Research Guides: New and Updated

Need to start your research?  We have guides to get you started on locating books (plus e-books), journal articles, encyclopedias, data and more for your subject. Each guide also includes the contact information for your librarian.

We also have guides for more specialized topics:

plus guides for particular courses like CHEM 105, CHEM 143ABC, BENG 100, MAE 154, and SE 2.

Chemical and Engineering News Archives (1923 to date) Now Available

C&EN Archives

The UC Libraries have recently purchased the Chemical & Engineering News Archives, access to every issue from 1923 to 2011 (2012 will be added shortly).

  • Every C&EN article, down to the brief career announcements. Each article is a PDF, with a 150-word HTML abstract preview.
  • Browse by issue, or search full-text by keyword, author, title, abstract.
  • Search the C&EN Archive on its own, or with any or all of the other American Chemical Society journals.

Because the archive will only be updated annually, Chemical & Engineering News is still your go-to place for keeping up with the current C&EN stories, news and job announcements.

Some UCSD highlights from the C&EN Archives:

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Publish Open Access in RSC Journals At No Charge

What’s RSC’s Gold for Gold?

  • The UC Libraries are partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support authors who want to make their article open access (OA), but don’t have the funding to pay the normal article publication fee (between $1600-$4000).
  • RSC’s Gold for Gold program offers voucher codes that enable UCSD researchers to publish their paper in an RSC journal as a Gold OA article, at no charge. The article will then be available to any reader even if they don’t have a subscription or access through a library.

Why Open Access?

  • Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – with no barriers to access.
  • Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read.

Who Is Eligible?

  • You must be UCSD affiliate (Student, Staff, Faculty).
  • You must have an article that has been accepted for publication in an RSC journal and has received final approval for publication (not previously published).
  • You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from UCSD Library.

How It Works?

  • Once your article has been accepted, please complete this form ( to request your voucher. Further instructions will be provided when you receive your voucher code.
  • We have a limited number of voucher codes, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Rules:

  • Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication.
  • Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013.


New American Chemical Society Resources

New acquisitions from the ACS Publications for 2013

1.   ACS Symposium Series  and Advances in Chemistry (1950-2013) – 1150+ peer-reviewed books developed from ACS symposia. Searchable, chapter PDFs, and fully indexed in SciFinder


2.   Chemical & Engineering News Archives (1923-2011) – Full archive of C&EN News, the professional magazine of the ACS. Every article, including brief career announcements available as PDF with HTML preview. 2012 will be added to the archive this quarter.


3.   ACS Style Guide – The complete style guide now online (not just the section on citing references). Chapters on ethics writing style, peer review, copyright, grammar and punctuation, names and numbers for chemical compounds, citing references, tables and figures, chemical structures, and more.

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AGU journals now on Wiley

The American Geophysical Union Digital Library Journals have moved to the Wiley site effective January 2013. There were some difficulties viewing pdfs in JGR, GRL etc. over the past few days, but those issues have been resolved.

Please contact us via UCSD Ask A Librarian if you have additional questions or problems.

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How to get to Springer ebooks and journals

The new platform for Springer e-books, e-journals and reference works is experiencing problems as far as permitting University of California to read all the materials we have purchased/licensed. Here’s what to do to read a book chapter or journal article that asks you to pay instead of opening the pdf:

The workaround is to use the old Springer site.

  1. Click through to the online content on the new platform (from the journal or book record in the UCSD catalog or from UCelinks including article links); the URLs for the new platform all begin with
  2. Click the Access old SpringerLink link in the gray banner on the right side of the screen.
  3. Once at the old platform (the URLs for the old platform all begin with you’ll need to browse or search for the journal title or for the book title.  Use quotes around the title to be more precise.
  4. Once on the journal’s homepage, you should be able to access the online content.

Update- January 2013:
Some of the e-book links in the catalog that ought to go directly to the e-book end up being diverted to the main new Springer site.  For those, just re-enter the book title in the Springer search box.  If the new site doesn’t allow you to open the pdf’s, follow the instructions above to find the e-book on the old SpringerLink site.

Springer app for iPhone and iPod touch

Springer’s SpringerLink science platform is now available in a free mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The app contains articles from over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and chapters from 49,000 books, totaling over 5.4 million documents that span multiple areas of science, technology, and medicine.
Free content in the form of article abstracts, over 127,000 open access research articles, plus book and journal covers and other document details are included in the app. The SpringerLink app includes features like personalized notifications; “save” and “share” capabilities, including enabled sharing via email, Facebook, and Twitter; advanced search options; document details, including abstracts; and full-text views, which are available to UC and UCSD users if you are using the secure campus wireless network or VPN.

Update: to access full-text, you may need to enable VPN (see end of page for iPhone installation instructions). Without VPN, I haven’t been able to get to any articles even on the protected campus wifi.  –Teri

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Having trouble finding books, journals in S&E?

This summer, we are reducing S&E’s on-campus book and journal collection by moving selected materials offsite if they are: lesser-used, available online, or if enough copies are already held in the UC system. This project will also free up needed space as the Libraries reorganize and consolidate the collections in the Geisel building, including the ones being relocated here because of branch closures. 

As these items are moved, it will take a while for the information in the library catalogs (Roger and Melvyl) to be updated.

If you need S&E Annex books with a Roger or Melvyl status of unavailable, or S&E books with a Roger or Melvyl status of withdrawn:

  • Request a copy from another library, using either Circuit (from another San Diego universities) or Melvyl (from another UC library). You’ll see links for both to the right on the page for that book’s catalog record.

If you need an article from a journal that should be on the shelf, but most or all of the volumes are gone:

And if you have trouble finding the books or journals you need, please come to the S&E Service Desk or call [858] 534-3258 for assistance.

Comments and suggestions? Contact Mary Linn Bergstrom, Head, Science & Engineering Library: [858] 534-1214 or

Publishing Your Research 101 Video Series

This new video series from ACS Publications is intended to assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts with topics like:

  • The essential elements of a scientific journal article
  • Ethical guidelines for authors and reviewers
  • Criteria to consider when selecting a suitable journal for submission
  • Writing a good cover letter
  • Suggesting peer reviewers
  • Responding to reviewer comments and editorial decisions
  • Guidance for authors who may need assistance with English language writing skills.

In the first video, How to Write a Paper to Communicate your Research, ACS asks Harvard professor George Whitesides:

  • When should you begin to think about writing up your research for publication?
  • How do your students handle your approach of writing while you research?
  • How do new technologies help scientists communicate their work?
  • How many drafts does each paper undergo? Do you have your papers undergo an internal review?
  • Do authors need to be thinking of marketing their articles?
  • How concerned should I be about the title and abstract of my papers?

UC-eLinks Recommender Tool (beta)

For the next two months, the UC Libraries will be testing bX,

an academic library recommender service that points users to relevant scholarly articles on the topics they’re researching via the UC-eLinks window. bX is a service of Ex Libris, UC’s vendor for UC-eLinks (SFX), and is similar to other recommender tools such as Amazon’s “Customers who bought this item also bought…” or Netflix’s preferences feature. bX generates its recommendations based on actual use of link resolver services using anonymized data contributed by academic institutions from all over the world.

This is what is it will look like, but please note that it will not appear every time you access UC-eLinks. Under the “Get Help” section you’ll find a links to give feedback on the bX Beta, and we encourage you to do so.

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