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Technical reports

Databases of the week: let's get technical with tech reports

February 4, 2020
by Zac Painter

Technical reports are a form of the “grey literature” which is extremely important for researchers in a variety of fields. While most technical reports aren’t strictly “academic work”, they often contain valuable information for researchers. Finding technical reports can be tricky, and there are no real standards for how they can be accessed. Nonetheless, we have a few suggestions for you!

Crocodylus suchus (West African Crocodile), Ghana

SDR Deposit of the Month: Crocodile constraints

Lots of interesting research is deposited into the Stanford Digital Repository every month, but when the research is about crocodiles, you know we have to know more!

While there are at least 26 species of crocodiles around today, many more forms of crocodiles have existed over the past 250 million years. Extinct crocodiles include those that were both much larger and much smaller than those living today. 

Software news: Cambridge structural database (CSD) 2020 release available

January 17, 2020
by Grace Baysinger

Established in 1965 by the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is the world’s repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures.

We have a campus-wide site license for CSD Enterprise which includes ALL CSD software and ALL application data.  Access to CSD software is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. You must have the activation key and the license customer ID before you are able to download the software.  To request an activation key, please see: https://library.stanford.edu/science/software/cambridge-structural-database

OriginPro - produces publication quality images

Software news: OriginPro 2020 is here, license renewed

January 17, 2020
by Grace Baysinger

Origin is a complete graphing and data analysis software package that provides a suite of features catering to the needs of scientists and engineers. OriginPro offers all of the features of Origin plus extended analysis tools in the areas of Peak Fitting, Surface Fitting, Statistics, Signal Processing, and Image Processing.

Our campus-wide site license for OriginPro was recently renewed with the new license expiring 4/15/2020.  Access is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford.  Please go to  https://library.stanford.edu/science/software/originpro to download a copy of the software and to request a license key.  You do not have to be connected to the network after installing the program.

New Resources in Branner Library

Following is a listing of new print and e-books recently added to the Branner Earth Sciences Library.

  1. National Geographic. 2020

  2. Graham Park. 2020

  3. edited by Allison N. Jaynes, Maria E. Usanova. 2020

  4. Mark Ladd. 2020

Julie Sweetkind-Singer

Interim Assistant University Librarian for Science and Engineering Resources
Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections
Assistant Director of Geospatial and Cartographic Services
(650) 725-1102

DMP Tool / Amy Hodge

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