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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Springer & Nature access restored Sunday

Update: Springer and Nature sites are back online as of 10 am Sunday. (Outage was since 6:30 am PDT Saturday). Apologies for the inconvenience if you wanted to read an e-book or e-journal on Saturday.  If you experience any problems, please contact us at Ask a Librarian (email, phone, or in person) http://libraries.ucsd.edu/help/ask-a-librarian/ and we’ll assist you.

 

There is an unscheduled downtime at Springer, Nature, and Palgrave. You may see this message when trying to read Springer e-books or e-journals:
We will be back soon, we’re busy making things better…
This Springer service is currently down for maintenance.

We are working hard to make it the best resource for scientific publications on the web. Please try refreshing the site shortly.

This is the Nature site message:
Essential Maintenance:
Please return to the website later to make your purchase.

We are performing essential system maintenance.

Solution – Try again later today to see if the resource you need is available again. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

BrowZine – Stay Current with Your Favorite Scholarly Journals

UC San Diego faculty, staff and students now have access to BrowZine. It’s a service that allows you to browse, organize, read and keep up with your favorite scholarly journals licensed by UC San Diego, either on your desktop/laptop via their website, or through an app on your mobile device. BrowZine covers arts, humanities, social science, engineering and science journals from hundreds of commercial, society, and university press publishers. We have licensed it through June 2018, at which point we will decide whether or not to continue licensing, based on usage, available funding, and user feedback.

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New Popular Science Reading – Summer 2016

Some recent additions to our Popular Science Collection.

Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to get a call number. The books are shelved on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf. If the one you want is checked out, just place a request in the Library catalog to have the book recalled and held for you when it’s returned.

book covers of recent pop science titles

More Titles at Your Fingertips: New Taylor & Francis e-books

The UCSD Library has added access to over 4000 recent electronic books from Routledge, Earthscan, Focal Press, Ashgate, Psychology Press, and related imprints; thousands of additional titles will arrive during 2016 and 2017.  Titles span the social sciences, humanities, education, health and social care, engineering and technology, urban planning, environmental management, law, and other topics.

Taylor & Francis platform works feature unlimited simultaneous user access, easy online viewing and printing, durable item links, and downloadable full-book PDF content, making them very suitable as targets for syllabi references.

This link offers a current snapshot of our active Taylor & Francis eBooks titles: http://www.tandfebooks.com/action/doSearch?EpubDate=[20150101+TO+20160831]&access=user&content=books&target=default&startPage=0&pageSize=20     [please allow 20 seconds or so for the large list to render]

Click here for the book titles cataloged in Roger thus far.

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.

How open science helps researchers succeed

Open access, open data, open source, and other open scholarship practices are growing in popularity and necessity. However, widespread adoption of these practices has not yet been achieved. One reason is that researchers are uncertain about how sharing their work will affect their careers. We review literature demonstrating that open research is associated with increases in citations, media attention, potential collaborators, job opportunities, and funding opportunities. These findings are evidence that open research practices bring significant benefits to researchers relative to more traditional closed practices.  more

 

Published July 7, 2016
Cite as eLife 2016;10.7554/eLife.16800

eLife

Library Carpentry Workshops, July 18-22

A free Library Carpentry workshop will be held in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library July 18-22 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. No coding experience is needed to take these lessons! Click here for details. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. The workshop is free but registration is required due to limited space of 50 participants. You may register for any or all days of the workshop.

Registration and Workshop Information:

Day One (jargon, regular expressions) – http://ucsd.libcal.com/event/2614294

Day Two (bash, shell) – http://ucsd.libcal.com/event/2614295

Day Three (Git, Github) – http://ucsd.libcal.com/event/2614296

Day Four (Open Refine) – http://ucsd.libcal.com/event/2614297

Day Five (office hours/open discussion, no registration needed)

Library Carpentry is part of the Carpentry movement, whose mission is to train researchers and librarians in the technological tools and computational skills needed in today’s research environment. Participants in the workshops can go on to become instructors, and can add lessons or improve current ones to better serve their specific discipline, thus building a dynamic and re-usable set of instructional material. Library Carpentry was initially a one-time event held in London, and there have been offshoots held in Australia, but this will be the very first Library Carpentry workshop held in the United States!

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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