Cambridge Structural Database 2016 Available

The Cambridge Structural Database System (CSDS) 2016 is now available to download from the UC distribution site. This year Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC ) launched CSD-Enterprise, giving academic institutions the full suite of CSD products–including some that were only available to commercial organizations.

CSDS 2016 is available for Windows, OSX, and Linux (32 and 64-bit), and includes:

The Cambridge Structural Database, Version 5.37   —–   ConQuest 1.18   —–  Mercury 3.7 – now with 3D printing capability   —–   Mogul 1.8   —–   Hermes 1.8   —–   GOLD 5.4   —–   Conformer Generator 1.0   —–   DASH 3.3.5 (Windows only)   —–   PreQuest (Windows and Linux 32-bit only)   —–   IsoStar 2.2.3 (Server is Linux 32-bit only)   —–   SuperStar 2.1.3 (Windows and Linux only)

Optional: CSD Python API

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February Workshops – PubMed, SciFinder, Citation Management

Here are next month’s Library Workshops (complete list for winter 2016). Classes are free and registration is encouraged. Note the location of the workshop, either the Geisel or Biomedical Library Building.

Library Databases and Search Tools

PubMed Essentials

Feb 4 (Thurs), 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3 (Register)

This hands-on workshop focuses on what every user needs to know about PubMed, whether doing a search for a specific author or topic using keywords. Learn to focus your results with limits, become familiar with the features of the advanced search screen, and know how to use UC E-Links to easily get to full text articles.

SciFinder for Chemists and Non-Chemists

Feb 16 (Tues), 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 1 (Register)

SciFinder is one of the core information resources for exploring the chemical literature, but it’s not just for chemists. It can also be helpful to researchers in engineering, environmental sciences, physics, and radiology and other health sciences.

This hands-on workshop will cover the SciFinder essentials: topic and author searching, improving your search results, accessing the full text articles, and how SciFinder compares with other databases like Web of Science. You’ll also learn to search CAS Registry to find chemical substance information, and get an introduction to the built-in editor for drawing chemical structures and reactions. Attendees must be affiliated with UC San Diego (students, faculty, staff, etc.) with a ucsd.edu email address.

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials

Feb 17 (Wed), 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3 (Register)

Move beyond the basics to refine and expand your searching skills. Learn about MeSH terms and how to use them in a search. Use MyNCBI and its numerous tools to keep you updated and to customize PubMed for your most frequent types of searches. Great for the frequent searcher.

And coming in March: PubMed Beyond the Essentials, Substance and Reaction Searching with SciFinder and Reaxys

Information Management Series

Managing Citations

Feb 9 (Tues), 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3 (Register)

This session will provide an introduction to a variety of tools for managing papers and citations including EndNote & EndNote Online, Zotero, Mendeley and will discuss how to choose the tool that’s right for you.

EndNote Online

Feb 23 (Tues), 11:00 – 12:30 pm, Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3 (Register)

The online version of EndNote is available for free. Come learn how to insert citations to your online library and then use them when writing a paper. Users of the desktop version can also synch their online and desktop library, so knowing how to use the online version extends the options.

And coming in March: EndNote Desktop and Mendeley workshops

New Popular Science Reading – January 2016

Some Popular Science reading to start off the new year. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to get a call number. The books are shelved on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf. If the one you want is checked out, just place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and held for you when it’s returned.

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Beyster Family Donates Papers of SAIC Founder J.R. Beyster to UC San Diego Library

2-BobBeysterPapers of the late J. Robert “Bob” Beyster, founder of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and a business innovator who developed a successful blueprint for entrepreneurial, employee-empowered companies, are being donated to the UC San Diego Library by the Beyster family.

Beyster’s papers, which reflect his passion for entrepreneurship and employee-owner enabled entrepreneurial practices, include correspondence, SAIC business records, committee meeting minutes and materials related to employee ownership, as well as records on a broad range of government-funded research and development, including Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, safety of the international space station, critical hull design for a number of U.S. entries in the America’s Cup race, clean-up of Three Mile Island, commercialization of the Internet, and many other transformational programs. The collection will also contain his more than 60 technical publications and a complete record of the numerous awards and recognitions he received for his public service, global leadership in science and technology, and entrepreneurship.

After the materials are processed, the Beyster Papers will be housed in the UC San Diego Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, where they will be available for use by scholars, researchers and educators. The Beyster family has also provided funding to facilitate the processing of the archival materials to make them available for research and discovery online via the Web. The collection is expected to be made available to the public in 2017. Read more…

150lb Steel Bridge on Display in Geisel Library through December

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Every year, students from the UC San Diego Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE) design, fabricate, and construct a scaled model steel bridge for the purpose of competing in the American Society of Civil Engineers annual Pacific Southwest Conference. Last year’s challenge was no different. A small group of students came together in the fall of 2014 to apply the knowledge learned in class to design a bridge that would be competitive in the following categories: aesthetics, weight, timed construction, as well as other criteria.

Supervised by four faculty advisors, three of whom are structural engineering professors and staff from the Campus Research Machine Shop (CRMS), the team of students gathered in a classroom setting last fall to model and analyze the steel bridge through an iterative process until an optimal design was achieved. To have the optimal design, a bridge has to be sufficiently light, while being stiff enough to pass the vertical and lateral load tests. The bridge must also be fast and easy to construct. Read more…

A social networking site is not an open access repository

“What’s the difference between ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and the institutional repository?”

“I put my papers in ResearchGate, is that enough for the open access policy?

From Katie Fortney and Justin Gonder at CDL (California Digital Library), an excellent explanation on the differences between ResearchGate, Academia.Edu, and institutional repositories like UC’s eScholarship, and why depositing your articles in the first two does not meet the definition of an open access repository or open access journal per the UC Open Access Policy.

November’s New Popular Science Titles

Recent additions to our Popular Science Collection. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned.

New popular science books

New Popular Science Reading – October 2015

Recent additions to our Popular Science Collection. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned. See anything that looks good?

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APS Begins Release of Public Access Papers

American Physical Society News: August 3 2015

As the clamor for open access to scientific research has intensified in recent years, a group of scientific publishers — of which APS is a member — responded in 2013 by creating the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS), which connects users with publicly accessible research on publishers’ websites. Now, APS is releasing the first wave of articles, making papers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) freely available through CHORUS effective August 1, several months ahead of the department’s official October 1 start date.  more …

UC San Diego Library’s 2015 Library Research Award Honors Four Scholars

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Nelish Ardeshna, Nhat-Dang Do, Tiffany Lee, and Shayla Wilson.

Four undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 Undergraduate Library Research Prize in recognition of their superior research skills. The annual award, sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the UCSD Alumni Association, recognizes students who have demonstrated exemplary research skills in mining the Library’s rich and diverse information resources and services. Awards are given in two categories: Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities, and Life and Physical Sciences. The awards also include a cash prize of $1,000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively.

“The purpose of this prize is to encourage and recognize excellent research skills among our undergraduates, which includes the ability to exploit a wide range of digital and physical library resources,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “The Library—with our partners in Student Affairs and Alumni Affairs—is honored to recognize these talented students, who’ve learned that solid academic research doesn’t happen without careful and strategic library research.”

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