Library Workshops and Resources

Library Workshops – February and March
The complete list of our free workshops is on the Library website, with descriptions and registration information.


  • PubMed Essentials – Feb 4, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
  • Managing Citations – Feb 9, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • SciFinder for Chemists and Non-Chemists – Feb 16, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • PubMed: Beyond the Essentials – Feb 17, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
  • EndNote Online – Feb 23, 11:00 – 12:30 pm
  • EndNote Desktop – Mar 1, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • Substance and Reaction Searching with SciFinder and Reaxys –  Mar 1, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Mendeley – Mar 23, 11:30 – 1:00 pm


Library Research Consultations & Guides

  • Need help getting started with locating research on your topic (or a refresher), or want to learn more about library services and resources to help you with your work?  Please feel free to contact me for a consultation.
  • Along with an overview of the services, I can show you the best databases to find relevant books and journal articles, and the search strategies to get the most out of them; ways to keep up with current research; and how to manage the information you do find using tools like EndNote.
  • We also have research guides for all of our subjects and many courses that have an information searching component or assignment (including Chem 105 and Chem 143A-D).


Cambridge Structural Database 2016

  • The latest version of CSD, with information on 800,000+ crystal structures, is now available for download. Information on downloading, installing, and registering CSD is here. This is a “power user” version with additional programs and additional functionality, but you can also access the database and structures without downloading, etc. through WebCSD.


Ebooks vs. Print Books

  • Over the last few years, the Library has moved to “an ebook preferred” collection policy. Instead of buying books in print as they become available, we purchase entire packages of ebooks from publishers (Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society, Wiley, Springer, Elsevier, etc.) at the beginning of the year and have access to all of the titles as they are published. This provides you 24/7 access—and in most cases no limit to the number of people using a book at one time—as well as the ability to save and print PDF chapters (great if you only want 1-2 chapters, and to search the full text of the books. Then I buy print copies of books that aren’t available online, like textbooks and the books that go into our Popular Science Collection.
  • If you prefer to read a book in print that we have online:
    • You can request to borrow a copy from another San Diego library through Circuit if they have one, or from another University of Califorinia library through Melvyl. In Melvyl you’ll need to check the record to see if you’re looking at one for a print or electronic book. When you submit the request, you can add a note that you’re specifically requesting a print copy.
    • You can also use our interlibrary loan to make the requestion, and in the information or special instructions specify that you want print.
  • If you think it’s a book we should purchase in print, even though we have it online, submit a purchase recommendation request.


I also want to remind you about our digital media lab that opened in the library last fall and available to all UC San Diego students. Along with two 3D printers, the lab has high-end computers for audio/video editing and are equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk, Camtasia and Final Cut Pro. The computer workstations can be reserved for up to 3 hours a day using the Library’s room reservation system. There is onsite assistance, and individual consultation sessions are available.


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