Science & Engineering Library Fall 2010 News

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Welcome back! I hope the Fall Quarter is off to a good start for you.  We're certainly pleased to see the campus and the S&E Library crowded and lively again.

First and foremost, I encourage all faculty to complete this important brief collections survey. Your input about the journals you consider essential will help us make more informed decisions about what titles to continue and what to cancel as we face a year of rigorous review of the Libraries' journal subscriptions.  Please complete the survey by Tuesday, October 26. 

Mary Linn Bergstrom, Head, S&E Library

Ask Us: More Reference Options

The S&E Library Reference Desk is staffed M-F 10am – 5pm. Stop by the desk, call [858] 534-3258 or click to chat .

You can also set up a consultation with a librarian for in-depth assistance. If you want to contact the librarian for your subject area, check our staff directory.

After hours or on weekends, send us an email or use the 24/7 Chat Reference.

New Text Service This Fall
Now you can text your questions to UC San Diego librarians.

Just send “AskUCSD” followed by your question to 66746.
For example: askucsd how late r u open
Save 66746 in your contacts as AskUCSD

The service is available Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm. Texts received outside these hours (including weekends & holidays) will be answered the following business day. Message and data rates may apply.

For more info:
Chat with an S&E Librarian

JCR – Journal Citation Reports

The UCSD Libraries have now licensed Journal Citation Reports, ISI’s online database of journal impact factors. From Web of Science, you’ll see a link to JCR from the “Additional Resources” tab.

 You can search for a specific journal, or view the data for an entire group of journals by subject, from Astronomy & Astrophysics to Mathematics to Physics, Mathematical to Statistics & Probability. The subject collections can then be sorted by title or impact factor as well as other ISI/JCR metrics.

The impact factors you’ll see first will be for 2009; you can click Impact Factor Trend to see the data back to 2003. If you need impact factors for 2002 and earlier, contact the BML Reference Desk at 534-3253.

Support for Your Teaching
  • Custom lectures & workshops
  • Consultation on assignments
  • Online Course Guides

S&E Librarians can support your teaching in a variety of ways. We conduct course-integrated lectures for several courses and would be happy to consult with you about developing a custom lecture on information resources and use of the scientific literature specific to the needs of your students. We offer orientations for graduate students and specialized workshops on topics such as the use of EndNote [a web-based bibliographic management software] and Patents and Patent Searching. S&E librarians are available to consult with you about assignments that develop students' skills in the effective use of library resources. We also develop online guides [LibGuides] for a variety of classes and would be able to generate one for your students.

Please contact the S&E liaison librarian in your subject area to discuss how we can support your teaching.

New e-Books

UC San Diego Science & Engineering Library has licensed or purchased several new e-book packages this calendar year, notably:

You can use the e-books in various ways: download the pdf or converted pdf to your mobile reading device, read on your desktop computer or laptop, and assign for courses (the above e-book collections have no restrictions on simultaneous use).   Most of these e-book collections are suitable for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses or for research purposes.  A number of our e-books such as Knovel, Springer, CRCnetBase, and McGraw Hill include subject encyclopedias, reference handbooks and other larger works. These were limited to use in the library when we had them in print, but now you and your students can use them 24/7 without regard to library building hours or availability on the shelves.

From Monday October 11th to Monday October 25th, the University of California Libraries are surveying UC faculty, staff, and students about your preferences among print and e-books while doing academic work. This information is being gathered to assist the UC libraries in planning future purchases, programs and services. Your participation in this survey is both voluntary and invaluable. The e-books survey can be accessed directly at: or from the S&E web page  and should take no more than 10 minutes.  Respondents who enter their name and email address will be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 gift certificates to the UCSD campus bookstore. Name and email addresses will not be used for any purpose beyond the drawing and will be destroyed after the drawing.

Deborah Kegel, S&E Library Collections Coordinator

New Web Site

The UC San Diego Libraries and the S&E Library have a new web site with a crisp design and reorganized content. The FIND, USE, and LEARN sections, Quick Links, CATALOGS search box and standard tabs along the top of every page should give you logical access to the resources and services you need. There’s a Feedback link at the bottom of every page – please let us know how the site works for you.

Your Voice Counts

Tell us which journals are important to you

Please complete this important brief collections survey by Tuesday, October 26.

Tell us your opinions of e-Books

Please take the e-Books Survey October 11-25.