Wednesday, July 08, 2015

UC campuses now have access to the Scientific American Archive as well as the Supplement issues and Builders Edition issues on the Scientific American platform. This valuable resource consists of high-quality scans of more than 133,000 articles published in Scientific American from 1845-2005. You can browse the issues, read entire issues as PDF files, and search across the full archive. As noted by the publisher, these archive collections "provide unique insight into historic breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine and architecture."

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Where did the Current Periodicals go?

As you may have realized, we have many fewer print journals now than we did in 1996. I choose this year somewhat arbitrarily, but it was also the beginning of the first ejournal "pilot" we had at UCR.  I believe we can say now that the pilot was a success.  I say this because there are only 3-4 researchers who still regularly come into the Science Library to see print journals.  We miss you.  However, your convenience is our primary goal and electronic journals are more convenient, take up no space, and do not require binding, maintenance or replacement.

This is a win-win situation.

In the last couple of years we have gotten to the point where we have too few current print journals to maintain a respectable "Current Periodicals" section.  The current periodicals will now mostly be sent up to live with their older counterparts on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  So new issues will reside, unbound, next to older ones. 

A very small subset of current periodicals was chosen to live on the "New Materials" shelves by the entry lounge.  These were chosen exclusively based on room usage statistics.  If you would like to nominate an unbound journal to come live in the new materials shelves, let me know.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

ASME Digital collection Available for UCR

ASME Digital Collection

Eight campuses (UCB, UCD, UCI, UCLA, UCM, UCR, UCSD, and UCSB) began participation in a joint opportunity for access to the ASME Digital Collection (on the Silverchair platform).

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is the premier professional membership organization for more than 127,000 mechanical engineers and associated members worldwide.  ASME also conducts one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations in the world, offering thousands of titles including some of the profession’s most prestigious journals, conference papers and proceedings, and ASME Press books.   The entire collection can be searched via the ASME Digital Collection.

The ASME Digital Collection (, previously known as The ASME Digital Library, is ASME’s repository of current and archival literature featuring:

ASME Journals Front File (2000- ),
including two new titles B, D, I, LA, M, R, SD, and SB
ASME Journals Archive (1960-1999) D, I, LA, M, R, and SD
ASME Conference Proceedings (2008- ) B, D, I, LA, M, and R
ASME Conf. Proceedings Archive (2002-2007) D, I, LA, and R
ASME eBooks B, D, LA, and M

Links will begin showing up in our catalogs (Scotty and Melvyl) and in UC e-Links.


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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Presentation Practice Room Available

The UCR Library is pleased to announce a new resource for students, and others, who are working on presentations.  Located at the Orbach Science Library, the Presentation Practice Room
is bookable through the study room reservation system.

The room has a large LCD flat screen monitor hooked to a stand up desktop computer on a podium. 

A remote presentation controller with a laser pointer can be checked out as well as whiteboard markers.  

The room is not ideally outfitted to be a classroom, or a group study room.  It is not advisable to attempt to move the podium or to try to hook up one's own computer. The Library is investigating other solutions for that form of collaborating. 

The room was substantially funded by a grant from the UCR Undergraduate Education office. 

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

UC Libraries Discontinue Taylor & Francis Systemwide Journals License

This is a pretty big deal. For a while now we have had amazingly complete access to all Taylor and Francis Journals.  This has ended.  We get to keep access to the 2010-2012 issues that we have purchased, but each campus will have to pick up local subscriptions or rely on interlibrary loan for articles from 2013-.

Why is this a big deal?  These are some pretty big journals, and they are some really expensive journals.  We will not be able to subscibe at UCR to all of the journals that our researchers will want to use.  We will have to rely substantially on Interlibrary Loans.

What can be done?
1. Register for Taylor and Francis Online
2. Make a "shortlist" of your favorite T&F journals
3. Set up a TOC alert for your shortlisted journals
4. When you see articles you like, click on "Open URL" (a little blue button in the article information).
5. Click on Request this from another library. Your library ID is the 2121... number under the barcode on your ID.

If you come upon the article in the course of your normal research, look for the UC-eLinks button and click on Request this from another library.  Your barcode is

It can be annoying to fill out the form all the time,  if you find it so, consider looking for a form-filling add-on for your browser and save your login information. 

I am working on a system where we can get emergency access to articles that we need immediately, but these articles will come within 48-72 hours. 

Keep in touch with me and we will make sure you get what you need.

Information about the decision to cancel

Monday, July 01, 2013

ASTM Standards Online

In partnership with UCR Architects and Engineers, The UCR Libraries now provide online access to the ASTM Standards Online.  ASTM is the American Society for Testing and Materials, and governs materials quality and product testing standards.

The ASTM Digital Library covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.  There are over 12,000 standards in more than 130 industry areas.

If you have never worked with standards, you might find it interesting to know that standards govern everything from file-types (MP3 is a standard, though not an ASTM one), surface quality of grass tennis courts (ASTM F2208), and forensic sciences (think C.S.I.). 

You will also find the full text of ASTM manuals such as:
  • MONO7 Physics and Chemistry of Micro-Nanotribology
  • DS67C Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What's new with SPIE

Today is the day scheduled for the launch of the new SPIE platform.  "What is changed?" you ask:


  •  More Content: At no additional cost, subscribers now have access to 40,000 additional articles (published between 1962 and 1989) from the Proceedings of SPIE and Optical Engineering journal— extending SPIE Digital Library coverage for both publications back to Volume 1.
  •  New Taxonomy: SPIE and Silverchair have worked together to create a comprehensive taxonomy and tagging system for optics and photonics. This means users are automatically exposed to content most relevant to their search or related to the content being viewed.
  •  New Topical Collections: By cross-cutting all proceeding, journal and book content, the SPIE Digital Library now offers 135 specific subject collections where users can easily find the latest information related to their topical interests and sub-specialties.
  •  Mobile-Optimized for All Web-Enabled Phones and Tablets: Subscribers can use the SPIE Digital Library on any mobile devices via their web browser. Institutional users are entitled to full mobile access, extending the value of the site license.
  •  Improved usability, information discovery, and ease of reading: Search, browse and discover related information, using an intuitive user interface employing the best practices in web interface design.
  •  New Linking to Author Profiles: Gain a quick overview of the publication record, society activities and accomplishments of authors.
  •  New Linking to Conference Videos: Access selected conference presentations directly within the proceedings article page to gain an enhanced understanding of the content directly from the author.
  •  Personalization: Individual users can customize page display, save figures and tables of interest, manage email alerts, view a summary of subscriptions and article access, and activate mobile access by creating a personal login.
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