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Now Available from the Library: Scopus! (Trainings coming later this month...)

We are happy to announce that the California Digital Library has purchased a one-year trial to Scopus, a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and more, with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.


Scopus contains over 50 million records in all disciplines, with more than half the content originating from outside North America.

  • Indexes over 21,000 journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, and book series in sciences, technology, medicine, arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • Includes over 5.3 million conference papers
  • Includes 100% of the Medline database
  • Has more than 23 million patents from 5 patent offices
  • Includes citations back to 1823
  • Cited references available from 1996 forward

Use the Journal Analyzer tool to compare journals on a variety of parameters:

  • scientific prestige (SJR)
  • citation impact (SNIP)
  • number of times a journal has been cited
  • number of articles published per year
  • percent of articles not cited per year
  • percent of published articles that are reviews

Scopus also integrates with Embase: Records in Embase with citing articles will have a link to open Scopus so one can view the citing articles. Also, Scopus is considered an essential database to search when conducting systematic reviews

The Sheldon Margen Public Health Library is sponsoring a drop-in hands-on Scopus training on Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 from 11am to 12pm at the Bioscience Library Training Room, VLSB. Come try it out! No registration required. Use the training room PCs or bring your own laptop.

In addition, representatives from Scopus will conduct a demonstration, also in the Bioscience Library Training Room, on Thursday Feb. 27 from 11-12. Again, no pre-registration required.

» Scopus Training Videos

UC-wide access to Scopus ends on December 31, 2014; at that time each campus will decide whether or not to subscribe.

Feb 05, 2014 | Categories: Events and Workshops, New Resources | msholinb

Project Tycho: Open access to U.S. weekly surveillance data, 1888 to the present

The University of Pittsburgh has released Project Tycho, a collection of surveillance reports about diseases in the United States going back 125 years.

"The researchers obtained all weekly notifiable disease surveillance tables published between 1888 and 2013 - approximately 6,500 tables - in various historical reports, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. These tables were available only in paper format or as PDF scans in online repositories that could not be read by computers and had to be hand-entered. With an estimated 200 million keystrokes, the data - including death counts, reporting locations, time periods and diseases - were digitized. A total of 56 diseases were reported for at least some period of time during the 125-year time span, with no single disease reported continuously."

Details on the methodology, levels of data, and more are available on the Project Tycho website.

Dec 03, 2013 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

Free Epidemiologic Software

From the latest Epidemiology Monitor.

"With improvements in commercial software, such as SAS, SPSS, Stata, and others, is there still a need for free epidemiologic software?

Commercial software can be expensive, may have a steep learning curve, and may not provide certain types of desired analyses. In this article information on three free epidemiologic/statistical programs is provided: Epi Info, OpenEpi, and WinPepi."

In addition, you may also be interested in perusing Wikipedia's List of Statistical Packages and Comparison of Statistical Packages.

Oct 30, 2013 | Categories: Tips and Updates | msholinb

Populations at Higher Risk: When Mainstream Approaches Don't Work

This 24-page booklet from The Best Start Resource Centre (Canada) was designed to help service providers consider strategies to reach populations that are at higher risk for maternal, newborn, and child health concerns. It is useful for other types of public health and social welfare interventions, however. It includes information on why and how to focus on higher risk populations, examples, and tips for specific populations. It also includes a chart, "Things that Isolate / Things that Connect." For example, instead of referring to people as "clients," refer to them as "participants;" don't ask "Do you plan to breastfeed your baby," ask "How have you decided to feed your baby?" The latter facilitates opening the door to discussion.

This guide is freely available at http://www.beststart.org/resources/howto/pdf/HowTOGuide_2c.pdf.

Oct 24, 2013 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

UC Open Access Policy

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy (PDF) on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. The policy covers more than 8,000 UC faculty at all 10 campuses of the University of California, and as many as 40,000 publications a year.

Open Access (OA) is scholarly literature that is free, digital, and available to anyone online with no embargo period. Anyone with access to the Internet may read, download, and copy an OA article. The new UC policy follows more than 175 other universities who have adopted similar so-called "green" open access policies. Green OA allows authors to publish, as they always have, in traditional commercial or society journals and then post an author's version on eScholarship. That research then becomes widely available and discoverable via tools like Google.

In the full Academic Senate statement on the new policy, Richard A. Schneider, UCSF Professor and chair of the Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication at UCSF states, "The ten UC campuses generate around 2-3% of all the peer-reviewed articles published in the world every year, and this policy will make many of those articles freely available to anyone who is interested anywhere, whether they are colleagues, students, or members of the general public."

What does this mean for UC Berkeley faculty? Three campuses (UCSF, UCLA, UCI) will move forward with the policy this fall, with Berkeley joining in Fall 2014. The Library will develop supporting materials to assist Berkeley faculty.

For more information on the new policy see:

For questions, contact the Library's open access group.

Originally posted to the UC Berkeley Scholarly Communication News blog.

Sep 25, 2013 | Categories: News, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

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