Photos: How to publish in IOP Journals

By Wednesday, July 31, 2013 , No comments

IOP Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics. The Institute is a leading scientific society promoting physics and bringing physicists together for the benefit of all. It has a worldwide membership of around 50,000 comprising physicists from all sectors. 

It works to advance physics research, application and education, and engages with policy makers and the public to develop awareness and understanding of physics. Any profits generated by the publishing company are used by the Institute to support science and scientists in both the developed and developing world. (ref: IOP website)

Download Dr. Nicola Gulley slideshow HERE


IOP Publishing Workshop in UiTM

By Monday, July 29, 2013 , , No comments
 IOP Publishing Workshop in UiTM
Jointly organized by Perpustakaan Tun Abdul Razak, 
Research Management Institute and Access Dunia
How To Publish in IOP Journals by Dr. Nicola Gulley (Editorial Director of IOP Publishing Bristol, United Kingdom)
picture: IOP website
Date : 30 July 2013 (Tuesday)
Time : 09.30 a.m - 11.45 a.m
Venue :  Pusat IT, Perpustakaan Tun Abdul Razak 1, UiTM Shah Alam


Repost: Research and Markets: Research and Development Forecast Report on China's Zirconium (Zr) Industry, 2013-2017

By Monday, July 29, 2013 , No comments
 DUBLIN — Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Research and Development Forecast of China's Zirconium (Zr) Industry, 2013-2017" report to their offering.

Research and Development Forecast of China's Zirconium (Zr) Industry, 2013-2017 mainly analyzes overall development status, influencing factors and technical level of China's zirconium industry, and also summarizes the related industrial policies, measures and development plan; what's more, this report also conducts specific analysis on the subdivided industries, as well as import and export; at last, this report analyzes the latest status in 2012 of key enterprises in this industry.

In 2012, China's zircon sand (including concentrates and tailings) import volume was 78.01 tons, reduced by 12.16% year-on-year; in Q4, the import price of zircon sand reduced by 27% over Q1. 

In 2013, ILUKA intends to slash output, and the target output dropped by 36% over the same period of last year, and reduced by 63% over 2011. Huidian Research forecasts that the zircon sand price is expected to show an upward trend in H2 of 2013 with the global economic and demand recovery, especially with the supply slash of industry giants.

Original link: Herald Online website


Repost: Man Returns Library Book 41 Years Late And Pays $300 Fine

By Thursday, July 25, 2013 , , No comments
One Ohio bookworm learned the hard way just how much library late fees can add up.

Even though their book was a whopping 41 years past due, an unnamed borrower returned it to the Champaign County Library in central Ohio, along with $299.30 for late fees, reports The Consumerist.

"Sorry I've kept this book so long," a note enclosed in the book read."I'm a slow reader!"

It's a good thing he or she made good on their debt.  With city governments looking to pinch every penny, some libraries have started to turn even the smallest debts over to collection agencies and credit bureaus.

Read more: Business Insider

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Save your DATE with us!

By Tuesday, July 23, 2013 , , No comments

Kini pelajar postgraduate dan juga penyelidik, boleh membuat Kelas Kemahiran Penyelidikan bersama pegawai-pegawai kami yang sedia membantu anda. Bagaimana caranya?

1) Isi borang tempahan di sini: Borang Tempahan Kelas
2) Jika tidak respond dalam 24jam, boleh emailkan butiran seperti nama, no.pelajar, fakulti, no.telefon ke



Repost: Neuroscience - Solving the brain

By Monday, July 22, 2013 , No comments

When neurobiologist Bill Newsome got a phone call from Francis Collins in March, his first reaction was one of dismay. The director of the US National Institutes of Health had contacted him out of the blue to ask if he would co-chair a rapid planning effort for a ten-year assault on how the brain works. 

To Newsome, that sounded like the sort of thankless, amorphous and onerous task that would ruin a good summer. But after turning it over in his mind for 24 hours, his dismay gave way to enthusiasm. “The timing is right,” says Newsome, who is based at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. He accepted the task. “The brain is the intellectual excitement for the twenty-first century.”

Original Link: Nature Website

Repost: Research may deliver bruise-free avocados

By Friday, July 19, 2013 , No comments
Researchers may soon understand more about why avocados are often bruised when they come home from the grocery store.

A joint project between The University of Queensland's School of Agriculture and Food Sciences and the Queensland Government's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry hopes to reduce consumer disappointment with bruised fruit, and benefit the industry with higher sales.

Consumers have reported that one in three avocados is a disappointment and that they would purchase more if they had confidence in the product.

UQ PhD student Muhammad Sohail Mazhar has followed avocados through the supply chain from ripener, distribution centre, to retailer. He discovered that most flesh bruising occurs at the retail store.

"A bruise in an avocado fruit can continue to grow and intensify for up to 96 hours," Mr Mazhar said.

Original link: PHY. org website

Government Publications and annual reports for your research needs

By Wednesday, July 17, 2013 , , No comments
Perpustakaan Tun Abdul Razak’s collection of reports  is available for reference at the 2nd floor of the main library.  It contains mainly government publications but reports from the banking sectors and other bodies are also avaliable.  The reports which started from the year 1992 to the present are categorized as follows:

1. Ministries
2. Departments
3. Institutes
4. Commission
5. Agency
6. Bank
7. Board
8. Council
9. Office               
10. Corporation
11. Library
12. Unit
13. Foundation
14. Association
15. Organisation
16.  Centre
17. University
18. Polytechnic
19. College
20. Others

 Annual Report @ Level 2, PTAR 1 (UTAMA)

You can view the annual report here:

Guideline for you to search Annual Reports:
How To Search for Annual Report- WebInfoLine (PDF)
How To Search for Annual Report (PDF)


New biology lab wants to democratize access to research tools for budding entrepreneurs

By Monday, July 15, 2013 , , No comments
For too long, basic biology research has been constrained to academics at universities and professionals at commercial labs. That needs to change, according to Joseph Jackson, co-founder of the Bio, Tech and Beyond community lab, in order to expand the industry. His biotech hacker space opens today in Carlsbad, Calif., just north of San Diego.

Bio, Tech and Beyond intends to “bootstrap” the traditional research model and provide a space for professionals and advanced amateurs to conduct independent research. For a fee that ranges up to $600 a month, they can access equipment and other resources that would usually be inaccessible to an individual. They will also offer classes that range in skill level from student to professional.

read more: GIGAOM website

Google Cloud Print

By Thursday, July 11, 2013 , No comments
Print anywhere, from any device.

Google Cloud Print is a new technology that connects your printers to the web. Using Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day. Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from.

Picture: Google Image

How Does Google Cloud Print Work?

In the world of Google Cloud Print, you can print anything, from any device, to any cloud-connected printer.

When you print through Google Cloud Print, your file is securely sent to your printer over the web. Because it’s the web, Google Cloud Print works whether you’re in the same room as your printer, or on another continent. It also doesn’t matter whether you’re on a phone, a traditional desktop, or anything in between (like a tablet). 



Perisian Turnitin di UiTM

By Wednesday, July 10, 2013 , No comments
Turnitin adalah perisian yang memberikan kemudahan kepada pelanggan untuk membuat padanan teks penulisan dengan teks yang terdapat dalam server Turnitin.  Padanan akan menunjukkan peratus kesamaan dengan teks yang disemak.  Dalam erti kata yang lebih mudah, ia merupakan satu perisian yang digunakan untuk mengesan aktiviti plagiat (plagarism checker).

Oleh yang demikian, penggunaannya sangat relevan bagi pensyarah (untuk pelajar pra siswazah) dan supervisor (untuk pelajar pasca siswazah).   Adalah difahamkan bahawa, setiap Ketua Pengajian Pasca Siswazah (KPPS) di setiap fakulti dipertanggungjawabkan untuk menyebarkan tentang perisian ini kepada setiap pensyarah dan supervisor,  kemudian mereka perlu mendaftar melalui fakulti masing-masing untuk mendapatkan akaun yang sah.

Perpustakaan Tun Abdul Razak UiTM tidak menyediakan perkhidmatan perisian Turnitin untuk para pengguna.  Namun demikian, pihak kami sering ditanya adakah mereka boleh mendapatkan perisian ini di perpustakaan.   Setelah mendapat maklumat yang sahih dari IPSis, maka ini adalah beberapa perkara berkaitan perisian ini yang ingin kami kongsikan dengan para pengguna.

Maklumat akaun:
a. Sejumlah akaun untuk perisian Turnitin diperuntukkan untuk pelajar pasca siswazah (Sarjana dan PhD) dan mereka boleh mendapatkannya dari supervisor masing-masing.
b. Sejumlah akaun pula adalah untuk pelajar pra-siswazah (Degree, Diploma) : bermaksud [1 akaun = 1 pensyarah = untuk 30-40 orang pelajar]

Staf yang boleh dihubungi :
a. Untuk bantuan teknikal : sila hubungi, Khairul Ihsan Abdul Aziz, Penolong Pegawai Teknologi Maklumat : 603-55225435 (Bahagian ICT, IPSis)
b. Untuk para pensyarah : mereka boleh menghubungi Ketua Pengajian Pasca Siswazah (KPPS) di setiap fakulti masing-masing untuk mendaftar.

Latihan Penggunaan Perisian Turnitin dikendalikan oleh :
I. Prof Madya Dr Zuhaina Zakaria, Timbalan Dekan IPSis : 603-55225435
II.Dr Mohammad Nawawi Seroji, Ketua Program Penyelidikan IPSis : 603-55225340 

Optimization of the power consumption for thermal energy storage system in Engineering Complex, UiTM Shah Alam

By Tuesday, July 09, 2013 , No comments
Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems have been used in the some country in the world. It is a load management technology with great potential to shift load from on-peak to off-peak utility periods. However, the issue of cost in term of power consumption becomes an obstacle to implement this system. 

This paper presents the optimization of the power consumption for TES system in Engineering Complex, UiTM Shah Alam Selangor. The data obtained were observed and analyzed to identify whether the power usage can be minimized or not in order to supply cooling to the building. This paper also discuss the technical aspect and criteria for TES system. In conclusion, there are some process in this system to be improve and after the process is fully successful, the power consumption is expected to be reduced.

Original link: IEEE website

Paradox of e-learning for distance education students at UiTM Shah Alam

By Friday, July 05, 2013 , 1 comment

One of the variables analyzed from a research on computer attitudes for distance education students was computer anxiety. Computer anxiety is a mix of dislike and phobia towards the use of computers for e-learning purposes. Of the 500 sampled cases, the response rate was 50.6% or 253 respondents. A questionnaire was the instrument used to collect data for parametric and non-parametric analyses. 

It was evidenced from the findings that there were still some students who still experience computer anxiety. This outcome is a paradox since ICT is ubiquitous and the mode of teaching and learning for distance education is through the use of ICT.

Full text: HERE

ResearchSEA- Asia Research News portal (e-magazine)

By Tuesday, July 02, 2013 , , No comments

ResearchSEA is Asia's first research news portal, a one-stop centre where journalists and members of the public can gain access to news and local experts from the research world in Asia.

Since 2005, ResearchSEA has been connecting research in Asia with the international media. For universities and research institutions, we promote new research findings and academic expertise to the media quickly and effectively. We can turn newsworthy papers into press releases, distribute those press releases to journalists all over the world and train researchers on how to deal with the media.

source: ResearchSEA website


info-sharing @ PTAR: Library Connect Monthly

By Monday, July 01, 2013 , , No comments

Library Connect Monthly kali ini memaparkan isu berkenaan Mendeley sebagai rangkaian akademik dan sosial, peranan perpustakaan kepada penyelidik dalam penggunaan Mendeley dan bagaimana pustakawan menggunakan Mendeley sebagai alat perhubungan bersama individu dalam bidang dan profesion yang sama. Bersama kita meningkatkan pengetahuan dengan melayari pautan artikel dan video yang berikut:

1) Mendeley and librarians building bridges to make academic researchers more social and more productive
An interview with Dr. William Gunn, Mendeley's Head of Academic Outreach

2) Video Part 1: Collaboration
"If we were on Facebook, we'd have to describe the historical Mendeley-Elsevier relationship as "It's complicated."

3) Video Part 2: The academic social network
"Social networks get better as the scale of them grows. So when you combine a research network of our scale and the world's largest science publisher, great things are probably going to happen."

4) Video Part 3: Which social tool
"I use Twitter as the scaffolding on which other interactions hang, but then when I have those more substantial interactions, they tend to happen somewhere like Mendeley."

5) Video Part 4: Mendeley and librarians
"... it's really been neat to take librarians on as advisors and bridge the varying needs."

Untuk membaca teks penuh artikel dalam isu Jun 2013 sila layari pautan ini:
Library Connect Monthly - June 2013 

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