SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts) Workshops & Consultations: March 24

On Thursday, March 24, UC Libraries will host topical workshops and Q&A/consultation session.  John Zabilski, SciFinder’s lead trainer and database expert will be our presenter.

These sessions will provide you with search techniques and tips to help scour the literature landscape and to keep updated on research findings. The workshops are designed for both advanced and entry-level SciFinder users.  Get to know SciFinder & register for your UC account at prior to the session.

You are welcome to attend any of the four session times.  Please register in advance: .

9:30 – 11:00 AM

SciFinder Workshop – Polymers/Materials  850D Baldwin (CEAS Library)

11:00 – 12:00 PM

SciFinder Consultation time / Q&A  850D Baldwin (CEAS Library)

1:30 – 3:00 PM

SciFinder Workshop – Drug Discovery/Clinical                                     /Pharmaceutical Research Areas Troup Learning Space G005G (Health Sciences Library)

3:00 – 4:00 PM

SciFinder Consultation time / Q&A Troup Learning Space G005G (Health Sciences Library)

Workshop topics will include the following:

  • Analyzing and refining searches with controlled terms
  • Substance detail enrichments (i.e. Experimental Data, Physical Prop., Regulatory info, etc.)
  • Structure/Markush Searching, and Patent Indexing
  • SciPlanner (interactive workspace for reaction & synthetis schemes)
  • Analytical Method indexing and Protocol Searching
  • User Alerts and Notifications

John Zabilski, Senior Application Specialist at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), has worked at CAS for 30+ years, with positions in editorial (organometallic), Customer Help Desk, new product development, and the STN search service.  John has a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Cornell, did graduate work in chemistry at Texas A&M, and received a MBA from Ohio State University. John is a registered US Patent Agent.

Register now at to the session, register for your UC SciFinder account at

Questions?  Contact Ted Baldwin or Edith Starbuck

Welcome to the New Entrance to the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library

GMP entrance

New exterior entrance.

When users of the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library returned to campus for spring semester, they were greeted with a new entrance to the library. The more accessible and visible entrance is located on the exterior of Braunstein Hall across from the Old Chemistry Building and visible from the quad. It includes a book drop as well as a lounge space adjacent to the new entrance.

Over the next six months there are plans to improve the library’s upper level. First, the service desk and reserves will move across the room to be adjacent to the external entrance. In addition, more lounge and group collaboration spaces will be created, as well as a computing space to support GIS needs.

The new entrance will allow many people to discover, or re-discover, this library, and to make use of its resources.

GMP entrance

View from the quad.


GMP entrance and lounge.

View of the interior and the lounge adjacent to the new entrance.

Online Resources: HSL eBook Collections

Do you know how many Health Sciences ebook collections are available through the Health Sciences Library (HSL)?  There are 15!  Some are available just to the Academic Health Center and others are available to the entire university.

eBook Collections – Features:

Most of these collections provide the opportunity to search across the entire collection or browse for a specific subject or title. Collections vary in what they include in addition to ebooks. Some include multimedia, cases, self-assessment, drug monographs, calculators and patient education while others also include journals and guidelines. Most include the option to create a personal account that provides the ability to print or email and often more. One collection, ClinicalKey requires a personal account in order to access the PDF full text of an ebook.

Over the next few weeks these ebook collections will be introduced more fully. In the meantime, feel free to explore the collections below.

Health Sciences Library eBook collections:

  1. AccessMedicine
  2. AccessPharmacy
  3. AccessSurgery
  4. ClinicalKey (medicine)
  5. PharmacyLibrary APhA Collection
  6. Psychiatryonline Collection (DSM-5 and other psychiatric titles)
  7. LWW Health Library/Basic & Anatomical Sciences Health Library
  8. STAT!Ref Medicine
  9. STAT!Ref Nursing
  10. R2 Library (allied health, medicine, nursing)
  11. Facts and Comparisons

UC Libraries eBook collections:

  1. CRCnetBASE Collection (engineering, medicine, science, information technology)
  2. Knovel (environment & environmental engineering, safety & industrial hygiene & more)
  3. SpringerLink (biomedical, environmental, food sciences, life sciences & more)
  4. Wiley Online Library (life sciences, medicine, nursing, psychology, earth & environment, veterinary medicine & more)

Other Ways to Access:

HSL A-Z ebooks list:

Research guides (click on Subject Guide to see a list of guides in various subject areas):

Library catalog (most collections but not necessarily all the individual titles in those collections are in the catalog yet):

Off Campus Access:

Most are accessible from off campus via the proxy server or the VPN (Virtual Private Network). The exception is ClinicalKey which is only accessible from off campus via the VPN.

To install the VPN Junos Pulse client on your home computer or device go to

Best bet: use the Junos Pulse manual installation instructions NOT the automatic installation instructions.


Contact Edith Starbuck at 513-558-1433 or

Looking for Historical Business Data?

In June 2014, The DAAP Library invested in Historical Business Data, Infogroup’s geo-referenced database of historic company records. Data comprises company name, mailing address, SIC and NAICS codes, employee size, sales volume, latitude/longitude and many more variables about each company.

Dr. Xinhao Wang, professor in the School of Planning in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), and Jennifer Krivickas, head of the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, are exploring the possibility of working with the UC’s Technology Commercialization Accelerator (an internal unit that provides seed funding, commercialization expertise and business connections to launch potentially high-impact entrepreneurial initiatives) to develop a proprietary discovery layer that would help researchers search, analyze and visualize data. Stay tuned for more.

Are You A Fan of the Renovated Langsam Classroom? The Bearcat Is.

BearcatThis summer, Langsam Library classroom 462 was renovated to improve functionality and to provide new capabilities for both students and instructors.

The renovated learning classroom has been enlarged and features a curved, glass wall for added visibility. New modular furniture and six large display screens connected to a main projection screen allow for flexible and responsive collaboration opportunities. Wireless access provides for seamless connectivity to the Internet with laptops.

The renovations to Langsam 462 are part of a university pilot project to create an active learning classroom. Four UC professors are using and testing the enhanced learning classroom this semester and providing feedback for use in planning similar spaces across campus.

The Bearcat visited the learning classroom recently and gave it two paws up.

Library Research Guides: Digital Literacy

Libraries provide hundreds of online research guides that point you to tools for all of your research and information handling needs – from finding information to citing sources and publishing the information you created. Some guides are specific to a software product, course or discipline, while others cover a broad range of resources.

This month’s featured guide, Digital Literacy, is a collection of links and tips on finding and evaluating information in digital environments. There is information on how to use online technologies to stay current, organize your citations, files and data, and how to create and publish digital content, as well as how to network and collaborate effectively, protect your online identity, and how to be an ethical and responsible digital citizen.

All these aspects of digital literacy apply to many facets of daily life, but the primary goal of the Research Guide is to equip students with the tools and techniques that would enhance their academic careers and future employment.


Image source: Digital Literacy Forum.

Check Out the Latest Issue of Source

sourceRead Source, the online newsletter, to learn more about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.

This latest issue of Source includes an An Update from Dean and University Librarian Xuemao Wang on the Implementation of our Strategic Plan, a Celebration of William Shakespeare and an interview with Lori Harris, NLM Associate Fellow. There are articles about two exciting spaces in the Health Sciences Library – the new Informatics Lab and the newly named Dr. Stanley B. Troup Learning Space, as well as a list of fall events in UC Libraries. Read these articles and more.

Source is available on the web at and via e-mail. To receive Source via e-mail, contact to be added to the mailing list.

New Multi-Agency RFI on Exascale Computing

RFI on Science Drivers Requiring Capable Exascale High Performance Computing (

Purpose: This is a multi-agency request for information to identify scientific research topics and applications that need High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities that extend 100 times beyond today’s performance on scientific applications. Currently, computational modeling, simulation, as well as data assimilation and data analytics are used by an increasing number of researchers to answer more complex multispatial, multiphysics scientific questions with more realism.

Background: This is a request for information from NSF, DOE, and NIH for community input identifying scientific research that would benefit from a greatly enhanced new generation of HPC and in support of the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) (

Request for Information: All responses must be submitted to by October 16, 2015

Check out the new Informatics Lab at the Health Sciences Library!

Informatics Lab: A Collaborative Space for Innovation at the Health Sciences Library

The Informatics Lab is designed for innovative and collaborative hands-on learning experiences. It is a place for UC researchers and graduate students to connect, collaborate, and receive research support services. The space includes an iMac and a Windows PC with many visualization, design, and statistical software packages, 4 whiteboard tables and 2 moveable whiteboards for collaborative work.

To reserve the room or suggest software, contact us at

Hours:   Mon.-Fri. 9 AM – 5 PM

Location: E005L (near the back of the E Level of the Health Sciences Library)

Technology and Software


Windows 7:Office,Skype, SPSS,SAS,R, RStudio, Matlab,CLC Main Workbench,Cytoscape, ArcGIS, QGIS, GeoDA, TerraGO Toolbar, Satscan, EpiInfo, 7zip,Notepad++,Python + scipy + NumPy IGV,MySQL Workbench, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, InDesign, InCopy, Dreamweaver, FlashPro/Builder, Acrobat Pro, Audition, Bridge, Animate, Prelude, Fireworks)

OSX:Office, Skype, SPSS, SAS, R, RStudio, Matlab, CLC Main Workbench, Cytoscape,QGIS, GeoDA, TerraGO Toolbar, Satscan, EpiInfo, TextMate, The Unarchiver, Python + scipy + NumPy IGV, MySQL workbench, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, InDesign, InCopy, Dreamweaver, FlashPro/Builder, Acrobat Pro, Audition, Bridge, Animate, Prelude, Fireworks)

Equipment: 1 iMac,1 PC,1 AirMedia unit for wireless presentation from any mobile device,4 whiteboard tables, 2 standing whiteboards, 1 wall-mounted white board, 1 3D printer (coming in the future)

More information is available at

New Research Guides Platform!

Does the research guide you use regularly suddenly look different?  It is different – the research guides changed platforms and design!

In addition to the new look and feel, the Health Sciences Library Research Guides now have a responsive design, enhanced browsing functionality and are more user friendly for tablet and mobile phone users.  These changes and more incorporate accessibility design features required for any University of Cincinnati web pages and 3rd party web based products.  Find out more about accessibility requirements at UC.

Check out the new Health Sciences Library Research Guides design at and share your thoughts with us at