New Resources 2015: Databases, Reference Works & E-books

Dr. Rainer Rees, Dr. Maura Vonmoos, Dr. Jochen Bihn, Dr. Lothar Nunnenmacher, 22. January 2015

We have significantly expanded our collection of electronic resources for 2015. Additionally, we have arranged test trials with several publishers to introduce some promising products. New on offer from 2015 on are the following products:

New databases & reference works

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): The standards of the ASCE are offered in a yearlong trial.

• Begell House Publishing: One year trial access to the Begell House digital library was set up. The digital library contains e-journals, e-books and databases. The databases focus primarily on physics and engineering.

• Dr. Sommer Werkstofftechnik: The database Stahlwissen NaviMat X (in German) complements the database Stahlschlüssel with information on the thermal treatment of steels (please contact us for access information).

• Elsevier: We have newly acquired four reference works: Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology, Comprehensive Hard Materials, Comprehensive Materials Processing and Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences.

• Erich Schmidt Verlag: Trinkwasser aktuell is a database dealing with legal and technical issues on the protection and production of drinking water (in German).

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE): The SAE Digital Library was licensed for 2015. It contains about 200,000 technical documents (standards, technical papers and others) which are available from 1998 on.

Science evaluation tools

Three new databases from Thomson Reuters are available via the Web of Science platform:

InCites: a tool for citation-based research evaluation; besides the actual number of cites it includes the number of expected citations at the level of subject area and journal title in a particular year. To use this database you will need to log in using an existing Thomson Reuters account or register for a new account.

InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Journal Impact Factors and other journal metrics for almost 11,000 journals. This new version of the JCR lets you conduct analysis and comparisons of citation relationships across journals and categories over time. The old version of the JCR is still available here .

Essential Science Indicators Ranks the top 1% of authors, institutions, countries and journals across 22 broad disciplines using citation data.

Users are advised not to rely too heavily on the reports of these databases without fully understanding the meaning of the measures and of the datasets provided.

New e-book collections

• We have licensed the English Springer archive titles for the subject areas chemistry & material science, earth & environmental science, engineering and physics &
astronomy (approx. 17‘000 books). A test trial to the Springer e-book packages mathematics & statistics, computer science, “Technik & Informatik” and “Naturwissenschaften” (in German) has been set up. The years covered are 2010-2015 (about 10,000 books).

• We have arranged test trials with access to the e-book collections of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) and Begell House (Engineering Research collection).

• We have acquired about 100 e-books from JSTOR from the subject areas “sustainability“ and “science and technology“.

The e-book-collections from the publishing houses de Gruyter, Elsevier, IOP, IWA Publishing, Knovel, OECD, Springer and Wiley were complemented with the new releases for 2015.

Should you encounter access problems or have questions concerning our electronic resources, please do not hesitate to contact us at What do you think about the new products and trials? We highly value your feedback.


Stephanie Hofmann

t +41 58 765 5032

Jason Dey

t +41 58 765 5970

Dr. Bobby Neuhold

t +41 58 765 5133

Dr. Lothar Nunnenmacher

t +41 58 765 5221