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CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics 95th Ed. Online

July 17th, 2014

Celebrating over 100 years since its first publication, the content of the 95th Edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics is now available online.  Here is a short list of special features from the latest edition:

  • Structure searching of chemicals
  • Interactive tables: data can be filtered, exported, and sorted online.
  • 22 new tables, including:
    • Common Symbols Used in Gas and Liquid Chromatographic Schematic Diagrams
    • Abbreviations Used in the Assessment and Presentation of Laboratory Hazards
    • Incompatible Chemicals
    • Explosion (Shock) Hazards
    • Water-Reactive Chemicals
    • Testing Requirements for Peroxidizable Compounds
    • Tests for the Presence of Peroxides
    • Pyrophoric Compounds – Compounds That Are Reactive with Air
    • Laser Hazards in the Laboratory
  • Historical figures in chemistry and physics: this edition include achievements for Galileo Galilei, James Clerk Maxwell, Marie Sklodowska Curie, and Linus Carl Pauling, who follow last year’s group: Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, Antoine Lavoisier and Dmitri Mendeleev.

Questions and comments about the latest edition of CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics can be sent to, or leave your comments here.


Ebooks on Geology of the Earth and Beyond

July 8th, 2014

Following is a list of electronic books on the various aspects of geology.  Click on the titles to read online or download it for later reading.

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be searched and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  For more questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at, or call ext 4-4200.

SpringerMaterials: Landolt-Bornstein and Other Materials Databases

July 7th, 2014

The JPL Library is happy to make the SpringerMaterials database(s) available to all JPL researchers and engineers.  It is accessible through the BEACON web site Search page, or directly by typing the following URL:

SpringerMaterials is the world’s largest and most comprehensive research platform dedicated to information on materials, their properties and uses.  It encompasses all volumes of Landolt-Börnstein New Series, the largest and most respected compilation of data in physics and chemistry founded in 1883, along with a number of unique and specialized databases, including the following:

  • The Landolt-Börnstein Database
    400 volumes, 250,000 substances and 1,200,000 citations
  • The complete Linus Pauling Files
    A comprehensive database about the properties of inorganic solid phases, consisting of 255,000 documents
  • A subset of the Dortmund Database of Software and Separation Technology
    Covering the Thermophysical Properties of pure liquids and binary mixtures, with 425,000 data points
  • An Adsorption database
    covers over 1,000 reversible, equilibrium isotherms
  • A Polymer Thermodyamics database
    that contains 140,000 datapoints about 150 polymers
  • 44,000 Chemical Safety Documents
    REACH Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, GHS Globally Harmonized System RoHS Restriction of Hazardous Substances, WEEE Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Watch this video to get a quick overview of the database, its searching capabilities and features.  Of course, the best way to get started is to begin to use it!

JPL Library staff is working on either a in-person training session or webinars from the vendor. Please send your comments and questions to


Ebooks from The Institute of Engineering and TechnologY (IET)

June 3rd, 2014

JPL Library recently added more than 300 electronic books from The Institute of Engineering and Technology, the major engineering and technology professional society from the Great Britain.

JPL Library has purchased books published between 2009 and 2014.  These are also indicated with a purple opened lock to indicate availability.  Older (pre-2009) books may be available as print copies, check the BEACON catalog to see if we have a copy availalbe. The major topics are listed below.  Click on each link to access a list of books on that topic

July 22, 11:30-1:00, Summer Movie: The Staff of Dreams

July 17th, 2014

The Stuff of Dreams

In late 2013, JPL’s Voyager 1 spacecraft reached the space between the stars—the first time a human-made object has ever gone beyond the breath of our sun’s wind. What is more is that, this is not the first “first” record that Voyager has made. Since their commencement in 1977, the twin Voyager spacecraft have made numerous “firsts”. However, what isn’t widely known is that the project almost never got off the ground.

Written, produced and directed by Blaine Baggett, JPL’s director for communications and education, “The Stuff of Dreams” describes the challenges mission managers and the lab had to face developing and launching the twin Voyager spacecraft and operating them during the encounters with Jupiter and Saturn. Through first-hand accounts of those who were there, the film shows how the mission and JPL survived times of uncertainty and debate about the future of the U.S. space program and managed to fly the smartest robots of that age on the most ambitious planetary tour ever designed.

July 15, 11:30-1:00, Summer Movie: the Changing Faces of Mars

July 7th, 2014

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, enjoy!

On July 15th, we are showing “The Changing Face of Mars”.

The Changing Face of Mars

Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has always held the most fascination. — This is the story of the first pioneering missions to reach Mars and how each encounter resulted in surprise, dismay or delight for those who first took us there.

Since the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mariner 4 first visited the Red Planet in 1964, 38 more hopeful explorers around the world have been tasked with investigating Mars and challenging our beliefs about the mysterious planet. Only 15 of these missions have been successful, yet their findings have drastically altered our view of Mars.

This JPL – produced, 90-minute documentary is told through a mix of archival footage and interviews with the scientists and engineers who pioneered Mars exploration. It serves as the fourth installment of Baggett’s Beginnings of the Space Age documentary series chronicling the evolution of space exploration since the first rockets were launched into space.

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email, or leave a comment here.

July 2, 11:30-12:30, Summer Movie: Explorer One

June 25th, 2014

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, enjoy!

On July 2nd, we are showing “Explorer One”, a part of the “Beginning of the Space Age” series.

Explorer One

This document reveals how JPL and the U.S. Army could have been the first to place a satellite into Earth orbit, had they been given the chance. That opportunity was lost when the Eisenhower administration, unsure how the Soviet Union would react to a satellite launched under the aegis of the U. S. Army military, hesitated and assigned the project to a civilian-led program called Vanguard.  The Soviet launched Sputnik in October 1957, shocking the world and setting in motion the Cold War’s “Race for Space.” Only after the Vanguard rocked exploded on the launch p[ad were JPL and the U.S. Army given a chance. The result was 1958′s Explorer 1, the first successful U.S. satellite, which also delivered the first-ever scientific discovery from space.

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.

July 9, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: Volcano Adventures on the Earth and Beyond

June 16th, 2014

Rosaly Lopes, JPL Senior Research Scientist and Planetary Science Section Manager, will speak Wednesday July 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hub, 111-104.

Rosaly has a passion for volcanoes and a predilection for traveling to see eruptions, and encouraging others to do the same. Come hear about her volcano adventures on Earth, her work on the Galileo mission studying Io’s many active volcanoes, and her current research on the geology of Titan, including mysterious features that  may be ice volcanoes.