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Training Session on SciFinder Scholar

SciFinder Scholar logo

SciFinder is a research discovery tool by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) that allows scientists and researchers to access a wide diversity of research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, pharmacology, biotechnology and more.

SciFinder Scholar includes the following content:

  • References to journal articles, patents, conference proceedings, dissertations, technical reports, books, and more, covering literature from 1800, combining references from CAplus and Medline.
  • Chemical substances found in journal articles, patents, chemcial catalogs, and reputable web sources from the early 1800s to the present
  • Reaction information for single- and multi-step reactions from 1840 to present
  • Chemical source information, including supplier addresses and pricing nformation with purchasing options derived from current chemical catalogs and libraries
  • Regulatory information from international sources, including substance identity information, inventroy status, sources, and compliance information

To help you become familiar with this database, the Library has organized the following training session:

Date: 7 October 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room
Instructor: Ms. Windy Wu, CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) Representative (Trainer)

The training session will cover:

  • Introduction to the interface, content and features of SciFinder
  • User registration and personalization tools
  • Searching scientific literature by research topic, author and organization
  • Structure search for substance and reaction information
  • Analyzing and refining the answer sets to get the most relevant information
  • Retrieving important information from the records, for example, the key point of research finding, synthesis pathway, substance properties, spectral data and reaction conditions

The medium of instruction is English. To reserve a seat, please visit:

For enquiries, please contact the Library Reference Desk at 3442-6415 or

(28 Sep 2014)

Conditions of Use and Licensing Restrictions for Library-subscribed e-Resources

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The Library has subscribed to a large number of electronic resources, such as databases, e-journals and e-books, to meet your learning and research needs. We would like to remind you of your responsibility of using these e-resources.

As these are copyrighted materials, please be reminded to comply with the conditions of use and licensing restrictions and refrain from prohibited actions such as:

  • Systematic/excessive downloading from an e-resource
  • Archiving of downloaded materials on local servers without permission
  • Posting downloaded materials to a listserv, on a website or to an email list
  • Redistributing downloaded materials to or sharing passwords with unauthorized users
  • Reselling, redistributing or republishing of any journal text or search results in any medium

When violation of license agreements such as excessive downloading is detected, the vendors may cut off the entire University community from accessing the e-resource concerned. Violators are fully responsible for any legal consequences.

Thanks for your cooperation.

For further enquiries, please contact the Library at 3442-6415 or

(19 Sep 2014)

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Discovering Library Resources for Effective Learning, Finding Scholarly Articles, Using E-Books, Citing Sources

The Library is pleased to announce the following four Information Skills Workshops to help you learn how to identify, locate and use information resources effectively and ethically:

  • Discovering Library Resources for Effective Learning: Search Strategies, Tools, Tips and More!
    Date and Time: 24 September 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    26 September 2014 (Friday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tips and Tricks for Finding Scholarly Articles
    Date and Time: 29 September 2014 (Monday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    7 October 2014 (Tuesday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    9 October 2014 (Thursday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    13 October 2014 (Monday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Enjoy the Convenience of e-Books and e-Reference Collections
    Date and Time: 6 October 2014 (Monday), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    8 October 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Citing Sources and Preventing Plagiarism: Give Credit Where Credit is Due
    Date and Time: 10 October 2014 (Friday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    15 October 2014 (Wednesday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue of the workshops: User Education Room, Library
Medium of instruction: English

The sessions of each workshop are identical. All staff and students are welcome! To reserve a seat, please visit: The Library reserves the right to cancel any session with less than 5 registrants.

For enquiries, please call 3442-6415, email or visit our Reference Desk.

(17 Sep 2014)

Learn Information Research Skills Online

Do you want to learn how to find information resources effectively and efficiently at your own pace?

If yes, you are strongly recommended to participate in one of our online courses offered via Blackboard – Library Information Skills Programme Online (LISP Online) or Information Research Skills for Business Students.

LISP Online will help all students make effective use of the collections, services, electronic resources of the CityU Library, and to evaluate and use information appropriately and ethically in their study. Information Research Skills for Business Students provides the opportunity for students to develop and improve their information research skills related to the field of Business.

Activities in both courses include readings, interactive tutorials, exercises, and quizzes to reinforce your learning. Registration is available via AIMS. Certificates will be awarded to students who meet the criteria.

For more information, see:

Library Information Skills Programme Online:

Information Research Skills for Business Students:

CityU staff members are also welcome to take the courses! You may also register via AIMS.

For enquiries, call 3442-6415, email:, or come and visit us at the Reference Desk in the Library!

(8 Sep 2014)

Welcome to the Run Run Shaw Library

Welcome to the Run Run Shaw Library! This is an exciting time as CityU is celebrating the 30th anniversary.

The Library provides a variety of facilities, resources, services, and learning opportunities to help make your academic journey a success! If you are new to CityU, make sure you attend one of the following Library Orientation activities for an introduction to your Library:

  • Library Orientation Tours for Undergraduate Students
  • "Getting Started" Sessions for New Undergraduate Students
  • Library Orientation Sessions for Postgraduate Students

During the first three weeks of Semester A, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, calligraphies, and photographs related to CityU featuring works by Mr. Kong Kai Ming 江啟明先生, Mr. Dai Kai-chee 戴繼志先生, Prof. HE Jishan 何繼善, and Prof. XU Yangsheng 徐揚生; and an LED TV on Library's resources, facilities and services will be displayed at the Multi-purpose Lobby.

Moreover, a photo booth allowing you to take selfie with beautiful CityU Library memories, welcoming feeling and expectations on your study and social life at CityU will be set up from 8 September (Monday) 2014 to 23 September (Friday) 2014, at 2-4pm (weekdays only).

Please come and join us!

(4 Sep 2014)

Enhancement of Library Borrowing Privileges

To better meet the needs of our staff and students, the Library will increase the overall loan quota for library materials, sub-quota for Media Resources and book request quota for the following categories of users with effect from 1 September 2014:

Categories of Borrowers Existing Quota New Quota
1. Loan Quota
City University Council Members 40 items 60 items
Departmental Advisory Committee Members with Borrower's Ticket issued by the Library 40 items 60 items
Administrative Staff 40 items 60 items
Non Academic/Teaching/Research/Administrative Staff 20 items 40 items
Research & Postgraduate Students 40 items 60 items
Students (Bachelor and Associate Degrees) 20 items 40 items
Outside Hong Kong or Visiting Research & Postgraduate Students 40 items 60 items
Outside Hong Kong or Visiting Students (Bachelor and Associate Degrees) 20 items 40 items
2. Sub-quota for borrowing of Media Resources
All students (except Elder Academy Students & SCOPE students) 2 items 5 items
3. Book Request Quota
All City University members (except Elder Academy Students / SCOPE Staff and Students) 6 items 8 items

The loan period will remain unchanged. For details of the loan quotas and periods, please go to

The Library sends out pre-overdue, overdue, recall and reservation notices to all CityU members via their University Email Accounts to inform them to return the borrowed items before or when fines accrue. Also to alert users at an earlier stage to the accumulation of library fines under his/her own account, please note that unsettled bills/fines exceeding HK$50 will automatically result in temporary suspension of borrowing privileges. For more information, please visit

Wish you a productive and rewarding new academic year!

(1 Sep 2014)

Library Orientation Sessions for Postgraduate Students

Get your academic edge at your library

Welcome new postgraduate students! Registration is now open for the Library Orientation Sessions for Postgraduate Students.

Each session consists of two parts:

  • First, a tour of the Library will help you become familiar with the Library's facilities in addition to the locations and arrangements of library materials.
  • After the tour, a librarian will introduce you to some of the tools, resources, and services that will help you become successful students and researchers.

The Orientation Sessions for Postgraduate Students run from Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Don't miss this chance to get a valuable introduction to your Library! For more information, and to register, visit:

Medium of Instruction:English
Venue: Assemble inside of the Library's entrance
(At the Multi-purpose Lobby)

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415, or email:

(29 Aug 2014)

Gentle Reminder on Borrowing and Return of Media Resource Items

Due to technical problems, the selfcheck service at the Media Resources Collection Room has been discontinued. Before a new system is implemented, the borrowing and return of the media resource items are handled by Library staff at the Circulation Counter.

Some reminders on media resource loans and return:

  • Borrow and return media resource items at the Circulation Counter during counter service hours.
  • DO NOT return media resource items to any library book drop.
  • All discs and accompanying materials (e.g. insert, books, guides, manuals, etc.) of a set / kit are required to be borrowed at / returned to the Circulation Counter at the same time. Incomplete check out / return will not be accepted.
  • All loans are not renewable.
  • Check the borrowed media resource items before leaving the Circulation Counter. Report any defect or damage to Library staff immediately and the item concerned should not be checked out.
  • Keep the checkout receipt and note the due date of individual items. Overdue fines will be charged for late returns.

The Library strives to provide our users the best service possible and continues working on enriching the Media Resources Collection to support teaching and learning.

Wish you a successful academic year ahead!

(28 Aug 2014)

Library Orientation Tours and "Getting Started" Sessions for New Undergraduate Students

Library orientation session

Welcome to the new academic year! In order to be prepared for your study, research, and academic success, you need to be familiar with the Library's services and resources.

New undergraduates are highly recommended to join a 35-minute Library Orientation Tour to get an overview of the locations of the Library's collections and facilities. Also attend a 60-minute "Getting Started" Session to acquire basic skills in using library resources and services and get off a good start with your coursework and studies.

The Library Tours and "Getting Started" Sessions will be offered from 28 August (Thursday) 2014 to 10 September (Wednesday) 2014

  • Want to get in early? Attend the walk-in sessions offered in August. No registration is required for these early bird sessions.
  • Want to reserve a place? Register for the sessions offered in September.

To learn more and to register, visit for Library Tours and for "Getting Started" classes. The Library reserves the right to cancel any session with less than 5 registrants.

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email:

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(23 Aug 2014)

Selected Library Collections Relocated to the 2nd Floor

The Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Reference/Research Collections Room (RRCR; 參考/研究資料閱覽室) in the Red Zone of the 2nd floor. From 28 July 2014, you can use the following collections in the new location:

Selected Multi-Volume Sets
Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta Collection
Reference Collection
CityU Dissertations
Final Year Student Projects
Professional Examination Papers

Selected Library Collections photoThis relocation represents our commitment to continuously improve the library space and ambience.

Opening Hours & Loan Policy

The opening hour of the RRCR is the same as that for the whole Library. The loan policy for those collections has not changed. That is, all books in the above Collections remain to be no-loan materials, except those in the Selected Multi-Volume Sets.

How to Get There?

An internal staircase is provided near the Humanities Academy of the Library (Yellow Zone, the 3rd Floor). For users with special needs, please approach the Circulation Counter (tel.: 3442-8316) or in case the service counters are closed, the security guard at the Library entrance for assistance.

Need Help Using the Collections?

Please contact the respective service desks.

Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta Collection Law Reference Desk
(tel.: 3442-8395)
Reference Collection Reference Desk
(tel.: 3442-6415)
Selected Multi-Volume Sets
CityU Dissertations
Final Year Student Projects
Professional Examination Papers
Circulation Counter
(tel.: 3442-8316)

Feedbacks and Suggestions

(28 Jul 2014)

BrowZine App for iPhone is Available Now!

BrowZine logo

The library is pleased to announce that BrowZine for iPhone is available now! Not only iPad and Android tablet users but also iPhone users, who are current CityU staff and students, can now enjoy the convenience of browsing, reading and monitoring Library's scholarly journals subscribed from different publishers via a user friendly app.

Other updates about BrowZine include:

  • With this new release, a user can create a BrowZine Account for synchronizing his/her "My Bookshelf" contents if he/she has BrowZine installed on both his/her iPhone and iPad.
  • Saved Articles limit has been raised from 100 to 500 articles.
  • For Android users, the My Bookshelf space has been expanded to 64 journals in 4 bookcases.

If you have not downloaded BrowZine yet, do try it now! Getting started is easy. From your tablet/iPhone, find BrowZine in the App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore and download it for free. You may refer to the BrowZine Quick Start Guide for the instruction on setting up BrowZine on your device and for an overview of the app features. To learn more, please visit:

Happy browsing!

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email to

(8 Jul 2014)

Effective from 24 June, 2014, the Library PIN will be delinked from students' Electronic ID Password.

When CityU students change their Electronic ID Password, the Library PIN will NOT be automatically changed accordingly.

All library users, including CityU students, can create and change their library PIN through the following page:

(24 Jun 2014)

BrowZine — An App for Journal Browsing and Current Awareness of Research in Your Field

BrowZine logo

The library has subscribed to BrowZine, a new tablet application that allows current CityU staff and students to browse, read and monitor many of the library’s scholarly journals, in a format optimized for your iPad or Android tablet! Built to accompany your research needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

To learn more, please take a look at this two-minute video "BrowZine on Campus":

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles.
  • Create your own bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published.
  • Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, and more.

To learn more and start using BrowZine today, visit:

Path to BrowZine on Library website: E-Resources - E-Tools - BrowZine

Getting started is easy! From your tablet, find BrowZine in the App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore and download it for free.  When initially launching BrowZine, select "City University of Hong Kong" from the drop-down list of libraries.  Enter your CityU ID Number and your Library PIN.  Start exploring BrowZine!  You may also refer to the BrowZine Quick Start Guide for an overview of the BrowZine features.

We hope you enjoy using BrowZine!

Should you have further questions about using BrowZine, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email to

(24 Jun 2014)