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Human Computer Interactions: A Sampler of Ebooks

November 20th, 2015

Among JPL Library’s ebook collections, there are many titles on the various aspects of human-computer interaction, design, theories, and futuristic predictions.  Here is a short list of examples. Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk (, ext 4-4200) to request a more specific list of resources.

Signal Processing in Biomedicine: Ebooks

November 18th, 2015

The JPL Medical Engineering Forum aims at applying space technologies to problems in healthcare and medicine. From JPL Library’s ebook collection, here is a short list of titles on signal processing used in biomedicine.

Additional titles on related topics are available, please contact the Library Reference Desk (, ext 4-4200) to request a literature search.

JPL ebooks can be downloaded from within the JPL network; they can be transferred to mobile devices for offline reading too. However, our licenses with the publishers prohibits redistribution to other users, so if you would like to recommend some books to your colleagues, please ask them to download the books themselves.



Physics Journals: Browse by Fields

November 5th, 2015

The JPL Library has access to many journals in physics. Now there are a couple ways to browse them by title, you can click here to see a complete A-Z list of all physics journals, or you can click on any of the fields listed below to see the journals within it.

Applied Physics Astrophysics
Biological & Chemical Physics Condensed Matter Physics
Engineering Physics Fluid Mechanics
Nonlinear Dynamics Nuclear & Particle Physics
Optical Physics Physics – Interdisciplinary
Plasma Physics Thermodynamics

Click on any of the cover image, you will see the table-of-contents for the latest issue.  Use the panel on the left hand side to navigate to earlier issues and years.

Browsing by journal is good for keeping up-to-date. If you want to research on specific topics, we suggest you use Web of Science or Compendex search for articles from multiple journals.  You can also contact the Library Reference Desk, ext 4-4200 or email to request a literature search.

Chicago Manual of Style Online

November 4th, 2015
  • Is it “the Smiths’ house” or “the Smith’s house”?
  • Should I underline an URL in my list of reference?
  • How many authors should I list in my reference if there are twenty plus authors in the original paper?

These are just a few examples of questions authors/writers encounter, and there are style guides providing answers and guidelines for these type of questions. Chicago Manual of Style is a preferred style recommended by the JPL Technical Writing Group, and JPL Library is now providing access to the online version.

Go to the URL,, from within the JPL network, and access this reference guide.



Dec 4, 2:00-4:00, #iLookLikeEngineer, ACW

November 23rd, 2015

#iLookLikeAnEngineer founder Isis Anachalee will lead a discussion on diversity in science, technology, engineering and math fields Friday, Dec. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hub (111-104).

Anachalee founded the global #iLookLikeAnEngineer movement. She is a passionate autodidact and platform engineer at OneLogin, an enterprise identity management company. The 22-year-old also serves on the advisory board for the non-profit Women Who Code, which is dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.

This event is presented by the Advisory Council for Women and is open to all JPL employees. Refreshments will be served.

Mac O/S Upgrade Workshops

November 23rd, 2015

The OCIO/LMIT has set up various dates and times to provide assistance to upgrade Mac O/S in November and December. This is by appointment, please contact 4-HELP (ext 4-4357) for more information.

Tuesdays, 8:30-10:30, Mobile Devices Distribution Workshop

November 23rd, 2015

On Tuesday mornings, between 8:30-10:30 am, LMIT/OCIO staff is at the Hub to distribute mobile devices purchased by JPL staff. They are also here to help with set up. This is by appointment, and LMIT staff initiates and schedules the appointments. For more information, please contact 4-HELP (ext. 4-4357).

Oct 12-Oct 25, Minor Remodeling Taking Place at Hub

October 8th, 2015

After five years of operation, some of the furniture at the Hub is showing wear and tear and need to be replaced. At the same time, Hub staff have also learned how people prefer to use our space.  With support from Division 27 Management, we are excited to get new furniture and we will reconfigure some of the set up on the south side of the Hub, the area near the vending machines and 3D printers.  From October 12 through October 25, the south side will be unavailable from time to time, and there may be working noise in close-by area.

The north side of the Hub remains open during this time. The 3D printers will be moved to the table in front of the Library Circulation/Reference Desk. Both Library Circulation/Reference Desk and OCIO Help Desk are open and continue to offer support to all.

Pardon our dust!