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Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS) now available in PubChem

A recent post in the PubChem Blog announced the addition of Laboratory Chemical Safety Summaries for over 3000 compounds found in the PubChem database. LCCS information is based on the recommendations found in Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards, 2011. “It includes a summary of hazard and safety information for a chemical, such as flammability, toxicity, exposure limits, exposure symptoms, first aid, handling, and clean up.” (PubChem)

The LCSS data from PubChem is freely available, and “can be downloaded as a data stream in bulk or on-demand from the PubChem website.” For more information about LCSS data on PubChem, see their page, About LCSS.

HathiTrust is now available to Rutgers

As part of the CIC, we are now members of HathiTrust. HathiTrust is a digital library with “..millions of books, government publications, dissertations, journals, and other published and unpublished materials. Created by a partnership of academic and research institutions, the Library offers materials digitized from collections in libraries around the world and including a wide range of languages. Titles published prior to 1923 and those that are open access or Creative Commons-licensed are available full-text. Other materials include limited-access searching.” More information is available here, HathiTrust FAQ, along with training videos.

To access HathiTrust, go to, and click on the button to log in. You will see a drop-down with a list of member institutions; select Rutgers University from the list. You will need to log in with your netID and password. You can then search full text in the search box, or by clicking the link for advanced search to search by text, title, publication year, language, or format.

To see the free chemistry content, you may want to try browsing by call number. Go to, and scroll down to call number range QD for chemistry, and click on that link. These are titles available in the public domain (i.e. published before 1923) and there are nearly 5600 of them. More are being added daily.

Also available is the HathiTrust Research Center. Members can use the Research Center for data extraction in pursuing their own research. Please see this helpful guide, Getting Started With The HathiTrust Research Center by Digital Humanities Librarian, Francesca Giannetti.

Please let me know if you have any questions- we would be happy to help.

Structure searching in Wikipedia and Web of Science

Yes, you read that right. There is now a free structure searching program available to search all chemical compounds in Wikipedia. It was developed by Peter Ertl, Luc Patiny, Thomas Sander, Christian Rufener and Michaël Zasso. See the article in the Journal of Cheminformatics, DOI: /10.1186/s13321-015-0061-y (Wikipedia structure browser: Substructure and similarity searching of molecules from Wikipedia)
Try it here:

Additionally, structure searching is now available in Web of Science. On the search page, click on the drop down next to Basic Search, and select Structure Search. This will take you to a drawing editor similar to ones you are already using. You will need to have Java installed, and download the Accelrys JDraw Applet. For instructions on using the drawing editor and to download the applet, see this page, available through the Help menu on Web of Science; or feel free to contact me at

LabArchives Demo to be held February 26

The Libraries will be hosting Kiptyn Locke, from LabArchives, who will demonstrate their Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) platform on February 26, from 10:00-11:30 a.m., in Alexander Library’s Teleconference Lecture Hall, on the fourth floor.

From the LabArchives website, some of the reasons to consider using an electronic lab notebook are to:

  • Organize your laboratory data
  • Preserve all your data securely, including all versions of all files
  • Share information within your laboratory
  • Keep abreast of developments in your lab even when traveling
  • Collaborate with investigators by sharing selected data from your ELN
  • Publish selected data to specific individuals or the public
  • Protect your intellectual property

In 2014 LabArchives became the only ELN member approved by Internet2 Net+. Enterprise site-wide licensing is held by numerous academic institutions such as Caltech, Cornell University, Yale University, UT Southwestern, Tufts University, University of Wisconsin, University of Sydney and many others.

As one of the early team members with LabArchives, Kiptyn Locke has met with academic institutions around the country to learn about their respective needs and interests, and to then work with LabArchives’ development team to continually evolve and enhance the product offering. Today Kiptyn has a dedicated focus helping to enhance data management tools and educational resources with academic institutions in the NorthEast.

I hope to see you on the 26th! For more information, please contact me at

Free Online Resource for Chemical Properties: ICT

Need to find an obscure chemical property? An important formerly print resource for “..physical, thermodynamic, mechanical, and other key properties…”, the International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology, is available online for free from Knovel. “In 2003, Knovel undertook the conversion of this publication into full-text searchable electronic format that makes data easily accessible. 7 most important tables were made interactive for increased searchability and user-friendliness.”

You can access it through the link in my research guide, along with links to several other free and subscribed resources for chemical properties and spectra.

SciFinder adds new features

The latest upgrade to SciFinder includes improvements to the non-java structure editor (my favorite- the eraser!) And a very useful new feature is an improved chemical supplier table which now includes, in some cases, pricing information and estimated shipping times.

For more information, please see

As always, if you need more information, please contact me at

~ Laura

Rutgers grad student wins CAS 2014 Scifinder Future Leaders Award

CAS recently announced the winners of the 2014 Scifinder Future Leaders Award, and I am pleased say that Rutgers graduate student, Claire Jarvis, is among the 18 scientists selected from around the world to win this prestigious award. There were only four other winners from the United States. As a Future Leader, Claire will attend the upcoming ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco this month, and will share her research with colleagues and research specialists at CAS. Read more about the annual award and upcoming conference here.

Congratulations Claire!

Electronic Lab Notebooks for chemistry

I was recently asked about electronic lab notebooks (or ELNs), and found a good deal of information about this topic was available through colleagues. The following is a brief summary of what I found out about ELNs as they are used for chemistry, but it is in no way an exhaustive report on the topic. There are two good resources provided below which can be used for more information. If you have any questions, please contact me at

  • According to a colleague who made inquiries at a recent medical librarians’ conference, two popular ELN systems are Labarchives and Labguru Labarchives is more frequently used by chemists, and Labguru for the health sciences.
  • There is an open source ELN called LabTrove which has a following, but as with all open source programs, there is no guarantee that technical support will be available when needed. Here is an article about it.
  • Another frequently used ELN is CambridgeSoft ELN (by the makers of ChemBioDraw) , although there are differing views of this platform. One report said that chemists are generally happy with it, but biologists less so.
  • The above are not endorsements, and are only a small sample of the many products available. Multiple factors need to be considered when selecting an ELN for your research purposes. A guide to ELNs prepared by a chemistry librarian at the University of Utah is excellent, and available here. It covers selecting an ELN and lists specific ELN products.
  • Another resource is , which contains a compilation of ELN features.

Please feel free to share any resources you are familiar with in the comments section.

Beall’s list of Predatory Publishers and Journals

As a follow-up to my last post, I thought I would share with you a list/website compiled by Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver. The site is known as Beall’s List: and contains lists with links to publishers and individual journals considered predatory. While publishing in a respected and well known open access journal, like PLoS One, is a great thing to do, it can be easy to be fooled by new publishers offering open access for your article. These publishers are unreputable, and after accepting your article, will solicit publishing fees. If you ever have any doubts about a journal or publisher, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and remember to check Beall’s list.

“The 3 dangers of publishing in megajournals…

and how you can avoid them”

This is the title of a blog post by ImpactStory,, and it discusses what are essentially three myths about publishing in an open access, online only journal. I know that the chemistry community generally has been slow to accept the open access movement, but with ACS jumping on the bandwagon, it’s time we all took note. The post is well worth the read, so I am posting a few snippets here. For the full post, see

  • Megajournals publish prestigious science: top scientists, including Nobelists, publish there. They also serve as their editors and advisory board members.
  • Megajournals boost citation and readership impact: A 2008 BMJ study showed that “full text downloads were 89% higher, PDF downloads 42% higher, and unique visitors 23% higher for open access articles than for subscription access articles.”
  • Megajournals promote real-world use: The most famous example is of Jack Andraka, a teenager who devised a test for pancreatic cancer using information found in Open Access medical literature.
  • Megajournals publish fast: Rather than having to prove to your reviewers the significance of your findings, you just have to prove that the underlying science is sound. That leaves you with more time to do other research.
  • Megajournals save money: Megajournals also often cheaper to publish in, due to economies of scale. PeerJ claims that their even cheaper prices–$299 flat rate for as many articles as you want to publish, ever–have saved academia over $1 million to date.
  • Other myths debunked: ‘No one in my field will see my article’, and ‘It will look like I couldn’t get published in a good journal’. See to find out the facts.