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Recent additions to the library's collection of over 1,000 database subscriptions are listed below. View the full list of new databases for even more new compelling online content.

ACLS Humanities e-Book Collection compiles over four thousand scholarly books from the American Council of Learned Societies, all with full-text and full-image access. Its database provides titles in most humanities disciplines as well as area studies.

Eldis provides free access to relevant, contemporary and diverse research on international development issues. Agriculture, climate change, gender, global health and governance are just a few of the examined topics. The database includes thousands of summaries and links to full-text research and policy documents from thousands of publishers.

History Matters is a gateway to web resources as well as a repository of unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence. It includes more than 144 first-person narratives of average Americans in different time periods, especially the WWI period.

Dec 09, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

Are you finishing up a great research project this semester? Applications are now open for the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, which recognizes exemplary undergraduate student research. To be eligible, you must:

  • be a UC Berkeley undergraduate student in any academic discipline
  • have completed your research project for a credit course at UC Berkeley, and
  • be willing to have your research project up for public display.

The prize is $750 for lower division and $1,000 for upper-division papers. Six prizes are granted annually. Applications are open from December 5, 2014 until April 6, 2015. View past winners' work for some inspiration!

Dec 05, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Library Tips for Finals

Greetings overworked, overstressed and under-caffeinated students! The end of the semester is rapidly approaching which means several things: finals, final projects and final papers. Fortunately, the library is open 24/7 during RRR week, so you can rest assured that our resources, spaces and services will be available. Here a few tips to help you make the most of the libraries during finals.

1. Study Spaces
Use the Find a Study Space tool to find other library spaces that meet your study needs. Find areas where conversation is allowed, for example, or where electrical outlets are available. And for group study you can always reserve study rooms!

2. Librarian Assistance
There's no shame in asking for help! If you have no idea how to begin that research paper or what's considered a "credible" source you can stop by a library reference desk or call a librarian in Doe Library at 510-642-6657. You can also ask research questions via the online form or utilize the 24/7 chat.

3. Printing and scanning
Don't have a printer in your dorm? The libraries have scanners, printers and copiers available for your convenience. The library copy center is located in the Moffitt Library, just inside the entrance on the 3rd floor. Just make sure to have your Cal 1 Card loaded with money. You can check the prices for printing online. Printing wirelessly from your laptop or device is also possible with PrinterOn.

4. Specialized Libraries
As you may know, our university has 32 libraries, each of which caters to a different subject or field. The Doe Library, for example, houses works from the areas of arts and humanities, data and government information, international and area studies, and social sciences. If you're planning to write a paper about, say, Beethoven, then you would probably find the most relevant information from the Music Library.

5. Connecting from off-campus
If you don't feel like living at the library during the week before finals, you can always connect to library resources from home. If you're in the residential units connecting to RESCOMP or Airbears will guarantee you access to the library's online databases, but if you live off campus you can follow these simple instructions to get connected.

Happy studying!

Dec 04, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Pacific Rim and Monsters University at the Library

Stressed about finals? Up to your eyeballs in textbooks? Practically living at the library? Take a break from your studies and join friends at the Moffitt Library for a well-deserved rest. Fans of monsters, both the destructive and lovable animated kind, are invited to stop by for one of many showings of Pacific Rim on December 9th and Monsters University on December 10th.

Pacific Rim
When? Dec 9 at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm.
Where? Moffitt Library Media Resources Center, in Group Room B

Monster's University
When? Dec 10 at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm.
Where? Moffitt Library Media Resources Center, in Group Room B

UCB student ID is required.

Monster's University poster

Dec 04, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Siméon-Denis Poisson: Mathematics in the Service of Science

The Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans Hall) is hosting an exhibit on 19th century French mathematician and physicist Siméon-Denis Poisson through December 17, 2014. Poisson's equation, or the potential theory equation, is named for his famous correction of Laplace's second order partial differential equation for potential. The exhibit includes many of his major works, such as a series of memoirs on definite integrals and his discussion of the Fourier series. Poisson also wrote hundreds of essays, notes, reports and several books, many of which are available online via OskiCat. During his career as a "teacher-scholar," he taught as a professor at the Université de Paris and had the honor of being elected to the Académié des Sciences. To learn more about Poisson's life and work, take a look at the exhibit catalog or visit the exhibit yourself!

Portrait of Siméon-Denis Poisson by E. Marcellot, 1804.

Portrait of Siméon-Denis Poisson by E. Marcellot, 1804. Courtesy of Archives de l?École polytechnique.

Dec 01, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

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