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.

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.


Library Workshop: ‘Overview of Library Resources’ – Wednesday, February 3 – 2:00pm

Overview of Library Resources

This class will give a quick overview of Library services, collections, and databases. We’ll talk about Docuserve, CODA, finding print and e-journals, our locations and Open Access. Whether you’re new to campus or have been here for years this class will help you make use of all that the Library has to offer.

Wednesday, February 3


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Library Workshop: ‘Scientific Authoring with LaTeX and Overleaf’ – Wednesday, January 27 – 2:00pm


Class is full.  Please e-mail to be wait-listed for the next class offering.

For information on LaTeX, please visit:



Just published: New Caltech Regulations for the Format and Presentation of a Graduate Thesis

In collaboration with the library, the Caltech Grad Office has just updated the thesis regulations documentation. Highlights include changes in the prefatory material, author information, and handling of already-published content.   If you happen to have older versions of this document (easily identified by the Caltech seal on the title page!), please discard them and start using this new one.  If you have any questions, please contact us for further information

Scientific Publishers now requiring ORCiD: Library can help

Several publishers and scientific societies of relevance to the Caltech community announced last week that they will begin requiring all submitters to have an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID iD) number. They will use that number as a unique identifier in their submission, review, and publication systems.

ORCiD requirements are being put in place at IEEE, AGU, PLOS, AAAS,  EMBO Press, eLife, The Royal Society, among others. A new article in The Scientist covers this development in more detail.

The Library assists Caltech authors to set up and populate their ORCiD profiles so that authors can meet publisher requirements and get credit for all their work. Library training offers tips and tricks to link the ORCiD with research articles, theses, datasets, peer reviews, and various social media sites. The Library can also assist in setting up automated process that harvest data from ORCiD in other websites such as Science Direct, Web of Science, KUDOS, and more.

Contact for ORCiD support.

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