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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S&E Circulation & Reserves Move to Geisel Main Lobby Circulation Desk

Starting Spring Quarter, check out, return and pick up all S&E books, including Reserves and Interlibrary Loans, at the Geisel Main Lobby Circulation Desk. The S&E Reference Desk remains open, with librarians to assist you in person and online. More information.

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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.

Science and Engineering Blogs & Podcasts

More and more scientists or scientific organizations have put up blogs and podcasts on various topics. Here is a collection of noteworthy science and engineering blogs and podcasts.

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Read Engineering Books Online

Read online over 200 McGraw-Hill’s professional engineering books, such as Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers and Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook. Powered by Access Engineering, this collection offers a broad and deep repository of fully searchable engineering content from industry-leading books.

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Winter Holiday Closure

S&E will be closed from December 19, 2009 through January 3, 2010 as part of the campus-wide Winter Holiday Closure. You can use our online resources and services during this time. But do take note of the adjusted timeline for library services. Read more.

All libraries will reopen January 4.

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How to Prevent Plagiarism

Have you used the ideas or writing of other people without giving credit? Students were expelled from colleges due to plagiarism. Don’t be caught plagiarizing without knowing it. Take this short tutorial to find out more about plagiarism and how to prevent it.

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2008 Impact Factors Now in JCR

The Journal Citation Reports (JCR Online), which provide journal Impact Factors and other data from ISI, now includes the data for 2008. The 2007 data is still accessible if you need that as well.

INSPEC Has a New Look

This key physics & engineering database is now available through the ISI Web of Knowledge platform, the same interface used for Web of Science and Biosis. INSPEC has over 10M records (mostly journal and conference articles) from 1898-present.

To access: http://isiknowledge.com/inspec

More about the UC transition from Ovid to ISI

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Springer E-Book Collections,

20,000+ e-books in math & statistics, chemistry & materials science, physics, astronomy, computer science, engineering, biomedical sciences, and earth & environmental sciences. Search full-text, and save/print chapters as PDFs.

To access: http://www.springerlink.com/

More about this new collection

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