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Lake Surprise Research by Daniel Ibarra from http://purl.stanford.edu/zd652gs8988

It is no longer a surprise how ancient lakes in the western US -- such as Lake Surprise -- managed to become so large. Research undertaken by Daniel Ibarra, a graduate student working at the time with Kate Maher, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences, showed that the root cause was a lower rate of evaporation than we see today.

Altmetric donut

Save the date!  Two workshops on Altmetric will be offered on Monday, August 4, 2014.  One aimed at library staff will be held from 1:30-2:30 PM and a second one aimed at library patrons will be held from 4:00-5:30 PM.  The speakers for both sessions are Sara Rouhi, Altmetric, and Kortney Capretta, Digital Science (Altmetric's parent company).

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

"Proudly serving the scientific community for over a century, the 95th edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is an update of a classic reference, mirroring the growth and direction of science. This work continues to be the most accessed and respected scientific reference in the world. An authoritative resource consisting of tables of data and current international recommendations on nomenclature, symbols, and units, its usefulness spans not only the physical sciences but also related areas of biology, geology, and environmental science.  Content of the 95th Edition is now available online.

Chemical structure of Caffeine in 2D

Produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and updated daily, ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). It includes links to NLM and other databases and resources, including ones to over 100 federal, state and international agencies.  ChemIDplus Lite is designed for simple searching on name or registry number. ChemIDplus Advanced helps users draw their own structures and perform similarity and substructure searches.  NLM has added some exciting new features to ChemIDplus.

ChemBioDraw Ultra and SciFinder

Our campus-wide site license for ChemBioOffice Ultra / ChemBioDraw Ultra entitles Stanford faculty, students, and staff to install this software on their personal computers for free.  No network connection is required after installation. ChemDraw and its variants, ChemBioDraw, and ChemBioDraw Ultra, is the most popular drawing program for chemical structures. This software is also loaded on the cluster computers (v. 14 won't be available until Fall Quarter).  Here's the latest news:

Corn, by Flickr user spakattacks CC BY-2.0

Climate change is all over the news these days, and when a report in the journal Science indicates potential impacts on the future of food production in the US, people sit up and take notice.

David Lobell, associate professor of environmental Earth system science and associate director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, led a team that analyzed data on corn and soybean production along with daily weather data in actual fields in the Midwestern United States.

The large dataset of crop and weather information compiled for these studies is now available for download from the Stanford Digital Repository. It's great that the accumulated effort this data set represents is now preserved and available for other scientists to use!

Journals on booktrucks for transfer to SAL3

Here's the table of contents for the March-April issue of Swain Library news: 

  • Swain Library Collection on the Move
  • BrowZine
  • Accelerate Your Research with xSearch
  • Finding eBooks
  • ACS' Open Access
  • RSC's Open Access Program

Scientific Style and Format

The Stanford University Libraries are providing a four month trial of the online version of Scientific Style and Format, the most recognized, authoritative reference for authors, editors, publishers, students, and translators in all areas of science and related fields. Authored by the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and published by the University of Chicago Press, the eighth edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect recent changes in language relating to the perpetually evolving electronic and online environments. New to this edition are guidelines and examples for citing online images and information graphics, podcasts and webcasts, online videos, blogs, social networking sites, and e-books.

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