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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Web of Science – New Look + New Databases

This week, Thomson Reuters 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.
screencap of Web of Science Core Collection Databases screencap of Web of Science search options


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SciFinder – Patent & Non-Java Structure Editor Updates

Another round of SciFinder updates from Chemical Abstracts Service:

  1. Direct PDF links for US patents. Access the patents without having to go out to USPTO or another 3rd party website. This includes ~800K patents from 1998-2013, then patents going forward. You’ll see the PDF icons in the reference answer sets, and in the reference and reaction detail views.
  2. More additions to the non-Java structure editor:
    • Add to Editor tool: convert a CAS Registry Number to a structure
    • Lock Atoms tool: block substitution at a designated atom
    • Selection tool: select all or part of a structure to copy, move or delete
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Science of Synthesis 4.0 Released

(Contact Teri Vogel if you have questions about using Science of Synthesis)

Thieme has launched their new Science of Synthesis (SoS) 4.0 platform.  It has been redesigned with a new interface and added content. Until Jan 31, 2014, you’ll be able to access the old and new platforms before the SoS 3.10 platform is retired.

Interface Changes

  • Newly designed interface with improved search functionality, allowing you to quickly enter a (sub-)structure or term. For search hints, click the blue ‘i’ icon.
  • Filtering of results by the following options: Structure search – reactant, catalyst, product  and Text search – title, content, and references
  • Saving of personal queries and search results in a MySoS account
  • Citation export as well as enhanced print and export functionalities (available in RIS, RefWorks, BibTex and plain text format)

New Content

  • Addition of ten new updated volumes in synthetic methodology
  • The launch of the Science of Synthesis Reference Library online, including the following new volumes:
    • Stereoselective Synthesis Vols. 1-3
    • Asymetric Organocatalysis Vols. 1-2
    • Water in Organic Synthesis

About Science of Synthesis

Science of Synthesis offers critical reviews of the best organic and organometallic synthetic methods, providing full-text descriptions of organic transformations, synthetic methods, and experimental procedures, with bibliographies that link out to the referenced journal articles.

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SciFinder Update for November – Structure Editor Enhancements and more

Since CAS introduced their new non-Java structure editor last month, they have already added some new features:

  • Reaction arrow tool
  • Undo/Redo with complete cycle of undo/redo actions
  • Chain tool
  • Structure drawing preferences for fixed drawing length and angle

Also improved this month: display options for answers/page and full/partial/no abstracts are now in a pop-up menu that comes up when you click Display Options.

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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.

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Other O’Reilly e-books are accessible on Safari  through our UCSD library subscription.

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Recent Articles from UCSD Math Faculty

Recent publications from the UC San Diego Department of Math faculty:

BEJENARU, I., IONESCU, A., KENIG, C. & TATARU, D. 2013. Equivariant Schrödinger maps in two spatial dimensions. Duke Mathematical Journal, 162, 1967-2025.

BUSS, S. & MINNES, M. 2013. Probalistic algorithmic randomness. Journal of Symbolic Logic, 78, 579-601.

DODGE, J. & POPESCU, C. D. 2013. The refined Coates-Sinnott conjecture for characteristic p global fields. Journal of Number Theory, 133, 2047-2065.

DOWLA, A., PAPARODITIS, E. & POLITIS, D. N. 2013. Local block bootstrap inference for trending time series. Metrika, 76, 733-764.

DUANE, A., GARSIA, A. M. & ZABROCKI, M. 2013. A new “dinv” arising from the two part case of the shuffle conjecture. Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics, 37, 683-715.

EBENFELT, P. 2013. Partial rigidity of degenerate CR embeddings into spheres. Advances in Mathematics, 239, 72-96.

FIALKOW, L. & NIE, J. W. 2013. On the closure of positive flat moment matricies. Journal of Operator Theory, 69, 257-277.

GOUR, G. & WALLACH, N. R. 2013. Classification of Multipartite Entanglement of All Finite Dimensionality. Physical Review Letters, 111.

HAGLUND, J., MASON, S. & REMMEL, J. 2013. Properties of the nonsymmetric Robinson-Schensted-Knuth algorithm. Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics, 38, 285-327.

HOLST, M., SZYPOWSKI, R. & ZHU, Y. R. 2013. Two-grid methods for semilinear interface problems. Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, 29, 1729-1748.

KOICHU, B., HAREL, G. & MANASTER, A. 2013. Ways of thinking associated with mathematics teachers’ problem posing in the context of division of fractions. Instructional Science, 41, 681-698.

MARIAN, A. & OPREA, D. 2013. Generic strange duality for K3 surfaces. Duke Mathematical Journal, 162, 1463-1501.

MATHER, W. H., HASTY, J., TSIMRING, L. S. & WILLIAMS, R. J. 2013. Translational Cross Talk in Gene Networks. Biophysical Journal, 104, 2564-2572.

MCLEAN, J. S., LOMBARDO, M. J., BADGER, J. H., EDLUND, A., NOVOTNY, M., YEE-GREENBAUM, J., VYAHHI, N., HALL, A. P., YANG, Y., DUPONT, C. L., ZIEGLER, M. G., CHITSAZ, H., ALLEN, A. E., YOOSEPH, S., TESLER, G., PEVZNER, P. A., FRIEDMAN, R. M., NEALSON, K. H., VENTER, J. C. & LASKEN, R. S. 2013. Candidate phylum TM6 genome recovered from a hospital sink biofilm provides genomic insights into this uncultivated phylum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110, E2390-E2399.

MEYER, D. A. & WONG, T. G. 2013. Nonlinear quantum search using the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. New Journal of Physics, 15, 063014.

POLITIS, D. N. 2013. Model-free model-fitting and predictive distributions. Test, 22, 183-221.

ZHAO, Y. X., KWAN, Y. Y., CHE, J. W., LI, B. & MCCAMMON, J. A. 2013. Phase-field approach to implicit solvation of biomolecules with Coulomb-field approximation. Journal of Chemical Physics, 139.

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The Library’s website is undergoing reorganization

We are updating our web site as part of a larger library reorganization. In the coming months the “branch library” pages will go away, but the resources, services, and collections will continue to be available via the Library home page–
For now, you can still get to the former “S&E Library” home page here:
See our FAQ for more information–

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Liangfang Zhang, One of “35 Innovators Under 35″

This week, Liangfang Zhang (NanoEngineering) was named one of “35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT Technology Review. As one of the “Pioneers,” he was recognized for his work with natural membranes in drug delivery systems:

Zhang derives red-blood-cell membranes from blood samples and uses them to coat polymer nanoparticles. Because these particles look like red blood cells on the surface, they can fool the immune system; loaded with drugs, they serve as robust and long-lived drug carriers. An unexpected bonus: they can also act like nanoscale sponges to suck up toxic proteins produced by infectious bacteria or introduced by snake or insect venom. If the particles flood the bloodstream, they will divert most of the toxin away from actual cells.

Jacobs School of Engineering press release: Liangfang Zhang Makes MIT Technology Review’s Annual Innovators Under 35 List

Some recent articles from the Zhang Research Group:

Fang, R.; Hu, C-M.; Chen, K.; Luk, B.; Carpenter, C.; Gao, W.; Li, S.; Zhang, D-E.; Lu, W.; Zhang, L.* “Lipid-insertion enables targeting functionalization of erythocyte membrane-cloaked nanoparticles“, Nanoscale 2013, in press.  –OPEN ACCESS

Gao, W.; Hu, C-M.; Fang, R.; Luk, B.; Su, J.; Zhang, L.* “Surface functionalization of gold nanoparticles with red blood cell membranes“, Advanced Materials 2013, 25, 3549-3553.

Hu, C-M.; Fang, R.; Copp, J.; Luk, B.; Zhang, L.* “A biomimetic nanosponge that absorbs pore-forming toxins“, Nature Nanotechnology 2013, 8, 336-340.

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