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ProQuest and RefWorks downtime February 15

ProQuest will be unavailable from 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 until 3 a.m. on Sunday, February 16 due to scheduled maintenance. RefWorks will also be unavailable at times.

This outage will affect a number of our databases including the following:

  • Agricola
  • Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
  • Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • GeoRef
  • Historical Newspapers
  • PAIS International
  • PsycInfo
  • Sociological Abstracts
Feb 15, 2014 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | bquigley

Web of Knowledge interface changes

Web of Science

Web of Knowledge databases including Web of Science, BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts and Global Health, Data Citation Index, Inspec, and Zoological Record deployed a new user interface beginning January 12, 2014. Among the changes:

  • The default search page now features a single search box for the Topic field; as before, the field can be changed and search boxes for additional fields can be added
  • Web of Science cited reference searches must now be selected from a drop-down menu above the search box
  • The UC-eLinks icon to access full text is now found under a button labelled "Full Text" on the search results and article record pages
  • Search details are visible after clicking on a link labelled "More" under the "You searched for" heading on the search results page
  • An "Add to Marked List" button replaces the former icon on the search results page
  • A "Create Citation Alert" link and icon replace the former button on article pages

Video tutorials on specific features of the new interface can be viewed here: http://wokinfo.com/training_support/training/web-of-science/

Live online trainings occur monthly. This month they begin Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 11 am PST. The trainings are free, but advance registration is required: http://wokinfo.com/training_support/training/

Quick Reference Cards and factsheets for many Web of Knowledge resources can be downloaded here: http://wokinfo.com/training_support/guidesfactsheets/

You can always contact a UC Berkeley librarian with your questions: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Help/research_help.html

Feb 10, 2014 | Categories: News & Events, Tips & Updates, Workshops | esmith

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 07, 2014 | Categories: New Resources, Workshops | msholinb

Updated: ACS temporary access problems resolved

We are currently experiencing problems with our access to American Chemical Society online journals and publications. You may not be able to access articles to which we subscribe for the time being. The problem has been reported, and we will update this post when it is resolved.

Update: The access problems have been resolved. You may need to clear your cache and/or reload pages for your access to be recognized.

Jan 14, 2014 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | bquigley

Volunteer for usability testing

The UC Berkeley Library is launching a new website and wants your thoughts!

We are looking for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and lecturers to sit down with us for 30 minutes of user testing at Doe Library. Volunteers get a $15 gift card to FSM Cafe in return for their time. If you are interested and are available between January 21 - January 31, please contact Lisa Ngo at lngo[at]berkeley.edu.

Jan 09, 2014 | Categories: New Resources | lngo

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