IOP Ebooks – New Collection

UCSD has recently licensed the Institute of Physics Ebooks. This license will provide perpetual access to 35 titles being published throughout the year in two series: IOP Expanding Physics (which offers in-depth texts on key areas in Physics) and IOP Concise Physics (which contains shorter texts focused on rapidly advancing areas). The ebooks are DRM-free and available in HTML, PDF, and EPUB formats. Sample titles include:

978-0-750-31040-6cov               bk978-1-627-05273-3cover                 bk978-1-627-05416-4cover                bk978-1-627-05279-5cover

Insights from a UC San Diego Science Librarian

This month we had a chance to interview one of the UC San Diego Library’s expert science librarians, Deborah Kegel.DKonly2014

We asked Deborah five questions to learn more about her work, favorite research tip, what she’s reading, and what music she’s listening to right now.

1.  Describe what you do at the UC San Diego Library?

I’m the Librarian for Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, and the Physical Sciences & Engineering Reference Coordinator.

Working closely with the respective academic departments on campus, as well as faculty and students, my position is responsible for identifying and purchasing library materials and databases for these subject areas to support research, teaching and learning at UC San Diego. I also provide specialized research assistance in the Library, and online, and create unique webguides to help facilitate effective use of the myriad of research tools and library materials in these subject areas.

2.  What inspires you most about your job?

I most enjoy assisting students and faculty during the research process. It’s like being on the College Bowl team – you never know what someone will ask and you have to use your knowledge & experience to figure out where to look for the answer.  Teaching someone how to find the information is what I strive to do, so that, the next time, they’ll have acquired new knowledge and skills through the encounter that will enable them to research and find the information they are seeking more easily and quickly.

3.  Do you have a favorite research tip to share?

To locate the best, most-recent, and/or most accurate information, try a variety of resources, starting with the databases we recommend in your subject area. Often people think they can find the highest quality information in Google, but that’s usually not the case. Also, try searching in more than one of our specialized databases on your research topic and Ask a Librarian when you have questions. We can save you time and help you locate exactly what you need.

4.  What are you reading at the moment?

I’ve just finished Invisible Country: A Mystery by Annamaria Alfieri,  a fictional murder mystery set in 1860’s Paraguay. And, I was immersed in All the Light We Cannot See, a novel by Anthony Doerr that contains history, science, engineering and intrigue, all set in WWII France and Germany.

5.  What’s playing in your music library right now?

Emmylou Harris’ “Songs of the West”.  I’m also streaming classical and folk music available from the Classical Music Library.

Greening the Mothership

UC San Diego has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, dating back to the pioneering climate change research of the university’s founder, scientist Roger Revelle. Since then, the University has continued to advance groundbreaking environmental research and sustainable, earth-friendly practices in all realms of university life — from landscaping with drought-tolerant plants to conservation-minded building operations.

Geisel_clouds2To help foster UC San Diego’s commitment to sustainability,  The Library provides access to specialized digital and printed resources relating to Environmental Studies, Climate and Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Policy. It has also established an Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG) to collaborate with campus partners and implement ideas that help to create sustainable facilities at UCSD.

Most recently, Annelise Sklar and Kim Kane of the UC San Diego Library published a book chapter, Greening the Mothership, in Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries, edited by Maria A. Jankowska. Greening the Mothership provides a detailed look into the work of the ESG and UC San Diego’s sustainability solutions in practice within the Library. It offers a unique case study on how academic libraries can encourage the incorporation of sustainability concepts in education, programming, and campus operations. Members of the Library’s ESG will also present a poster at the American Library Association’s annual conference titled, From the Ground Up: Promoting Sustainability in Academic Libraries.

We in the Library are committed to the development and enactment of practices that promote the fulfillment of sustainability principles.

Steampunk Tea at The Library

Steampunk TeaSteampunk Tea! Join futurists, adventurers, and writers from from the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop at UCSD for a lively event, Sunday, June 29, 3-5:00pm in Geisel.

The tea—which is free and open to the public— will be a celebration of steampunk literature, which re-imagines the Victorian Era with a sci-fi aesthetic in a steam-powered world. Steampunk Tea, 2012

Gaslight Gathering leader, Anastasia Hunter, will present a unique look into the Steampunk movement, and guests will enjoy live Steampunk-themed chamber music, films, Victorian Era paper theatre models, magic lanterns and a real working time machine!

http://libraries.ucsd.edu/blogs/events/steampunk-tea/

Steampunk Tea, 2012

ChemBioOffice 14 and SciFinder

The campus-wide site license for ChemBioOffice/ChemDraw is funded by ACMS and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and administered by ACMS. Questions about the license or registration codes should be directed to software@ucsd.edu. For questions about SciFinder, contact Teri Vogel.

UCSD faculty, staff and students can now download the new ChemBioOffice 14. Among the enhancements, you can send your ChemDraw structure and reaction queries directly to SciFinder without having to copy/paste or import into the SciFinder structure editor. Instructions and technical information after the jump.

Read more…

New Engineering, Computer Science and Life Sciences Lectures from Morgan & Claypool

The Synthesis Lectures are 50 to 100-page ebooks that synthesize topics of interest to students and researchers in computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, general engineering, mathematics, communications, human-centered informatics, human languages, and information science.  Colloquium Lectures are in Life Sciences and cover topics of interest to students and researchers in medicine, biology, and bioengineering.

New titles in Morgan & Claypool’s Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science:

New titles in Morgan & Claypool’s Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences:

New DMPTool v2 Features Numerous Enhancements

According to Reid Otsuji, a librarian with the UC San Diego Library’s Research Data Curation Program,  UCSD researchers will find a number of enhancements with the latest version of the newly released Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool), including:

Data management plans that were created in the previous version of the DMPTool, said Otsuji, have been migrated to the new DMPTool v2.  All UCSD users can continue to work on current data management plans, edit a previously created plan, or start a new one in the latest release of the DMPTool.

Bookmark and start using the new DMPTool to create or edit your data management plan: http://dmptool.org

For more information on the University of California’s DMPTool: http://dmp.cdlib.org

UCSD researchers who need assistance in using the DMPTool can contact the Library’s Research Data Curation Program at: Research-Data-Curation@ucsd.edu

New Data Management Tool Available

The University of California and several partners have released an enhanced and much anticipated version of the Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool), a free tool that helps researchers and their institutions create effective data DMPTool logomanagement plans required by the federal government.

“The DMPTool, whose development was led by the UC Curation Center (UC3) in Oakland, is a critical service to UC faculty and an essential component in the suite of data management tools provided to researchers by the UC San Diego Library, ” according to David Minor, Director of the Library’s Research Data Curation Program.

The DMPTool aids researchers with a critical component of research practice required by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Under the 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy directive, this requirement will expand to nearly all federal agencies within the next year.“This innovative technology was created by a talented group of colleagues working together,” said Patricia Cruse, Director of the UC Curation Center (UC3). “This highlights the importance of collaboration in the success of complex projects such as this.”Read the UC press release in its entirety.

RDCPlogo UCSDTo learn more about using the DMPTool and the data management, curation and sharing services available to UCSD faculty and researchers,  visit UCSD’s Research Data Curation Program (RDCP) website or email the RCDP for assistance in getting started with data management.

UCSD Research Data Curation Web site

UCSD Research Data Curation Email

Four Students Win Library Research Prize

Congratulations to the 2014 Undergraduate Library Research Prize Winners!  ULRP2014Jessica Gross, Maarouf Saad, Jessica Knapp, Adam Simon (not shown)

Co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the UCSD Alumni Association, and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the annual prize includes cash awards of $1000 and $500 for first and second place. Awards are given in two categories, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Physical and Life Sciences, to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional research skills and use of The Library’s resources in research undertaken at UCSD. We applaud this year’s winners for their intellectual prowess, and stellar critical thinking and research skills.

In the Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities category, first prize went to Jessica Knapp for her project, “The Effects of Mental Illness on the Javanese Family.” Second prize was awarded to Jessica Gross for her project, “Religious Women as Apothecaries and Practitioners in Early Modern France.”

First prize in the Life and Physical Sciences category went to Maarouf Saad for his project, “Alcohol-Dysregulated MicroRNAs in the Pathogenesis of Oropharyngeal Cancer.” And, second prize was awarded to Adam Simon for his project, “Synthesis of a Novel 2-Deoxystreptamine Mimetic: Building Blocks for Aminoglycoside Analogs.”

To be considered for the Undergraduate Libraries Research Prize, students must be nominated by faculty members and must participate in either the annual UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Conference held in the spring, or in other university programs that foster and recognize student research and scholarship. The Undergraduate Research Conference is one of three major undergraduate scholarly meetings that the Academic Enrichment Programs coordinate each year that afford students from all academic disciplines the opportunity to present findings of research conducted under the guidance of UC San Diego faculty members.

 

 

Natural Standard Database Access Restored

Access to the Natural Standard database on integrative medicine was not available for UCSD users in April and much of May due to licensing and renewal problems. CDL/UCSF licensing efforts have concluded and we now have access again. Thank you for your patience. The new site is https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/

Additional resources for natural product medicine include the following:

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