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Advance notice of British Standards Online trial access

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:08

Great news, I look forward to hearing more about the trial.


A further trial of British Standards Online (BSOL)will be held from 1 September 2017 to 31 October 2017.

URL for access and reminders and contacts will be posted here nearer to September.

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Filed under: British Standards, databases, ejournals, eresources

Biomedical and Life Sciences ebooks on SpringerLink

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:07

Some great texts here for Chemistry of Health and drug discovery researchers.


The Moore Library is pleased to announce that access is now available to Springer Biomedical and Life Sciences 2015- 2017 ebook collections on the SpringerLink platform.

There are currently 1,546 available titles, and further 2017 titles will be added as they are published. Monographs, contributed volumes, handbooks and selected encyclopaedias in Springer designated sub-disciplines such as Animal Models, Cell Biology, Human Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Plant Sciences are included in these collections.

The full text of these titles can be found in and accessed from iDiscover, and are accessible for unlimited concurrent users, both on and off campus via a Raven login.

These collections will be available in full until the 31st December 2017 in the first instance, at which point the most popular titles will be purchased in perpetuity.

A taster of available titles are listed below;

Turksen – Genome Editing

Levitan & Dopico – Vascular Ion…

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New titles on Very Short Introductions Online

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:08

These titles are especially good for undergraduates, and postgraduates supervising undergraduates, to get a basic understanding of a topic.


New titles are regularly added to Oxford’s Very Short Introductions Online, the most recently published titles are listed below.

Evolution (2nd ed.)



Jewish History

European Union Law

Catholicism (2nd ed.)

Shakespeare’s Tragedies

Globalization (4th ed.)

Clinical Psychology

Organic Chemistry

Intellectual Property


This popular and accessible series offers concise introductions across a wide range of subject areas; Arts & Humanities, Law, Medicine & Health, Science & Mathematics & Social Sciences.

You can browse by subject or search the collection of currently 525 titles, and you can search at the chapter level. You can create your own personal profile which will give you the option to save titles you are reading, copy, paste and annotate the text.

The most popular VSI title amongst University of Cambridge users in 2016, attracting 3,609 “hits” was Rousseau.

Some of the more recent titles are not yet available in iDiscover, these…

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Filed under: books, ebooks

Text & Data Mining LibGuide

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 17:08

Please have a look at this brilliant new guide on TDM!


We are keen to help the research process where we may be able to make a contribution towards facilitating text & data mining in the University.  To that end we offer a new LibGuide on text & data mining in the growing number of guides in the Cambridge Libraries’ family of LibGuides.

The aim of this guide is to make a start towards exposing the breadth of content (mostly library-subscribed) that may be of potential exploitation by Cambridge researchers wanting to use the techniques of text and data mining in their research.  The guide summarizes the main points in the Hargreaves exception and builds on and links out to professional bodies and information sources to provide librarians and University members with a beginner’s guide to first steps in TDM and considerations it is important to make.

The guide provides a means of contacting us to clear any issues that…

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Filed under: databases, ejournals, eresources, TDM, Text and Data Mining, Text and data mining (TDM), Tools to help you do your research

New ebooks – June 2017

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:40

Chemists might be interested in several of these new ebooks: Introduction to agent based modelling, Principles of Inorganic Materials Design, Molecular gels, and Progress in Exergy, Energy, and the Environment.


Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during June. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.


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New books recently purchased

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:03

Convert your files containing experimental data into an open data format

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:29

As part of the Data Champions initiative, we invite members of the Department of Chemistry to contribute to this list of instructions for converting the data you generate through experiments using techniques such as NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, x-ray crystallography, etc. into open data formats that can be shared easily.

The aim is to save researchers time and effort in trying to find this out themselves, and to make it as easy as possible for them to share their data in an open format that is accessible to everyone.

Please send your instructions to and the Librarian will add them to this list.

Please visit the Chemistry Library’s Open Data website to find out more about the Data Champions in the Department of Chemistry, and other resources that will help chemists do open research.

Filed under: data champions, experiments, general, Open Access, open data, open science, Research Data Management (RDM), researchers, Tools to help you do your research

Digital thesis pilot at the Department of Chemistry

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:10

For the academic year 2016/17 the University is piloting electronic thesis submission with several departments, including Chemistry.

If you are submitting a thesis in the academic year 2016/17, you are requested to submit an electronic thesis to Apollo alongside the print copy you need to submit to the Student Registry.

The University repository, Apollo has recently been upgraded and is now able to accept all thesis types. There is an online form for theses to make the deposit process simple and fast.

Find out more at:

Filed under: Apollo, theses

Re-imagining library spaces at the University of Cambridge

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 15:46

Take a look at ‘The Tracker Project’ report by Furturelib! Students using the Chemistry Library wore eyetracking devices while finding books and other items – with fascinating results. We will digest the project findings and hopefully act upon them in future.

Let us know what you think!

Source: Re-imagining library spaces at the University of Cambridge

Filed under: Futurelib, iDiscover, Library catalogue, library space, students, undergraduates, UX (user experience)

Do you know where these two missing books are?

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 17:21

These are the only two books that we found to be missing during our annual stock check:

Organic synthesis : the disconnection approach / Stuart Warren and Paul Wyatt. QD262.W37 2008. 2nd ed. (Short loan copy).

Workbook for organic synthesis : the disconnection approach / Stuart Warren and Paul Wyatt. QD262.W37 2009 (Short loan copy).

Have you seen them anywhere? Please could you check your offices, labs, rooms in case they have found their way there.

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Moore Library’s Scan & Deliver now free

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 17:01

This free service is provided by the Betty & Gordon Moore Library to allow Cambridge University staff and students to get remote access to any of its material that is not currently available electronically.

Complete the online form to request a scan from a journal article or book that is held in its collections. The service aims to deliver documents to you by email within a 24-hour time-frame. This saves you time and effort in visiting the Moore Library personally to scan / copy items (although it is a really nice place to work in, see here!).

Please be aware that the service only covers the holdings of the Betty & Gordon Moore Library. It is not able to provide scans from material held at any other library within the University, including the main University Library.


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iDiscover help: What do records mentioning “Online access restricted to designated PCs”, or “UL: Temporary Store 2” mean?

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:43

What does “Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries” mean?

Where it says on a record for a journal or a book that “Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries”, this means that it is an e-legal deposit copy.

Cambridge University Library is one of six ‘legal deposit’ libraries in the UK & Ireland. This means it must receive a copy of every book and journal published in the UK from the publisher, for free. Recently the law was changed to include electronic books and journals and so many publishers now choose to deposit the online versions instead. These items are available on designated PCs in the main University Library and some Affiliated Libraries only (which does not include the Chemistry Library). You cannot save the PDF, and may not be able to print it off either.

Find out more on how to access e-legal deposit items here.

What does “UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan” mean?

Many items are currently being held in an off-site store which is not accessible, i.e. a ‘dark’ store. This will include physical material formerly held by either the Betty & Gordon Moore Library, the Central Science Library, the University Library or the Medical Library.

If a record on iDiscover says that an item’s location is “UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan” this means that you need to make a free request for it as an Inter-Library Loan item. We recommend that you use the Betty & Gordon Moore Library’s Inter-Library Loan service to do this. You can complete their online form to request an item to be scanned for and sent to you.


Filed under: iDiscover, inter-library loans, Library catalogue, Library tools, Uncategorized

Did you know that you can scan items in the library and send them to your @cam email address as a PDF, for free? Find out what else you can do using our ‘multifunctional device’ …

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:31

You may not be aware of this but you can use our library MFD (MultiFunctional Device) to do all of these things:

  • Scan items and send them to your @cam email address as a PDF, for free!
  • Scan or photocopy multiple-page documents using the feeder on top of the machine – even if they’re two-sided! (Multiple-page documents can be scanned into one whole document).
  • Staple your copied/printed documents!
  • Send print jobs from your own laptop or workstation! (Instructions here).

The library MFD is located in the Print Room next to the Library Office. We have just written new instructions on how to use the MFD for scanning and copying and displayed them in the Print Room. They are also available on our IT Facilities website here.

There are two other MFDs located in Rooms G30 and 154. You can collect (‘release’) the print jobs that you send from a computer in the library (or from your laptop or workstation) from any of these.

Undergraduates can find out how to send and pay for photocopying and printing here.

Postgraduate students and researchers can ask library staff to credit their account from a grant/ledger code to pay for printing and photocopying.

The scans are in colour, and we think they are of great quality, as well as being quick and easy to do as compared with using a traditional flatbed scanner! Give it a go! But maybe don’t what this Minion is doing!

Filed under: Chemistry library services, mcs, photocopying, printing, scanning

Want to work in your room but need an app which is only on University computers?

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:26

Use DS-Remote!

DS-Remote is a service exclusively for the use of University of Cambridge students to aid in access to Windows applications outside of the MCS for use on a device, having installed a remote desktop client.


Filed under: mcs, software, students, Tools to help you do your research, undergraduates

Access your favourite cloud storage on MCS Windows

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:25

Did you know that on MCS Windows its possible to access your favourite cloud storage?

Click on the Start button on the MCS (ex-PWF) machines in the Chemistry Library, or in Rooms G30 and 154:

Start -> Microsoft -> OneDrive
Start -> Dropbox -> Dropbox
Start -> Google -> Google Drive

Filed under: Chemistry library services, cloud storage, mcs, Research Data Management (RDM), Tools to help you do your research

Shiny new things now available in the Chemistry Library to make your life easier

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:23

As a result of feedback from undergraduate students on the Committee for the Library and Scholarly Communication, we have purchased the following:

Some new mice

The mice currently in use are quite cheap and insubstantial. We have spent (only a little) bit more money on a selection of three mice from Logitech, follow these links to find out more:

These will be kept in the Library Office to borrow, just ask when you need one.


Apparently these are useful for students when they are photocopying. These are located in the Print Room (the small room next to the Library Office).

An anti-glare screen hood

Sometimes there is glare on the computer screens in the library. This adjustable hood will be kept in the Library Office to borrow, just ask when you need it.

We hope these help. Please do not remove them from the Library!

Filed under: Chemistry library services, students, undergraduates