Monthly Archives: May 2014

Third Gold for Gold voucher allocated


The third of the 18 Gold for Gold vouchers that the Royal Society of Chemistry has given to the University of Cambridge has been used to make the following article immediately open access:

Molecules in the mirror: how SERS backgrounds arise from the quantum method of images, by Stephen M. Barnett, Nadine Harris, and Jeremy J. Baumberg. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 6544-6549. DOI: 10.1039/C4CP00093E.!divAbstract

To find out more about the Gold for Gold initiative, please see a previous blog post here:

Book rests now available to use in the library!


Following a suggestion from an undergraduate student we have purchased three book rests for use in the library,

They’re funky but practical!

This is how it works:

  • Sign one out from the Library Office.
  • Please return it to the Library Office at a time agreed with Library staff.
  • Book rests cannot be removed from the Library.

The book rests are normally kept folded up flat:


You can then open them up and adjust the height to suit you:



You can also adjust the small holders at the front to help keep the book secure:


We hope that you find them useful – your feedback is welcomed.

Journal Citation Reports & Essential Science Indicators

Let the eresources team know what you think of these resources before the trial ends on 20th September..


Journal Citation Reports & Essential Science Indicators are now available on the re-designed and unified InCites platform for assessing and evaluating research performance on trial access until 30 September 2014.  The trial is currently only available on campus via the following links:

Journal Citation Reports

Essential Science Indicators

The new platform for JCR and ESI offers:

* Improved data clarity with indicators based on publication year.

* New trend data views and visualizations.

* Easy saving and exporting of reports.

* Drill down to access and explore the underlying data that informs Journal Citation Reports metrics.

* Easy analysis and comparison of journal trends over time.

* New exploratory environment promoting discovery and easier analysis.

* Personalisation options to support your workflow.

Please send feedback on the trial to

Please note the trial access to the JCR and ESI on the InCites platform is only available from the links…

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Complete collection of Wiley ‘o’books now available!

This looks like a great resource!

To see what titles are available in chemistry or other discipline you can scroll down to the bottom of the list linked to below and then click on Browse by subject.

Or you can go to the main Wiley Online Library website at and click on Browse. Click to select Chemistry, for example, then perhaps Analytical Chemistry, then on the right hand side of the screen is a list of Topics you can browse, or underneath images of book/journal covers you can click to View all products in Analytical Chemistry. You then see a list of the titles and you can click on these to access the content.


Wiley Online Library banner

The University Library have arranged a pilot which opens up full-text access to the complete Wiley ‘o’ books collection, currently comprising almost 15,000 monograph titles, hosted on Wiley Online Library. The ‘o’books are immediately available from here.

This collection includes all Wiley monographs published in all available subject areas across all publication years. Subjects covered include Agriculture, Chemistry, Earth Space & Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Social & Behavioural Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine. This collection will grow as new titles are published.

The catalogue records for these Wiley titles will be loaded into LibrarySearch as soon as possible. Wiley ebooks are available both on and off-campus (using a Raven login).

Available titles are indicated with a golden unlocked padlock icon as illustrated in the following screenshot.

Wiley screenshot

You may browse for titles alphabetically, by subject, or search for a…

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New self service machine in the library!

Yes, we finally have a new self-service machine that allows you to borrow books AND return them!


It’s easy to use, just follow the instructions on the screen. But here is a quick step-by-step guide.


Press the Borrow button on the screen.


Then you need to scan the barcode on the back of your University Card (remember that you will need to have registered your card with Chemistry Library staff before you can borrow books).


You can now start borrowing books!

Open up the book, as if you were going to read it. You will see in the bottom left corner of the front page (or sometimes the second page) a barcode with a number beginning 5380. This is the barcode that needs to be scanned, NOT the ISBN barcode on the back of the book!

You need to turn the book round so that the barcode is now on the top right, and the spine is making contact with the metal block.

Slide the spine of the book forward, along the metal block until the barcode reaches the scanner and scans it.


The book will now be issued to you. You will see the due date on the screen.

The metal block is the ‘desensitiser’ which allows you to remove the book from the library without setting the security alarm off.

If you have another book or books to borrow then you can do so now.


You can press the Print receipt button to print off a receipt which tells you what books you have borrowed (or returned), along with their due dates, and library contact details. So there’s no excuse for bringing books back late!


If you print off a receipt, this automatically logs you out of the Borrow mode.

If you choose not to print a receipt, press the Finish button on the screen and this will log you out.


The major change is that you should now return your books on the machine and place them on the table next to the machine. The Book Returns box should now only be used if the self-service machine isn’t working.

The advantage of this is that returned books are now immediately available for others to borrow. When placed in the Book Returns box the books weren’t available again until either the next day or after a weekend.

To return a book, press the Return button on the home screen.


Scan the book barcode (positioned the same way as with borrowing).


Remove the book and place on the table next to the self service machine. Press the Continue button.


Do this for each book you want to return.

If you print off a receipt, this automatically logs you out of the Return mode.

If you choose not to print a receipt, press the Finish button on the screen and this will log you out.


The book(s) you have returned are immediately available for others to borrow. They have been ‘resensitised’ so will trigger the security alarm if removed from the library without being borrowed properly.

Remember, you should not use the Returns Box anymore (unless the self-service machine isn’t working).


In future we hope to improve the functionality of the machine so that you can use it renew books and also see what you have on loan, for example.

We welcome any feedback you have on this new facility.

We have also taken the opportunity to refresh some signage, and have removed the microfiche reader to the Basement Store. We have placed the resource brochures and leaflets that were on top of the Returns Box on a table near the self-issue machine. We hope this makes it easier for you to find useful information on the resources that are available to you.


New, free RSC ejournals!


The University now has free online access to the following RSC journals:

They have been listed on ejournals@cambridge and can be accessed directly via the links above, and will shortly appear in the online library catalogue, LibrarySearch.

Scopus to add cited references for pre-1996 content

This sounds like a useful development.


Elsevier will re-index 8 million articles – dating back to 1970 – in order to add cited references for pre-1996 content; this improvement will first become evident in Scopus in the fourth quarter of 2014 and finish in 2016.

Covering all major publishers and scientific fields of study, the project will increase the depth of Scopus’ scholarly content while enhancing your ability to use Scopus for long-term evaluation and trend analysis. Moreover, author profiles and h-index counts of researchers who published articles prior to 1996 will be more complete.

Read more about the Cited References Expansion Program.
“Over the course of 10 years, Scopus has increasingly become the abstract and citation database of choice, not only among researchers, but also among those who evaluate researcher performance and the impact of scientific output,” said Cameron Ross, Vice President of Product Management for Scopus at Elsevier. “The Scopus Cited References…

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