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PMA Weekly Library News

7 / 24 / 17

Endnote -> Zotero - Again, the library is about to cancel our institutional site license and move towards supporting open source citation management tools. There's information about this shift on posted on this site . 

Fall textbooks - AdoptaText is open now and will remain open through mid-August. If you have questions about whether there's an ebook availlable for a text you're using in a class - let me know.

Advanced Overleaf Training - Overleaf trainers from the UK will be visiting campus on September 20th to lead a class in advanced Overleaf. More details to come.

ShareLaTeX has joined Overleaf - The Library subscribes to both tools but now both are under the Overleaf umbrella. See more information on the Overleaf blog .


7 / 17 / 17

EndNote - The Library is cancelling our EndNote site license. Please see the information posted on this site that explains our transition to the open source tool, Zotero. 

Zotero classes - There are three classes designed to give an introduction to Zotero. Please register for these sessions on this page. Each class is limited to 20. 

AdoptaText - The tool is open for fall course adoptions. If you are teaching a class please enter the textbook you're using into the system. The library makes sure that copies of all adopted textbooks are on reserve in our libraries. As well, I check to see if there are ebooks available for all textbooks that I know about.

CaltechTHESIS - If you are a faculty member and would like all of your past student's theses to be available in Caltech's thesis repository, please email me. In the last year I've requested this for three faculty. Some NSF grants require a list of all advisees; it is easy to pull a list like this from CaltechTHESIS when the repository is complete. 

6 / 26 / 17

Library hours - There are updated library hours for summer. Please go to to see information for each library location. After 5:00pm and on weekends it is necessary to use the card swipe to enter the Sherman Fairchild Library. If your ID card does not enable you to open the door please contact security. They can grant you card access to the Sherman Fairchild Library.

Summer students - Summer students can register for borrowing privileges at the Sherman Fairchild Library. 

Ebooks - To browse a list of current ebooks that we have access to please visit . Currently we have access to select Elsevier and Cambridge ebooks. The Library purchases a sub-set of these ebooks when we review their use at the end of the program.

6 / 12 / 17

Virtual Reality workstation - The Sherman Fairchild Library has a VR workstation in room 326. For more information and to reserve the room see . 

Springer ebooks - The Library has access to all Springer Math & Stats package titles 1929-current. There are almost 10k titles included in this package. If you're looking for a print Springer math title please remember that we likely have electronic access to it too. Springer ebooks can be downloaded in their entitrety as a PDF.

Linking to ejournals - There are currently issues with linking to some electronic journals that we subscribe to. I'm aware of issues with Nature Communications, Optica, and AMS (not mathematical, meteorological) titles. For these journals our link resolver takes you to the TOC for the journal instead of the article. If you encounter this problem with any journal please let me know. Often your reports are the first indication that something is wrong.

Docuserve - A reminder that you can request 10 rush articles, for free, each calendar year. 

6 / 5 / 17

CaltechDATA - The Library has launched a new repository to archive the Institute's research data. Users can deposit their data, link to other publications and obtain a unique DOI. This is a free service to the Caltech community. For more information please visit this page

Elsevier Ebooks - The Library has temporary access to ~300 Elsevier ebooks through August. Unlike the Cambridge ebook program, there are very few PMA titles included. To browse the title list please use this link

Cambridge Ebooks - We continue to have access to 272 Cambridge ebooks through a separate EBA program. Please visit this page to download Cambridge ebooks that may be of interest. 

5 / 22 / 17

Author Carpentry class - The Library is pleased to host one of our lead Author Carpentry instructors/developers for a workshop on June 12. Dr. Sebastian Karcher ( directs the social science data repository at Syracuse University.The Author Carpentry workshop will take place Monday June 12 from 2-4 pm in MCR. Registration is now online at

Virtual Reality in the Library -  The Library now has a virtual reality workstation in Sherman Fairchild Library that is available to the Caltech Community!  The workstation includes a HTC Vive headset, controllers, and VR software/development tools.  Find out more information about the workstation at

Interested in trying out the VR workstation?  Just reserve the “Group Meeting Room” (Sherman Fairchild 326) at  Then check out the key to the workstation at the SFL circulation desk.

Want to experience VR?  Come to a Demo session on Thursday, May 25 1-2 PM (Registration) or Monday, June 5 10-11 AM (Registration).  Space is limited and registration is required.

Room Reservations - Please use this link to book group study or teaching rooms in Millikan or SFL There are no longer keys for SFL's group study rooms. Reservations ensure that you won't be displaced by another person who has reserved the room.

SFL after hours - In order to swipe into SFL after hours (M-F after 5:00pm and on weekends) you must have card access. Please contact security if you have trouble accessing SFL at night or on weekends. 

5 / 15 / 17

EDP / A&A - Access to EDP journals (A&A is our big one) is down right now. There was a thunderstorm in Europe that has caused problems for their system. EDP is aware of the problem and is working on a solution. This outage affects all users of EDP content; STScI, Harvard, NRAO ++ - *nobody* has access.

CaltechTHESIS - Our online thesis repository is complete 2002+. If you'd like pre-2002 PhDs from your group to be added to the repository please let me know. Some faculty have requested this and library staff have done the work. This is especially helpful if you submit an NSF proposal and need to have a list of your advisees. It is also possible to use a feed from CaltechTHESIS to display a list of theses from your group on your website. 

Docuserve - A reminder that you can request 10 rush articles, for free, each calendar year. 

5 / 8 / 17

APS joins SCOAP3 - High energy physics articles published in PRC, PRD and PRL will now be open access beginning in 2018. The APS did not initially join SCOAP3 in 2013. For more information please see SCOAP3's press release.

World Scientific journals - A reminder that they are all cancelled. If you need 2015+ articles from a World Scientific title please use Docuserve.

Teaching Rooms - The Library's multimedia conference room on SFL 3 has been recently upgraded. As well, there is a new teaching room available on Millikan 9. For information about the rooms please see the information on the room reservation page. As always, group study rooms are available on the 2nd and 3rd floors of SFL.

Millikan basement shifting - If you have trouble finding a book in the Millikan basement please let me know. All of the collections in the basement will be shifted this year.

5 / 1 / 17

DOI linker - Our new website has a Citation Linker that's useful. Simply copy in a DOI on this page and you'll be taken to the article. If we don't subscribe to the article you'll be given the option of requesting it from Docuserve.

Free rush via Docuserve - People on campus are now entitled to 10 free rush requests each year. Rush articles are provided by Reprints Desk and usually you receive the article in just minutes. Details about free rush is on this page

Phishing emails - Please do not respond to phony emails letting you know that your library account risks closure. If you ever have questions about your library account ask me or call x3405.

Senior Thesis Prize - The deadline for this library prize is Tuesday May 9. More information here.

4 / 24 / 17

Web of Science - Use of this citation database is going down. We have cancelled our Journal Citation Report (JCR) subscription. If you need information about a journal's impact factor you can still see it by doing a search and then hovering your mouse over the journal title. 

Book purchases - The Library's collection development is driven by demand. Lost books are not replaced until they are requested. New books are purchased for classes, when requested and our preference is to purchase ebooks. 

Millikan basement - Collections in the Millikan basement (social science, astro and geo overflow ++) are being consolidated. If you have questions about finding material in the basement, let me know.

CRC ebooks - The Library is signing a new licence with CRC so that we'll be able to purchase their ebooks. If you know of a CRC book that you'd like to have made available as a library ebook please let me know.

Cambridge ebooks - We're in the process of purchasing ~100 of the Cambridge ebooks included in the pilot program. A majority of these titles are physics and math titles. Selection was driven by the books you all downloaded in March - thank you! The next program like this will likely be with Elsevier and those titles will include more BBE and CCE subject material.

SFL lockers - Lockers are now available for use in the Sherman Fairchild Library.

4 / 17 / 17

Course reserves - I am continuing to pull books from our collection to put on reserve for classes. Please email me if you'd like to put anything on reserve.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) - The competition is cancelled. 

Suggest a purchase - The Library is purchasing very few print monographs. We continue to add ebooks and print books as they are requested. If you'd like the library to buy something please use this form.

Library Classes - Endnote, 4/19 - 3D Printing, 5/3 - You and Your Thesis, 5/10

4 / 9 / 17

Docuserve changes - Docuserve now offers free rush service for your first 10 requests. This means that if you need a paper that we don't subscribe to you can get instant, unmediated access to the paper. People in PMA don't use Docuserve nearly as much as the other divisions. Please take advantage of this service to access articles from cancelled journals and journals we've never subscribed to. The Library reviews Docuserve statistics to help make choices about journal subscriptions.  

Course reserves - Please use this link to search for course reserves. Use abbreviations like 'ph, ay, or ma' to find classes. Many of the books being used in classes have ebooks available. Both print and electronic books are linked to the course record in TIND. 

Sherman Fairchild Library changes - Lockers are being installed at SFL1 to store your belongings while you work in the Sherman Fairchild Library. A printer has been relocated to the basement so that you don't have to go upstairs to retrieve your print jobs. An additional room has been added for larger group collaborations. Please see this room reservation form for a detailed explanation of each room. 

Joy Painter, Physics, Math and Astronomy Librarian

Physics, Math & Astronomy Librarian

Joy Painter
Cahill 105
MC 11-17