Category Archives: eresources

New books recently purchased

The following books were recommended by members of the Department of Chemistry and are now available to borrow.

If you are a member of the Department of Chemistry and would like to recommend anything, whether it is an online journal, a book, an ebook, or a database, please see our guidance here. Recommendations are always welcome.

The Physical and Chemical Basis of Molecular Biology: Fundamentals

CREIGHTON: The physical and chemical basis of molecular biology. Helvetian Press, 2011

NICOLAOU: Classics in total synthesis: targets, strategies, methods. Wiley-VCH, 1996

NICOLAOU: Classics in total synthesis II: more targets, strategies, methods. Wiley-VCH, 2003

NICOLAOU: Classics in total synthesis III: further targets, strategies, methods. Wiley-VCH, 2011

Book cover: Ball Milling Towards Green Synthesis

RANU: Ball milling towards green synthesis. RSC, 2015

The Biophysical Chemistry of Proteins

CREIGHTON: Biophysical chemistry of nucleic acids and proteins. Helvetian Press, 2010

SpringerMaterials webinar and trial access coming soon!

SpringerMaterials is a comprehensive database for identifying materials properties and covers data from materials science, physics, physical and inorganic chemistry, engineering and other related fields.

SpringerMaterials research benefits:

  • A single platform covering curated data from all major topics in materials science, chemistry, physics and engineering
  • Take advantage of specialized integrated features to analyze, manipulate, and visualize different data types
  • Save time with multiple search methods and advanced result refining options
  • Export data in multiple formats for further use in other software/applications

The University has arranged trial access to SpringerMaterials from 5th April until 2nd May, during which time you will be able to access the complete database. Details of how to access the database will be circulated on 5th April.

A webinar* demonstrating the database will take place on 5th April between 14:30 and 15:15. You can attend this remotely or view it in the Todd-Hamied Room, Department of Chemistry. If you are not able to attend on the day, the webinar will be available throughout the trial period, but we would strongly recommend that you attend on the day as it will highlight the most relevant and useful features and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Please register your attendance at the webinar here:

Please let us know that you want to attend the webinar in person here:

SpringerMaterials infographic

National Chemical Database Service: help to justify its continued support

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Do you know about or already use the National Chemical Database Service (NCDS)?

It is an EPSRC-funded service provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry to all students and other members of UK academic institutions. It brings together tools and resources for UK researchers in chemistry and related fields.

All web-based services are freely accessible from any UK academic network. These include:

  • ACD/I-Lab – an online tool which features predictions and databases of physicochemical properties and NMR spectral online tool which features predictions and databases of physicochemical properties and NMR spectral information.
  • Available Chemicals Directory (ACD) – a database of commercially available chemicals that can be searched by structure.
  • Chemicalize – a public web resource which identifies chemical structures in webpages and other text using ChemAxon’s Name to Structure parsing.
  • ChemSpider – a free chemical structure database providing access to over 28 million structures, properties and associated information from more than 400 data sources.
  • Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) – a collection of over 600,000 small-molecule organic and organometallic crystal structures that can be visualised and downloaded.
  • CrystalWorks – provides access to the wide range of crystallographic structural data made available by the Chemical Database Service.
  • DETHERM -one of the world’s largest thermophysical databases and contains data for 4,200,000 data sets, 129,500 mixtures, and 38,850 pure compounds.
  • Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) – the world’s largest database for fully identified inorganic crystal structures.
  • SPRESIweb – allows users to search 5.52 million molecules and 4.26 million reactions, extracted from 675,000 references and 164,000 patents covering the years 1974 – 2011.

Find more information about these resources here.

Help to demonstrate the scientific impact of the NCDS

The NCDS needs your help:

The National Chemical Database Service is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council on the basis that it meets a community need: access to specialist databases that enable research in chemistry and related fields. As part of EPSRC’s routine review of mid-range facility provision, we are preparing an application (called a Statement of Need) to justify continued support of the NCDS after 2017. While we will collate the application on behalf of our Advisory Board, it represents the views and needs of the UK scientific community, so your input is vital to its success. You can help us ensure that all of UK academia retains access to the NCDS resources in the following ways:

Please see the post on the Chemical Database Service Blog here.

American Chemical Society announces intention to establish “ChemRxiv” preprint server to promote early research sharing

What do chemists think about this? Let me know!


WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) today announced its intention to form ChemRxiv, a chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, proposed as a collaborative undertaking that will facilitate the open dissemination of important scientific findings. The Society is presently in the process of inviting interested stakeholders to participate in helping to shape the service ahead of its anticipated launch.

ChemRxiv is expected to follow the established models of arXiv in physics and bioRxiv in the life sciences by enabling researchers working across diverse areas of inquiry to share early results and data with their scientist-colleagues ahead of formal peer review and publication,” says Kevin Davies, Ph.D., who, as Vice President within the ACS Publications Division, will be spearheading the effort as part of a joint undertaking with the Society’s Chemical Abstracts Service. “Preprints are fully citable and are freely accessible preliminary communications…

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Eresources downtime on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April

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Downtime of the Soulsby Data Centre, West Cambridge, for essential electrical work this coming weekend – Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2016 – means that all online library services will be unavailable during the period of downtime.

This includes the library catalogues (LibrarySearch and LibrarySearch+) and the University Library website, so it will not be possible to access ebooks, ejournals, or databases via that route.

However, access (including off-campus) to online resources will be available directly from those publisher websites that offer ‘Shibboleth’ or ‘Institutional login’ options (look for the ‘Login’ or ‘Institutional login’, ‘Federated Login’, or even ‘Your Account’ or ‘Sign in’ links):

  • If you are asked for a Region or Group, please select ‘UK Access Management Federation’/’UK Federation’.
  • When asked for your Institution, please select ‘University of Cambridge’.
  • You should then be taken to the Raven login page.

(Note regarding SciFinder: please login as if you are off-campus).

Manual borrowing and return of books will be possible in the Chemistry Library; instructions are available next to the machine.

We apologise for the inconvenience.


Definitely a good opportunity to experiment with your own altmetric score!


Following Altmetric since June 2014, we are pleased to offer a link via the eresources@cambridge A-Z for access to the Altmetric Explorer for Cambridge users.

This linkprovides access both on and off campus via secure authentication.

Click on the Sign in link at the top right of the home page.

On the Altmetric login page click on the “continue to use the read-only version of the Explorer” link in the sentence “As you are a University of Cambridge customer, please feel free to sign up for a site licence account or continue to use the read-only version of the Explorer”.

Build your own Altmetric donut.

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Oxford Language Dictionaries Online – Change of site

Oxford Language Dictionaries and Oxford English Dictionary online (which includes helpful thesauri) are really useful resources that many people probably aren’t aware of. Check them out today to see if they can help you!


Oxford Language Dictionaries Onlineis moving from to a new site.

All dictionaries are migrating to the site where formerly the English and Arabic modules of had been located.  Now all dictionaries will be available together, creating a single destination for users to explore the languages of today.  The eresources@cambridge A-Zhas been updated with the URL for the new site which is:

A redirect is available from the new site to the old site ( until 1 April 2015.

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