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What's in *your* cosmetics?

Ever wondered what's in your cosmetics and if your cosmetics are safe? Now the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) can help. CDPH has created the California Safe Cosmetics Program Product Database to help answer these questions.


The California Safe Cosmetics Program Product Database is a new, searchable cosmetics safety database. It was created for both professionals who work with cosmetics and the consumers who use them. It can be searched for specific products, companies, or chemical ingredients. You can also learn here about how chemical exposure can affect health.

The database was created in response to California's first-of-its-kind cosmetics law (PDF). This law requires cosmetic companies to report products containing ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer or reproductive harm. The California Safe Cosmetics Program is a part of the Occupational Health Branch of the CDPH.

Mar 27, 2014 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

RefWorks webinars to help you learn the ropes

Each month, several webinars are available to help you learn RefWorks. For April, 2014, here's the listing:

  • Beyond Direct Export: Five Other Ways to Import Information to RefWorks (30 minutes)
  • Using RefWorks to Quickly Import Citations and Write a Paper (30 minutes)
  • Gather and Organize your Research Sources in RefWorks - Part 1 (30 minutes)
  • Gather and Organize your Research Sources in RefWorks - Part 2 (30 minutes)
  • The new Write-N-Cite (45 minutes)
  • The new Write-N-Cite for the Mac (45 Minutes)
  • RefWorks Collaborative Features (45 minutes)

Access these at the RefWorks-COS Training Webinars website ( Live and recorded webinars are available.

Mar 25, 2014 | Categories: Events and Workshops, Tips and Updates | msholinb

Web of Science: New databases, more content, new look

UC's subscription to the Web of Science now features more content than ever before! New databases available for searching on the Web of Science platform include:

  • Book Citation Index (2005-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present)
  • Current Contents Connect (1998-present)
  • Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present)
  • Data Citation Index (1900-present)
  • Derwent Innovations Index (1993-present)
  • Index Chemicus (1993-present)

Web of Science databases you may already be familiar with include Journal Citation Reports, Global Health, CAB Abstracts, BIOSIS, and Inspec. Of particular interest may be the Data Citation Index, which allows users to discover research data, including data studies, data sets from a wide range of international data repositories and connect them with the scientific literature to track data citation.

More information and tips on searching can be found on the Web of Knowledge training site.

Mar 14, 2014 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

"Designing healthy communities" DVD series available for streaming from the Library

"Designing Healthy Communities" is a 4 DVD series that originally aired on PBS stations.

The Public Health Library is happy to announce that we have purchased the streaming rights for these DVDs, and they are now available for viewing to anyone with a CalNet ID; see links below.

"Host/Narrator Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, looks at the impact our built environment has on key public health indices - obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer and depression. Dr. Jackson connects bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyzes and illustrates what citizens are doing about this urgent crisis by looking upstream for innovative solutions."

The links also appear in the OskiCat record, or you can simply use these links:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4: "

(Folks using Macs will need to download the Flip-4-mac plugin in order to stream this Windows Media File:

Please also note that the accompanying book is also available online for UCB students, staff, faculty.


Mar 03, 2014 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

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

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