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Swain Library workshops

Swain Library workshops

The Swain Library offers workshops to help support chemistry and chemical engineering information needs on campus. All sessions are open to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. Workshops are held in the training area at the back of the Swain Library and include hands-on practice time. Advanced registration required.  Registration closes one day before a workshop is held.    Please click here to see a list of all workshops being taught at the Science and Engineering Libraries during Fall Quarter.

Finding ebooks in the digital stacks

Description: Thousands of online books or ebooks are available for Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Learn about collections we have acquired and search methods for discovering titles of interest. Session includes hands-on practice by attendees. Date: Monday, September 30, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm.  Location: Swain Library.  Instructor: Grace Baysinger, Swain Librarian.

All you wanted to know about journals but were afraid to ask

Description: Learn how to locate journals held at Stanford, request items not on-campus, decipher journal abbreviations, use DOIs, locate journal impact factors, set up alerts, do full-text searching, use features in interesting articles, request copyright permissions, and author’s rights and scholarly publishing issues.  Session includes hands-on practice by attendees.  Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm.  Location: Swain Library.  Instructor: Grace Baysinger, Swain Librarian.

SciFinder: introduction to reference searching

Description: SciFinder is the most comprehensive database for chemistry and related subject areas. This session includes an overview of the content in SciFinder and basic search methods for searching by research topic or author. Learn how to find review papers and the most cited papers on your topic. Session includes hands-on practice by attendees. Date: Monday, October 7, 2013 from 2:00-3:00pm.  Location: Swain Library.  Instructor: Grace Baysinger, Swain Librarian.

SciFinder: introduction to substance and reaction searching

Description: SciFinder is the most comprehensive database for chemistry and related subject areas. This session includes basic search techniques and methods to find substances and reactions of interest.  Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 2:00-3:00pm. Session includes hands-on practice by attendees. Location: Swain Library. Instructor: Grace Baysinger, Swain Librarian.

SciFinder: intermediate seminar for chemical engineers and materials scientists

 Description: Only SciFinder provides researchers with unlimited access to the world’s largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information.  Being at the cutting edge of high technologies, it is crucial to stay current with science being conducted around the world. Whether you are working in the field of Biocatalysis for Biomass conversion or studying charge-transfer properties for next generation Photovoltaics, Scifinder has numerous features that help you search, organize and track technologies in almost real-time. SciFinder offers a one-stop shop experience with flexible search and discover options based on user input and workflow. You can search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references anytime, anywhere.  Seminar attendees can expect to learn about key features and recent enhancements in SciFinder functionality and content including keep me posted alerts, categorize, and tags.  Session includes lecture and online demonstration.  Date: Monday, October 14, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm.  Location: Swain Library. Instructor: Kaushik Patel, CAS.

SciFinder: advanced seminar for organic and medicinal chemists

Description: Make better, more confident decisions knowing that you have access to the largest collection of substances, reactions, and patent and journal references produced, compiled, and updated daily by CAS scientists around the world.  Save time with an array of powerful tools to search, filter, analyze and plan that allow you to quickly find the most relevant answers to your research questions.  Seminar attendees can expect to learn about key features and recent enhancements in SciFinder functionality and content including: keep me posted alerts, categorize, grouping by documents or transformations, tips for using the structure editor to get what you want.  Session includes lecture and online demonstration.  Date: Monday, October 14, 2013 from 4:15-5:15pm.  Location: Braun Lecture Hall. Instructor: Kaushik Patel, CAS.

Data Management  Data management: best practices for your research data

Description: If you do research, your data is your most important asset. Join Science Data Librarian Amy Hodge and learn practical information about best practices for your research data, including better ways to organize and name your files, why you should think about file formats, the value of versioning and documenting your files, how to keep your spreadsheets in tip-top shape, some freely-availalbe (and easy to use) tools for describing your data, campus options for data storage and backup, and what to do with all that great data when you publish or leave your lab. You should expect to leave this session with some best practices you can implement right away, as well as others you can work toward implementing in the coming weeks or months!  Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm.  Location: Swain Library.   Instructor: Amy Hodge, Science Data Librarian.

Reaxys Xcelerate

Description: Reaxys Xcelerate contains information on organic, inorganic, and organometallic substances, their properties, and their reactions. This session includes basic methods for searching substances, reactions, physical properties, and text terms. Session includes hands-on practice by attendees. Date: Monday, October 21, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm.  Location: Swain Library.  Instructor: Grace Baysinger, Swain Librarian.

Web of Science

Description: The Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database that includes over 12,000 journals. This session will cover searching authors, subjects, and cited references; refining and analyzing results; and exporting search results into a reference manager.  Session includes hands-on practice by attendees.  Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 11:00am-Noon.  Location: Swain Library.  Instructor: Grace Baysinger, Swain Librarian.

xSearch

Description: xSearch allows you to search up to 200 resources at one time. Resources include full-text searching of ebooks and ejournals, databases, patents, dissertations, news, citation databases, plus more. Learn search tips, how to set up alerts, and how create your own customized search engine.  Session includes hands-on practice by attendees.  Dates: Friday, October 11, 2013 from 2:00-3:00pm and Friday, October 25, 2013 from 11:00am-Noon.  Location: Swain Library.  Instructor: Grace Baysinger, Swain Librarian.

Introduction to patent searching

Description: Get a brief overview on patents and why they are important. Learn about what databases include patents, common search methods, understanding search results, and how to locate the full-text for a patent. Session includes hands-on practice by attendees.  Date: Monday, October 28, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm.  Location: Swain Library.  Instructor: Grace Baysinger, Swain Librarian.

Grant resources

Description: Learn about resources for finding funding and federally funded research that is underway. This session also includes databases that include grant funding information from the acknowledgement of journal articles. Session includes hands-on practice by attendees.  Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 1:00-2:00pm.  Location: Swain Library.  Instructor: Grace Baysinger, Swain Librarian.