BrowZine: Virtual newsstand for scholarly journals


Download the free BrowZine app to browse and read journals in a format that is optimized for tablets and mobile devices.  BrowZine is easy to use and great for students, faculty, and researchers.

Use BrowZine to:

  • Access all UT Libraries’ electronic journals (issues back to 2005).
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Receive alerts when new editions of journals are published.
  • Save articles and citations to Dropbox cloud storage and Zotero citation management.

Download BrowZine:

  • Search “BrowZine” in the app store on iPhone, iPad, Android, or Kindle.
  • Register with a NetID and password.
  • Update the BrowZine password when the NetID password changes.

Get started with BrowZine:

Find grant opportunities with SciVal Funding


SciVal Funding is a subscription database that helps researchers find funding opportunities relevant to their interests.

Use SciVal Funding to:

  • Find funding opportunities
  • Find new sources of external grant income
  • Identify collaborators and investigators that are winning grants in your field
  • Analyze funding trends
  • Set up alerts to be notified automatically of funding opportunities

Get started with SciVal Funding:

SciVal is a subscription-only research asset sponsored by the UT Office of Research.  For more information, contact James Mazzouccolo or visit the Office of Research and Engagement Funding page.

Beyond Copyright: Creative Commons and Traditional Knowledge Licenses

licensesWhenever you create something – an article, book, or piece of art – you hold the copyright to that work. Copyright protects the author or creator’s exclusive right to use and distribute his or her work for a period of time.

While copyright is important for protecting intellectual property, it is not always best suited to how we create and share information in the digital world. If you are creating and sharing your work online, consider attaching a special license or label. Two such licenses are Creative Commons and Traditional Knowledge licenses:

Creative Commons (CC) Licenses are the standard way to give people permission to share, use, and build upon your research or creative work. You may want to limit your license (non-commercial use only, for example) or allow people to access, share, and edit your work freely, as long as they give credit to you. CC licenses support the ideal of universal access to knowledge; you have access to hundreds of millions of works under CC licenses that you can use and edit in your own creative work.

Be aware that CC licenses work in conjunction with copyright and publishing agreements. When you publish your research in a journal, read the fine print about whether the article will be available open access or by subscription.

Traditional Knowledge (TK) Licenses and labels recognize that indigenous, traditional, and local communities have different access and use expectations regarding their knowledge and cultural expressions. TK licenses are designed to clarify cultural expectations and help people outside those cultures to use the material fairly and respectfully. TK licenses can also be used alongside copyright and CC licenses.

Visit the UT Libraries Copyright Page for more information about copyright and licenses. For help negotiating copyright transfer with publishers or publishing open access, see the Author’s Rights Retention Kit.

Calling all faculty! Take the Libraries Digital Scholarship Survey

dsc_dataservices3To help the University Libraries better meet digital scholars’ needs, we would like you to complete a survey designed to help us make decisions about future resources and support for digital scholars.

Click here to begin the survey. The survey is brief, anonymous, and participants are eligible for a $10 Starbucks card raffle.

Faculty and graduate students in any department are encouraged to take the survey, even if they have no interest in digital scholarship.

The survey will automatically adjust its length and questions based on the indicated level of interest. So please take it yourself and share widely within your department!

Advance Open Access — Follow OpenCon



Do you care about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data?  Do you want to learn from colleagues and collaborators, be inspired, and help make the fundamental right to research a reality?  For these and many more reasons, you should follow updates from OpenCon 2015!


OpenCon 2015 is the student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 14-16, 2015, in Brussels, Belgium.  It is organized by the Right to Research CoalitionSPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.


The meeting will convene students and early career academic professionals from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation to advance OpenCon’s three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.


Applications for the conference are now closed, but you can fill out this form to stay up to date with the latest OpenCon news.

Library Reaches Out to Prospective STEM Students

DNA extraction

In one hands-on session directed by cell biologist Dr. Anthony DePass, students learned about extracting DNA.

One Saturday each spring the UT Libraries holds a forum for students who are considering careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. Our Big Orange STEM Symposium gives middle school, high school, and freshmen university students a chance to meet current students and researchers in STEM fields, and to learn about unique resources available to them at UT.

Students who attend the Big Orange STEM Symposium at the John C. Hodges Library get the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, hot topic sessions, and a STEM browse fair. At our symposium this past April, students learned about hot topics such as extracting DNA, “The Science Behind Tree Planting,” “The Nuts and Bolts of Engineering,” and “ORNL: The Coolest Place to Work.” Parents attended sessions titled “Help! My Child is Going to College.”

Students and parents browsed information booths; they met and talked with faculty members from the university’s STEM departments and representatives from the Oak Ridge National Lab, Texas Instruments, Knox Makers, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Also on hand to answer questions were UT staff from Admissions, the Student Success Center, the Living and Learning Communities, the One Stop Express Student Services Center, Career Services, Volunteer Dining, the Parent’s Association — and even WUTK, the student-run radio station.

In addition to introducing students to their possible future careers, the Libraries’ symposium is an excellent recruiting tool for STEM disciplines at the university. We want exceptional students to consider UT in their college career plans, so we use the symposium to inform prospective students about UT programs that can boost their academic success. We tell them about VolsTeach, a program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in a math or science field concurrently with a teaching certificate, and RISER, the Research and Instructional Strategies for Engineering Retention living-and-learning community. RISER members form a support system both inside and outside the classroom by living together on the same residence hall floor and enrolling in the same demanding, first-year calculus course.

At the Libraries’ one-day symposium, students gain an introduction to STEM careers and an overview of the many support services offered by the university. We hope students and parents leave our symposium a little better prepared for the college experience — and a little more willing to ask a librarian for help.

The 2015 Big Orange STEM Symposium was organized by the Libraries’ Community Learning Services and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

From Medieval Alchemy to Tennessee Moonshine

Woodblock from Ulstadt's 1525 work

Woodblock from Ulstadt’s 1525 work, Coelum philosophorum seu de secretis naturae liber

Special Collections continually seeks new areas on which to focus acquisitions. We look for topics with regional significance that have potential for broad impact. One such area is the ancient art of moonshining. Bootlegging has long been the subject of storytelling in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains. The illegal distillation of spirits was a popular trade in Tennessee well before prohibition; and when legal distilleries were forced to shut down in 1920, the demand for illegal spirits dramatically increased. Although moonshine could be a toxic combination of many ingredients which might include paint thinner, antifreeze, and even embalming fluid, thirsty locals were eager to imbibe. After prohibition ended and legal distilleries opened their doors, the moonshine tradition carried on in Tennessee. Perhaps the most famous moonshiner was Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton who continued to practice his craft until 2009 when he was arrested by federal authorities. He even self-published guides and taped videos documenting his process.

But the craft of distillating spirits began long before prohibition or Popcorn Sutton and can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece and Egypt. Special Collections recently purchased an extremely rare first edition of one of the earliest texts documenting the practical process of distillation written by Philipp Ulstadt, a physician and professor of medicine in Switzerland. Ulstadt was closely connected with the German alchemist Hieronymus Brunschwig who in 1500 published Liber de arte destillandi (The Book of the Art of Distillation). In 1525, Ulstadt published his seminal work, the Coelum philosophorum seu de secretis naturae liber. Denuo reuisus & Castigates (The Book of the Secrets of Nature, or of the Heaven of the Philosophers). The manual served as the standard authority on the preparation and use of distillates for nearly a century. This first edition is very rare with the only other copy in the United States held by the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It went through more than twenty editions, and was translated into German and French. Ulstadt’s ideas reappear in the later writings of other prominent scientists including Konrad Gesner and Andreas Libavius.

Ulstadt’s work was influential largely due to his clear and concise technical descriptions of the processes of distillation and the apparatus used. Other alchemy guides of the time were intentionally written obscurely or even in code to keep the information hidden from those who might abuse it. His was the first accurate and accessible summary of distilling methods. In addition, he discussed the practical use of the remedies for physicians and apothecaries and lists recipes for spiced wines and clarets. His detailed directions were accompanied by the same type of woodblock illustrations used by Brunschwig. Many of the illustrations depict the apparatus used in the distillation process. During the middle ages, astrology, alchemy, and pharmacology were all considered to be genuine sciences and were seriously pursued by physicians. Ulstadt’s practical text helped define boundaries between the practices of astrology and chemistry paving the way for the establishment of medicine and chemistry as partner disciplines.

With the assistance of the B.H. Breslauer Foundation, Special Collections was able to secure the purchase of this unique volume. The foundation was established and endowed by the late Dr. Bernard H. Breslauer with the main purpose of giving grants to libraries that collect rare books and manuscripts in the United States. Now this influential rare piece can serve as the cornerstone for Special Collections’ growing assembly of materials documenting the history of moonshine and distillation from its earliest practitioners to bootleggers in the communities of Appalachia.

Celebrate National Week of Making, June 12-18

What do computer coders, tinkerers, woodworkers, and crafters have in common?  They are all “makers.”

obama_robotic_giraffeLast June, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire and issued a call to action that “every company, every college, every community, every citizen join us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.”  This year, the White House has announced a “Week of Making” from June 12-18 to coincide with the National Maker Faire.

Students, faculty, and staff can make and create in the UT community with the support of 3D printing at Pendergrass.  The Library supports UT makers, including agriculturalists, veterinarians, art students, and engineers, who watch their visions come to life as digital 3D models are built layer upon layer.  This fall, Pendergrass plans to implement an upgraded 3D printer with even greater capabilities.

3d_print_objectsWant to learn more about 3D printing and how you can print a model at Pendergrass?  Check out our 3D Printing Guide to see how the process works, view pictures of past projects, or contact the Library to submit a model for printing.  3D printing is available in Pendergrass temporary summer location in Brehm 243.

But you don’t have to be an expert in 3D printing to be a maker.  Makers are anyone who funnels ingenuity into all sorts of amazing projects, developing creative solutions, strengthening communities, and even bringing innovations to market.  Maker culture includes engineering-oriented pursuits like electronics, robotics, and 3D printing, as well as more traditional activities like metalworking, woodworking, and arts and crafts.

Want to support makers and DIY-ers in our community and across the nation?  Here are a few ideas to get started:

  • Post photos of a current project you are working on using #NationOfMakers on Twitter.
  • Share the plans for your project online through maker platforms so others can make, modify, or remix it.
  • Explore the MAKE website for new project ideas.
  • Volunteer to be a mentor for someone who wants to learn a new skill, or find a mentor to teach you.
  • Organize a maker roundtable in your neighborhood to expand making activities.

Return books at Book Drop or in Brehm 243

Students, faculty, and staff can return library books at two locations this summer:


1. Book Drop outside Pendergrass Library 

Return books in the blue book drop outside the Pendergrass Library location 24/7.  A library staff member will pick up the books each morning and return them for you.  The book drop is located to the right of the external library entrance in the Veterinary building facing Joe Johnson Dr.

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2. Service Desk in Brehm 243 

Stop by our temporary summer location in Brehm Animal Science Room 243 (computer lab) and return books at the service desk.  Library hours in this location are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  While you’re here, you can also check out a Leisure Reading book, use the computer lab, or get research or technical assistance.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on our temporary summer relocation.

Faculty: Options for detecting plagiarism available

plagiarism_detectionThe University of Tennessee’s two-year subscription for iThenticate plagiarism detection software expired on March 29, 2015, and your account associated with this trial subscription was deactivated. If you or your department wishes to use plagiarism detection software to assist with your publishing, you have several options to choose from.

If you are interested in continuing to use iThenticate, the company offers a variety of inexpensive purchasing options that you or your department may want to consider. iThenticate helps faculty avoid “cut and paste” errors that might be unacceptable in funding proposals or scholarly articles.

Plagiarism detection services are available for free or for a minimal charge from a variety of other sources. See this LibGuide for a list of Anti-Plagiarism Software options. Some free options include:

Plagiarism Checker

Plagiarism Software