Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Lifetime of Library Fun!

Even though you are leaving the University, your learning will not stop and libraries will always be there for you when you need information. Here are ten pieces of information that will help you make the most of the libraries in your life...

  1. As an Alumni Association Member, you will be able to check out books, not only at UCR but also at any UC.
  2. If you are local to a research library, you can use their databases while you are in their library.
  3. Most public libraries have interlibrary loans, just like you had here. Sometimes it is free, sometimes it has a minimal charge. The Riverside Public Library is part of the same Link+ network that we are.
  4. Any U.S. Citizen can get a library card for the Los Angeles Public Library, and they have many (many) useful online resources. You just have to go there and get a card. (Road Trip)
  5. A resident of any city in California can become a member of almost any public library in California.
  6. Google Scholar is a pretty useful way of searching for authoritative information.
  7. If you plan to go to grad school, get to know your library and librarian(s)
  8. Many journals now provide open access to their backfiles.
  9. The Riverside Public Library also has access to the O'Reilly computer Books.
  10. You can always ask the UCR Librarians for help.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Scopus is Among Us

UC Campuses to Evaluate Scopus

Update: The UC Libraries have concluded their trial of Scopus and found that it does not add sufficient value to replace or augment the databases currently owned by the libraries.  Thank you for your assistance.

The University of California community will be trialing Scopus, a large, multidisciplinary research database, through February 28, 2010. Scopus was developed by the scholarly publisher Elsevier, and contains research literature and selected websites.
Overview:Scopus indexes, selectively abstracts, and provides citation analysis (since 1996) for nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4000 publishers (including ~1200 Open Access journals). Unlike Web of Science, Scopus also includes conference proceedings, trade publications, patents and over 431 million web pages. Although most comprehensive in the sciences, Scopus is currently expanding its coverage of the social sciences and humanities literature.

Citation information (i.e. number of times cited)
UC eLinks support for access to full-text, call numbers, or Request

During the Scopus evaluation period, members of the UC community are invited to consider its coverage and functionalities in comparison with similar databases. (e.g. Web of Science and Google Scholar). Given the current fiscal restraints throughout the UC system, it is unlikely that CDL or any of the UC Libraries will be able to provide access to multiple resources with duplicative or similar content after 2009. The UC Libraries will be actively soliciting feedback on Scopus from end users during the course of the access period.

The librarian at UCR who is coordinating the systemwide evaluation of Scopus is Michele Potter who may be contacted at for additional information and feedback.