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  • BBC2: Darwin Season

    The following program is being recorded for library stock, and will be available for loan shortly:

    Don’t miss ‘Did Darwin Kill God?’ tomorrow at 7pm on BBC Two This one off special explores whether the theory of evolution undermines belief in God. In the programme, Conor Cunningham, philosopher and theologian at Nottingham University, will present the argument that it is possible to believe both in Darwin’s theory of evolution and in God.

    British Standards and Patents


    I am giving a session on British Standards and Patents  on Wednesday the 25th of March in the Clifton library’s Information Skills Training Room.  Please sign up via http://www.ntu.ac.uk/llr/news_events/events_for_staff/index.cfm if you wish to attend.

    “An introduction to British Standards, the UK Intellectual Property Office and searching Esp@cenet for European patent information, with a practical session investigating advanced database features (2-3pm).”


    Jon Fletcher

    Spresi: http://cds.dl.ac.uk/cds/datasets/orgchem/spresi/spresi.html

    Please find below the following information about SPRESI, a chemical structures, reactions and properties database, which you can now access; this Organic Chemistry service is being run as a free-to-use service for all registered members of staff at UK academic institutions. This trial is set to run for 1 year:

    SPRESI is a database consisting of chemical structures and reaction information providing direct access to over 6.1 million structures and 3.85 million reactions. It also includes over 31.7 million pieces of additional information such as chemical and physical properties, reaction conditions and keywords abstracted from the primary literature. It can thus be compared to both the SciFinder and Beilstein/CrossFire and probably Index Chemicus, and I believe it provides addition and complementary material to all of them.

    The rights to the SPRESI are held by InfoChem GmbH and the Chemical Database Service (CDS) at Daresbury has made arrangements to make the SPRESIweb system available to its user community for a full evaluation trial. If this is successful we hope to be able to make the system available to the UK academic community on reasonable terms.

    The CDS provides a full range of databases free at the point of user access. It currently operates under a contract with the EPSRC. Any long term funding mechanisms for addition systems such as SPRESIweb are yet to be decided, but  feedback and advice from the community is most welcome at any time.

    Any member of the UK academic community can register to use the CDS (NB). As mentioned all components of the Service are available free of charge to eligible users. We have recently sent up an Express Registration procedure

    and you should expect to receive your username and password by email within 10 mins of submitting the online registration form. Further details of SPRESIweb are available via the link

    for general details of the Service go to the frontpage

    As ever, I would be interested in receiving any feedback you had about this for future reference.


    Jon Fletcher

    Refworks referencing

    Dear all,
    Please note – and pass on as appropriate – that RefWorks is currently inserting a comma between the names of joint authors rather than an ‘and’  for in-text citations (e.g. “Fisher and Tietze” is written as “Fisher, Tietze”). Users are advised to check for this until it is repaired. As ever, it is advised to check for such occurances in RefWorks results (as with any referencing software) due to the possibility of such errors being imported from pre-written records.

    New Science Direct titles

    Free-to-access electronic journals – collection extended

    Following a major expansion of the SFX (Find it @ NTU) Knowledge Base earlier this month, a total of 16,734 new free-to-access electronic journals have been activated in SFX in the ‘Free e-journals’ target. There is some overlap of titles between this collection and some of the other free-to-access collections (such as DOAJ, Scielo and others), but the full list of 23,971 titles in the collection can be accessed here. Individual catalogue records for the new additions to the collection will be added to the Library Catalogue during the next electronic journal record update.

    Science Direct – Shibboleth authenticated access enabled
    Off-campus access to all of LLR’s subscribed materials on the Science Direct platform is now by university username and password (using Shibboleth). Links and prompts in eSearch and SFX have been updated accordingly. A guide to using Shibboleth authentication for Science Direct has been added to the eServices Support wiki. The remote and MetaSearch configuration for Science Direct in eSearch has also recently been updated.

    Darwin Season

    Good morning,

    The Darwin Season on the BBC continues this week – see the BBC website for more information.


    Jon Fletcher