Wireless Changes at UCSD

The changes that have been in the works for the UCSD wireless networks have now taken effect.   You will now have the following choices in the libraries and most campus locations covered by wi-fi:

  • UCSD-Protected: this is the recommended network for all UCSD staff, students and faculty.  If you have not already done so, you will need to install a security certificate. Instructions for computers, smartphones and PDAs are located at the UCSD Wireless Overview page.
  • UCSD-Guest: users who are not with UCSD can register their own computers online to use the guest wireless network.  Please note that this network will NOT get you access to UCSD libraries’ licensed electronic journals, databases, or ebooks.

For details see http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/wireless. Connecting to the old UCSD wi-fi network will route you to this page to set up your computer to use the new UCSD-Protected network. If you have any questions, contact the ACT Help Desk or bring your laptop/ PDA to the ACMS/ ACT Help Desk in Applied Physics & Mathematics (AP&M) Room 1313 (map) weekdays between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

[h/t: BML]

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Changes to ChemDraw Access at UCSD




As of October, the ChemBioOffice (ChemDraw) license is restricted to official members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: faculty, staff, graduate students, etc. Due to budget cuts, this is no longer a campus-wide license.

Undergraduate chemistry majors: you can use–but not download–ChemBioOffice on the ACMS computers in the S&E Library and NSB2303, and you can download it if you have an official affiliation with the department like working for a professor.

If you want to purchase your own copy of ChemDraw (not the entire suite), CambridgeSoft offers ChemDraw Std 12.0 or ChemDraw Pro 12.0 for a greatly reduced academic rate, $130 to $350. You can buy access for one year, or purchase perpetual access for version 12.0.

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IEEE Xplore Mobile

IEEE Xplore Mobile provides free search of all IEEE Xplore documents directly on your mobile device. You can view up to 10 article abstracts per search. To view full-text articles, send the article links to your e-mail address. If you’re going to read the articles off-campus, make sure your web proxy access is set up.

IEEE Xplore Mobile Beta is viewable on all web-enabled mobile devices. It has been optimized for newer mobile devices (i.e. Apple iPhone, Blackberry Storm). When using older mobile devices (i.e. Blackberry 8360, Blackberry Curve), you may be able to choose “Internet Browser” as your default browser in your device’s options for optimal viewing.

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Follow S&E on Twitter

The S&E Library is now on Twitter, a microblogging service that allows us to send out “tweets” (messages of 140 characters or less) about library events, new resources, downtime alerts, etc.

If you have a Twitter account, you can follow us at http://twitter.com/ucsdscieng. If you don’t, then you can still view the page or get the tweets by adding the feed to your RSS reader.

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Chemistry Dictionary for Word Processors

Tired of dealing with spell check over chemical terms in your papers?  You might want to try Chemistry Dictionary for Word Processors, version 2.0.

Developed by UNC-CH grad student Adam Azman (with assistance from ChemSpider.com), Chemistry Dictionary is a zipped file that, once you download into MicroSoft Word (Win/Mac) or OpenOffice.org (Win/Linux), adds 104,000 words to your dictionary. Installation instructions are included with the dictionary file, and you can suggest new terms for inclusion in the ver 3.0.

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Google Chrome

This week Google launched a new web browser called Chrome.  If you find an electronic resource (database, e-journal, e-book, etc.) that does not work with Chrome, please let us know.

Chrome should automatically work with the UCSD proxy if you’ve already using the proxy in another browser. If you do need to set up the proxy, start with the wrench icon in Chrome. Select Options, then the Under the Hood tab. Under Network you’ll see Change Proxy Settings. From here, follow the steps like you were setting up proxy access in Internet Explorer 7.

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RSS Awareness Day, May 1

RSS is a technology that allows you to keep up-to-date with your favorite websites without visiting those sites to check for the updates or dealing with e-mail alerts. The new stuff gets delivered to your RSS reader (web-based or desktop–your choice), and you scan the headlines at your leisure and decide what you want to read.

Want to more about using RSS for keeping up with science/engineering news and research? Contact the Chemistry Librarian.

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The UCSD Libraries launched their new website on December 16. The site has an enhanced graphical interface, as well as improved functionality and navigation.

For now, you don’t need to change your bookmarks. http://scilib.ucsd.edu/ will redirect to the new S&E homepage, and http://libraries.ucsd.edu/ will redirect to the new UCSD Libraries homepage. Roger, the Databases and E-Journals, Sage (the e-resource directory), Reserves and other resources are still there.

As you start using the S&E Website, please keep in mind that we are still migrating and reorganizing content from the old website. Some pages, like the CoreChem page, are still in the old website but will be migrated shortly. And we’re still “tweaking” a number of pages, including fixing links and reformatting.

We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions. Each page, in the lower-right corner, has a “Send Us Your Feedback” link you can use. You can also email us at science@ucsd.edu.

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Reserves – Big Change

Starting this quarter, all lower division math and science books that were on reserve at the SSHL desk are now at the S&E Library with the other math, science and engineering reserve books.

The steps for finding your reserve books haven’t changed. Start at the Course Reserves page and use the drop-down menu to select the department and course, then click “Items on Reserve at the Science and Engineering Library”.

IMPORTANT: S&E reserve books are arranged by author (instead of call number like the SSHL reserves), so you’ll need the author’s name when you come to the desk to get your book.

ACS Computer Replacement in S&E

Academic Computing is currently dismantling and replacing their oldest computers in S&E and the Geisel ‘Tunnel.’ They should be finished by the end of July.

Until then, there are still some functioning ACS machines (10 PCs + 6 Macs) in S&E and some more in the Tunnel, plus our one productivity station–that first computer closest to our reference desk and left of the scanner. If you need Word or Excel functionality you can also use Google’s web-based Docs & Spreadsheets on the Infostations.

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