Author: Janet Corcoran

Earcthdoc – a new database from The European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers

Imperial College London Library now subsribes to Earthdoc.

The European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers’ (EAGE) online database contains over 55,000 papers and articles going as far back as 1982. The following journals are included:

  • First Break
  • Near Surface Geophysics
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Seismic Technology
  • Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
  • Journal of the Balkan Geophysical Society

In addition, Earthdoc provides access to all event papers presented at EAGE’s conferences, exhibitions, workshops, etc. as well as those of other international societies.

Nicole Urquhart
Subject Librarian: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Design Engineering, Earth Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

New journal backfiles for Chemistry

Library Services have purchased two journal backfiles from Thieme Chemistry.


Synthesis is an international journal devoted to the advancement of the science of synthetic chemistry. It covers all fields of organic chemistry involving synthesis, including catalysis, organometallic, medicinal, biological, and photochemistry, as well as related disciplines. The Library previously offered access from 2003 to the present – this new purchase gives you full access back to the first issue in 1969.


Synlett reports research results and current trends in synthetic organic chemistry in short personalized reviews and preliminary communications. It covers all fields of science involving organic synthesis, including catalysis, organometallic, medicinal, biological, and photochemistry, but also related disciplines. This backfile extends the Library’s provision meaning that we now offer access from the first issue in 1989 to the present.

The best way to access both these titles is through Library Search where you will be asked to enter your College username and password when working off-site.

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Royal Society of Chemistry e-book collection

Library Services have recently purchased the RSC chemistry e-book collection which includes over 1,200 titles published from 1968 to 2014.

The collection covers all areas of chemistry as well as related subject such as climate change, renewable energy, biofuels, health and medicine and forensic sciences.

And if that wasn’t enough the collection also includes books on the chemistry of fireworks, chocolate and beer!

You can search for books by title, subject or keyword and phrase at the RSC website or search for book titles on Library Search.

Chapters can be downloaded individually and there are no limits on usage meaning you can download several chapters from the same book if you want to.


Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

Following a successful trial, Library Services now offer full access to the popular resource, Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy.

Using short video lectures and 3D images created from dissected human specimens, Dr Robert Acland (Professor Emeritus of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine) demonstrates the anatomy of the human body. The 5 volumes offer in-depth coverage of the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and organs and are presented in everyday, easy to understand language. Students can even test their knowledge with interactive questions and answers – ideal for exam time!

Try Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy now

Have you used Acland’s? We’d love to get your feedback, please send us your comments below.

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New e-journals

Library Services have recently purchased the following new titles for our e-journal collection.

Advances in Ecological Research Online

Advances in Ecological Research presents a wide range of reviews on all aspects of ecology. It’s currently under Imperial College co-editorship, and topics include the physiology, populations, and communities of plants and animals, as well as landscape and ecosystem ecology. The e-journal includes issues from 2011 onwards.

Silwood Park Campus Library also has print volumes for 1962 to 2014, which can be borrowed. Check Library Search to find individual volumes, and if you’re not at Silwood, sign in and use the Request option to have a volume sent to your campus library.

AIAA Meeting Papers

We now provide electronic access to all AIAA Meeting Papers (since 1963) – that means 5000 new papers each year. This is a key resource to those involved in aeronautical engineering and related disciplines. The Meeting Papers are made available through AIAA’s “digital library” – Aerospace Research Central.

We are also in the process of greatly increasing our electronic access to AIAA journals – more news on this in a few weeks.

Medical research titles

These titles have been moved from print only to e-journals to allow easy access across all campuses:

Advances in Cancer Research
Advances in Virus Research
Advances in Immunology
Advances in Pharmacology

The best way to access all our e-journals is through Library Search – if you are away from an Imperial site you will be prompted to enter your College username and password.

Faculty of 1000 launches F1000 Workspace

Faculty of 1000 have recently added a new product, F1000 Workspace, to their suite of services which includes F1000 Prime and F1000 Research.

F1000 Workspace allows you to write and collaborate on papers, annotate and share references and articles, and easily discover and save relevant new articles.

The new service is available free to all Imperial members – try it now at

F1000Workspace Overview from F1000 on Vimeo.

JoVE Science Education – learn lab techniques through simple video demonstrations

joveOver a year and half since the Library first offered JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, we are pleased to announce that, following user recommendations from staff and researchers, we have recently subscribed to JoVE Science Education and JoVE Developmental Biology. These additions extend our provision to give Imperial staff and students access to the full suite of JoVE products.

JoVE is a peer reviewed scientific journal with over 4000 videos which are indexed in subject-relevant databases, including PubMed/MEDLINE, SciFinder and Scopus.

Videos from top research institutions around the world are included with many created by Imperial academics, for example A Method for Studying the Temperature Dependence of Dynamic Fracture and Fragmentation by David Jones, David Chapman and Daniel Eakins from the Institute of Shock Physics.

JoVE Science Education is particularly useful for helping undergraduates learn laboratory fundamentals through simple, easy to understand video demonstrations. It contains a number of collections including General Laboratory Techniques, Basic methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Essentials of Biology. The collections are constantly growing and recent additions include Essentials of Genetics and Essentials of Cell Biology.

You can access JoVE directly at or via the link in the Library Search record where you will be asked to enter your College username and password if you are working off-site.

For queries about JoVE please contact library staff using ASK the Library or post a comment here – we’d love to get your feedback!