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30 min. = $15 FSM gift card

Be the first to get a sneak peak at the new UC Berkeley Library website!

We are looking for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and lecturers to sit down with us for 30 minutes for user testing of the new website. Testing will take place at Doe Library. Volunteers get a $15 gift card to FSM Cafe in return for their time. If you are interested and are available between May 5 - May 9, please contact Lisa Ngo at lngo[at] and include your name, year, and major.

Apr 23, 2014 | Categories: News | skoskinen

TAIR access for UCB researchers


Access to The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) after it becomes a subscription resource on April 1, 2014, will be paid on behalf of all UC Berkeley researchers by the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library.

As its name implies, TAIR maintains a regularly updated database on Arabidopsis thaliana, a model organism for plant evolution, development and genetics. Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence of A. thaliana, along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, and publications. TAIR also includes data analysis tools, as well as information for and about the Arabidopsis research community.

Mar 27, 2014 | Categories: News, Resource update | esmith


UCB patrons can now access two BIOBASE databases:
PROTEOME and HGMD (Human Gene Mutation Database)

BIOBASE provides curated biological databases and software for life sciences which allow identification of relations critical to drug and biomarker discovery.  PROTEOME includes specialized tools for gene set analysis and pathyway visualization, search for an individual gene or a set of genes, diseaseses and drugs.
HGMD provides comprehensive data on human inherited disease mutations. It compiles structured curated data from peer reviewed literature.

The Bioscience and Natural Resources Library is hosting BIOBASE tranining sessions on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in the Library Training Room.  PROTEOME will be covered from 9:30 - 11:00am; HGMD training will start at 12:00 - 1:30pm.  No sign ups are necessary.

Mar 25, 2014 | Categories: News | skoskinen

Henry Stewart Talks

The Henry Stewart Talks include over 1500 online lectures and seminars many by UC Berkeley Faculty; covering biochemistry, cancer, cell biology, drug discovery, genetics, immunology, microbiology and more.

UC Berkeley can access the - Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection.

How To Cite a Talk: (sample)
Kornberg, R. (2007), "Chromatin and Transcription", in Tsonis, P. (ed.), From DNA to Proteins: The Multiple Levels of Regulation, The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, Henry Stewart Talks Ltd, London (online at


Mar 03, 2014 | Categories: News | skoskinen

Web of Knowledge interface changes

Web of Science

Web of Knowledge databases including Web of Science, BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts and Global Health, Data Citation Index, Inspec, and Zoological Record deployed a new user interface beginning January 12, 2014. Among the changes:

  • The default search page now features a single search box for the Topic field; as before, the field can be changed and search boxes for additional fields can be added
  • Web of Science cited reference searches must now be selected from a drop-down menu above the search box
  • The UC-eLinks icon to access full text is now found under a button labelled "Full Text" on the search results and article record pages
  • Search details are visible after clicking on a link labelled "More" under the "You searched for" heading on the search results page
  • An "Add to Marked List" button replaces the former icon on the search results page
  • A "Create Citation Alert" link and icon replace the former button on article pages

Video tutorials on specific features of the new interface can be viewed here:

Live online trainings occur monthly. This month they begin Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 11 am PST. The trainings are free, but advance registration is required:

Quick Reference Cards and factsheets for many Web of Knowledge resources can be downloaded here:

You can always contact a UC Berkeley librarian with your questions:

Feb 10, 2014 | Categories: News, Resource update, Workshops | esmith

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