Sunday, April 12, 2009

Inspec on ISI

On April 20th, Inspec is moving to the ISI (Web of Science) interface. We decided to move Inspec from the Ovid interface because it was the only database left on Ovid, and moving it to ISI makes it cross-searchable with all of the other ISI databases as well as giving it all of the great ISI features such as citation tracking.

For information about how to use this new Inspec visit the online help system.

If you have been using Ovid Inspec through your EndNote program let me know.

Thanks and enjoy.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Online Help is now 24/7

Don't panic. A librarian is now available to help you with your research emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sample uses:

  • It is 4 am and you are trying to finish a paper that is due in 5 hours and you need to know the exact way to add a "see also" note to your in text citations.
  • It is midnight during finals week and you need to know which libraries are open and how late.
  • It is 6 am and you need to know how to get into an article from home
We have you covered. Simply click on the Ask a librarian button (similar to the one in this blog entry) and type in your emergency (er... question). You will be helped by the first librarian available. (If your emergency happens during more normal hours, you can use our librarian chat box on the left side of the libraries' Web site.


Springer eBooks 2005-2009 Online

Remember that wonderful trial we had in the fall for all of the Springer ebooks. Due to the cooperation of all of the UC campuses, we were able to get permanent access. Since we are unable to purchase any books at his time, due to budget cuts, this couldn't have come at a better time.

20,000 Springer electronic books now available!

The University of California Libraries have purchased nearly every Springer ebook published in English and German from 2005 to 2009, including Landolt-Bornstein. The collection includes approximately 20,000 ebooks in the sciences and social sciences. This purchase builds on our existing access to Springer book series - such as Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Physics, and Topics in Current Chemistry - to greatly expand our ebook collections.

Each book chapter is available as a PDF file without digital rights management (DRM). These files can be downloaded, printed, and even transferred to a PDA or Kindle. Currently the ebooks can be found in Melvyl, Google Scholar and via UC-eLinks. Eventually they will be available in Scotty. You can also search or browse them directly at .

Books are available in the following categories:

* Architecture and Design
* Behavioral Science
* Biomedical and Life Sciences
* Business and Economics
* Chemistry and Materials Science
* Computer Science
* Earth and Environmental Science
* Engineering
* Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
* Mathematics and Statistics
* Medicine
* Physics and Astronomy
* Professional and Applied Computing

A few Springer ebooks are excluded from this purchase because they have been jointly published with another publisher. The Springer Protocols are not included in this collection.

This purchase will help the libraries to study the viability of ebooks, including such factors as preferences, behaviors, and usage. We will be soliciting feedback from our users regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the electronic format for their specific disciplines and formats.

If you have questions or feedback, please contact your librarian (me).