library (4400 Wean Hall) you will find materials in the engineering fields of Biomedical, Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Mechanical. In the sciences: Computer Science, Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Robotics, as well as general science and engineering. Biology and Chemistry materials are held at the Mellon Institute Library (5000 Forbes Ave, 4th fl.).

Survival Basics:

Printing:    Your I.D. card has been encoded to enable you to print from computers in the library.  Each semester your I.D. account is replenished to permit up to 800 single-sided page copies (or 1600 double-sided copies).  If you need additional copies you may purchase those through the PlaidCa$h program. When the initial value is depleted, you can ‘recharge’ the card and reuse it indefinitely.

 Photocopying:  Use PlaidCa$h to photocopy on campus (10 cents per copy); also accepts $1 and $5 dollar bills.

Book Loan Period:
Grad students:  90 days - 100 books - 1 renewal per book.

Renewals:  – don’t give us your money!  Use any of the three options to renew materials:
1. Click "User Self Service" in Cameo and follow instructions.
2. Send email to Include:
3. Bring the item and your Carnegie Mellon ID to the library circulation desk for extended renewals.

Interlibrary Loan:
Need materials that CMU does not own?  Request articles and books using our online ILLIAD ordering system.  Link is located on our homepage at the User Services section:
Registration is necessary the first time you use it.

Let’s you borrow books directly from other academic.  Search 40 regional libraries in one search. Can be faster than ILLIAD.

                                             Local libraries you can borrow from (in person):

    The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
• With your CMU I.D. card and proof of local residence, go to Main Library lending desk for a library card. Info:

The University of Pittsburgh Library System
• With your CMU I.D. go to the Hillman Library lending desk on the lower level for a library card; ask for a guest account at the Reference Desk for access to online databases.    Info: (412) 648-780

                                             Selected Databases

• Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management       1960- to the present.
Indexes multidisciplinary scholarly journals in the environmental science subject area.
Live  DEMO:

EI Compendex (also known as the Engineering Index)     1884- to the present.
The most comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database in the world – goes all the way back to 1884!
 Live  DEMO:

• Web of Science       1945- to the present
     Coverage includes the sciences, social sciences and the arts & humanities. This unique database indexes and links cited references for each article.
Live  DEMO:  General Overview  Citation Searching

• SciFinder Scholar  (also known as Chemical Abstracts)     1907 – to the present
Search millions of chemical references and substances by research topic, author name, structure and substructure, chemical name or CAS Registry Number, company/name organization, browse the table of contents in journals, and reaction query.

                                        Research help page:

For further information contact:
Lynn Berard
Phone: x8-2428
4402 Wean Hall
Principal Librarian, E&S Library Oct 2008