WebCSD – easy access to crystallography data

If you work with small molecules and value reliable crystallographic data, you probably already know about the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), a collection of almost 400,000 organic and organometallic crystal structures.  But did you know that UCB students, faculty and staff have access to WebCSD, an online portal to the CSD?  With the intuitive interface of the WebCSD and no need to download data or software, the WebCSD is an excellent instructional tool for the classroom as well as an advanced research tool for the laboratory.

Features of WebCSD include:

  • Substructure searching
  • Similarity searching
  • Text/numeric searching (journal reference, compound name, all text)
  • Reduced cell searching
  • Easy structure and result export features
  • Customizable 3D display

To read more about WebCSD, click here.
The full CSD client system is still available for downloading here.

OSA’s Optics ImageBank +

Now available OSA’s Premium Optics InfoBase!  The Optical Society of America added the  Optics ImageBank and expanded Conference Proceedings to their core digital resource, which provides access to peer-reviewed articles on optics and photonics.

The Optics ImageBank contains more than 200,000 images from OSA’s journal articles, many are cross-linked to related images.  Images can be browsed and searched by keyword, exported to PowerPoint and PDF formats for educational purposes, and enhanced interactive equations can be exported.  The Optical Society of America is continually updating the Premium Optics InfoBase & the ImageBank.
Try it out!

New online encyclopedias

Six new online encyclopedias are now available. You can read them online, search within them, and download or print sections of interest.

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology Encyclopedia of Food Safety Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences Pathobiology of Human Disease

  • Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems covers more than 200 topics within the themes of food systems and people, global agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology (Second Edition) covers genomics, food safety, DNA sequencing, E. coli, history of food microbiology, preservatives, irradiation of food, biophysical techniques, biosensors, genetic engineering, and more.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Safety provides international expert information on food safety, nutrition, food science and technology, foodborne diseases, and hazards.
  • Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition) provides an overview of the genetics of organisms (bacteria, phages, fungi, plants, animals, humans) and includes relevant topics in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolution, and disease.
  • Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (Second Edition) offers an overview of neurological sciences, with entries covering the anatomy, physiology, endocrinology, genetics, toxicology, immunology, pathology, and development of the brain.
  • Pathobiology of Human Disease covers structure and function of human tissues, molecular pathology, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology, and includes text, images, movies, and animations.

Introducing PubAg

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Library (NAL) recently introduced a new search engine for published research from the USDA, PubAg. PubAg is free to the public and designed to be easy to use.

PubAg provides full-text access to more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. It also indexes and searches citations of more than 300,000 peer-reviewed articles relevant to the agricultural sciences, with thousands more to be added in the next year. Similar to PubMed, PubAg utilizes special subject headings that are assigned to articles to enhance the search process.

Topics covered in PubAg include nutrition, food safety, food quality, animal and crop production and protection, natural resources, sustainable agricultural systems, rural development, agricultural economic and policy issues, agricultural imports and exports, agricultural statistics, and extension education. Since there are only journal articles in PubAg, use NAL’s other database, AGRICOLA, if you are looking for reports, books, and other material on these topics in addition to articles.

You won’t see UC-eLinks in PubAg, so if you find a citation in that doesn’t include full text, use the Citation Linker to see if full text is available at UC Berkeley.

Fall workshops

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The science and engineering libraries are holding a series of workshops during Welcome Week that can help you get the most out of freely available as well as Berkeley subscribed resources. Workshops include:

  • E-resources: go beyond Google to get the scholarly materials you need
  • Citation management and productivity tools: EndNote, Evernote, Mendeley, and more
  • GIS: an introduction to Geographic Information Systems and mapping tools
  • Data management: the best ways to create a data management plan, create, store, backup, and share your data

Check out the schedule on our Events Calendar. All workshops are drop-in – no registration required.

Princeton Primers in Climate

Princeton Primers in Climate is a series of short, authoritative books that explain the state of the art in climate-science research. These primers reveal the physical workings of the global climate system with accessibility and detail. Princeton Primers in Climate is the ideal first place to turn to get the essential facts, presented with uncompromising clarity, and to begin further investigation–in the library or wherever your summer travels take you.

All seven titles are available at the Earth Sciences and Map Library in McCone Hall including: Paleoclimate; Climate and Ecosystems; Planetary Climates; Climate and the Oceans; the Cryosphere; Atmosphere, Clouds and Climate; and the Global Carbon Cycle. Four more titles are forthcoming.

Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry

“Understanding every living process-from physiology, to immunology, and genetics-is impossible without a grasp on the basic chemistry that provides its underpinning.  Each article in the work provides an up-to-date snapshot of a given biological chemistry topic, written by experts, as well as suggestions for further readings for students and researcher wishing to go into greater depth.”

Check out the 4-volume Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry, Second Edition.

Data Management Planning Tool version 2 released


A new version of the free Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool2) has been released by the California Digital Library (CDL) and its partners. DMPTool2 guides researchers through the process of creating data management plans to fulfill the requirements of funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The new version of the tool allows researchers to more easily:

  • collaborate and share with colleagues
  • get help and suggestions relating to the particular requirements of each funder
  • see additional data management resources that are specific to their institution.

For questions about the DMPTool2 or about other data management tools and services available to UC Berkeley researchers, please see our page on Scientific Data Services or contact data-consult@lists.berkeley.edu.

Environment & Energy Daily News

UC Berkeley has access to GreenWire, EnergyWire, ClimateWire, and Environment & Energy Daily News.

Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) is the leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environment and energy policy and markets.

E&E’s five daily online publications are considered “must-reads” for those who track and influence energy, environment and climate policy. (Click here for a description of each news service.)