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.

Screencap of Web of Science Databases

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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.

New Reaxys Interface

Elsevier has released a new interface for Reaxys, one of our core databases for chemical information–particularly synthesis and property data. There’s a link to the new interface in the upper right corner of the screen, and you can move between versions. However, you will lose whatever you’re currently working on.

We will have access to both versions until June 1, at which time Elsevier will shut down the old interface

A brief video and overview of the major changes are available here. You can also register for a 45-minute webinar.

Major changes:

  • Expanded content to include more journals as well as conference proceedings, editorials, books and other document types. They have also expanded the scope beyond the core chemistry journals to include engineering, pharmacology, life sciences. etc.
  • Streamlined query form. Search by substance/reaction, substance identifier, or literature. Or by data (reaction, physical, spectra, bioactivity, natural product) using the available search forms. And the indexes are still there you can the browse the available options for any field.
  • Analyze your search results as histograms, from reagents and product yield to the authors and journals.
  • An Autoplan option to automate some of the work in creating synthesis plans, including retrieval of multiple alternate plans.
  • You copy results (identification and structures, reactions, citations, data facts, synthesis plans) to a report that you can email.

If you have questions about the new interface or using Reaxys, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

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Standalone Structure Editor for SciFinder Available

Due to the various security issues related to Java, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) is temporarily offering a standalone version of the structure editor. Even with Java disabled on your browser, you can still draw structures and reactions, save them, and search on them in SciFinder.

For links to the Windows and Mac downloads, and instructions on using the editor with SciFinder:

CAS plans to release an alternative to the plugin-based editor this summer.

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Cambridge Structural Database 2013

The 2013 edition of Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is available for download.

  • Uninstall the 2012 version before installing 2013.
  • Download times for 3GB zip file will may vary.
  • You will need the site and confirmation codes listed on the website (select UCSD) when you run CSD on your computer for the first time.

We also have WebCSD, a “lighter” online version of CSD.

Use of CSD is restricted to UC San Diego faculty, staff and students for teaching and research only.

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How can I access ChemDraw?


At S&E, we get this question quite often. And there have been some recent changes to access, so it’s a good time for how-to post.

If you have an active Single Sign-On account and your UCSD’s Payroll and Personnel (PPS) record indicates that you are in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, you can download ChemBioOffice through their website. If you have questions about your status, please contact the Department.

However, if you are:

  • an undergraduate chemistry major,
  • a chemistry graduate student who doesn’t meet the SSO/PPS criteria above,
  • or anyone else on campus: faculty, staff and students,

you can still get to ChemBioOffice.

  1. You can purchase a ChemBioOffice license for $50 from ACMS. They haven’t updated their ordering site yet, but you can send an email to The license can only be purchased with an index number.
  2. ChemBioOffice is installed on the ACMS computers in NSB 2303 and in Geisel Library, 2nd floor East Wing (Labs GL 2095 and GL 2098).
  3. Students can also access ChemBioOffice on their own computer through the pilot ACMS Virtual Computing Lab. You’ll need to register for access, then download the VMWare View Client so you can login and connect. There’s also a VMWare View app for iPads.
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