Skip to main content
University of Texas University of Texas Libraries

Chemistry

New Users - Getting Started

Welcome

Let's face it -- navigating the universe of scientific information is complicated.  Your Libraries are here to help you.  This checklist will help get you set up and ready to do research.  If you're already an experienced scientist but new to UT-Austin, this list will help you figure out where everything is. 

Using your EID

  • You will need your EID and password to renew books, log into library workstations and scanners, and access licensed resources from off campus.
  • Make sure that you choose a strong password, which is required for login to library workstations and most other things.
  • NEVER share your EID and password with anyone else. Watch out for phishing scams that ask for them!
  • Attention new grad students:  You won't be authorized for off-campus access to library resources or checkout privileges until your UT-EID reflects your status as an enrolled and paid current student.
  • Attention new postdocs: UT-EIDs assigned to incoming postdocs and official visitors may not have sufficient privileges to allow you to access library resources remotely (off campus) or to view the SciFinder registration pages. Consult with your department and the ID Center if you have problems.

Your Email identity

checkmark 

  • Set up any necessary UT email accounts, and make sure all your new mail is forwarded from accounts you will not use much to the account you will use most.
  • Log into UTDirect and make sure your preferred email address is entered. This is the address to which official University communications - including mail from the Libraries - will be sent. You are solely responsible for making sure official communications reach you.
  • Make sure mail from lib.utexas.edu is whitelisted (not marked as junk). Automated Library overdue reminders and recall notices come from that source. Failure to receive or read notices does not excuse borrowers from circulation policies or penalties.

Register for your SciFinder account.

  • If you already have an account from another institution, you'll have to create a new one - they are not transferable. 
  • An email account ending in utexas.edu is required to register.

Start keeping up with the Literature

checkmark 

  • You can set up email or RSS feeds for new content in your favorite journals.
  • You can set up "Keep Me Posted" alerts based on saved search queries in SciFinder, Reaxys, or Web of Science.
  • You can set up alerts in the Library Catalog to find out about new books matching your interests.
  • Scan our virtual Recent Arrivals page to see books recently added to the collection.

Select a Reference Manager Tool.

checkmark

You're going to be searching and saving a lot of literature references and articles, and a reference management tool such as EndNote (the more powerful software version or the free web version) or Zotero will help you organize and keep track of them.

Some people prefer to organize and track their literature libraries with free social media tools such as ResearchGate, Mendeley, or Academia.edu

Install ChemDraw Pro.

The Chemistry Department purchases an annual license for this software. You'll need to register with PerkinElmer. The license is renewed annually in the fall, and requires reactivation at that point.

Register for your ORCiD ID.

checkmark  ORCiD

If you don't already have one, you'll need one as you start publishing in journals and applying for grants.  An ORCID iD is the solution to the problem that many researchers today share identical names and use varying forms of their names to publish.  The ORCiD is a personal, permanent, free, and non-proprietary digital identifier to which you can link all your publications, resolve name ambiguity, make your work more easily findable, and gather important metrics about your impact as an author.  Take the time now to register, create your profile, and link any publications you already have to it, and use it when you submit manuscripts to publishers and applications to funding agencies.  It's easy.

Know the services the Libraries provide to you.

checkmark

  • Our Get a Scan service lets you request free scans of journal articles and book chapters from any campus library or storage facility, and beyond.  Our Interlibrary Services unit will get almost anything for you, including loans of books not owned by UT, and it's free of charge.
  • Our Pick It Up service lets you request delivery of books and media from any campus library to the branch of your choice, including those checked out to others.
  • Our Ask a Librarian virtual reference service lets you chat and email questions, or schedule a consultation with a librarian.
  • Instructors: Set up your course reserves using an online request form.
  • Research Data Services are available to help you manage and preserve the data generated in your work.
  • Texas ScholarWorks is UT Austin's digital repository for text-based scholarly output in many forms, including dissertations and theses. 
  • Texas Data Repository is the state's repository for publishing and archiving datasets produced by our researchers, managed by the Texas Digital Library (TDL) consortium. 

Chemistry Librarian

David Flaxbart's picture
David Flaxbart
Contact:
University of Texas Libraries
512-495-4602

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.