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Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research rewards excellence in undergraduate research projects that use library resources and demonstrate sophisticated library research skills on the part of undergraduate researchers.  Deadline for application is April 13, 2009, so now's the time to start planning your submission. Questions? Visit the Library Prize website.

An exhibit on the 2nd floor of Doe Library  features My Chau's winning research project, "The Power of Patterns: Double Ikat for Textile Exhange in India and Indonesia." For more information, see 2008 Prize Winners.


Mar 09, 2009 | Categories: News & Events | mmahoney

Elsevier ScienceDirect downtime on March 7

ScienceDirect, the platform for Elsevier's electronic journals and books, will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Saturday, March 7 for approximately 12.5 hours starting at 5:00 a.m.

Mar 06, 2009 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | bquigley

Workshops on e-Reserves in bSpace

Are you interested in integrating online readings and library resources into your bSpace course sites? If so, this new workshop from Educational Technology Services (ETS) and the Library can help:

e-Reserves and Research Tools for Course Sites

This session will cover:

  • Uploading documents and assembling online course readings
  • Creating quick citation lists of electronic articles
  • Integrating library help and research links to support assignments


  • March 5 - 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • March 9 - 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • April 1 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • April 21 - 10:00-11:30 a.m.

The location for all sessions is the ETS Faculty Lab, 4 Dwinelle Hall, Level C.

These sessions are open to all UC Berkeley faculty, GSIs, and staff. Due to limited seating, registration is required.

Mar 04, 2009 | Categories: Workshops | bquigley

20,000+ Springer ebooks now available

The UC Libraries have purchased most of the Springer ebooks published from 2005 to 2009. This purchase builds on our existing access to Springer book series - such as Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Topics in Current Chemistry, and Landolt-Bornstein - to greatly expand our ebook collections.

Each book chapter is available as a PDF file without digital rights management (DRM). These files can be downloaded, printed, and even transferred to a PDA or Kindle. Eventually, these ebooks will be linked from our catalogs and UC-eLinks. In the meantime, you can search or browse them directly at SpringerLink.

Books are available in the following subject collections:

Note: A few Springer ebooks are excluded from this purchase because they have been jointly published with another publisher.

This purchase will help the libraries to study the viability of ebooks, including such factors as preferences, behaviors, and usage. We will be soliciting feedback from our users regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the electronic format for their specific disciplines. If you have questions or feedback, please contact your librarian.

Feb 24, 2009 | Categories: New Resources | bquigley

AgEcon Search: a rich resource for agricultural & environmental economics

Looking for cutting edge research on topics such as the economics of energy, biofuels, or the economic effects of climate change? Try AgEcon Search - a free, open access repository of full-text scholarly literature, including difficult to find working papers, conference proceedings, and journals. It covers a wide range of topics in applied economics, including agricultural, development, energy, environmental, and resource economics. Over 170 groups from 20+ countries contribute their work. As of early 2009, 27 journals are included.

The journals that are included in AgEcon Search are mostly small press journals with limited circulation, and for many it is the only electronic access that is available. Some have volumes back to the 1940s, and a number obtained small grants for the digitization of older materials.

AgEcon Search began in 1994 as a local solution for the applied and agricultural economics working papers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin. It is housed at the University of Minnesota, and co-sponsored by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Ag Econ Search won the 2007 Oberly Award from ACRL for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences.

Feb 23, 2009 | Categories: Tips & Updates | bquigley

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