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WebCSD – easy access to crystallography data

If you work with small molecules and value reliable crystallographic data, you probably already know about the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), a collection of almost 400,000 organic and organometallic crystal structures.  But did you know that UCB students, faculty and staff have access to WebCSD, an online portal to the CSD?  With the intuitive interface of the WebCSD and no need to download data or software, the WebCSD is an excellent instructional tool for the classroom as well as an advanced research tool for the laboratory.

Features of WebCSD include:

  • Substructure searching
  • Similarity searching
  • Text/numeric searching (journal reference, compound name, all text)
  • Reduced cell searching
  • Easy structure and result export features
  • Customizable 3D display

To read more about WebCSD, click here.
The full CSD client system is still available for downloading here.

Knovel University Challenge

The Knovel University Challenge has begun!

Answer 3 questions correctly for a chance to win an iPad, cash or cool stuff. You have until (midnight) December 1 to submit your answers. All entries with a total of 3 correct answers in the same difficulty level will be placed into a single random drawing for the following prizes: (1) iPad 2, (1) Cash, (8) Cool Stuff and up to (10) iPod Nanos for qualifying schools. The drawing will take place on December 2, 2011.

OSA’s Optics ImageBank +

Now available OSA’s Premium Optics InfoBase!  The Optical Society of America added the  Optics ImageBank and expanded Conference Proceedings to their core digital resource, which provides access to peer-reviewed articles on optics and photonics.

The Optics ImageBank contains more than 200,000 images from OSA’s journal articles, many are cross-linked to related images.  Images can be browsed and searched by keyword, exported to PowerPoint and PDF formats for educational purposes, and enhanced interactive equations can be exported.  The Optical Society of America is continually updating the Premium Optics InfoBase & the ImageBank.
Try it out!

SCOAP3 edges closer to goal….

Moving toward its goal, SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, announced article processing charges for twelve journals. CERN and the publishers also announced that all articles in high-energy physics would be open access from 2014, in return for a yearly fee paid by the publishers & library partners.

Visit SCOAP3 at CERN for more information.

Mendeley Presentation, 10/18

Mendeley is a desktop & web program used for managing and sharing research papers, data and collaborating online.  Mendeley is free to download.
There will be a Mendeley Presentation on Thursday, October 18, 2012.
9-10:30am in the Training Room,  Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, VLSB.   All are welcome.

Material ConneXion online…

We have it!!
Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion is a database of images & information on the newest sustainable, innovative and advanced materials. New Materials are added monthly.  Use the advanced search feature for details on sustainability, usage, and physical processes.

TRY IT ~ search for your favorite sustainable polymer..
Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion online…

We have it!!
Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion is a database of images & information on the newest sustainable, innovative and advanced materials. New Materials are added monthly.  Use the advanced search feature for details on sustainability, usage, and physical processes.

TRY IT ~ search for your favorite sustainable polymer..
Material ConneXion

New online encyclopedias

Six new online encyclopedias are now available. You can read them online, search within them, and download or print sections of interest.

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology Encyclopedia of Food Safety Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences Pathobiology of Human Disease

  • Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems covers more than 200 topics within the themes of food systems and people, global agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology (Second Edition) covers genomics, food safety, DNA sequencing, E. coli, history of food microbiology, preservatives, irradiation of food, biophysical techniques, biosensors, genetic engineering, and more.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Safety provides international expert information on food safety, nutrition, food science and technology, foodborne diseases, and hazards.
  • Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition) provides an overview of the genetics of organisms (bacteria, phages, fungi, plants, animals, humans) and includes relevant topics in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolution, and disease.
  • Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (Second Edition) offers an overview of neurological sciences, with entries covering the anatomy, physiology, endocrinology, genetics, toxicology, immunology, pathology, and development of the brain.
  • Pathobiology of Human Disease covers structure and function of human tissues, molecular pathology, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology, and includes text, images, movies, and animations.

New online encyclopedias

Six new online encyclopedias are now available. You can read them online, search within them, and download or print sections of interest.

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology Encyclopedia of Food Safety Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences Pathobiology of Human Disease

  • Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems covers more than 200 topics within the themes of food systems and people, global agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology (Second Edition) covers genomics, food safety, DNA sequencing, E. coli, history of food microbiology, preservatives, irradiation of food, biophysical techniques, biosensors, genetic engineering, and more.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Safety provides international expert information on food safety, nutrition, food science and technology, foodborne diseases, and hazards.
  • Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition) provides an overview of the genetics of organisms (bacteria, phages, fungi, plants, animals, humans) and includes relevant topics in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolution, and disease.
  • Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (Second Edition) offers an overview of neurological sciences, with entries covering the anatomy, physiology, endocrinology, genetics, toxicology, immunology, pathology, and development of the brain.
  • Pathobiology of Human Disease covers structure and function of human tissues, molecular pathology, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology, and includes text, images, movies, and animations.

Spring workshops

Spring workshops

The science and engineering libraries are holding a series of workshops during Spring Semester that can help you get the most out of freely available as well as Berkeley subscribed resources. Workshops include:

  • Citation management and productivity tools: EndNote, Evernote, Mendeley, and more
  • Intro to GIS tools and resources: an introduction to Geographic Information Systems and mapping tools
  • Data management: the best ways to create a data management plan, create, store, backup, and share your data
  • Easy thematic mapping: This workshop will introduce 3 different web platforms for mapping thematic and demographic data – SimplyMap, Social Explorer, and Policy Map
  • Publish for impact: This session gives tips on publishing your research for maximum impact and will cover open access, alternative publishing options, and promotion of your work
  • LaTeX/BibTeX: … coming soon!

Check out the schedule on our Events Calendar. All workshops are drop-in – no registration required.

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