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Johns Hopkins University
Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology. Sheridan Libraries 2011 ABET Report
The library has an extremely strong engineering collection. Faculty and students have access both on
campus and at home to all of the core engineering databases including Compendex, INSPEC (both of
these include archival access back to the 1800s), Scopus, IEEE Xplore, and Web of Science. In addition
we have the ACM Digital Library, AIAA Electronic Library, Aerospace and High Technology Database,
GoeBase, GeoRef, Gray Sheets, Optics InfoBase, PubMed, SPIE Digital Library, CHEMnetBASE, REAXYS,
SciFinder Web, CRCnetBASE, Jane’s Online, and Safari Technical books, to name a few. The librarians
work closely with faculty to understand their needs for technical handbooks, technical reports,
standards, and patents to maintain an appropriate level of those materials to support research and
teaching. To see the complete list of resources available please see the Engineering LibGuide
http://guides.library.jhu.edu/engineering and for Computer Science http://guides.library.jhu.edu/cs
Access to these collections is available generally through IP authentication and via EZProxy or Shibboleth
from off campus. In addition to the LibGuides, we use SFX, a standard linking program, to connect users
to resources quickly.
The strong liaison program allows us to not only keep current with faculty needs but allows faculty an
easy access point for requesting material. We have an online form for anyone – faculty or students – to
request material. Generally, any book that is suggested is purchased immediately with the exception of
year-end when we are closing the books; those orders are held until the start of the new fiscal year.
Requests for continuations (journals) are discussed in the Engineering and Science Discipline Group.
For access to print materials that we do not own, our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department is a member of
Rapid ILL, a consortium of libraries that guarantees a 24-hour turnaround time. We also have a delivery
service for faculty and graduate students, Eisenhower Express, which delivers library materials to their
offices; journal articles are delivered to them electronically.