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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

ProQuest, CSA & RefWorks downtime on February 21-22

ProQuest and CSA databases may be unavailable due to platform maintenance this weekend for approximately 12 hours starting at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21. The following products may be affected:

Feb 20, 2009 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | bquigley

Diamonds in the sky: astronomy science fiction

Astronomy professor and science fiction author, Mike Brotherton, had a brilliant idea. A lot of people get their ideas about science from fiction, but the problem is that much of the science in fiction is really bad. He decided to put together an online anthology to use in conjunction with teaching astronomy. The National Science Foundation thought it was a good idea and funded his project, Diamonds in the Sky as a collection of astronomy-based science fiction stories.

He said, "The purpose of the anthology is to provide stories with ample and accurate astronomy spanning a range of topics covered in introductory courses. Instructors in high school and college may find these stories useful, as some students learn concepts more easily through story than from lecture. Fans of science fiction with good science should also enjoy these stories."

These free stories come from Hugo, Nebula and Campbell-award winning authors.

(From the Boing Boing blog)

Feb 18, 2009 | Categories: News & Events | skoskinen

TOXNET and beyond: everything you want to know is here

Our lives are filled with chemical exposures. How do we discover more about these chemicals for ourselves and our organization? The National Library of Medicine's Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal provides access to numerous databases that can help you explore environmental chemicals and risks. NLM just produced a new guide, TOXNET and beyond: Using NLM's Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal (pdf). This guide conveys the fundamentals of searching the NLM's TOXNET system of databases in chemistry, toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. In addition to TOXNET, it highlights various resources available through the Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal.

Resources covered include:

  • ChemIDplus
  • Hazardous Substances Data Bank
  • Toxicology Literature Online (TOXLINE)
  • Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System
  • Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Database
  • Genetic Toxicology Data Bank
  • Integrated Risk Information System
  • International Toxicity Estimates for Risk
  • LactMed
  • Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and TOXMAP
  • Haz-Map
  • Household Products Database

and more! And, all these resources are free!

Feb 13, 2009 | Categories: New Resources, Tips & Updates | msholinb

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