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What is SciFinder Web?

SciFinder web is the web version of SciFinder Scholar 2007 (client version).

SciFinder Web

It has new and enhanced features that speed up your research and workflow. These features allow you to:

  • Export a reference from SciFinder web to your EndNote library
  • Set an alert for a topic using the Keep Me Posted tool
  • Search for additional or similar reactions
  • Refine reaction result using Non-participating Functional Groups tool
  • Create your own substance template
  • Search a substance using CAS number / common chemical name
  • Convert your client saved .sfr files to web .akx files using this program.

Unlike SciFinder Scholar 2007, there’s no installation for SciFinder web. You only need to do a one-time registration using your NUS email account.

Click here for the registration details and guides on accessing SciFinder web on and off campus. To learn more about SciFinder web, watch the SciFinder web online tutorial. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding SciFinder web.

Linda Janti Oei
Science Library

ERDD & Book Sale on 16 & 17 Sep

NUS Libraries’ E-Resource Discovery Day is here again! So, what can you expect?

We have a number of activities lined up, so you can learn how to use the e-resources subscribed by NUS Libraries, as well as bring home goodie bags and prizes!

ERDD poster

1. Online Quiz (Sept 2nd- Sept 14th)
Take this simple quiz to learn more about the various e-resources available to you through the library and stand to win an iPod Nano and other exciting prizes! Check out the quiz now!

2. Goodie Bags & Grand Lucky Draw
To get a goodie bag and enter the grand draw, just grab a quiz flyer from us and complete a series of e-resource related tasks at the vendors’ booths. Once that is done, you gain knowledge, a goodie bag and a lucky draw ticket. First prize is an iPod Touch! Check out the other prizes here!

3. Lunchtime Treasure Hunt
Want a hands-on challenge? Answer 12 e-resource questions as fast as you can and you can be the one to win an Acer Aspire One Netbook! More details here.

4. Live PerformancesDeon
Catch Deon and his original music and the NUS Libraries dancers during lunchtime! More on our event program here.

5. Fundraising Book Fair
Book lovers, come to the forum and spend on some great used books that the NUS community has donated. All proceeds go to the NUSSU Students’ Fund which benefits needy NUS students.

So get ready for an exciting 2 days!

Find out more at the event website! Questions? Contact gerrie@nus.edu.sg.

Saved By a Link

The other day, a grad student rushed in to see me, dropped his heavy bag on the floor be side me and rattled, “Tell-me-how-to-get…
… the-most-current updates…
… from-The Economist and …
….a whole bunch-of-other-magazines. How?” I looked at him, blinked twice and said, “Long time no see. What’s up?” He looked at me incredulously, blinked twice and replied, “How?”

With him looming over me (he refused to take a seat), I showed him how to set RSS Feeds and also to save searches. He went away with a parting shot, “Thanks, that-was-helpful. I-am-going-to-try these out”. Well, at least, he had stopped panting.

His little whizz-by visit reminded me of how absolutely lovely save search links are.

It works this way. You run a search. You like it. You click on an icon and the next screen gives you a url. This url or link has the search string and our library proxy embedded in it. This basically means you can copy this persistent link and keep it anywhere. When you feel like running that search again, click on the persistent link and the database will check whether you are a valid user of the database (IT people call this authentication) and then runs the search for you.

What you get is a list of the most current articles or records of that particular search. This is one way of staying up-to-date with latest published on a particular topic in that database with one click. One click.

Not all databases have a save search link feature. A very popular newspaper database which is used all the time does not have it. It has a saved search feature but it doesn’t provide the same convenience.

Anyway, here are some search links you can try out.

Click on this link to run a dissertation search in Proquest Dissertations and Theses. The search is on cyber-bullying in the workplace.

Click this link to run a search in Business Source Premier. The search on environmental policies and multinationals in China.