ASTM Standards Online!!

The UCSD Library has licensed the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library (SEDL). The ASTM SEDL includes:

  • Online access to all ASTM standards;
  • A handful of ISO and UOP standards;
  • Plus online journals, e-books, manuals and symposia papers published by ASTM.

To access, go to and search/browse for your standard of interest. NOTE: do not go through the or search through Google, as you may be prompted to pay.

The subscription is partly paid with the Library’s Engineering 25th Anniversary endowment, funded by SDG&E (Sempra).

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IEEE Xplore Enhancements

With their latest release, IEEE has included a new set of enhancements to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, including:

  • Enhanced abstract pages that display IEEE index terms for the paper, as well as tabs for references and citing documents.
  • Sort results by most-cited papers
  • Easier to create your personal IEEE account to create search alerts and set preferences
  • New browsing features, including the ability to filter (narrow) your results
  • Easier to see on the results page which articles are part of UCSD’s license (or available to all as Open Access
  • HTML full-text articles (coming soon) – several IEEE journals are already piloting this
  • A What’s Popular tab on the homepage, to see what searches and papers are the most popular at the moment



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SIAM e-books & Access Medicine access restored

SIAM e-books are now accessible at UC campuses as of Jan 5th.
The problems with Access Medicine e-library has been fixed by McGraw Hill as of Jan 4th.

Thanks for your patience.

Please continue to use Ask a Librarian or call us when you find licensed resources not working as they should.

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Metadex Database Cancellation, December 1

The S&E Library is ending our subscription to Metadex database [Metals Abstracts] effective December 1, 2011.  This decision was based on several factors, including the database’s high cost vs. low usage, and the high overlap with our other databases. Alternative databases for metals research include: Compendex (engineering), INSPEC (physics & engineering), SciFinder (chemistry & materials science—registration required), Web of Science (overall science & engineering).  For the remaining time left in our UCSD subscription, please search and retrieve the citations you need to support your research and coursework.  After December 1, a librarian will be available if you require a mediated search of Metadex through DIALOG or STN. We will need a UCSD budget number for the recharge.

Our 2011-2014 strategic plan calls for a re-envisioning of library space, collections, and resources. Ultimately, our goal is to meet the fiscal challenges while continuing to be leaders in providing and promoting information resources and services to the UCSD community.

If you have any questions about database alternatives for Metadex, please feel free to contact us.

  • Deborah Kegel, Collections Coordinator (Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Physics)
  • Dave Schmitt (Bioengineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Structural Engineering)
  • Teri Vogel (Nanoengineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science)
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Online SciFinder Training, Oct-Dec

Online training workshops from Chemical Abstracts, for new and experienced SciFinder searchers alike:

  • Please note that all times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time.
  • You will need a SciFinder account, which you already have if you are currently using SciFinder. If not, you can start that process here.
  • To register for these and other complimentary training opportunities in the CAS Learning Solutions resource center. You will also need to create an account in their Learning Solutions system. Or you can register at the CAS Webex site (select the Training Center tab).
  • If you need additional assistance using or accessing SciFinder, or you want to set up your own training session (individual or small groups), please contact Teri Vogel (, 534-1216).

Open Practice Sessions
Experiment with search strategies at Open Practice Sessions. Use CAS computers, software and login IDs to explore SciFinder’s Web interface during these complimentary 2-hour sessions. No formal training or presentation is delivered, but search experts are available to answer questions and offer suggestions.

  • October 13 at 3:00 p.m. EST
  • October 21 at 9:30 a.m. EST
  • November 10 at 3:00 p.m. EST
  • November 18 at 9:30 a.m. EST
  • December 8 at 3:00 p.m. EST
  • December 16 at 9:30 a.m. EST

SciFinder: Search for References by Research Topic
October 13, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
November 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
December 1, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST

In this 1-hour, hands-on session (followed by 30 minutes of open practice), you will learn how to:

  • Formulate a research topic query
  • Sort, analyze, and refine reference answer sets
  • Save a reference answer set

SciFinder Introduction to Substance Searching
October 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
November 10, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
December 8, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST

In this 1-hour, hands-on session (followed by 30 minutes of open practice), you will learn how to search for substances by:

  • Substance identifier
  • Molecular formula
  • Exact structure
  • Substructure

SciFinder: Search by Reaction Substructure
October 27, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
November 17, 1:30- 3:00 p.m. EST
December 15, 1:30- 3:00 p.m. EST

In this 1-hour, hands-on session (followed by 30 minutes of open practice), you will learn how to search for substances by:

  • Define a reaction substructure query
  • Analyze and refine reaction answer sets
  • Change reaction answer set display
  • Send reactions and references to SciPlanner
  • Retrieve commercial sources for substances
  • Create a Keep Me Posted (KMP) profile
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Wiley Online Reference Works (materials, combustion, fuel cells, organic chemistry)

The S&E Library recently purchased these online handbooks and encyclopedias from Wiley Online Library.

  • Characterization of Materials
    Comprehensive coverage of materials characterization. It covers techniques including computational and theoretical methods, as well as crystallography, mechanical testing, thermal analysis, optical imaging and spectroscopy, and more. Among the methods covered: X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high strain rate testing, and deep level transient spectroscopy.
  • Handbook of Combustion
    First complete, in-depth reference work on energy-efficient combustion. The contents range from an up-to-date presentation of gas, liquid and solid combustion, via pollutant formation and new technologies to combustion diagnostics and safety. Same topics: modelling of combustion processes, CO2 formation and capture, biomass and waste as fuels, and catalytic combustion.
  • Handbook of Fuel Cells
    The fundamentals, principles and the current state-of-the-art in fuel cells. Themes include Fundamentals and Survey of Systems, Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis, Fuel Cell Technology and Applications, and Advances in Electrocatalysis, Materials, Diagnostics and Durability.
  • Comprehensive Organic Name Reactions and Reagents
    Covers 700 organic name reactions and reagents. Including description, reaction scheme and mechanisms, modifications since the reaction was first published, experimental procedures, applications, related reactions, and references to the journal literature.
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ArXiv at 20 – Paul Ginsparg reflects

Paul Ginsparg, founder of the preprint server arXiv, reflects on two decades of sharing results rapidly online — and on the future of scholarly communication. Nature 476, 145-147 (11 August 2011)

Among the many important observations in this article, Ginsparg notes:

“My hope is that rather than merely using electronic infrastructure as a more efficient means of distribution, the revolution-in-waiting will ultimately lead to a more powerful knowledge structure, fundamentally transforming the ways in which we process and organize scientific data.”

and, in regard to the ongoing role of arXiv,:

“For now, the open questions of arXiv’s long-term role and its relationship to conventional publishing, the details of its funding model, and its overall intellectual supervision, are to be resolved in coordination with its users and stakeholders. A meeting of international sponsoring institutions will be hosted by the Cornell Library next month to discuss the transition of arXiv to a collaboratively governed, community-supported resource. It will be a challenge to keep it attuned to the needs of future generations of researchers.”

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New Web of Knowledge Interface & Added Features

Effective July 17, the Web of Knowledge/Web of Science database system will have new features. All your profiles, alerts and other personalized features will be migrated into the new version with same user names/ passwords. There may be a short interruption of service on Sunday while the vendor performs maintenance to Web of Knowledge, EndNote Web, and ResearcherID this coming Sunday, July 17th beginning at 6:00 AM Pacific Daylight time. This maintenance is expected to last approximately 12 hours (until 6:00 PM). During this time, there may be disruption of service and access to Web of Science and other Web of Knowledge databases (Biosis, INSPEC, Medline).


  • Left Hand Truncation “*phosphate” = monophosphate, triphosphate, etc.
  • Full author name searching (for articles processed in 2007 or after)
  • Automatic searches for over 7,000 spelling variations such as British/US English (colour / color) as well as name variants (mice / mouse)
  • Institutional name variants automatically searched (“Univ Oxford” and “University Oxford”)


  • NEW Author Finder incorporates DAIS-Distinct Author Identification System and Refine options
  • ResearcherID Integration enables searching by ID number with links appearing on the Web of Science full record to the full author profile on
  • No more max 100,0000 records limit. Complete search results allowing all records to be viewed or analyzed
  • View abstracts on the summary list, without having to go to the full record.
  • Cited references display enhancements including an improved layout, full text and open URL links, and sorting options
  • Related Records™ feature viewable in All Databases search results

Managing/Analysis of Records

  • Marking Records: Easier to add records to the marked list, and store significantly more records.
  • Create Citation Reports and Analyze records right from your Marked List.
  • Export all data from Analyze Results
  • Link to a previously saved EndNote record
  • “Citation Summary Breakdown” on any citing articles page across all databases. This table provides an overview of Web of Knowledge times cited counts including databases for which UCSD does NOT have access, such as Conference Citation Index and the forthcoming Book Citation Index. You’ll be able to see citation counts for these, but won’t be able to link to the actual papers citing.
  • Refine and Analyze by funding agency
  • Citation maps and citation reports available across All Databases

Want to know more? See the short demos on the new features at And, if for some reason you want to compare citation results between the old and new interface, you may access the older version at after July 17th until 2012. Please let us know what you think about the new version by contacting your subject specialists/reference librarians or emailing us.

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New Melvyl Catalog Goes Live June 24

On June 24, 2011, the current Melvyl catalog will be retired as the University of California Libraries move to the Next-Generation Melvyl (NGM) search tool, powered by OCLC’s WorldCat Local database:

NGM, released as a pilot in April 2008 and available for use since then, will become the primary tool for one-stop searching of the UC Libraries’ holdings, including selected full-text articles, ebooks, digital content, and archival information, as well as items from research institutions throughout the world.

NGM also provides easy-to-use links to ebooks and the Request feature, which allows users to retrieve some titles immediately or order them via interlibrary loan.  Also featured in the new Melvyl are embedded tools for citing and exporting citations and creating and sharing lists. Users can also ask reference questions via the “Chat with a Librarian” feature.

More information about NGM, which features many new search, retrieval, and content management options, can be found at:

After June 24, Next-Gen Melvyl (NGM) will be referred to as Melvyl.

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SciFinder Client Version Retires June 30

On June 30, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) will retire the “classic” SciFinder Scholar desktop client.


SciFinder Web works on all operating systems and browsers, connects from off-campus using proxy or VPN, and includes additional features like Keep Me Posted alerts, a new synthesis planning tool (SciPlanner) and SciFinder Mobile. Most of the UC user seats for SciFinder have been allotted to the web already, and the remaining ones will be switched over at the end of this month.

What’s new in SciFinder: Spring 2011 –

SciFinder requires a username/password for logging in as well as regular authentication (proxy, VPN, campus wifi).  UC San Diego users must complete the one-time registration. Instructions on creating your SciFinder account and a link to the registration site are here; note that you use must use your email address. Once you receive your confirmation email and click the link in the message, you’re ready to use SciFinder.

Please contact me if you have questions or need assistance with SciFinder. I am available for individual consultations and research groups as well as classes. (, 858-534-1216,

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