Blog topic: Science

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.

Mnova14

Software news: Mnova license renewed, version 14 released

January 17, 2020
by Grace Baysinger

Mnova 14 is a major release that incorporates many new features in NMR, MS, NMRPredict and Screen plugins as well as others. They have integrated a new Electronic and Vibrational Spectroscopies (ElViS) module and as usual they have fixed several bugs.

The 2020 license keys for Mnova are available to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. The 2019 license keys will expire 2/14/20 and the 2020 license keys will expire 2/14/21.  In addition to being able to download to your personal computer, Mnova (or Mestrenova) is also available on cluster computers.

Web of Science

Databases of the week: Finding journal articles in biology

December 16, 2019
by Michael L Newman

Listed below are seven of the most frequently used databases for finding biological literature. Which is the best database for finding journal articles in biology? The quick answer is that it depends on your specific topic. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

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JoVE first peer-reviewed scientific video journal

JoVE video journals and Science Education collections available at Stanford

December 6, 2019
by Michael L Newman

JoVE publishes a collection of video methods journals in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, neuroscience and behavior. Articles consist of high-quality video demonstrations and detailed text protocols that facilitate scientific reproducibility and productivity. The scope includes novel techniques, innovative applications of existing techniques, and gold standard protocols.

xSearch

Databases of the week - Accelerate your research by using xSearch, Funding Resources, and Chemical Safety search

November 11, 2019
by Grace Baysinger

One challenge that researchers face is where to look for information.   Google Scholar is popular but doesn’t include the wide array of resources licensed by the Stanford Libraries.  Google Scholar (GS) search results are also limited by the last time GS crawled a website.    Current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford are able to use three customized collections of databases to find needed information.  Developed by the Stanford Libraries and Deep Web Technologies, these databases are grouped by subject categories and multiple subject categories can be searched at one time.   Up to 100 citations are available from each database and the information is retrieved in real-time.  

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