Monthly Archives: January 2015

#ShareMyThesis competition – enter for a chance to win a 15 inch MacBook Pro

mortarboardAre you currently studying for or have you completed a PhD degree? Do you want to tell the world why it’s important? The #ShareMyThesis competition challenges PhD students past and present to summarise on Twitter why their PhD research is important in 140 characters or less. The competition is open to entries from all subject areas. Find out more and to how to enter visit: The closing date is 9th February 2015 at 10:00. Good luck!

New Chemistry Library logo

We hope you like our new Chemistry Library logo!

Chem Lib logo RGB

It was designed by the Chemistry Library staff and the Chemistry Photography Department. The design was inspired by the steel tree and the colours that feature in the physical library space, as can been seen in the photos on the front and ‘About Us’ pages of this blog.

The design is diamond-shaped so that it fits into the window that you can see through into the library from the stairs outside.

The steel tree symbolises Yggdrasil, an immense ash tree in Norse mythology which has roots in the underworld and reaches up towards the light with its branches in the heavens (this is considered a powerful symbol of the role of molecular chemistry).

We can use our new logo to brand ourselves consistently in the virtual as well as the physical world.

Science and Engineering coursebooks from CUP

We hope you find these CUP coursebooks useful! I believe that there are 115 titles under the Chemistry heading, and 960 under the Physics heading, and they cover the following disciplines that may be of interest to you:

Chemistry: general interest

Environmental chemistry

Inorganic chemistry

Organic chemistry

Physical chemistry

Atmospheric Science and Meteorology

Climatology and Climate Change

Earth and Environmental Science: general interest

Atmospheric Science and Meteorology

Geochemistry and environmental chemistry




Materials science

Polymer science

Molecular biology

Computational science and modelling

Biological physics

Soft/condensed matter physics

General physics

Mathematical methods


Particle, Nuclear, Plasma, Quantum, Statistical, Theoretical physics

Statistics for life and physical sciences


All the coursebooks in the following 5 subjects are now accessible for University of Cambridge staff and students on Cambridge Books Online and its companion platform University Publishing Online.



Earth & Environmental Sciences


Statistics and Probability

These coursebooks complement the available Cambridge University Press monographs across all subjects, and the Life Sciences coursebooks which were added back in December 2014.

Physics1The titles are searchable in LibrarySearch and are available on and off campus (with a Raven username and password).

As new titles are published they will also be made available. Access to these collections will remain until the end of June 2015 in the first instance.

Please let us know what you think about CUP ebooks by emailing the ebooks@cambridge team on

Astronomy    Earth        Physics

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DOWNTIME: All Library systems, Sunday 25th January 06:00 – 17:00

Please take note, I’ll advertise it again nearer the time.


Essential maintenance work will be carried out on Sunday 25th January 2015.

From 06:00 – 17:00 all library webservices will be unavailable including Newton, LibrarySearch, the University Library web pages, the Libraries gateway, DSpace, Janus, and the system supporting access to ejournals and eresources off campus via the ejournals@cambridge and eresources@cambridge gateways.

While access via the above services is unavailable, readers are advised to use publishers’ websites directly for access to ebooks, ejournals and eresources.

To obtain access via a publisher’s website to content you may be entitled to as a member of the University, look for the *Shibboleth* login link on publishers’ websites.   To login remotely via Shibboleth select “UK Access Management Federation”, then “University of Cambridge” from the drop-down list of institutions.  You will be prompted to enter your Raven credentials.

From 9:00 am on Monday 26th January the ebooks and ejournals/eresources helpdesks will be staffed and can…

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Pearson ebooks on Dawsonera can no longer be downloaded

This unfortunately affects one chemistry title, Housecroft’s ‘Inorganic chemistry’ (4th ed.).


Dawsonera have informed the ebooks team that Pearson have altered their digital rights on all of their ebooks. As a result, from today, January 12th 2015, Pearson content is no longer available to download, and our users can only access their content online. This change includes Pearson titles that the library has already purchased as well as all future purchases of Pearson ebook titles from Dawsonera.

Please note that users can still access Pearson content via the read online functionality and users can still print and copy within the read online mode. There are currently 83 Pearson published Dawsonera ebooks in the universities’ ebooks collection.

Please see below for what users will now see when accessing Pearson ebooks on Dawsonera. The inability to download should be clearly indicated in red and the downloading icon is absent.

advanced microeconomic theory dawsonera pearsonThe ebooks@cambridge Advisory Group have clearly expressed their concerns about this retrograde step…

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Can’t find a journal article or a book/chapter that you need in Cambridge? You need our document supply service!

British Library

Photo credit: British Library, by Magnus_D on Flickr Creative Commons

We have an account with the British Library that we can use to request copies of journal articles or book chapters, or the loan of entire books for you (if the BL holds them).

Requests are officially fulfilled within 3-5 working days (but it’s usually even quicker than this) and we charge a subsidised fee that we can charge back to your grant/ledger code.

British Library requests can be made for journal articles, book chapters and books not easily available elsewhere in Cambridge. This service is available to Chemistry Department academic staff and researchers only. Others should apply to the Central Science Library or the University Library.

Current document supply request charges from August 2014:

  • Article by Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) – £6.00 or £9.42 (depending on whether the item is already available as a scanned document or not)
  • Photocopy by post – £9.40
  • Loan by post – £12.65

If you require this service, please come to the Chemistry Library Office or email with the full citation for the item you require, along with the grant/ledger code, and your supervisor’s name (if appropriate), for charging purposes. 

Other document supply services available

It is cheaper to use the University Library or Central Science Library document supply services but you will not be able to charge the cost back to your grant/ledger code. If another library in Cambridge does hold an item you need you will generally have to visit the library in person in order to access it.

However the Chemistry Library does have mutual arrangements in place with some libraries whereby library staff will scan items on behalf of their readers, so before you make a special visit to another library please check with us first to see if this service is possible.

The Central Science Library (located in central Cambridge on Benet Street) offers a document scanning service (Scan and Deliver) for print journals in its collection but you would not be able to charge the cost back to your grant/ledger code unless you raised a Purchase Order, and the item would not be processed until payment is received.

Find out more about our Document Supply service on our website here.

Interact with what you’re reading: discover the colwiz interactive PDF reader on Taylor & Francis Online

colwiz is effectively a new reference manager with data sharing and collaboration capabilities, developed by the University of Oxford, and being used by researchers from research organisations worldwide; across academia, industry and government. It is being piloted with some of T&F’s chemistry journals, as featured on the list linked to within this post.


Reading a research article is far from a passive experience. Researchers mark sections of text, write critical comments, or notes to themselves on printed copies, which can be lost, and not easily shared. Following the latest Taylor & Francis Online site release, you can now annotate PDF documents as you read them with the colwiz Interactive PDF Reader* (iPDF).

Using a series of interactive tools, you can highlight text, write notes, and draw directly on articles — just as with a printed copy. There are two new buttons on Taylor & Francis Online to enable the features of colwiz: “View & annotate PDF” and “Add to colwiz Library”.

By saving your annotated iPDF in your personal colwiz library, you will not have to worry about where you placed your notes again.

You can also elect to register for an account with colwiz and access a number of additional features including…

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