New in 2017: Reference Works, E-Books & Databases

Lothar Nunnenmacher, Rainer Rees-Mertins, Doris Skaric, 13. January 2017

New Reference Works & Databases:

• A year-long trial to the «Forestry Compendium» from the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) was arranged.

«Methods Now» from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS – A Division of the ACS) is a new database, that we have licensed due to the positive feedback by Lib4RI users after a test in October 2016. The database complements «SciFinder» by information on analysis methods, but synthesis protocols are also included. Please see our Protocols section for further information. There will be a training for this product on March 7, further information will follow on our Trainings webpage.

• Since July 2016, we offer access to the database «energate messenger Schweiz» from energate. The database contains up-to-date news and data on the Swiss energy market.

• Updates of three major reference works from Wiley: «Ullmann‘s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry», «Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology» and «Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry».

New e-books:

• We updated our e-book collections from ACS, Elsevier, Hanser, IWA, IOP, Knovel, OECD, McGraw-Hill, Safari and Springer with the new titles for 2017.

• We have bought all e-books from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) (189 titles).

• Besides the CSIRO journals, we have also arranged an EBA model with which
Lib4RI users can access all CSIRO e-books (about 500 titles).

• We newly offer about 40,000 titles from the aggregator Ebsco. One part of these e-books is licensed via a subscription model while the other part is offered in a Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) model. The model allows us to offer many e-books from smaller publishers that we did not have in our portfolio yet, backlist titles from bigger publishers and titles from subject areas where the acquisition of complete collections would not make sense at Lib4RI.

• The PDA model from JSTOR was extended by 5‘764 titles. These come from the subject areas: Astronomy, Education, General Science, Management & Organizational Behavior and Sociology. Additionally, the PDA pool was complemented by two copyright years.

Oxford University Press (OUP) is another reputable publisher with which we could arrange an Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA) model. There are currently 970 titles included, which come from the subject areas biology, physics, mathematics and further areas.

• After we had not acquired the new e-books from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the last two years, we have purchased the missing copyright years and the new titles for 2017.

• We can now offer access to all Wiley e-books via an EBA model, which includes nearly 20,000 titles. All copyright years and subject areas are included, new titles are continuously added.

Should you encounter access problems or have any questions about our databases and e-books, we would be pleased to assist you. We also highly value your feedback on our new products. Please contact us at


Stephanie Hofmann

t +41 58 765 5032

Dr. Bobby Neuhold

t +41 58 765 5133

Dr. Rainer Rees-Mertins

t +41 58 765 5795

Dr. Lothar Nunnenmacher

t +41 58 765 5221