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Library Classes Descriptions

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All classes will be held in the Sherman Fairchild Library Multimedia Conference Room, third floor, Room 328.
For more information send email to library AT caltech.edu.

Business Resources

This class will focus on business research strategies and methods for finding information on companies and industries.

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Chemical Compound Data Searching

In addition to SciFinder/Chemical Abstracts and Reaxys (Beilstein/Gremlin), Caltech researchers have access to a wide variety of specialized chemical compound databases.

These databases provide extensive information on: industrial chemicals, enzymes, natural products, stability constants, thermodynamic/spectral data, solvents, polymers and synthetic methods. A comprehensive handout is provided.

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Chemical Structure Searching

Search with chemical structures (both drawn and from templates) for physical property data and chemical reactions in Reaxys (Beilstein/Gremlin), SciFinder, and the Combined Chemical Dictionary (Dictionaries of Organic Chemistry, Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, Natural Products, etc.)

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Chemical Information Resources

This class will provide a brief introduction to the resources available here at Caltech for chemical sciences research. General library services, specialized databases (including SciFinder and Reaxys) and reference materials will be covered.

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CODA: If You Publish, You Need CaltechAUTHORS

CaltechAUTHORS (http://authors.library.caltech.edu/) 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.

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Copyright and Your Publications

Confused by all the copyright forms you have to fill out for the publishers?
Do you wish you could retain control over your own work?  Anyone who is planning to write and/or publish articles, books or theses will find something useful in this workshop.

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Crystallography Resources

This session will introduce several crystallographic resources and databases available at Caltech. Larry Henling, MPS (Staff Crystallographer) will provide an introduction to using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), and along with Dr. Michael Takase (X-Ray Facility Director) will answer any questions about the CSD and using the facility. Examples of finding crystallographic data in both specialty databases (such as the ICSD) and general chemistry databases (such as SciFinder) will be also covered.

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DiscoveryGate (MDL)

A search/display interface to a multi-database collection that includes both Beilstein and Gmelin thru 2010.
It includes specialty databases (such as MDDR, Comprehensive Medicinal Chemistry, NCI database) can be searched either individually or as a group.

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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.

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IEEE Xplore

Covers the IEEE Xplore interface and will include insider tips on search strategy and how to take advantage of the latest value-added features. Faculty, students, librarians, and other technical researchers who have an interest in IEEE Xplore will want to attend. This is approximately a one hour session and will cover:


- How to save searches, set-up alerts and other personalization features
- New, easy-to-navigate design
- New search engine and how it works including advanced search options
- Improved search tools--refine and drill down into searches by multiple criteria
- How to search by author affiliation, including academic, government or corporate
- Improved browse options -- browse by subject, most popular or what's new
- Enhanced online support tools

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Introduction to CaltechTHESIS for Caltech Staff

Do you work with graduate students who are working on their thesis?  Did you know that electronic copies of theses must be submitted to CaltechTHESIS as part of the PhD graduation requirement?  How often do you get questions about formatting, printing, or binding theses?  Do you maintain web pages that include information about theses?  This class is geared toward option coordinators or other Caltech staff who work with graduate students or their theses, but is open to anyone interested on campus.   We will give you an overview of the CaltechTHESIS database (http://thesis.library.caltech.edu), brief you on the steps the students need to take to deposit their thesis, and touch on intellectual property considerations and access.  We will also give you tips on using the information in the database to populate your web page more effectively.

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Lexis/Nexis Academic: A Universe of Social Science Information Resources

The academic version of Lexis/Nexis offers a wealth of social science resources with powerful statistical, congressional, legal, business and full text newspaper databases. The class will survey these features with a special focus on statistical and congressional resources. We'll show you how to:

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Life Sciences Information Resources

This class will cover the basics of finding biology, biochemical, and other life science-related resources. PubMed and the NCBI interface, Web of Science, and other bio-related databases (including SciFinder and Reaxys) will be introduced, including general search strategies for finding articles and automatic notifications of new publications.

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MathSciNet

Come learn the ins and outs of MathSciNet. Learn about the Mathematical Subject Classification, as well as other tricks of the trade, and why it’s the best way to search the mathematical literature – Yes! It’s even better than Google!

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MathSciNet for EAS

The mathematical literature is not just for mathematicians. Discover MathSciNet
and see how the reviews written by professional mathematicians can help you
find the articles you truly need, that help you solve the some of the complex
mathematical problems in your research.

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Open Access

An overview of the many faces of Open Access. Topics covered will include disciplinary archives, dissertations, institutional archives, overlay journals, born-OA journals, converted OA-journals, Walker-Prosser OA-by-the article journals, and scanned heritage (EMANI, Gallica, ...). There will be a special update on the NIH policy.

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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 ejournals, 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.

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Patents

Hannah Dvorak-Carbone (Office of Technology Transfer) will present a review of the patenting process. This will be followed by a quick review of patent searching, locating English language patent equivalents, legal status issues, and current awareness techniques by Donna Wrublewski and ample time for questions. For the first time in its history, the U.S. will have a ‘first to file’ patent system, replacing the ‘first to invent’ system, when the America Invents Act came into full force on March 16, 2013. What does this mean for you and for Caltech?

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Physical Property Data Searching

Illustrative examples of searching for physical property data in both print and online resources, including: Landolt-Bornstein, J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data, Thermodex, Reaxys (Beilstein/Gremlin), and SciFinder.

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Reaxys

The new combined web interface to Beilstein, Gmelin and Elseviers Patent Chemistry database.

Beilstein is based on Beilsteins Handbuch der Organischen Chemie (1771-1980) and selected organic chemistry journal articles beginning in 1981.
Gmelin is based on Gmelins Handbuch der Anorganischen Chemie (1771-1994) and selected inorganic/organometallic chemistry journal articles since 1995.
The Patent Chemistry Database is limited to English-language US(1976+), WO(1978+) & EP(1978+) patents, with "organic chemistry" IPC codes:

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

An extensive description of the Reaxys database is available: http://library.caltech.edu/learning/classhandouts/Reaxys2010.pdf

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Reaxys/SciFinder: Not Just for Chemists

Reaxys provides a combined web interface to Beilstein, Gmelin and Elsevier’s Patent Chemistry database.

Both Beilstein (organic compounds) and Gmelin (inorganic compounds) provide extensive physical property data.
Reaxys content and format coverage (journal articles & patents) and search techniques for physical property data will be reviewed.

An extensive description of the Reaxys database is available: http://library.caltech.edu/learning/classhandouts/Reaxys2010.pdf

SciFinder is a premier database for both 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 content and format coverage (journal articles, patents, theses, etc.) and search techniques for topics and physical property data will be reviewed.
An extensive description of the SciFinder database is available:  http://library.caltech.edu/learning/classhandouts/scifinderwebhandout.pdf

Reaxys & SciFinder will also be compared and contrasted with other important databases: Combined Chemical Dictionary, Web of Science, and PubMed.

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Researching Caltech Online

Looking for information about retired faculty, Caltech buildings, or Seeley G. Mudd?  Interested in when a specific speaker gave a Watson Lecture?  Wondering when Bill Nye the Science Guy was the Commencement Speaker? Want to know where to find information about current student activities, as well as what was going on in 1972?  Come and familiarize yourself with CaltechCampusPubs (http://caltechcampuspubs.library.caltech.edu/) and other web sources for Caltech information available on campus.

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SciFinder

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 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:  http://library.caltech.edu/learning/classhandouts/scifinderwebhandout.pdf

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Web of Science/Web of Knowledge

This session will provide a wide variety of strategies for searching Web of Science including topic, & author searching, retrieving citing articles, linking to full-text, exporting records directly into EndNote or the new Web EndNote, and creating search and citation alerts.

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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.

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All classes will be held in the Sherman Fairchild Library Multimedia Conference Room, third floor, Room 328.
For more information send email to library AT caltech.edu.