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California Education Data

October 29th, 2009 by


DataQuest,  an interactive database from the California Department of Education, helps you find facts about California schools and districts.  Reports can be generated for schools, districts, or counties for Academic performance Index (API), Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP),  Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM), Course Enrollments and other measures.  Also includes a California School Directory.

Romance of Research

October 8th, 2009 by David Michalski

The Davis Humanities Institute has begun a new blog called Point of View or POV

The space is designed for faculty and graduate students in the humanities to have an open forum to discuss issues related to research to their fields.

The first post on October 6, 2009 is by Claire Waters, associate professor of English. It’s titled “The Romance of Pure Research”. Professor Waters charts a compelling case for exploratory Humanities research, it is a cause the UC Davis library and librarians are happy to support.

Open Humanities Press: new journals aim to solve publishing crisis

October 4th, 2009 by David Michalski

Like the UC Libraries eScholarship program, which facilitates the creation of peer reviewed open access journals, (See the UC Peer Reviewed Series in eScholarship) the Open Humanities Press seeks to provide a solution to the current crisis in academic publishing.

The Open Humanities Press has organized an impressive editorial board and is publishing an important set of scholarly journals. These include:

Visit the Open Humanities Press site to learn more about the open access movement and why it is important to faculty, students, libraries, and the future of academic publishing and the peer-reviewed system.

The Open Humanities Press has also launched a new series in critical theory published in conjunction with the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office.

And… the University of Michigan’s Scholarly Publishing Office is hosting another set of peer-reviewed open access journals, including…

Journal of Anthropological Research

The Medieval Review

Michigan Feminist Studies


Philosopher’s Imprint


Post Identity

Proceedings of the Western Society for French History

To learn more about how you can benefit from these initiatives please plan to attend UC Davis’ eScholarship presentation:

Taking Back Your Scholarship
Cathrine Mitchell, Director, CDL Publishing Group
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Shields Library, Second Floor Instruction Room

More info can also be obtained by contacting me, David Michalski, Social, Behavioral and Cultural Studies Librarian, UC Davis.

Open Access Week event

October 2nd, 2009 by David Michalski

“Take Control of Your Publications with eScholarship”
An Open Access Week Presentation

Catherine Mitchell
Director, CDL Publishing Group
University of California

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Shields Library, Second Floor Instruction Room

Keep your copyright
Reach more reader
Publish when you want t
Protect your work’s future
…all with no fees
eScholarship offers a robust open access* publishing platform that enables departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship, including:

  • Peer Reviewed Journals
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Books
  • Working Papers
  • Postprints
  • Seminar/Paper Series

Initiated in 2002, eScholarship now houses over 30,000 publications with more than 9 million full-text downloads to date. The rate of usage of these materials has grown dramatically in the past 7 years, now often exceeding 170,000 downloads per month.

Come learn how you can get started publishing with eScholarship today!

“Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions…OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.”

24/7 Reference Now Available

October 2nd, 2009 by David Michalski

University Library News
24/7 Reference Now Available

The University of California, Davis General Library is offering a new online chat service called Ask A UC Librarian, available from the General Library’s Ask For Help tab.

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Ask A UC Librarian button is available round-the-clock! Real-time, chat reference service is provided by reference staff from various academic libraries. UC Davis subject specialist librarians will follow up with additional information if needed.

For more information about the online chat service, contact Amy Kautzman, Associate University Librarian for Humanities and Social Sciences (