Thursday, August 24, 2006

Free music for you!

In addition to being a librarian, I am also a graduate student in Education and I stumbled upon the most wonderful thing this week. It may not be quite library related, but I couldn't pass up this oportunity to make sure you all know about it.

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For more info go to

Monday, August 21, 2006


Okay, so many of you techie types are already aware of RSS and may already be set up to receive alerts on a variety of topics, but I do want to point out some RSS 411 that may be new to you.

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about when I say RSS, it is basically a technology that allows makers of "news" to package the news in such a way that a browser, website, email reader or other independent application on your side can go pick it up and show it to you. You can monitor many of these news "feeds" from the same program at the same time, so these programs are often call aggregators, because they aggregate all of your important news in one place for you.

Most all traditional news sources (Is Yahoo! news traditional?) now produce feeds. Feeds are also available for weather, craigslist, blogger (most any blog really) etc..., and now a growing array of library-type resources. Not only does the library have an RSS feed of library news (and my humble little blogs as well) but now O'Reilly, Web of Science, Compendex, Factiva, the Springer Book Series, and probably more, offer RSS feeds of their latest content.

Look for the lovely little orange rectangles or the more recent orange square.

Feeds can be picked up by Mozilla Thunderbird, put into your myYahoo!, placed onto your Firefox links toolbar as an "active link," converted to HTML and fed to any Web page (Including iLearn), or read in a dizzying array of ather ways.

For more information and a somewhat realtime list of our resources that support RSS, visit the RSS page on the Libraries' Web site.

Oh and do remember to copy this URL into your aggregator:

Monday, August 14, 2006

Remote Access Services

The Campus' Remote Access Services allow you to get to the Libraries' resources from the comfort and convenience of your home or any other location with an internet connection. I would urge all of you to get this working. Sometimes it can be a little bit of an investment, but it is worth it.

Too get more information, click on the "Connect from home" link in the upper left hand of the Libraries' Home page

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Username = UCR NetID (same as email)
Password = NetID PAssword (same as email)

Note: If you use EndNote to connect to databases, or if you use SciFinder Scholar, you will need to download the Client VPN.

If you have any difficulties, please feel free to contact me.

Friday, August 11, 2006

ENGnetBASE - eBooks

Another set of eBooks that we have acquired for you engineering types is the ENGnetBASE. This collection includes a large number (511 at last count) of CRC eBooks on a variety of engineering topics. These books can be found by searching Scotty, or directly at

There are also several sub-collections for specific engineering areas:

Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Information Security
Info Technology

Remember to use the Proxy or VPN to read these at home. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 03, 2006


I want to take this opportunity to remind you all that we have the complete online library of journals and proceedings from IEEE and ACM. These two collections represent the majority of the literature produced in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. If you are using Inspec or Compendex and the UC-eLinks button indicates that there is a journal or proceeding that we don't have from IEEE or ACM, it is simply wrong. The following links will take you directly to a searcheable, browseable interface for accessing these publications.