The Knovel Academic Challenge Is Back

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Knovel is a UC San Diego Library-licensed tool for engineering and science, containing hundreds of handbooks, with information and property data students may use to assist with homework and research.

Beginning Monday, September 28, Knovel is hosting its Fall Academic Challenge.  Compete against other STEM students from around the world as you answer real-life engineering and science problem-sets for prizes. A new problem goes live every Monday at 12:00 AM PST.

Faculty can also participate by submitting their own problem-set. Registration is free! Click here for a details and list of prizes.

Weekly prizes are awarded to students at participating universities. Contest ends November 1st, so try Knovel and test your ability to answer questions using this resource.

Creativity, Culture and Community: The Legacy of Jonas Salk


Join us for an evening of conversation and celebration to mark the close of Jonas Salk’s centenary year and the opening of the Jonas Salk Papers at the UC San Diego Library’s Mandeville Special Collections.

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The UC San Diego Library and the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation are hosting a conversation with Peter Salk; Jonathan Salk; Gary Robbins, Science Editor, San Diego Union Tribune; and Mary Walshok, author of the book Invention & Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy on Friday, October 30, from 7 – 9 PM at the UC San Diego Faculty Club. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. An exhibition of materials from the Salk Papers will be on view in Geisel Library from Oct. 30 through Dec. 12, 2015; selected items will be on display at the Faculty Club event.

Detour to 1st Floor East Books During 2nd Floor East Closure

Stairwells on the East side of the Geisel library building will be closed from August 17 through approximately September 3 for recarpeting of the Geisel East Learning Commons (2nd Floor East).

To get to the 1st Floor East books (Q-Z) and bound journals, please use the elevators or stairs across from the Information Desk or the west side stairs by Special Collections and the Research Assistance Desk to get to the lower (1st) floor. Then use the Computer Lab Tunnel to head over to the East side stacks, which are open during the recarpeting. See for a map.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

Organic Reactions (new resource)

This summer the UC San Diego Library licensed the Wiley major reference work/database Organic Reactions.

Organic Reactions is a series of critical reviews focusing on 240,000+ important and useful synthetic reactions, “…much more than a surfeit of primary references; they constitute a distillation of an avalanche of information into the knowledge needed to correctly implement a reaction.”

Each review includes:

  • A critical discussion of the featured type of reaction, including mechanism, scope and limitations, applications to synthesis, and comparison with other methods.
  • A step-by-step guide to performing it, enabling the user to successfully repeat the process quickly.
  • Dedicated compilations of information about each reaction including extensive tables that catalog all published examples of the reaction in the literature, as well as safety and procedural guidance to help ensure safety and success in their execution.

You can search the series by standard bibliographic fields like author, title and full-text/keyword, as well as:

  • Chemical name, molecular weight or formula, reaction keyword (browse or search), catalyst, solvent, temperature, yield
  • Use the MarvinSketch editor to draw or import structures and reactions.

Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook (new resource)

The UC San Diego Library has acquired the latest edition of Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook from Wiley. This reference source covers key areas in engineering, perfect if you need an overview of unfamiliar topics. The articles cover the basics while providing references to key resources for further reading.

Volumes and sample articles:

  1. Materials and Engineering Mechanics
    Stainless Steels, Smart Materials, Quantitative Methods of Materials Selection, Nickel and Its Alloys, Stress Analysis, Vibration and Shock, Acoustics, Introduction to the Finite-Element Method.
  2. Design, Instrumentation and Controls
    Reliability in the Mechanical Design Process, Life-Cycle Design, Reliability int he Mechanical Design Process, Electric Circuits, Data Acquisition and Display Systems, Mathematical Models of Dynamics Physical Systems
  3. Manufacturing and Management
    Production Processes and Equipment, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Coatins and Surface Engineering, Engineering Economy, Total Quality Management for Mechanical Engineers, What the Law Requires of the Engineer
  4. Energy and Power
    Thermodynamics Fundamentals, Heat Transfer Fundamentals, Mechanics of Incompressible Fluids, Biofuels for Transportation, Liquid Fossil Fuels from Petroleum, Solar Energy Measurements

Library Acquires Scientific American Archive

The UC San Diego Library recently acquired the Scientific American Archive and Scientific American Supplement and Builders Edition Archive collections, so we now have the complete run of the magazine going back to 1845. You can browse the issues or search the full text. Note: if you end up with search results from all of the Nature journals, select the Scientific American link to the right of the results list to narrow.

Scientific American magazine covers

New Popular Science Books – June 2015

Start your summer break with some new books in 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.

book jackets for new titles

Artistic Display Brings Zooplankton Into Focus

UCSD student’s art show inspired by collaboration with the Jaffe Lab at Scripps

Original Article Written By: Brittany Hook, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Artistic depictions of zooplankton currently adorn the walls of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, as well as the entrance of the Biomedical Library, thanks to a showcase created by UC San Diego biology student and artist Elizabeth Stringer.

Stringer’s two-part exhibit, My Meditations End in Reverie, was inspired by the time she has spent working as a volunteer in the Jaffe Laboratory for Underwater Imagery and in the Physical-Biological Interactions Lab of biological oceanographer Peter Franks at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a part of UC San Diego. The exhibit’s paintings and backlit photographs bring to life the mysterious world of zooplankton, microscopic animals that float near the surface in marine environments.

This project has allowed Stringer, a double major in human biology and studio arts, to combine her passion for science with the arts. “I use my art practice to express my own passion that I have for biology and to play and make sense of the biological facts swimming in my head,” said Stringer. Read more…

New Popular Science Books – May 2015

Some recent additions to our Popular Science Collection, shelved in Geisel 2 West. You can 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.


Library Workshops – NCBI Resources, SciFinder, Patents, PubMed

This month’s hands-on workshops to learn more about some of the best resources for your science and engineering research. Classes are free, but registration is strongly encouraged. Note that some classes are in the Geisel Library Building, and others are at the Biomedical Library Building.


The UC San Diego Library is hosting a live-streaming webinar from the University of Michigan’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Discovery Workshops, which will be held May 5 & 6. Each 2.5-hour session consists of hands-on work emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources, using specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools. The workshops will be broadcast in the Biomedical Library’s Classroom 3, and computers are available.

Gene Expression Resources at the NCBI (register)
May 5 (Tues),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
10:00 – 12:30 pm

You will find, display and analyze microarray and sequence-based expression data that are stored in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), Sequence Read Archive (SRA), UniGene, and Epigenomics databases to investigate the potential for expression of transcript splice variants and examine the levels of expression under varied experimental conditions as well as in different tissues and disease states. You will analyze Microarray data the on-demand GEO2R tool and will explore the precomputed transcript analyses that are displayed on the UniGene and GEO Profiles pages. You will explore genome-aligned RNA-Seq data through the Gene database’s sequence viewer displays and analyze raw RNA-Seq reads in the SRA database using NCBI’s SRA-BLAST service.

NCBI Genomes, Assemblies and Annotation Products: Microbiome to Human (register)
May 6 (Wed),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
10:00 – 12:30 pm

NCBI BioProject, BioSample, Genomes and Assembly databases Annotation products from the Eukaryotic and Microbial genome annotation pipelines Environmental and organismal metagenomes Accessing wgs data in the Sequence Read Archive (SRA) Specialized genomic and SRA BLAST services Downloading genome sequences and next-gen reads from the NCBI FTP and Aspera sites.

SciFinder Essentials for Chemists and Non-Chemists (register)
May 6 (Wed),
Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 1
10:00 – 11:30 am

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.

Patents & Patent Searching (register)
May 13 (Wed),
Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 1
1:00 – 2:30 pm

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. Learn how you can work with the UCSD Technology Transfer Office 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 on the drawing board, this class will give you valuable insight into how patents work.

PubMed Essentials (register)
May 14 (Thurs),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
11:00 – 12:30 pm

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.

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials (register)
May 28 (Thurs),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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.

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