Coming Soon: Geisel Media Lab

Students do you want $20 Triton Cash? Complete a short survey on multimedia to enter a drawing!

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Do you use multimedia for your research or coursework? We’re in the process of creating a multimedia lab in the Geisel Library building.  We want this lab to have everything you will need to create digital videos, music, graphic designs, and more! Help us provide what you need by telling us what multimedia equipment, software and services you’d like us to include.

 UCSD Students:  Take the survey now! 

 Instructors:  Take the survey now!

Patent Workshop on February 5 at Biomedical Library Building

Einstein blackboard - learn about patentsPatent and Patent Searching Workshop

Wednesday, February 5
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Biomedical Library Building – Computer Classroom

Patents are critically important in protecting intellectual property and companies are investing fortunes in them to safeguard their inventions.   It is estimated that between 2010 and 2012 in the smartphone industry alone, over $20 billion was spent on patent purchases and litigation.  Without the protection afforded by patent coverage, technological innovation would dry up.

 In this class, you will learn how patents protect your intellectual property and what rights they confer, what to expect in the patent application process, how to read and interpret patent documents, and why international patents matter. Skip Cynar, Licensing Officer at the UCSD Technology Transfer  Office (TTO) will be on hand to talk about working with the TTO to manage and protect your inventions. Finally, learn about free web search engines you can use to discover if your invention has already been patented.  Even if you don’t have an invention in process, this class will give you valuable insight into how patents work.

 Staff & faculty register through UC Learning CenterSearch on “patents” in the search box.

 Students register at

 Future classes (registration not yet open):
Thursday, May 8, 10:00 am – noon, Geisel Library, Room 274
Wednesday, August 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Geisel Library, Room 274

SciFinder and Structure Editor Problems Java 7u51

Users may experience problems with the Java editor loading in SciFinder with the release of Java 7 Update 51 (1.7.0_51). Chemical Abstracts Service recommends that you add to the Exception Site List, which you can find at the Java Control Panel.  This is a new feature in Update 51 and isn’t available in the earlier updates.

More about the structure editor technical requirements (and non-Java alternatives).

Web of Science – New Look + New Databases

Thomson Reuters just released a new search interface for Web of Science. To see a quick tour of the changes, check out their short video on YouTube. There are additional videos that cover the basic Web of Science functions: searching, refining, cited reference searching, alerts, and exporting references.

And this year, the UC Libraries and California Digital Library have licensed more databases from Thomson Reuters as part of the Web of Science Core Collection.


Along with the familiar Science/Social Science/Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes, these databases are now included in your search. All databases will be searched, unless you specify otherwise.

  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Indexes conference proceedings (12,000 conferences, 400,000 records/year) going back to 1990, with the same citation reference searching as you get in Science Citation Index
  • Book Citation Index – Indexes 40,000 books (10,000 to be added/year) to add more than 15 million cited references to Web of Science. 40% of the books are in the natural sciences.
  • Index Chemicus – Indexes more than 100 organic chemistry journals to provide coverage of novel compounds. You can search by text (including compound/reaction data) or structure/substructure. Along with the bibliographic, cited reference information, and citation alert functionality you expect from Web of Science, you’ll also get graphical summaries and reaction diagrams.  – Should be searched with Current Chemical Reactions.
  • Current Chemical Reactions – Indexes more than a million synthetic reactions from 100+ organic chemistry journals. You can search by text (including compound/reaction data) or structure/substructure. Along with the typical bibliographic and cited reference information, and citation alert functionality you get in Web of Science, you’ll also get complete reaction diagrams and critical conditions. – Should be searched with Index Chemicus.
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New Databases for Patents, Data, Current Awareness

Along with Web of Science’s new look and added content, UCSD now has access to more databases from Thomson Reuters, which can be searched individually or in combination with the other databases by selecting the All Databases option once you’re in Web of Science.


Patent and citation searching for chemical, electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering inventions. Covers more than 14 million basic inventions from 40 worldwide patent-issuing authorities. Patent coverage back to 1963, citation coverage back to 1973.


Fully indexes a significant number of the world’s leading data repositories of critical interest to the scientific community, including over two million data studies and datasets. The records for the datasets, which include authors, institutions, keywords, citations and other metadata, are connected to related peer-reviewed literature indexed in Web of Science and the other databases.


Current awareness database that provides easy Web access to complete tables of contents, abstracts, bibliographic information, and abstracts from the most recently published issues of leading scholarly journals, as well as from more than 7,000 relevant, evaluated websites. To browse by journal, select Browse Journals under the Basic Search option.

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Larry Greenbaum: Back to Duedelsheim – Conquering the Fatherland

Duedelsheim Synagogue after Kristallnacht, with Windows Smashed In

Duedelsheim Synagogue after Kristallnacht, with Windows Smashed In

Larry Greenbaum was one of only four Jews from Duedelsheim, Hesse-Darmstadt, to flee Nazi Germany after Kristallnacht. Seven years later, he returned to his hometown, this time as a member of the invading Allies. At this presentation, Greenbaum recalls what it meant to grow up Jewish in Nazi Germany, his experience as a refugee in the United States, and his memorable return to his old house. He will be interviewed by Anne-Clara Schenderlein, a doctoral candidate in modern German history, with an emphasis on Jewish emigration.

When: Wednesday 19 Feb. 2014, 5-7 pm
Where: UCSD Geisel Library Seuss room (follow signs)
Who: free and open to the public – refreshments served

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