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bX Recommender trial: UC-eLinks goes social

From April through mid-June 2011, the University of California Libraries are experimenting with a 2-month trial of bX Recommender, a service that points users to relevant scholarly articles on the topics they?re researching.

How does it work?

bX Recommender is a tool embedded in UC-eLinks that leads you to other articles like the one you've found. It is similar to other recommender tools such as Amazon?s "Customers who bought this item also bought..."

Are all articles covered?

Recommendations will only appear for articles with full text available online. bX generates its recommendations based on actual use by researchers in academic libraries who use services like UC-eLinks all over the world. The service makes connections between articles as searchers discover and access them, so it is continually being refined and improved as more people use it and contribute their data to the system.

How do I use it?

Click on the UC-eLinks button when you find an article in an article database, or when you look up a specific citation using UC-eLinks Citation Linker (must use full exact article title), and scan down to find the recommended articles. It should look like this:

Things to note

Your feedback on this trial is important! Please use the "Feedback on bX BETA" link in the UC-eLinks window to make comments or report problems.

The UC-eLinks service is available to anyone using computers on the UC Berkeley campus network. Off-campus use of UC-eLinks is open only to UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff members, using our proxy server or VPN system.

Originally posted in the What's New in the Library news blog.

Apr 27, 2011 | Categories: New Resources, Tips and Updates | msholinb

After you leave UCB ... How to access journals, databases, and more!

After you leave UCB with your Public Health degree ...

... How will you access online journals?
... Can you still search for articles using online databases?
... How will you keep track of citations you find?
... How do you find good sources of public health data and statistics?
... Do you know where to take free online public health classes?
... How do you collaborate with others?

4/27/2011 UPDATE: A web guide has been created on this topic:

For the answers to questions and more,
please come to the Public Health Library?s one hour session, After You Graduate: How to access online journals, databases, and more.

Date/Time: Thursday April 21, 3-4 pm

Room: 440 University Hall (Conference Room)

No RSVP needed

A librarian from the Public Health Library will show you that leaving UCB does not mean an end to accessing databases and online journals. You will learn about several free sources of citations and articles, as well as "grey" literature, and statistics/data. You will also hear about special programs for online journal access for folks working in developing countries. Also discussed will be citation management software, productivity software, continuing education, how to keep up-to-date in your field, and more.

Apr 07, 2011 | Categories: Events and Workshops, Tips and Updates | msholinb

OPEN UP! Video Contest to Showcase Students Call for Open Access

Entries invited for the 4th Annual Sparky Awards

Entries must be received by 12AM Eastern time on May 27, 2011

"The importance of the student stake in opening up access to scholarly research will be highlighted in Open Up! - the fourth installment of the annual Sparky Awards student video contest. Calling on students to articulate their views in a two-minute video, the contest has been embraced by campuses all over the world and has inspired imaginative expressions of student support for the potential of Open Access to foster creativity, innovation, and problem solving."

Open Up! calls on students to let the world know they support Open Access and to say why. This year, entries are invited to four categories:

  1. Animation - Drop into the media lab and master that illustration software!
  2. Speech - Just say how it is. Skip the fancy editing and use your 120 seconds to tell campus viewers in your own eloquent words why Open Access matters to you.
  3. Remix - Mix it up. Re-use video, music, images and remix with your own content to create your unique vision of the importance of Open Access. Content must be re-used legally.
  4. People?s Choice - The People choose! Sparky Award entries are opened up for public vote.

Winners will receive an iPad, iPhone, or iPod and a fabulous "Sparky Award" statuette. The award-winning videos will be announced in conjunction with the American Library Association Annual Conference and a Campus MovieFest Regional Finale, and will be widely publicized by the sponsoring organizations at public events across North America throughout the year.

The Sparky Awards are organized by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, who promote the universal benefits of sharing ideas of all kinds. Read the Press release. Take a look at past years' winners.

Apr 04, 2011 | Categories: Events and Workshops, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

YOUR Voice Needed: Recommend Preventive Services in the USA

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) invites anyone (including individuals and organizations) to nominate a topic for the USPSTF to consider for a future recommendation. A nomination may suggest a new preventive service topic that has not been reviewed by the USPSTF to date or recommend reconsideration of an existing topic. These nominations are accepted at any time and are considered by the USPSTF at one of its regularly scheduled meetings in March, July, or November. For more information or to nominate a topic, visit

The USPSTF is a Congressionally mandated, independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention who are charged with making recommendations to primary care providers about clinical preventive services: screening tests, preventive medications, and counseling.

For a list of the USPSTF's current recommendations, visit

Apr 04, 2011 | Categories: News | msholinb

EndNote X4 / RefWorks Drop-In Class TOMORROW April 1

Day: Friday, Apr 1 2011

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Bioscience Library Seminar Room, 2103 VLSB

No sign-up is needed

EndNote automates the creation of bibliographies. Save hours of typing by simply selecting the publication or style by name and generating a perfectly formatted document. EndNote currently offers over 4500 styles. EndNote allows you to store PDFs and other files in your database. EndNote is available for a substantial student discount.

RefWorks is a web-based tool that allows users to create their own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. Use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds. Web-based means you can access RefWorks from any computer with Internet access. Access to Refworks is provided by the UCB Library to UCB students, staff, and faculty.

In this class, we will cover the basics of using both EndNote and RefWorks. We'll go over how to add citations to your database, organize your citations, format your bibliography, and how to use EndNote and RefWorks with Microsoft Word to create reference lists and bibliographies. This class will be useful for you who are EndNote/RefWorks novices, for you who want a little tune-up, for those of you struggling a bit with the software, and will be useful for you who are trying to decide which one to use (if either!)

The Seminar Room is equipped with 12 iMacs. If you already have EndNote installed on your laptop, you can work on your own computer. You can also download a 30-day free EndNote trial from

Mar 31, 2011 | Categories: Events and Workshops | msholinb

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