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Six new online encyclopedias - food, genetics, neuroscience, and more

Six new online encyclopedias are now available. You can read them online, search within them, and download or print sections of interest.

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology Encyclopedia of Food Safety Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences Pathobiology of Human Disease

  • Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems covers more than 200 topics within the themes of food systems and people, global agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology (Second Edition) covers genomics, food safety, DNA sequencing, E. coli, history of food microbiology, preservatives, irradiation of food, biophysical techniques, biosensors, genetic engineering, and more.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Safety provides international expert information on food safety, nutrition, food science and technology, foodborne diseases, and hazards.
  • Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition) provides an overview of the genetics of organisms (bacteria, phages, fungi, plants, animals, humans) and includes relevant topics in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolution, and disease.
  • Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (Second Edition) offers an overview of neurological sciences, with entries covering the anatomy, physiology, endocrinology, genetics, toxicology, immunology, pathology, and development of the brain.
  • Pathobiology of Human Disease covers structure and function of human tissues, molecular pathology, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology, and includes text, images, movies, and animations.

Feb 18, 2015 | Categories: News, Resource update | Becky Miller

Introducing PubAg

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Library (NAL) recently introduced a new search engine for published research from the USDA, PubAg. PubAg is free to the public and designed to be easy to use.

PubAg provides full-text access to more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. It also indexes and searches citations of more than 300,000 peer-reviewed articles relevant to the agricultural sciences, with thousands more to be added in the next year. Similar to PubMed, PubAg utilizes special subject headings that are assigned to articles to enhance the search process.

Topics covered in PubAg include nutrition, food safety, food quality, animal and crop production and protection, natural resources, sustainable agricultural systems, rural development, agricultural economic and policy issues, agricultural imports and exports, agricultural statistics, and extension education. Since there are only journal articles in PubAg, use NAL's other database, AGRICOLA, if you are looking for reports, books, and other material on these topics in addition to articles.

You won't see UC-eLinks in PubAg, so if you find a citation in that doesn't include full text, use the Citation Linker to see if full text is available at UC Berkeley.

Feb 04, 2015 | Categories: News, Resource update | Becky Miller

Too many articles & pdfs to track?

Drop into the Bioscience Library Training room for a hands-on introduction or tune-up your citation management skills. 
Download from indexes, create bibliographies, enter footnotes and save pdfs in citation management-  Refworks and Endnote (own your program, 30 day trial).
The Bioscience Library Training Room is equipped with PCs or bring your own laptop.

Monday, February 2, 3-4pm.

Jan 30, 2015 | Categories: News, Workshops | skoskinen

BIOBASE Proteome and HGMD training workshops


Alexander Kaplun from BIOBASE will be presenting hands-on training workshops on Proteome and HGMD:

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:45  pm (Proteome); 3:00 - 4:00 pm (HGMD)
Location: Bioscience Library Training Room, 2189 VLSB

The workshops are open to all interested researchers, and no pre-registration is necessary.

BIOBASE Proteome includes tools for gene set analysis and pathway visualization, allowing scientists to quickly find answers to questions relevant to their research and to analyze high throughput data. Workshop participants will learn to:

  • search for individual gene, disease, and drug reports by name
  • browse for sets of genes, diseases, and drugs which share a desired set of characteristics
  • upload a list of genes and identify those characteristics which are statistically over-represented
  • export annotated characteristics for a gene list
  • build and visualize protein-protein networks, overlaid with disease and drug assignments
  • annotate custom sequences

BIOBASE HGMD provides data on human inherited disease mutations, enabling quick access to both single mutation queries and advanced search applications.

Questions? Please contact

Oct 22, 2014 | Categories: News, Workshops | esmith

NCBI Discovery Workshops at UC Berkeley 9/17 and 9/18

The NCBI Discovery Workshops, four 2.5-hour hands-on training sessions emphasizing NCBI resources such as BLAST and Nucleotide, will be presented by Peter Cooper of the NCBI staff at UC Berkeley on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Wednesday, September 17:
Session 1: Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Through the Integrated Entrez System.
9 am - 11:30 am
Session 2: NCBI Genomes, Assemblies and Annotation Products: Microbes to Human.
1 pm - 3:30 pm

Thursday, September 18:
Session 3: Advanced NCBI BLAST.
9 am - 11:30 am
Session 4: Gene Expression Resources at NCBI.
1 pm - 3:30 pm

Participants may register for all or for selected sessions on the NCBI Discovery Workshop signup form.

The sessions will be held in a location on the UC Berkeley campus to be announced; please plan to bring your own laptop.

Event: NCBI Discovery Workshop presented by NCBI staff
Location: Bioscience Library Training Room #2101, University of California, Berkeley
Date: Weds. Sept. 17 & Thurs. Sept. 18, 2014

Sep 10, 2014 | Categories: News, Workshops | esmith

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