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A round-up of sites describing useful and popular chemistry apps for mobile devices:

goldstar2Mobile Science lists a range of popular apps in chemistry and other disciplines (physics, biology, math) with brief descriptions and up- and down-votes.

goldstar2The SciMobileApps wiki has an extensive list of chemistry apps, as well as other disciplines.

goldstar2  Check out The Mobile Chemist & Chemical Engineer from Stanford’s Swain Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library.   Arranged by category including Formulas, Structures, Reactions; Journals, Magazines, News; Structure Drawing; 3D Visualization; Calculating & Graphing  and so on.

Don’t forget Browzine!   goldstar2Licensed by the Library, Browzine delivers the most recent issue of thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet.   Select journals you follow and arrange them on a ‘bookshelf’ so they’re always at your fingertips.  Save citations and pdfs to Zotero, MendeleyDropbox and other services for offline reading.   (Follow setup instructions to configure Browzine to recognize your Dartmouth journal access.)


Further reading:

earthweek2014Happy Earth Week!

Enrich your knowledge with suggested readings at Kresge Library! Come check out a book on sustainability, climate change, or government policies, and explore recent theses and dissertations from the Environmental Studies Program.

The Dartmouth Sustainability Project is hosting a series of events this week. Don’t miss out!

cosmosentryHappy National Library Week! We kicked off celebrations with an Edible Books Festival, held yesterday afternoon. Kresge staff submitted an entry: “Cosmos”-politans.

We were inspired by Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and cosmopolitans were the perfect fit. We used jello to suspend edible glitter and candy in the glasses. For the space theme, we added asteroids (rock candy and chocolate rocks), alien saucers (satellite wafers), stars (candy stars, star confetti, origami stars, star shaped sprinkles), celestial bodies (bouncy balls), and rings (glow sticks).

Many people asked us for the recipe so here it is!

Edible Ingredients:

  • jello mix
  • candy stars
  • edible glitter
  • sugar pearls
  • star shaped sprinkles
  • silver sprinkles
  • lava balls (candy)
  • chocolate rocks
  • rock candy
  • red sour taffy
  • satellite wafers
  • lime
  • candy fruit slices

  • black table cloth
  • tray
  • martini glasses
  • origami stars
  • star confetti
  • glow stick bracelets
  • bouncy balls
  • Marvin the Martian
  • original book cover
  • parody book cover
  • sign holders

  1. Prepare jello mix as directed on box. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until jello has gelled but not solidified.
  2. Stir in candy stars, edible glitter, sugar pearls, and star shaped sprinkles.
  3. Ladle into martini glasses and drop in a couple of lava balls for each glass. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Set table with decorations as shown in photo.
  5. When the jello is set, sprinkle some more glitter/sprinkles and drop some chocolate rocks on top.
  6. Add lime slices, candy fruit slices, rock candy, satellite wafers, and/or red sour taffy to garnish.

rainbowfishAnd a big heartfelt congratulations to the winner of the People’s Choice category: Rainbow Fish by Jenny Bai, Diane Jang, and Juliana Park. Juliana is one of our student assistants. In fact, she was working at the front desk when the judges announced it!

Thanks to everyone who came out to join the festivities! We hope you were inspired to create your own edible book!

Kresge Physical Sciences Library
& Cook Mathematics Collection

Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2014

This is a quarterly electronic newsletter to update you on what’s happening in your Library! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or suggestions!

Looking back on Winter 2014

  • Kresge librarians worked with the following courses:
    • Prof. Torresani’s CS 74/174
    • Prof. Grigoryan’s CS 89/189
    • Prof. Kull’s Chem 7
    • Prof. Kremer’s CoCo 7
    • Prof. Taylor’s Earth Sciences 7
    • Prof. Herbrich’s Math 8
    • Prof. Orellan’s Math 17
    • Prof. Somersille’s Math 50
    • Prof. Prosper’s Math 76
    • Prof. Webb’s Math 124
    • Prof. Wegner’s Physics 7
    • Prof. Gleiser’s Physics 16
    • Prof. Rogers Physics 105
    • Prof. Koch’s Writing 5
  • Library eResources Fair was held in early January; we promoted many science resources and reference managers.
  • We held our first Tuesday Brown Bag Lunch Series and covered a variety of topics.
  • The LaTeX Users Group started from conversations at a Brown Bag.
  • Art Wall exhibit by Lew Watters
  • Lights, Camera, Science! — a student produced exhibit opened in March.
  • SciFinder account rep Rebekah Burr provided a session on advanced reaction search tips for Chem 262
  • Gear Up! -  the information fair showcasing resources, support and services for researchers was held Feb. 28th at DHMC

Spring Term Staffing and Hours

  • This term Kresge will be open Monday-Thursday 8am-1am, Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-1am.
  • The search for a new Physical Sciences Librarian was successful! Lora Leligdon, from the University of New Mexico Library, will start work in June.
  • Shirley Zhao will continue to fill the role of library liaison to the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Tracy Snow and Veneda Gabourel continue to staff Kresge for the time being.

Collections and Resources Update

  • The Library has trial access to Scopus, the major abstract and citation database (especially strong in science, technology, and medicine) through April 30th.  Try it out and provide feedback here.
  • We are continually adding new books to the collection. Please drop by Kresge to peruse our New Books shelf or check the new acquisitions lists.
  • If there’s a new book that you think would make a great addition to the library, please suggest a purchase!

Research/Information Guide Highlights

Select Library-Wide Events

  • LaTeX Minicourse is a 3 part series to get you started using LaTeX.
  • Kresge Library Thesis Writers’ Bootcamp for seniors will take place on Sunday, April 27th.
  • Edible Books Festival is Monday, April 14.
  • Your Future in Science” (a Neukom Institute event) on Saturday, April 26, will feature and highlight some library resources for budding scientists.
  • The annual Wetterhahn Symposium is May 22. The poster preparation session is Thursday, May 8.
  • Check out the Dartmouth Events Calendar for campus-wide events!

Previous Newsletters

Grad Appreciation Week Comes To A Close

This past week has been Grad Student Appreciation Week, and we’d like to add our appreciation for the wonderful grad students who are part of the Kresge Library community!   From the time we first get to know them at orientations in the fall, all through the next five or so years of a typical grad student career, they’re some of the folks we get to know most closely. by email and in conversations and impromptu meetings by the bike rack.

And a special note of appreciation to the 20 grad students who volunteered to be part of the Kresge Library Advisory Board (K-LAB)!    This group came together last fall and has offered input on a range of questions from “what’s the value of a library reference collection?” to “how important is it to retain print journals when we have online versions?”     Some of you are moving on after this spring, no doubt to bigger and better things, but we’ve still got one or two more K-LAB questions for you, … and maybe one final get-together.    So stay tuned, … Kresge’s not done with you yet!


This spring marks 50 years since Dartmouth Professors John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz along with undergraduate students made computing history when they simultaneously launched computer time-sharing and the BASIC programming language for the first time. BASIC made computers and programming accessible to a generation and opened the door to the digital age. Dartmouth is celebrating the anniversary of their achievement with the following series of public events on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Click here for more information.

Part of the celebration includes an exhibit featuring photographs and documents from Rauner Special Collections Library. It is curated and written by Amelia Raether ’13 (Presidential Fellow, Office of the Provost) and Henrike Frowein (Project Specialist, Office of the Provost), and designed by Dennis Grady (Library Education & Outreach). Please stop by the Berry Library Brickway between April 15 through May 5 to see it!

Additional information/resources:

Material on President John Kemeny:

Material on Professor Thomas Kurtz:

More Special Collections on computing:

Calling all code breakers! Rauner has uncovered a book from the 19th century that has a piece of code in the back and they have not been able to crack it, but we hope someone in our community can!

Geodaesia: or, the Art of Surveying
Ask for Rauner Thayer TA544.L89 1796 at the Rauner Special Collections Library.

Read more about this book on Rauner’s blog.  Learn more about cryptology:


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