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It's now summertime in the Northern hemisphere. In keeping with the spirit of the season, this issue focuses on all things cool.  As the thermometer rises, we naturally reach for ways to stay comfortable. Engineering marvels from air conditioning (1906) to moisture-wicking clothing (1941) to water misting systems (1970s), add to our comfort and enjoyment of this season. What modern invention tops your can't-live-without list for the hot weather?

In this issue, we take a look at a refreshing new way to conduct research. Maliaca Oxnam of The University of Arizona gives us a view on how this leading research university is making search easier for students, faculty and library staff. 

For many, summer wouldn't be complete without a visit to the beach. When the United Arab Emirates wanted more beachfront, it undertook a massive engineering project to create the world's largest artificial islands. Read on to learn some fun facts about The Palm Islands, now under construction in Dubai - a refreshing oasis indeed!

From all of us here at Engineering Village, we hope you can take the time to chill out and relax this summer.  Please let us know what's on your mind - we'd love to hear from you.

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Hit a roadblock in your research?  Get assistance through Ask an Expert!

  1. Click on the Ask an Expert tab on EV, and select your Expert:  your Librarian, a Product Specialist, or a Senior Engineer.  (If you select Ask an Engineer, select your engineering discipline.)
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Advancing Your Search:
An Interview with Maliaca Oxnam

Palm Tree ParadiseMaliaca Oxnam has been a science-engineering librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) since 2000.  Her time there has included involvement in several strategic projects for UAL, including leading the Strategic Long Range Planning Team for the Libraries, the development of the Geotechnical Rock & Water Resources Digital Library (GROW), and more. Ei recently talked with Maliaca about her work on the Technical Report Archive & Image Library project (TRAIL). Focused on further helping researchers get their hands on hard to find historical government research reports, the TRAIL project involves collaboration between UAL and more than 50 other academic, government, and commercial institutions.

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Referex 2009 Fall Release -
Sneak Peek!

By Alicia Burns

This fall, Referex will add over 200 new titles to its 6 subject collections. Specially selected by editorial staff for relevancy, the new titles, published within the past year, reflect the highest quality engineering e-books Elsevier has to offer. Titles will come from a variety of Elsevier imprints, including newly acquired William Andrew Publishers, and will bring the total number of e-books available on Referex to over 2,100. By expanding content with titles published in the past year, Referex can offer a wider perspective and give users more depth and insight on their area(s) of interest.

In the coming months, you will hear more about Referex's newest additions.  For more information, please contact your account manager, or visit our information site.

Palm Tree Paradise - an Oasis in the Desert

Palm Tree ParadiseTake 1.4 billion cubic meters of locally-quarried rock and sand, add 10 to 15 years of extensive labor, and what do you get? For the city of Dubai, the answer is tourism. Looking to lure luxury vacation-seekers from around the world, the United Arab Emirates began construction on three massive palm-tree shaped artificial islands in the Persian Gulf in 2001. When finished, the Palm Islands will host 520 km of new beaches, 100 luxury hotels, high end villas, marinas, water parks, shopping and more. One snapshot into building the world's largest artificial islands: The breakwater of the Palm Jumeirah, the smallest island, contains over seven million tons of rock, with each rock placed individually by a crane, signed off by a diver and given a GPS coordinate. Now that's engineering!

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