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REAXYS: registered users (only) must back-up before Aug 1, 2012

July 27th, 2012 by Deanna Johnson

Users of the REAXYS chemistry database who have ALSO registered for a REAXYS username and password (necessary to use the auto alerts, saved settings, etc.) should have received this notice from REAXYS (see also URL below). Registration within the REAXYS database is optional, not required, it allows use of certain customization features.

This applies to registered users of REAXYS only:
You will lose your alerts and hitsets IF you fail to back them up prior to August 1st, 2012.
The procedure to back-up and restore is given here:

Full Notice — Sent to Registered REAXYS Users:

EZID Summer 2012 Webinar

July 26th, 2012 by Mary Wood





EZID Webinar

Who should attend: researchers and librarians supporting researchers
Wed Aug 15, 2012
2:00 – 3:00pm
Speaker: Joan Starr
Location: Library Instruction Room LIR , 2nd floor, Shields Library

Do you manage or help others manage any kinds of digital objects, such as texts, data sets, terms, or images? Do you need an easy solution to citing and providing access to this kind of work?

EZID makes it simple for researchers and others to obtain and manage long-term identifiers (DOIs and ARKs) for their digital content. Citation information can also be associated with the identifiers, and this makes DOIs and ARKs powerful tools for tracking usage, getting credit for work, sharing data, and have it reused for more research.

In this free summer webinar, Joan Starr will cover:

why data citation and long-term identifiers are important to researchers;
how EZID can provide an easy-to-use, easy-to-implement identifier service for your institution;
an overview of EZID’s features;
and, how to get started

Joan Starr manages the EZID service for the California Digital Library (CDL), a service that makes it easy to create and manage unique, long-term identifiers. Joan is Chair of the Metadata Working Group at DataCite, an international organization working for easier access to and increased acceptance of research data in scholarly communications. She engages with a wide range of data management stakeholders, including researchers, libraries, data centers, archives and repositories. She is also Strategic and Project Planning Manager for the CDL.

More information about EZID

The National Library of Medicine has released a new app: a guide to NLM mobile resources

July 23rd, 2012 by Bruce Abbott

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new mobile app that is intended to serve as the authoritative guide to NLM mobile resources. This app will collect all current NLM apps and mobile sites for easier use.

The app is available from: on a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone, Blackberry, or Microsoft phone.

In the app, users can find NLM Mobile resources by:

The announcement from NLM is available from:

Databib: database of research data repositories

July 20th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Databib is a tool to help identify and locate online repositories of research data.
Users and bibliographers create and curate records that describe data repositories that users can search.

What repositories are appropriate for a researcher to submit his or her data to?
How do users find appropriate data repositories and discover datasets that meet their needs?
How can librarians help patrons locate and integrate data into their research or learning?

Databib attempts to address these needs for the research community, including:

data users
data producers
publishers and professional societies
research funding agencies

The purpose of Databib is to maximize the connections that can be made between researchers and data repositories in a bibliographic context.
It is available using a variety of machine interfaces (RSS, RDF/XML, OpenSearch, RDFa/Linked Data) for easy integration with other tools and environments without restriction (CC0).
The international advisory board represents global support for collaborating to develop such a global registry of research data repositories.

Databib was originally sponsored by a Sparks! Innovation National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services with additional support from the Purdue University Libraries.


Databib is a collaborative, annotated bibliography of primary research data repositories developed with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

UC Center for Laboratory Safety

July 17th, 2012 by Mary Wood

The UC Center for Laboratory Safety has been created to improve the practice of laboratory safety through the performance of scientific research and implementation of best safety practices in the laboratory. The Center will operate under the oversight of the UC Center for Laboratory Safety Advisory Board with technical support from the UCLA Office of Environment, Health and Safety and the UCLA School of Public Health – Department of Environmental Health Sciences.


.UC Center for Lab Safety, BioRAFT, and Nature Publisng Group Launch Survey to Study Laboratory Safety

The international Laboratory Safety Culture Survey will gather data on researchers’ safety practices and attitudes; information to provide guidance for future safety policies and procedures

The University of California Center for Laboratory SafetyBioRAFT, and Nature Publishing Group have joined forces to launch an international survey to identify issues impacting laboratory safety. The survey invites tens of thousands of researchers to anonymously answer questions about lab safety practices and attitudes. The results will provide information needed to design policies and lab safety programs that protect researchers from harm without unduly impacting their work, that reduce institutional risk, and that can be used to develop software solutions that ease compliance oversight and management.

Laboratory safety practices are coming under increased scrutiny following several accidents that have resulted in injuries or death. Many institutions implement or alter policies with the intent of improving laboratory safety, but without independent evidence and an understanding of existing culture, they cannot ensure that they are achieving the desired results. This survey is the first step to gather data required to study these issues more closely, and to better understand the reality of modern-day lab safety from the perspective of the researcher.


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Goodbye Meebo…Hello ZOHO!

July 10th, 2012 by Amy Studer

As of today, you may notice a new chat service for patrons on the Health Sciences Libraries’ homepage.

Zoho Chat permits patrons to chat in real time with the staff at the public services desk at Carlson Health Science Library.

To begin a conversation, just type in your name and hit enter.

Hours for chat reference are Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

Zoho Chat is replacing Meebo chat service, which was discontinued after Google purchased Meebo.

2011 JCR Available – Journal Citation Reports

July 3rd, 2012 by Mary Wood

Access to the UCD Libraries’ 2007 – 2011 JCR

Thomson Reuters releases the 2011 Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Journal Citation Reports Tutorial

Journal Citation Reports is published annually in two editions:
JCR Science Edition
contains data about more than 8,000 journals in science and technology.
JCR Social Sciences Edition
contains data about more than 2,600 journals in the social sciences.

The year that you select is the JCR year. All of the data that you see for journals and subject categories come from journal data published in that year.
For example, if you select JCR Science Edition 2011, and you search for a particular journal, you will see the 2011 data for that journal, including:

  • Number of articles published in the journal in 2011
  • Number of citations to that journal from articles published in 2011
  • Impact Factor calculated from 2011 data, and so on