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10 Library Things Every New UCB School of Public Health Student Should Know

  1. How do I access electronic library resources from off-campus?
    See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Help/connecting_off_campus.html

    • Use the proxy server, which allows remote access to web-based electronic resources licensed by the UC or UC Berkeley Libraries after a quick browser configuration
    • Use the Campus VPN (Virtual Private Network), which requires a software download, and then establishes a secure "tunnel" to the UC Berkeley network


  2. What databases should I use to find articles, etc., on Public Health topics?
    See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/indexes.html

    • PubMed: citations in biomedicine and health care; primary article index for most public health topics
    • Global Health: citations on public health topics from journals, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and more from more than 150 countries and in over 50 languages translated into English
    • PsycINFO: citations for journal articles, book chapters and dissertations in psychology, behavior, and related disciplines
    • Sociological Abstracts: covers demography, education, social psychology, and sociology. Sources include journals, books, conferences, and dissertations
    • TOXLINE: citations on the biochemical, physiological, toxicological, and societal effects and aspects of chemicals and drugs
    • BIOSIS Previews: citations on biology, ecology, agriculture, environmental science, and more. Includes citations to journal articles, books, and meeting abstracts
    • Business Source Complete: citations for articles in business, marketing, economics, and finance
    • ERIC: educational literature from journals, books, conferences, reports, curricula, dissertations, and audiovisual media. ERIC also includes materials on tests, measurement, and evaluation
    • Web of Science: a large multidisciplinary journal article database. It is the best tool for cited reference searching
    • Many more are also available


  3. How do I find online journals and journal articles?
    See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/jrnlnews.html

    • Browse or search for online journals using the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search, or use the OskiCat or Melvyl catalogs (see below)
    • Click the UC-eLinks icon next to a citation in an article database (see above) or in NextGen Melvyl (see below) to access items available online


  4. How do I find books, journals, dissertations, reports, etc., including course reserves?
    See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Catalogs/guide.html

    • Use OskiCat, the UCB catalog, for print and electronic publications, course reserves, and items stored at NRLF, the off-campus storage facility
    • Click the Course Reserves tab in Oskicat to search by Department/Course Number or Instructor
    • Use the NextGen Melvyl or Current Melvyl, the catalogs for all the UC libraries (and more). Click the title (in "NextGen") or Details/Location (in "Current") to see details about the location and availability of books, journals, etc.


  5. What books do I have checked out and how do I renew them?
    See: https://oskicat.berkeley.edu/screens/help_renew.html

    • Log in to My OskiCat
    • All items may be renewed online except for journals, reserve materials, microfiche, and items on which you owe fines


  6. How do I get books, articles, etc. that are neither at a UC Berkeley library nor available online?
    See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/otherlibs.html

    • Click the UC-eLinks icon then Request It to request an article, book, or other item found in a database or NextGen Melvyl. Articles are generally delivered to you electronically
    • Click the Request button in the Current Melvyl catalog to request books and journals from other libraries
    • Other options are listed on our web page


  7. How do I organize references and cite them correctly in my papers?
    See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/endnote.html

    • Use RefWorks ? licensed by UC Berkeley and free to use for UCB students, staff, and faculty
    • Purchase EndNote and install it on your computer. A student discount for EndNote is available at The Scholar's Workstation
    • Use Zotero, a free, open-source Firefox add-on you can download. It is already installed on Firefox on the library?s public PCs
    • Use Mendeley, another free product, to organize and share references


  8. How can I keep up with new research in my field?
    See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/keeping_up.html

    • Use alerts for updates on topics you?ve searched in PubMed, Web of Science, Sociological Abstracts, etc. Create cited reference alerts in Web of Science
    • Receive electronic tables of contents from journal publishers
    • Use RSS feeds for tables of contents, database alerts, or updates from grant funding entities


  9. What other online resources are available on my topic?
    See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/internet.html

    • Explore the Public Health Library?s web pages on such topics as Statistics/Data, Environmental Health, International Health, and more
    • These web pages provide access to selected resources not generally available via article indexes or book catalogs, each with a descriptive annotation


  10. How do I get help?
    See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/reference.html

    • For help with researching a topic or finding print or online resources, come to the Public Health Library Reference Desk: Mon-Fri 10-12 and 2-4, or call (510) 642-2511 during those same times
    • For help at other times, reference service via IM chat and email are also available
    • For help with what you have checked out, renewals, placing holds, etc., come to the Public Health Library Circulation Desk or call (510) 642-2511


Aug 24, 2009 | Categories: Tips and Updates | msholinb

Federal Data and Participatory Democracy: Data.gov

"The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Data.gov enables the public to participate in government by providing downloadable Federal datasets to build applications, conduct analyses, and perform research."

Data.gov offers access to a large and ever-growing compilation of data sets, tool, and more. The site is divided into:

raw data gif"Raw" Data Catalog, where you can search for data by keyword, file type, federal agency, or category.

Tool Catalog, containing "simple, application-driven access to Federal data with data tools gifhyperlinks. This catalog features widgets, data mining and extraction tools,
applications, and other services"

Geodata Catalog, with links to download geospatial datasets and a metadata page with details on the datasets, as well as links to more detailed Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata information. 

geodata gof

Folks are taking these data and creating all kinds of mashups and other tools. Check out apps like Local Recovery (how much Recovery Funding has gone out in your current location), Superfund Finder (discover more about the nationwide distribution of Superfund sites as well as sites near you, or Geodata Explorer (get a true sense of the economic situation at the city or block level).

Aug 24, 2009 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

UC-eLinks and Google Scholar: The sum is greater than the parts

Did you know you can set up Google Scholar to ...

... export citations directly to EndNote or RefWorks?

... link to UC-eLinks, so you can find the article, book, etc. online or in the Melvyl catalog?

Both are true and take only a couple of minutes to set up!

  1. In Google Scholar, click Scholar Preferences
  2. Scroll down to Library Links
  3. Type "berkeley" in the box
  4. Check all the boxes that refer to UC Berkeley
  5. Scroll down a bit more to Bibliography Manager
  6. Click the radio button for Show links to import citations into
  7. Select EndNote or RefWorks
  8. Click Save Preferences

Now after you perform a search, there will be an Import into EndNote [or RefWorks] link below each search result and a UC-eLinks link and icon below or to the right of each search result.

google scholar uc-elinks image

Detailed instructions with lots of nice screen shots are available on the library web.

Aug 04, 2009 | Categories: Tips and Updates | msholinb

OskiCat import filter for EndNote available

An OskiCat import filter is available for EndNote users. Download the new filter from the EndNote website, under the name "University of California-Berkeley Library Catalog".

endnote gifA connection filter that allows you to search OskiCat from within EndNote is not currently available but is in the works. Check back soon - we will be posting more information when it is ready!

Aug 04, 2009 | Categories: New Resources, Tips and Updates | msholinb

VPN Users: New VPN software must be installed by Aug 12

UC Berkeley is changing its VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. Current VPN users should download and install the new VPN client software by August 12. The new VPN client, called AnyConnect, includes a "Library VPN" option. As before, you need to run the VPN software before accessing licensed library resources, and turn it off when your session is over. For details and installation instructions, see the UCB library VPN page. Even more details are available from Campus IS&T.

If you are using the VPN just to access SciFinder, you might want to try the web version of SciFinder that is accessible through the library proxy server. In order to use the web version, you must both register and configure your web browser to access the library proxy server.

Jul 17, 2009 | Categories: Tips and Updates | msholinb

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