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    SciFinder® Solutions Web Page Updated

    SciFinder® Solutions Web Page Updated! Dear SciFinder Key Contact: SciFinder Solutions has been updated! The web page features an article about the newest podcasts in the SciFinder series: Nanotechnology―The Key to Solving the World’s Energy Question, Clues to Unraveling the Mysteries of DNA to RNA Transcription, and Diamond of the First Water. Visit http:www.cas.org/support/scifi/sfsolutions/index.html to read the latest news.


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    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

    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.

    Equis and Canis

     Equis and Canis provide up-to-date clinical information for people working in the veterinary profession.  Search by keyword, browse topics or look up specific drug therapies.  Content is enhanced by comprehensive cross-linking of related results, images and sound.  Browsing by topic provides a link to the latest published research in PubMed  and related websites.  Click here for a demonstration.


    These resources have been set up as single-user standalone resources due to licence restrictions.  They are only available on two PCs in Resource Room B.  When you log on to the relevant PC (Canis – BMLGB-02; Equis – BMLGB-03), a shortcut to the resource and a user guide will appear on the desktop. 

    Send any questions or feedback to Heather.

    Database Trial: CAB Abstracts Archive 1910 – 2007

    We now have CAB Abstract Archives 1910 – 2007 on trial (we normally only have access back to 1972) If you would like to try out this database , please go to:


    … and log in with your Athens username and password. If you are not sure what your Athens username and password are, go here: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/LLR/electronic_resources/passwords/25993gp.html

    CAB Abstracts is a bibliographic database compiled by CAB International. It covers the significant research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, aspects of human health, human nutrition, animal health and the management and conservation of natural resources.

    If you have any comments on the database, especially if you feel strongly that we should extend our coverage back to 1910, please let Heather or Ian know.

    Database Trial: Scopus

    We have access to Scopus for the next month with a possible extension to Easter.  Access is direct on campus at http://www.scopus.com

    The next RAE is likely to involve bibliometric assessment in selected areas, especially Science, and Scopus could be one of the tools used to assess research outputs, alongside Web of Knowledge.  Like WoK, it allows for citation analysis and we will be comparing the Scopus citation data against WoK as part of the trial. 

    Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources.  Updated daily, Scopus offers:

    • 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers
    • Over 1,000 open-access journals
    • Results from 386,000,000 scientific webpages
    • Conference proceedings, trade publications, and patents

    Please take a look and send any feedback to  Heather or Ian.