Sustainable Energy & Development (Knovel EBooks)

This spring we added another collection to Knovel, one of our key resources for chemical and engineering information.

Knovel’s Sustainable Energy and Development collection was developed to provide relevant and reliable data on sustainability topics, such as renewable energy and sustainable development, to assist engineers tasked with addressing the challenges associated with expanding requirements for green technologies and industry practices to help them stay competitive in today’s evolving business landscape.

There are currently 160 (and counting) books in this collection, including 17 with interactive features like tables and equation plotters. Topics include:

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable industrial development
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Water resources and conservation
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Industrial Engineering & Operations Management (Knovel EBooks)

This spring we added another collection to Knovel, one of our key resources for chemical and engineering information.

Knovel’s Industrial Engineering & Operations Management collection combines information on relevant business skills specifically for engineers, as well as technical knowledge for designing quality products and managing impactful and profitable projects. Industrial Engineering and Operations Management content covers all aspects of project management and every stage of product lifecycle management – from design and planning, to plant decommissioning and goods distribution.

There are currently 130 (and counting) books in this collection, covering:

  • Human Engineering and Ergonomics
  • Industrial Engineering and Systems Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Six Sigma, Lean and Quality Management
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
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Cambridge Structural Database 2010

The 2010 version of Cambridge Structural Database for Windows, OSX and Linux can now be downloaded from the UC CSD site at UCLA.  You can:

  • download the ISO file, then burn your own copy of the installation DVD (recordable DVD required), or
  • download, extract and install the 1.6 GB Zip file (Windows only)

On this page you’ll also find the site and confirmation codes, which you’ll need to register CSD the first time you use it, and then to download and install the quarterly updates from CSD.  If you were using CSD 2009, you must uninstall it first.

If you have trouble downloading the files from the site, contact Teri Vogel. We have backup installation DVD’s for all three version, and can arrange for you to borrow them.

About Cambridge Structural Database: CSD is database of bibliographic, crystallographic and chemical information for more than 456,000 organic and organometallic compounds whose structures have been determined using x-ray or neutron diffraction. Use of CSD is restricted to UCSD faculty, staff and students for academic research.

CSD System/Database User Guides, including worked examples

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New IEEE Xplore Digital Library

IEEE has introduced their new IEEE Xplore Digital Library, with a new interface for improved navigation & functionality, new search engine and better (faceted) results. Personalized options include: search preferences, saved searches, RSS feeds or email alerts. Learn more about the new features, or start searching IEEE Xplore.

Web of Science, Knovel Updates

Some recent improvements to two S&E resources:

In Web of Science you can now Refine Results by funding agency, and you can Analyze Results by funding agency or grant number.

Knovel has renamed their powerful G.E.T (graphs, equations, tables) Search to Data Search, while functionality has not changed. If you haven’t used the Data Search in a while, it’s worth a look.  Instead of a menu where you have to guess the right category to open up a submenu that might have your desired property, you can just start typing and the field(s) will appear regardless of category.

Knovel will soon introduce a “My Knovel” option which will allow you to personalize the interface.

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New PubMed Interface

You might have noticed that PubMed looks a bit different this week. That’s because the National Library of Medicine has officially launched the new PubMed interface they have previewing for the last month.

The Sept-Oct NLM Technical Bulletin has an overview of the redesign changes. You can also view a 30-minute Webcast reviewing the changes. Some of the features (search result filters, saving references to collections, e-mail search alerts) require that you create a free ‘My NCBI‘ account.

If you have questions about the new PubMed interface, or any of our databases, please contact the S&E Reference Librarians.

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New Beilstein & Gmelin Guide

We have updated our guide for Beilstein and Gmelin.

Along with information about installing/accessing CrossFire and troubleshooting key issues, we have added more resources to help you get the most out of Beilstein and Gmelin. This includes some instruction guides on basic and advanced topics, each one with search examples.

Beilstein and Gmelin are databases of information about chemical compounds: structures, reactions and physical/chemical property data. Beilstein covers more than 11 million organic compounds, and Gmelin covers more than 2.7 million inorganic and organometallic compounds

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Changes to ChemDraw Access at UCSD



As of October, the ChemBioOffice (ChemDraw) license is restricted to official members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: faculty, staff, graduate students, etc. Due to budget cuts, this is no longer a campus-wide license.

Undergraduate chemistry majors: you can use–but not download–ChemBioOffice on the ACMS computers in the S&E Library and NSB2303, and you can download it if you have an official affiliation with the department like working for a professor.

If you want to purchase your own copy of ChemDraw (not the entire suite), CambridgeSoft offers ChemDraw Std 12.0 or ChemDraw Pro 12.0 for a greatly reduced academic rate, $130 to $350. You can buy access for one year, or purchase perpetual access for version 12.0.

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Inorganic Crystal Structure Database: Updated

The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSDWeb) has a new look, a new interface, and a new URL: As of this week, the old interface for ICSDWeb is no longer available.

Among the many changes: you are no longer routed through the demo version before getting to the full database; from the homepage you will have immediate access to this collection of +120,000 crystal structures:

  • 1400 crystal structures of the elements
  • 22,900 records for binary compounds
  • 42,500 records for ternary compounds
  • 45,000 records for quarternary and quintenary compounds

When you start, you should see this at the top: Welcome to ICSDWeb. IP Authenticated; your IP address… The login option at the left is optional. You can create a personalized account to store your search queries.

Note: the full-text link accompanying the bibliographic record goes out to Google Scholar, searching on the first author and year of article. This is a very vague search, so if you do not see your article on the first page results copy and paste the article title into Google Scholar and search on that. If that doesn’t work, search Roger for the journal title to verify online access or check print holdings.

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SciFinder Web Enhancements

This week, CAS introduced a number of enhancements to SciFinder Web, including “new search, analytical, and collaboration tools to help synthetic chemists and other scientists save time, increase productivity, and streamline their research process.”

To find out more about these enhancements, check out “How to Use the New Features” PDF, or a 49-minute Webex presentation. CAS will also offer some “Exploring What’s New with SciFinder” webinars this fall

NEW Features:

  • Get similar reactions
  • Limit reaction searches by select solvents
  • Sort reaction answer sets (e.g., by number of steps, percentage yield, publication year, or similarity)
  • Export physical property data to Microsoft Excel
  • Tag references with helpful descriptive user-defined terms
  • Add comments to references for sharing information and insights with colleagues
  • Link to other SciFinder users within your research site (trying to verify if this is UCSD only or if it includes the other UCs) to share both research comments and tagged references

Some features you know from the client version:

  • Variable number of answers per page
  • Variable number of columns per page – structure scale
  • Customizable abstract display
  • Combine Keep Me Posted results
  • Next/Previous detail

New content enhancements include:

  • View 13C-NMR Predicted Spectra for 25 million substances. This is addition to the almost 24 million predicted proton NMR spectra added last year.
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