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NOW ON TRIAL: Reference Universe

From October 15 through November 15, 2014, the University of California has system-wide trial access to Reference Universe.

Reference Universe is a unique finding aid, supporting index-level analysis of a library’s major reference works (e.g., subject encyclopedias, scholarly handbooks, and compendia).

All information regarding the UC system trial, including important details about the content being searched (note that this trial access uses the holdings profile of UCLA -- not UC Berkeley) and the access link, can be found at

Some other things to note about this trial:
  • Use Firefox or Chrome – older versions of IE don't seem to work well.
  • Try the "Show Non-Local Results" to get reference books not owned by UCLA.

Please give this product a look and direct your comments and questions to our local campus coordinator, Myrtis Cochran.
Oct 16, 2014 | Categories: Trials | lpeterse

NOW ON TRIAL: Loeb Classical Library

We currently have a 60-day free trial to the Loeb Classical Library (expiring on December 6, 2014).  Our trial has been set up for IP access, so no password is required. Send your comments and questions to John Ceballos.

The mission of the Loeb Classical Library, founded by James Loeb in 1911, has always been to make Greek and Latin literature accessible to the broadest range of readers. The digital Loeb Classical Library extends this mission into the twenty-first century. Harvard University Press is honored to renew James Loeb's vision of accessibility and presents an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture — in short, our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage is represented here with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

Key features include:

  • Single- and dual-language reading modes
  • Sophisticated bookmarking and annotation features
  • Tools for sharing bookmarks and annotations
  • Greek keyboard
  • User account and My Loeb content saved in perpetuity
  • Intuitive search and browse
  • Inclusion of every Loeb volume in print
  • Regular uploading of new and revised volumes


Oct 07, 2014 | Categories: Trials | lpeterse

NOW ON TRIAL: Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic

Our 30-day trial to this resource will end on October 29, 2014.  Send feedback and comments to Shayee Khanaka.

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Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic is a new groundbreaking resource for those with an interest in the Arabic language. Structured by Oxford’s renowned language research and compiled by an international team of expert advisers, the dictionary is based on language as it’s used today.

Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic contains the latest vocabulary in technology, business, media, and the arts in both languages to ensure you have the most up-to-date words at your fingertips.

Key benefits include:

  • Over 330,000 words, phrases, and translations
  • 70,000 real life example sentences
  • Vowels in all Arabic text
  • Fully searchable in Modern Standard Arabic and English
  • Regular word and content updates to ensure this resource is the most up to date bi-directional Arabic and English dictionary available
  • Incorporates extra content including tables of Arabic verbs, numbers, and dates
  • Modern and user-friendly design is optimized for use on a phone or tablet


Visit the Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic website to explore the Arabic language, learn more about the language situation in the Arabic speaking world, learn how to write dates in Arabic, and more!


Sep 30, 2014 | Categories: Trials | lpeterse

ERF Update - September 2014

Current number of records in the ERF: 1110

ADDED since last update

Engineering & Physical Sciences

  • ACI Digital Library. Journals, conference papers, and symposium publications from the American Concrete Institute.
  • ASME Digital Library. Journal articles and conference papers from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • ChemKnowledge from RightAnswer. Environmental, hazard, and medical information to facilitate the safe management and handling of chemicals.
  • ETDE World Energy Base. Technical reports, conference papers, journal articles, and books on energy-related topics including research and development, policy and planning, renewable energy technologies, and more.
  • Geological Society of America Publications. Journal and e-book archives of the Geological Society of America.
  • ICE Virtual Library. Journals and proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
  • International Nuclear Information System. Scientific literature published worldwide on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology.
  • Lyell Collection. Journals and book series from the Geological Society of London.
  • MIT Press eBooks Library. e-Books in the fields of computer science and engineering technologies.
  • MRS Online Proceedings Library. Peer-reviewed papers presented at Materials Research Society (MRS) Meetings.
  • National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP). Reports and other documents from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • NTRS: NASA Technical Report Server. An index to technical reports, conference papers, journal articles, and other publications sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).
  • Quakeline. Indexes journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, and other materials about earthquakes, earthquake engineering, natural hazard mitigation, and related topics.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry eBook Collection. Chemical science books published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Social Sciences

  • ETHXWeb. An index to materials relating to bioethics and professional ethics.
  • OneSource. Information on public and private companies in the United States, Canada, and rest of the world.
  • Statista. A statistics portal that integrates data from reliable sources on thousands of topics.
  • Statistical Abstract of the World. A collection of the statistical abstracts from many countries.

Arts & Humanities and International & Area Studies

  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Essays and articles on major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts.
  • Sixth National Population Census of China Database. Official data released by the Statistics Bureau of China following the sixth decennial census in 2010, including population data for the whole country, 31 provinces and centrally administered municipalities, and 2872 counties.
  • Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum. Bibliography of books and articles on aspects of Greek epigraphy, as well as summaries of Greek inscriptions.

Life Sciences & Health Sciences

  • ETHXWeb. An index to materials relating to bioethics and professional ethics.
  • JSTOR Global Plants. A community-contributed database of high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world.
  • National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP). Reports and other documents from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • SafetyLit: Injury Prevention Literature Update & Archive Database. Weekly updates of injury research and prevention literature and a searchable archive of items published beginning in the mid-17th century.

DELETED since last update

  • SNL Real Estate (cancelled)

CHANGED since last update

  • Index to Theses is now called ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland
Sep 16, 2014 | Categories: Collection Development & Use | lpeterse

Opera in Video from Alexander Street Press on trial through 10/11/14

Opera in Video is a comprehensive collection of operatic performances covering the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. The collection contains 500 hours of video comprising nearly 300 operatic works.

For more information about the content of this resource, visit this page.

We have a free trial to this resource through October 11, 2014.

Please send comments to John Shepard.

Sep 11, 2014 | Categories: Collection Development & Use | lpeterse

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