Archive for April, 2011

Library Workshop: SciFinder Web: Wednesday, May 4

SciFinder Web

SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts Service) is a premier database for science and engineering.
In addition to chemistry and chemical engineering, SciFinder coverage extends to the chemical aspects of biology, environmental engineering, geology, materials science, medicine, and physics.
SciFinder runs on both MACs and PCs and will replace the SciFinder Scholar client software in June 2011.

SciFinder content and format coverage (journal articles, patents, theses, etc.) will be reviewed and search techniques for topics, chemical substances and reactions will be displayed.
We will also briefly compare and contrast SFS with other important databases: Combined Chemical Dictionary, Reaxys (Beilstein/Gmelin), Web of Science, and PubMed.

An extensive description of the SciFinder (web) database is available:

Wednesday, May 4


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Library Workshop: EndNote For Beginners: Wednesday, April 20

End Note 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, April 20


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


March 2011 New Books and Journals lists

The lists of new books and journals added to the libraries’ collections during the month of March 2011 are now available.   This month’s book list includes book cover images for many items, and links to Amazon to allow you to browse the books electronically.  Please note that we provide no guarantee that Amazon has contracted with the publisher to allow viewers to browse specific books.

MIT CogNet

Please be advised that MIT CogNet will be temporarily unavailable
on Thursday, April 7th beginning at 6:00 am (PST) for approximately 15 to 20 minutes during a hardware update. Be assured that MIT CogNet will be fully functional and available after this short period of time.

Library Workshop: You and Your Thesis: Wednesday, April 13

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? You are encouraged to attend a brief overview of techniques useful in the production and publication of Caltech electronic theses. The session will include tips on formatting and submitting, and will touch on intellectual property considerations and access.

Wednesday, April 13


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Deadline extended for Library Friends’ Senior Thesis prize

Application deadline for the Library Friends’ Senior Thesis prize has been extended From April 29th to May 6th. Please see for details.