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Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library News

January 2008

New Look for Web of Science & INSPEC

As many of you already know, on Sunday night Feb 2nd the search interface for Web of Science changed. If you are having problems accessing Web of Science, be sure the URL is One feature of the new interface is that you can select your search fields from a drop-down menu rather than use the preset categories. The results screen has also been reorganized so that it is easier to refine and analyze results. There is a temporary problem accessing the full record of some articles that have chemical structure information. We have never subscribed to this additional data and still do not, even with the new interface, but we should still be able to view the full record (abstracts, author affiliation, etc). Somehow in the switchover, ISI blocked our access and ISI has been notified about the problem. A quick search update: When searching keywords, there is an implied “and” between your terms, for example, if you enter the terms oil spill, the system will search oil and spill. If you want the terms searched as a phrase, you must use quote marks, ‘oil spill”. If you want to broaden your search with synonyms, then you must use “OR”, for example (oil OR petroleum) spill.

INSPEC also migrated to a new search screen on Monday, February 4th. The interface includes new features such as a Search Aid that helps narrow down your search and a simpler RSS option for keeping current.

NIST Web Thermo Tables (WTT) - Professional Edition

The library recently licensed the NIST Web Thermo Tables (WTT) Professional Edition. The WTT is a web version of the TRC Thermodynamic Tables (Hydrocarbons and Non-Hydrocarbons) which the library has in print through 2007. WTT contains critically evaluated thermodynamic property data, primarily for pure organic compounds. There are eight property groups in the WTT: (1) critical properties, (2) vapor pressure and boiling temperatures, (3) phase transition properties, (4) volumetric properties, (5) heat capacities and derived properties, (6) transport properties, (7) refraction, surface tension, and speed of sound, and (8) reaction state-change properties. Not all properties have been evaluated for all compounds. Various search options based on compound information (empirical formula, partial name, molecular weight) as well as specific property requests are provided. Data presentation features an interactive Web interface with hierarchical expanding/contracting tabular panel structure. Interactive data plotting capabilities are also provided.

DIPPR Project 801 Database

Remember that through our Knovel subscription, you also have online access to the DIPPR Project 801 Database, from the Design Institute for Physical Property Data. DIPPR is an excellent source for evaluated standard thermophysical property values. The database contains data for physical, thermodynamic, and transport properties for industrially important chemicals used in chemical process and equipment design.

Additional Journal Backfiles from Elsevier (ScienceDirect)

Some years ago when the UC campuses acquired access to the backfiles of the Elsevier journals, Elsevier was in the process of purchasing Academic Press. As a result, we gained access to some of these Academic Press titles, but not all. This lack of access has been particularly hard on certain research groups in a variety of disciples so this January the Berkeley library was able to acquire backfile access to a number of titles, including Journal of Molecular Biology, Journal of Catalysis, Journal of Magnetic Resonance (1969), Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, Analytical Biochemistry, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.

DiscoveryGate No More

Unfortunately we no longer have trial access to DiscoveryGate which was a web-based interface for Beilstein and Gmelin. Our DiscoveryGate access is a victim of corporate sales. Elsevier sold the web-based interface to another company, Symyx but continued to maintain ownership of the underlying databases, Beilstein and Gmelin and the CrossFire client. That means we have to license the database content with Elsevier and then negotiate a second additional license with Symyx for the web-based interface. To complicate matters further, Elsevier has said that it has its own web-based interface in development, though no date has been announced. At this time we have reverted back to access only with the CrossFire client.

Berkeley Research Impact Initiative – BRII

If you haven’t seen the latest announcements about BRII (Berkeley Research Impact Initiative) please take a look at this website. BRII provides financial support for Berkeley authors who wish to make their publications open access.

Send comments to Mary Ann Mahoney, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian