Archive for June, 2011

Third quarter printing allowance now in effect

The $25 printing allowance for third quarter is now in effect as of July 1st.

2010 Journal Citation Reports

JCR provides a combination of impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points that comprise the complete journal citation network of Web of ScienceSM.
The 2010 JCR includes:
• More than 10,000 of the world’s most highly cited, peer reviewed journals in 238 disciplines
• Nearly 2,500 publishers and 84 countries represented
• Over 1,300 regional journals
• 1,075 journals receiving their first Journal Impact Factor
The recognized authority for evaluating journals, JCR presents quantitative data that supports a systematic, objective review of the world’s leading journals.
Caltech is a subscriber.

BioOne unavailable June 28th

BioOne will be experiencing some scheduled downtime on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 starting at 3:00pm PT. We expect the downtime to last no longer than four hours

Annual Reviews unavailable June 28th

Annual Reviews has a planned upgrade on Tuesday, June 28th. The website will be unavailable starting at 3pm PDT.

May 2011 New Books and Journals lists

The lists of new books and journals added to the libraries’ collections during the month of May 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.



Library Workshop: SciFinder Web: Tuesday, June 21

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:

Tuesday, June 21


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328



Web of Science down Sunday June 12th

Thomson Reuters will be performing maintenance to the ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science), EndNote Web and Researcher ID this coming Sunday, June 12th, 2011 beginning at 5:00 AM PDT. During this time, there will be disruption of service and access to these products including WoK Personalization. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Library Friends Awards Inaugural Senior Thesis Prize to Hanna K. Liu

Hanna K. Liu was awarded the first Senior Thesis Prize by Friends of Caltech Libraries for her paper, “The abundance and behavior of viruses in ancient seawater and modern iron-rich environments.” Ms. Liu’s faculty advisors were Geology and Planetary Science Professors Victoria Orphan and Woodward Fischer.

The prize was awarded by Rosemary Choate, President of the Friends of Caltech Libraries. Among the five finalists, Liu’s thesis was selected for clear evidence of excellence in writing, extensive and effective use of bibliographic materials and comprehensive exploration and examination of the research question. She cited a nominator’s comment that “this level of scholarship is rarely observed at the undergraduate level.”

In addition to Hanna K. Liu, the 2011 Senior Thesis Finalists and their respective faculty mentor are:

– Christopher Berlind, whose thesis, “Analysis and design of nucleic acid systems via kinetic simulations,” was written under the direction of Computer Science Professor Erik Winfree and graduate student, Joseph Schaeffer .

– Laura Decker, whose thesis, “Social, political and economic conditions in the crusader kingdom and their effects on the social norms of the Christian settlers,” was overseen by History Professor Warren Brown

– Andrey Poletayev, whose thesis, “Silicon heterofunction wire array photovoltaics,” was overseen by Chemistry Professor Douglas Rees, with Professors Nate Lewis and Harry Atwater.

– Dongjin (DJ) Seo, whose thesis, “Demonstration of DAR (distributed active radiation) for radio frequency beamforming above the fmax of a technology,” was written under the direction of Electrical Engineering Professor Ali Hajimiri.

The Senior Thesis Prize was established in 2010 in order to recognize exceptional senior theses that represent exemplary research and effective use of library resources. All nominees were recognized for their excellent work and the prize was awarded at a reception at Alumni House on Monday, May 23rd, with alumni, Friends of the Caltech Libraries, library staff, faculty, Paul Bellan, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee, and Melany Hunt, Vice Provost, present. The reception was hosted by University Librarian, Kimberly Douglas.

In its inaugural year, the $1,200 prize is accompanied by a citation and will be announced at commencement.

Further information can be found in the Caltech Catalog, or at