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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:

Welcome to the new Swain Library website!

Comments and suggestions are most welcome.  Please send feedback to graceb[at]  As we are still migrating content, the URL to the old Swain Library website is