Library Workshop: ‘EndNote For Beginners’ – Wednesday, February 17 – 2:00pm

EndNote For Beginners

Are you writing a research paper or ready to start your thesis? Want an easy way to store, manage and search for bibliographic references? EndNote for Beginners may be just the quick start session you need. Learn what EndNote is and the basics of how it can work for you to organize the articles you’re reading and create bibliographies within a word processing document.  We’ll cover how to get your references into EndNote and what to do with them once they’re there.

Wednesday, February 17


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Library Workshop: ‘You and Your Thesis’ – Tuesday, February 16 – 2:00pm

You and Your Thesis

Are you working on your thesis?
Did you know that electronic copies of theses must be submitted?
Are you aware of the formatting requirements for theses?
This class will give a brief overview of techniques useful in the production and publication of Caltech electronic theses, including tips on formatting and submitting, and will touch on intellectual property considerations and access.

Tuesday, February 16


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Electronic Lab Notebooks (LabArchives) Access Restored (2/11 – 9:30 am)

Access has been restorted (9:30 am)

(7:45) Access to LabArchives’ Electronic Lab Notebooks is currently not available.  The authentication servers used for Shibboleth access are currently down, which will prevent login for any sites using Shibboleth access to LabArchives.  Theior tech team is working currently to address the issue and bring those servers back online.   They apologize for the inconvenience and will let us know as soon as the problem has been addressed.

Cambridge Crystallographic Database Updated

The Cambridge Structural Database System software from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) has been updated on the library’s server. Here are the current version numbers:

CSD System: 2016 release, Version 5.37
Database Updates: Nov15
ConQuest: 1.18
IsoStar: 2.2.3
Mercury: 3.7
Mogul: 1.7.1
PreQuest: 5.37
SuperStar/Hermes: 2.1.3

The 2016 version should be available shortly from for installation on individual workstations.

See for more information about the CSD applications and database.

Library Workshop: Patents – Wednesday, February 10 – 2:00pm


Hannah Dvorak Carbone, from the Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships, will present a review of the patenting process, including changes introduced by the America Invents Act of 2013. This will be followed by a Caltech Librarian presenting a brief overview of patent searching, locating English language patent equivalents, legal status issues, and current awareness techniques.

Wednesday, February 10


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


New and up-to-date Overleaf LaTeX Caltech thesis templates now available

The new and up-to-date Caltech thesis LaTeX templates are now available through the Overleaf website in the Featured Templates section.  Students are not required to have an Overleaf account to use the templates, but will have access to useful extra features if they do.  For more information on using Overleaf, and to claim your free 10GB upgrade to Overleaf Pro through the Caltech institutional license, please visit the Caltech portal on Overleaf.

SFL open 24 hours this weekend for midterms

SFL will be open overnight Friday and Saturday nights this weekend (2/5 and 2/6) for midterms.

Caltech Library Website Survey

We’re getting ready to make changes to the library website. If you’d like to provide feedback, fill out our survey.

Beckman Room (Caltech Science Museum) will be open February 5, 1 to 4pm

The Beckman Room entrance

The Beckman Room on the ground floor of the Beckman Institute (room 131) is a small museum devoted to the history of chemistry and to the scientific and philanthropic work of Arnold O. Beckman. On February 5, first Friday of the month, the museum will be open to walk-in visitors from 1 to 4 PM.

The museum is also open by appointment to individuals and groups. Please contact the Caltech Archives at archives AT for appointment information. More information about the Beckman Room and its displays may be found at

New CaltechAUTHORS milestones

CaltechAUTHORS has made significant strides over the last 6-7 months. This snapshot is from June 8, 2015.


We had just passed the 6 million file downloads from CaltechAUTHORS since July 2008. We were rapidly approaching the 50,000 record mark. Caltech Media Relations helped us celebrate the 50,000 record milestone with a press release on August 7.

Last week we passed 54,000 records and early this week we passed the 7 million download mark. That is 4000 new records in just over 5 months and 1 million file downloads in a bit over 7 months. This is the current state of CaltechAUTHORS.


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