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Need chemical hazards info? ChemKnowledge® databases provide!

UC Berkeley licenses the ChemKnowledge System from Thomson Micromedex, a suite of databases and resources that together, provide a huge amount of information on chemical hazards. logoAnyone working in toxicology, hazardous waste, or occupational health should check this out.

Databases included in our subscription are:

  • HAZARDTEXT, which provides information needed for the initial response to incidents such as spills, leaks, fires, or explosions involving hazardous materials
  • INFOTEXT Documents offer general health and safety data on nonchemical-specific topics such as ergonomics and human health risk assessments
  • HSDB (Hazardous Substance Data Bank) addresses the impact of thousands of hazardous chemical substances on health and the environment. Specific data on health effects, environmental fate, animal studies, chemical handling and manufacturer is presented
  • RTECS (Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances) offers toxicity data on more than 135,000 substances, including specifics on mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive hazards, and acute and chronic toxicity of hazardous substances
  • REPRORISK® System, the single most comprehensive compilation of reproductive risks information databases available, helps evaluate reproductive risks of drugs, chemicals and physical & environmental agents on females, males and unborn children
  • Dolphin MSDS Collection, a vendor-rich collection of Material Safety Data Sheets for thousands of workplace chemicals. More the 330,000 MSDS from over 19,050 vendors is presented, with 5,000 new and revised MSDS added each month

and more!

Search help is available online. Databases may be searched individually, or in any combination.

Apr 27, 2009 | Categories: Tips & Updates | msholinb

UCSC Genome Browser workshop on May 6

Date: Wed, May 6, 2009.
Time: 1 p.m.?4:30 p.m.
Location: Bioscience & Natural Resources Library (2101 VLSB)
Trainers: Dr. Trey Lathe and Dr. Mary Mangan, OpenHelix, LLC

This is a hands-on computer workshop on the UCSC Genome Browser presented by OpenHelix, LLC. OpenHelix provides online tutorials and on-site training on comprehensive genomic programs.

The UCSC Genome Browser is an indispensable tool for biology and medical researchers seeking genomic information. Explore the official reference human genome sequence and learn to find genes and variations in disease, as well as other target genes important to your research in human and other species.

The introductory tutorial will cover the topics needed to effectively use this powerful, free, publicly-accessible tool, including:

  • Basic functionality of Genome Browser searching
  • BLAT use
  • Effective use of the Table Browser
  • Getting started with Custom Tracks

The workshop is approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. There will be a 10-15 minute break as well as time for Q&A. The training room accommodates up to 30 people. The seminar room has 12 computers, but you are also welcome to bring your own laptop.

Apr 23, 2009 | Categories: Workshops | bquigley

Getting ready for OskiCat

Coming in Summer 2009: OskiCat, the new UC Berkeley library catalog, will replace Pathfinder and GLADIS, offering more contents and convenient new features.

What should you do to prepare?

  • Return library materials you no longer need.
  • Check your inventory on GLADIS and renew any items you still need.
  • Update your email address at any library circulation desk.

Check the OskiCat announcement for more information.

Apr 23, 2009 | Categories: News & Events | bquigley

INSPEC now available on ISI Web of Knowledge

INSPEC, the premier database for physics, computer science, information technology, and electrical engineering is moving from Ovid to ISI Web of Knowledge. Beginning today, we have access to INSPEC through both platforms.

You can search all dates covered by INSPEC back to 1898. Special features include the ability to limit to review articles or other treatment types; refine your search results by author, classification, language, and more; link to related records, references, and "cited by" information from Web of Science; and much more. The new platform also allows powerful range searching for various numerical data (such as frequency, temperature, and voltage).

Karen Berryman, from IET (the publisher of INSPEC), will present this new platform and its special features in the Physics-Astronomy Library (351 LeConte) on Thursday, April 23, 2009, 2:30-3:30pm.

CDL has created an interim screen with links to both platforms, which will run parallel through June 30.

Apr 20, 2009 | Categories: New Resources, Workshops | skoskinen

Mobile physics: arXiv on the iPhone

arXiview is a new iPhone app written by Dave Bacon, Physics Professor at the University of Washington. As posted on the arXiview website, you can:

  • browse arXiv categories
  • search arXiv by author, title, full text, without category restrictions.
  • save preprints to your iPhone
  • email articles to yourself or your colleagues
  • read PDFs in landscape and portrait mode
  • arrange your own category preferences.

The new app is also mentioned on Dave Bacon's The Quantum Pontiff blog and the PhysicsWorld.com Blog. Visit the iPhone Apps website for other arXiv apps.

This post is adapted from a post that originally appeared in Open Access News.

Apr 20, 2009 | Categories: News & Events | skoskinen

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