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San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

ScienceInsider has an interesting article about the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) posted online today. The declaration recommends that institutions and agencies "not use journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist's contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions." The declaration also has specific recommendations for funding agencies, institutions, publishers, organizations that supply metrics, and researchers.

Here is the ScienceInsider article: In 'Insurrection,' Scientists, Editors Call for Abandoning Journal Impact Factors.

May 16, 2013 | Categories: Scholarly Communication | bquigley

SIAM ebooks

SIAM ebooks interface

SIAM ebooks are a great resource available to the UC Berkeley community. We have access to over 400 titles published from 1971-2013. They cover many areas of applied mathematics and computational science. New ebooks will be cataloged in OskiCat as they are published.

May 14, 2013 | Categories: Featured Resource | bquigley

Zoology Online trial

Zoology Online

Zoology Online is De Gruyter's online version of the Handbook of Zoology / Handbuch der Zoologie, a standard reference on animal systematics, morphology, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Material is updated regularly, and new entries continue to be added.

We'd appreciate hearing what you think about the interface, content, organization, and ease of use of this resource. We have arranged for trial access to Zoology Online until the end of May. Please send all feedback, comments and questions to

May 08, 2013 | Categories: New Resources | esmith

24 hour study space for RRR and Finals weeks

The Moffitt Library and Gardner (Main) Stacks will remain open continuously for a 24-hour study hall beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 6 and ending at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17. The Moffitt Microcomputer Lab and the Free Speech Movement Café will also be open round the clock for that period.

The science and engineering libraries will maintain their normal hours during finals. For current schedules of all campus libraries, see our Library Hours.

May 07, 2013 | Categories: News & Events | bquigley

Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts

The Library has decided to license Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA) for a one-year pilot. MGA is a database produced by the American Meteorological Society that includes citations and abstracts for journal articles, conference papers, books, and technical reports on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, glaciology, and more. Coverage is from 1974 to the present and about 850 new records are added every month.

Use the proxy server or VPN to access MGA off-campus. Use UC-eLinks to get full text of articles.

We are interested in your feedback, so give it a try and let your subject librarian know what you think.

Apr 26, 2013 | Categories: New Resources | bquigley

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