Download the Campus VPN for Undisrupted Use of Library Materials

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) service will soon become the sole campus-supported way for UC San Diego affiliates to access the wide breadth of Library resources—including e-journals, e-books, databases, and electronic reserve materials—from off-campus. The campus will soon discontinue the existing web proxy server, and as a result, users who are currently accessing the server through their internet browser will need to change their set-up and move to the VPN. Because the web proxy server is a passive system, many users may be unaware that they are connecting to Library resources via this method. By downloading the VPN software now, Library users can ensure undisrupted access. More information and instructions can be found at library.ucsd.edu/computing-and-technology/connect-from-off-campus. If you have trouble accessing a Library resource or have other questions, Ask A Librarian.

Important Update about Accessing SDSU Items Via Circuit

As a member of San Diego Circuit, UC San Diego Library patrons are allowed to quickly borrow books from other Circuit libraries if the books are not owned by the UC San Diego Library or if the Library’s copy is already checked-out.

Starting next month, another member institution – San Diego State University (SDSU) –  will transition to a new Library Management System. As it does so, SDSU will cease lending its items through the Circuit. This will go into effect on Friday, May 26 and continue through mid-July. Some things for our users to note:

  • SDSU items will still display in the Circuit catalog, but their statuses will say “Local Use Only,” and UC San Diego users will be unable to submit requests for these items.
  • SDSU will continue to receive returns from UC San Diego users.
  • Visitor Checkout will no longer be available for UC San Diego users on-site at SDSU. This is a permanent change.
  • Visitor Checkout will no longer be available for SDSU users on-site at UC San Diego. This is a permanent change.

We apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause.

Library Workshops in May – Research Databases & Managing References

Upcoming Library Workshops for May: visit library.ucsd.edu/services/instruction/workshops-at-the-library for descriptions, times, locations (some are at Geisel, others at BLB), and links to register.

  • Managing Citations: Which Tool to Use? – May 4, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
  • PubMed Essentials – May 8, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemical Substance and Reaction Searching – May 1o, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemical Substance and Reaction Searching – May 16, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • EndNote Desktop – May 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • PubMed: Beyond the Essentials – May 18, 10:30 – 12:00 pm
  • Mendeley – May 25, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

Upcoming Library Workshops for February and March: visit library.ucsd.edu/services/instruction/workshops-at-the-library for descriptions, times, locations (some are at Geisel, others at BLB), and links to register.

  • Getting Started with Research Data – Feb 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Managing Citations: Which Tool to Use? – Feb 16, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • PubMed Essentials – Feb 17, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • EndNote Online – Feb 23, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemical Substances and Reactions – Feb 28, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • EndNote Desktop – March 1, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Zotero – March 7, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Zotero Drop-in Clinic – March 7, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
  • PubMed: Beyond the Essentials – March 9, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Mendeley – March 21, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cambridge Structural Database – 2017 Release

The Cambridge Structural Database System (CSDS) for 2017 is now available to download for Windows, OSX, and Linux (32 and 64-bit). While you can use always search the Cambridge Structural Database of 800,000+ crystal structures via CSDWeb, CSDS gives you access to that database, PLUS the full suite of products from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, including Mercury software for 3D printing and CSD Python API.

To download:

  • Go to the UC distribution site and 1) download the files for your operating system, and 2) select the San Diego (UCSD) link for our site and registration codes. You will need to enter these during the installation or the first time you run one of the CSDS programs.
    • This page is IP restricted. You must be on the campus network or on VPN to access this page.
    • You can also download the files directly from CCDC, but you still need those UCSD site and registration codes. They’ll email you the download links.
  • Download the files for your operating system and complete the installation. You may be prompted first to uninstall the 2016 CSDS.
  • All documentation, including the release and installation notes and guides and tutorials for each program can be found on the CSDS website.

Please contact tmvogel@ucsd.edu if you have any questions about the Cambridge Structural Database System.

Compendex/Knovel Search Update and the Knovel Academic Challenge (Oct 10-Nov 13)

The Engineering (formerly Knovel) Academic Challenge is back.

Engineering Academic ChallengeFrom October 10-November 13, join students at other universities in a competition to answer real-world engineering questions using the Knovel and Compendex databases. A new set of questions will go up each week, starting with the theme “Energy for the Sustainable Future” and ending with “The Future of Transport.” There will be weekly winners as well as some grand prize winners announced at the end of the five weeks.

To participate, first register at www.elsevier.com/eac, and when prompted select University of California as your academic institution. The first problem set will go live on Monday, October 10. You can check the leaderboard to view campus rankings.

New: Search Knovel within Compendex

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Compendex Scheduled Maintenance Sunday July 31st

The Compendex database on Engineering Village will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 5:00 AM until Sunday, July 31 at 11:00 AM (PDT).  To find other engineering article index databases, see a partial list at http://library.ucsd.edu/transitions/subject-areas/engineering.html  or use the subject guides at http://ucsd.libguides.com/ .

New JoVE Modules Available

JoVE logoThe Library has recently acquired six additional modules of JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments. JoVE is a peer-reviewed scientific video journal–the first of its kind. The video articles are indexed in databases like PubMed and SciFinder.  The new JoVE modules:

Along with the new modules, the Library now has 2 years’ access to JoVE’s Science Education collection for chemistry, 45 video demonstrations covering general, organic, and analytical chemistry techniques. We already have the collections for Basic Biology, Neuroscience, and Developmental Biology.

IEEE Access Problems – Resolved

The IPv6 authentication issue with IEEE Xplore has been resolved. See below for details of the issue.

However, there is a chance a few users may still have access problems. If you cannot access IEEE on campus (on a networked computer or the protected wifi network).

  • Go to http://ipv6-test.com/ for a diagnostic check. Take a screencap of the page once it finishes the check.
  • Send the screencap to dkegel at ucsd dot edu or tmvogel at ucsd dot edu and let us know how you were trying to get to IEEE.
  • For a short-term workaround, install and use the AnyConnect VPN client when trying to get IEEE content on your desktop or laptop (http://libraries.ucsd.edu/spaces/computing/remote-access/ – follow the instructions for your operating system). If you’re having the problem on the protected wifi, you may need to switch to the guest wifi while using VPN.

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Melvyl Catalog Unavailable Sat 6pm-Sun 9 am

All OCLC services will be unavailable from 6:00 pm Saturday, 4 June 2016 until 9:00 am Sunday, 5 June 2016, Pacific, while OCLC conducts data storage migrations.

Resources affected include the UC Melvyl catalog (WorldCat Local), FirstSearch, and WorldCat.org.
Databases on FirstSearch include:

ArticleFirst
GPO Monthly Catalog
OAIster
PapersFirst
ProceedingsFirst
SCIPIO – art and rare books sales/auction catalogs.

In addition to these databases and catalogs, requesting Interlibrary loans via UC-eLinks or Citation Linker will not be available during the outage.  Either wait until later on Sunday when service is restored, or fill out the blank ILL request form.

Alternatives to OCLC: San Diego Circuit http://circuit.sdsu.edu and the UCSD catalog http://roger.ucsd.edu will be available as will the majority of the library-licensed Databases.  You may browse individual UC campus library catalogs via  http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

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