November’s New Popular Science Titles

Recent additions to our Popular Science Collection. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned.

New popular science books

New Popular Science Reading – October 2015

Recent additions to our Popular Science Collection. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned. See anything that looks good?


APS Begins Release of Public Access Papers

American Physical Society News: August 3 2015

As the clamor for open access to scientific research has intensified in recent years, a group of scientific publishers — of which APS is a member — responded in 2013 by creating the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS), which connects users with publicly accessible research on publishers’ websites. Now, APS is releasing the first wave of articles, making papers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) freely available through CHORUS effective August 1, several months ahead of the department’s official October 1 start date.  more …

UC San Diego Library’s 2015 Library Research Award Honors Four Scholars


Nelish Ardeshna, Nhat-Dang Do, Tiffany Lee, and Shayla Wilson.

Four undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 Undergraduate Library Research Prize in recognition of their superior research skills. The annual award, sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the UCSD Alumni Association, recognizes students who have demonstrated exemplary research skills in mining the Library’s rich and diverse information resources and services. Awards are given in two categories: Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities, and Life and Physical Sciences. The awards also include a cash prize of $1,000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively.

“The purpose of this prize is to encourage and recognize excellent research skills among our undergraduates, which includes the ability to exploit a wide range of digital and physical library resources,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “The Library—with our partners in Student Affairs and Alumni Affairs—is honored to recognize these talented students, who’ve learned that solid academic research doesn’t happen without careful and strategic library research.”

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October 27-28: Software Carpentry Workshop


Join the UC San Diego Library’s  Research & Reference Advisory Services (Data Services) and the Research Data Curation programs for a two-day, intensive Software Carpentry workshop. Software Carpentry’s mission is to give scientists and engineers the tools they need to be more productive and efficient by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design in python, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Event Location: Biomedical Library Building, BLB Events Room

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

There will be a $30 fee associated with this event. Participants must sign up for both days.

Register Here:


The Knovel Academic Challenge Is Back

21_Knovel Academic Challenge

Knovel is a UC San Diego Library-licensed tool for engineering and science, containing hundreds of handbooks, with information and property data students may use to assist with homework and research.

Beginning Monday, September 28, Knovel is hosting its Fall Academic Challenge.  Compete against other STEM students from around the world as you answer real-life engineering and science problem-sets for prizes. A new problem goes live every Monday at 12:00 AM PST.

Faculty can also participate by submitting their own problem-set. Registration is free! Click here for a details and list of prizes.

Weekly prizes are awarded to students at participating universities. Contest ends November 1st, so try Knovel and test your ability to answer questions using this resource.

Creativity, Culture and Community: The Legacy of Jonas Salk


Join us for an evening of conversation and celebration to mark the close of Jonas Salk’s centenary year and the opening of the Jonas Salk Papers at the UC San Diego Library’s Mandeville Special Collections.

Click here to RSVP

The UC San Diego Library and the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation are hosting a conversation with Peter Salk; Jonathan Salk; Gary Robbins, Science Editor, San Diego Union Tribune; and Mary Walshok, author of the book Invention & Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy on Friday, October 30, from 7 – 9 PM at the UC San Diego Faculty Club. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. An exhibition of materials from the Salk Papers will be on view in Geisel Library from Oct. 30 through Dec. 12, 2015; selected items will be on display at the Faculty Club event.

Detour to 1st Floor East Books During 2nd Floor East Closure

Stairwells on the East side of the Geisel library building will be closed from August 17 through approximately September 3 for recarpeting of the Geisel East Learning Commons (2nd Floor East).

To get to the 1st Floor East books (Q-Z) and bound journals, please use the elevators or stairs across from the Information Desk or the west side stairs by Special Collections and the Research Assistance Desk to get to the lower (1st) floor. Then use the Computer Lab Tunnel to head over to the East side stacks, which are open during the recarpeting. See for a map.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

Organic Reactions (new resource)

This summer the UC San Diego Library licensed the Wiley major reference work/database Organic Reactions.

Organic Reactions is a series of critical reviews focusing on 240,000+ important and useful synthetic reactions, “…much more than a surfeit of primary references; they constitute a distillation of an avalanche of information into the knowledge needed to correctly implement a reaction.”

Each review includes:

  • A critical discussion of the featured type of reaction, including mechanism, scope and limitations, applications to synthesis, and comparison with other methods.
  • A step-by-step guide to performing it, enabling the user to successfully repeat the process quickly.
  • Dedicated compilations of information about each reaction including extensive tables that catalog all published examples of the reaction in the literature, as well as safety and procedural guidance to help ensure safety and success in their execution.

You can search the series by standard bibliographic fields like author, title and full-text/keyword, as well as:

  • Chemical name, molecular weight or formula, reaction keyword (browse or search), catalyst, solvent, temperature, yield
  • Use the MarvinSketch editor to draw or import structures and reactions.

Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook (new resource)

The UC San Diego Library has acquired the latest edition of Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook from Wiley. This reference source covers key areas in engineering, perfect if you need an overview of unfamiliar topics. The articles cover the basics while providing references to key resources for further reading.

Volumes and sample articles:

  1. Materials and Engineering Mechanics
    Stainless Steels, Smart Materials, Quantitative Methods of Materials Selection, Nickel and Its Alloys, Stress Analysis, Vibration and Shock, Acoustics, Introduction to the Finite-Element Method.
  2. Design, Instrumentation and Controls
    Reliability in the Mechanical Design Process, Life-Cycle Design, Reliability int he Mechanical Design Process, Electric Circuits, Data Acquisition and Display Systems, Mathematical Models of Dynamics Physical Systems
  3. Manufacturing and Management
    Production Processes and Equipment, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Coatins and Surface Engineering, Engineering Economy, Total Quality Management for Mechanical Engineers, What the Law Requires of the Engineer
  4. Energy and Power
    Thermodynamics Fundamentals, Heat Transfer Fundamentals, Mechanics of Incompressible Fluids, Biofuels for Transportation, Liquid Fossil Fuels from Petroleum, Solar Energy Measurements
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