The new Spacefinder website – the second project in the Futurelib programme – which matches student study preferences with available spaces across Cambridge has officially launched.
Whether a student wants to work alone or in a group, silently or with background noise, in a modern or historic library, Spacefinder will show them matching spaces nearby. However, the service is not only limited to libraries – the project’s research phase revealed that students enjoy a wider study landscape and that many prefer to work outside of libraries in coffee shops or common areas. This is why Spacefinder helps students locate these spaces too, thereby supporting students whatever their particular needs.
The service can be searched by study preferences, keyword or by navigating a map of Cambridge. Images of the spaces help the searcher decide whether the space is for them, as does information on the facilities they can expect to find there, such as WiFi, phone signal, large desks, caffeine and natural daylight.
Try it out today! Spacefinder can be accessed at: http://spacefinder.lib.cam.ac.uk.
It is important to note that this is a pilot website. Please report any bugs or glitches to email@example.com.
Find out more about Futurelib here: https://futurelib.wordpress.com/.
We are very pleased to announce that members of the University of Cambridge can now access SciFinder off-campus via Raven authentication.
This means that you no longer have to use the VPN to specifically access SciFinder when you are away from the University network.
Revised information on how to access SciFinder is provided on the Chemistry Library’s website at http://www-library.ch.cam.ac.uk/scifinder/. You can find this by following the link to ‘SciFinder’ on the main Chemistry Library website, under the ‘Resources’ section of the left-hand side menu.
In summary, all members of the University must first register for a SciFinder account (links are supplied on the website), but once you have registered and you want to access SciFinder from off-campus you just need to follow the link provided on the website above and you will be prompted for your Raven password. Links are also provided on the website for registration and logging in from within the University network.
Please be aware that SciFinder Mobile can also be used by registered users to access SciFinder on their mobile device. There’s no app to download and no IP address restrictions.
Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any problems with registration or accessing SciFinder via the links provided on the website.
SciFinder is also listed on the Chemistry Library’s new LibGuide.
LibGuides are now available for many subjects taught in the University of Cambridge, including chemistry.
LibGuides are online web pages created by librarians to help you perform various tasks, such as using library resources or doing research. They include links to the most relevant subject databases and websites, and provide information on the libraries whose collections cover that subject.
The Cambridge LibGuides can be accessed from the ‘Cambridge Libraries’ tab on the University Library website.
Check out the Chemistry LibGuide at http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/chemistry!