Archive for October, 2010

New! Library Service: Request Caltech library books and choose where to pick them up

Caltech Library Services is happy to offer this new service.  When locating a book through the library catalog, you can now click on “Place request,” log in with your name and UID, and choose a Caltech Library to pick up the book.  A book is usually available for pick up after 1 business day.  This is a great service if you are requesting several books and want to pick them up in one convenient location.  However, if you need a book very quickly, the best method is still to come to that library and grab it.

Web of Knowledge is Back Up

The Web of Knowledge is once again available.

Web of Knowledge Unavailable

The Web of Knowledge is currently down (Tues. 10/26/2010, 4:15 pm). We are in touch with the database provider and access will be restored as soon as possible. We do not yet have an estimated time when WoK will be back up.

Library Workshop: EndNote for Beginners: Thursday, October 28

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.

Thursday, October 28


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room


Library Workshop: CODA: If you publish, you need CaltechAUTHORS: Tuesday, October 19

CODA: If you publish, you need CaltechAUTHORS

CaltechAUTHORS,,  is an institutional repository providing free access to articles written by, with, or in close association with Caltech professorial faculty. Come and see how quickly and easily author postprints (author-formatted, post-peer review and copy-edited) can be uploaded and made easily retrievable by a global audience.

Tuesday October 19


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


New! Caltech Catalog, 1893/1894 forward, now available online

The nearly complete run of the Caltech Catalog and its predecessors have now been added to CaltechCampusPubs, CODA’s newest collection.  The set provides a very interesting view into Caltech’s history and how it has developed over the years.  From its beginnings as the Throop Polytechnic Institute and Manual Training School through its years as the Throop College of Technology and finally as the California Institute of Technology, you can see how the focus of the institute has changed, as well as how the campus itself has evolved through the images included.  We encourage you to glance through the documents, and share your discoveries with us and each other!

New collection in CODA: CaltechCampusPubs

Welcome to the official unveiling of the latest collection being developed for CODA!

CaltechCampusPubs contains general publications by Caltech faculty, staff and students that are of interest to the campus community as a whole. These include regularly published titles such as the Caltech Catalog or the Tech. The repository is updated continuously as departments and library staff add available and recently published documents.

CaltechCampusPubs is part of CODA, the Caltech Collection of Open Digital Archives, managed by Caltech Library Services. The mission of CODA is to collect, manage, preserve and provide global access over time to the scholarly output of the Institute and the publications of campus units.

Library Workshop: Reaxys, DiscoveryGate and SciFinder Web: Thursday, October 14

Reaxys/DiscoveryGate/SciFinder Web presented by Dana Roth

Thursday, October 14


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


The new web interface to Beilstein, Gmelin and Elsevier’s Patent Chemistry database.

It runs on both MACs and PCs and will replace both the Crossfire client software and DiscoveryGate access at the end of 2010.

Caltech will continue to have access to Beilstein and Gmelin thru all three interfaces until then.


A search/display interface to a multi-database collection that includes both Beilstein and Gmelin thru 2010.

It also includes numerous specialty databases (such as MDDR, Comprehensive Medicinal Chemistry, NCI database) that can be searched individually or as a group.

SciFinder Web:

The new web interface to SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts Service).

In addition to chemistry and chemical engineering, SciFinder’s coverage extends to the chemical aspects of biology, environmental engineering, geology, materials science, medicine, and physics.

It runs on both MACs and PCs and will replace the SciFinder Scholar client in June 2011.