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Does your spell-checker know chemistry?

April 30th, 2009 by Cory Craig

A free Chemistry Dictionary for word processors is available at:
Installation instructions come with the downloadable file. The dictionary was developed by UNC-CH graduate student Adam Azman, with assistance from The dictionary contains over 100,000 chemical names and chemical terms.

*From: Open Access Chemical Dictionary Available – C&EN Digital Briefs, 2/2/2009

Journal Citation Reports now online

April 30th, 2009 by

The UC Davis Libraries recently acquired Journal Citation Reports (JCR) online.

JCR is used for finding out the impact factor of a journal and for comparing journals to one another within a field using citation data. Impact factor is based on the number of times papers in a journal are cited by other papers. Using JCR can help you find the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

JCR comes in a social science and science edition, and can be browsed by subject within these broad categories. The latest year available online is 2007.

Connect to JCR here, or through the PSE Library database list. (Note: you must be on campus or logged in through the VPN for this to work).

For more help using JCR, or information about impact factors, contact a PSE librarian.

New titles added to Synthesis Digital Library

April 27th, 2009 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Update for March 2009

The following new titles were published in March:

Inspec class — April 24

April 20th, 2009 by

As part of the Inspec interface switch, the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library is offering a class with experienced Inspec trainer Karen Berryman:

  • Friday, April 24, 11:00a-12:00p
  • Kemper Hall 1065

Everyone is welcome! Come to Kemper Hall to learn how to use this great database for physics, electrical engineering, computer science, and applied science topics. Berryman will point out some of the tricks for getting the most out of the database and the new features that are coming with the new interface.

Refreshments will be served!

INSPEC moving to Web of Science site

April 8th, 2009 by Karen Andrews

INSPEC (Information in the Sciences, Physics, Electrical/Electronics and Computers), is moving to the Web of Science platform on April 20. INSPEC is the most comprehensive article index for these disciplines. It covers conference proceedings, workshops, seminars and books in addition to standard journal articles.

Special features are the ability to get review articles, limit topic by experimental or theoretical approach, applications, and do numerical range searching for properties of materials. One can search for articles on astronomical objects or chemical compounds. The INSPEC database will also be searchable via the current Ovid interface through June 30, 2009.

Access INSPEC here, or through the PSE Library database list. (Note: you must be on campus or logged in through the VPN for this to work. From this link, you will be able to choose whether you want to search through Ovid or Web of Science).

New series available from Morgan & Claypool

April 8th, 2009 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Now Available from Morgan & Claypool Publishers:

Engineering The Knee Miniscus

Synthesis Lectures on Tissue Engineering

We are pleased to announce our new series in Tissue Engineering, edited by K.A. Athanasiou of Rice University. The first title in the series, Engineering the Knee Meniscus, is now available.

Forthcoming titles include:

  • Tissue Engineering of Temporomandibular Joint Cartilage
  • Articular Cartilage Tissue Engineering

New titles added to Synthesis digital library

April 7th, 2009 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Update for January/February 2009

The following new titles were published in the Synthesis Digital Library during January and February:


April 6th, 2009 by

Welcome to the new PSE Library Blog! In this blog, we’ll be documenting new resources at the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library, as well as library news. Please give us your feedback! For more information, you can visit our homepage or contact a librarian.