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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

OpenEdition Freemium: currently on trial

Through next fall, the Library will have access to an extended trial to one of the most innovative research publishing models coming from Europe. Through a combination of open access (OA) and fee-based subscriptions, OpenEdition Freemium offers an infrastructure for electronic publishing dedicated to academic communication across the humanities and social sciences. OpenEdition is the umbrella portal for OpenEdition Books,, Hypotheses and Calenda -- four platforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences. While most of the content is in French and freely available through OpenEdition, an institutional subscription would allow Berkeley to participate in an acquisitions policy that both supports sustainable development of OA and that respects the needs of teaching, research and learning communities: no DRM or download quotas are applied. Other advantages of an institutional subscription is that it would seamlessly integrate all OpenEdition ebooks and journals into our catalogs and bibliographic search tools while also benefitting from a full range of digital formats, some optimized specifically for e-readers, tablets, and smart phones. With the current database trial, UCB affiliates can access html, ePub, and PDF formats for 120 freemium journals and 140+ open access journals in in html. For OpenEdition Books, 64 ebooks and 57 OA ebooks also currently available in the same three formats.

OpenEdition is run by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo), a unit that brings together the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Université d'Aix-Marseille, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse.

Send comments, questions, and feedback to Claude Potts.

Jun 16, 2014 | Categories: Trials | lpeterse

ERF Update - January 2014

Current number of records in the ERF:  1109


ADDED since last update

DELETED since last update

  • Grant Forward (cancelled by campus)
  • ISI Emerging Markets (cancelled)
  • AGU Digital Library Books (cancelled)
  • Webster’s Unabridged (no longer available)

CHANGES since last update

  • World Telecommunication Indicators (now only available on CD-ROM in Data Lab)
May 30, 2014 | Categories: ERF Updates | lpeterse

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