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“Walking Away From The American Chemical Society”

September 26th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

The word from SUNY Potsdam:

“SUNY Potsdam will not be subscribing to an American Chemical Society online journal package for 2013. We will instead be using a combination of the Royal Society of Chemistry content, ACS single title subscriptions, the ACS backfile, and ScienceDirect from Elsevier** to meet our chemical information needs. We’re doing this because the ACS pricing model is unsustainable for our institution and we were unable to find common ground with the sales team from the ACS. Instead, we explored other options and exercised them. You could do the same if you find yourself in a position similar to ours as ACS standardizes their pricing, and maybe together we can make enough choices to make our voices heard in meaningful ways.”

Follow the coverage at the Chronicle of Higher Ed.

Historians Question Sustainability of Open Access in the Humanities

September 24th, 2012 by David Michalski

_Inside Higher Education_ article questions whether the Humanities will prosper within Open Access publishing models developed in the sciences.

Not So Fast on ‘Open Access’
September 24, 2012
By Scott Jaschik

Index to Reports Published in the Appendices to the Journals of the California Legislature 1905-1970.

September 21st, 2012 by Michael Winter

This recent open access eScholarship publication by UCD librarian Juri Stratford indexes a previously inaccessible collection of California Legislature reports, from 1905 to 1970.   This publicly accessible index can be found at

Constitution Day – September 17

September 14th, 2012 by

The Constitution is 225 years old on September 17, 2012.  Constitution Day celebrates the day in 1787 when delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution.  In recognition of Constitution Day we have an online exhibit and guide to  resources about the Constitution.  See the libguide, Constitution Day.

Read University of California President Yudof’s  Constitution Day message

Coming this Fall…Library Research Services

September 12th, 2012 by David Michalski

Humanities and Social Sciences Consultation Desk
2nd Floor Peter J. Shields Library, Open 11 am-6 pm Monday -Friday
Librarians trained in the social sciences, arts, humanities, and government information are available for reference questions and research assistance, including help with class assignments, term papers and advanced projects. Just drop by.

Subject Specialist Appointments and Librarian Office Hours
Our Librarians are available to meet to help with course assignments and larger research projects. We can help with term papers, literature reviews, dissertation research, primary source location and more. Schedule an appointment with your Subject Specialist Librarian:

Online Subject Guides
We maintain comprehensive online research guides to various disciplines, linking to online databases, reference sources and other research aids. Visit the Subject Guides on the University Library site to find yours:

Electronic and Remote Reference Services
The Humanities and Social Sciences Librarians are available by email, and many participate in Library Chat Reference and social networking and other initiatives, visit “Ask for Help” for more information.

Government Information and Data Services
Our librarians can also assist you with locating and identifying government-produced numeric and geographic data held by the library and cooperating institutions. We can provide assistance with available applications to help you identify and obtain data in support of research.

New Acquisitions and Book Requests
The Library works hard to provide the latest information to support the University’s research and instruction. We are interested in hearing about advances and new directions in your fields of study. If you would like the Library to purchase an item important for your research and instruction let us know.

Library Research Classes, Orientations, and Tours
In addition to regular classes scheduled with the library instruction program (see: we offer classes by request. Contact us to request a library research session designed for your course, held in our lab or in your classroom.

Fall Research Workshops: Social and Cultural Studies

September 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Library Research Workshop

w/ David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (

1st Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

2nd Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

This workshop invites graduate students, faculty and other researchers to see and practice with the latest research tools available. Learn effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate and evaluate the wide variety of information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

The latest in database searching (including the Proquest transisiton databases),
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
Locating primary source material,
and the use of interdisciplinary and specialized reference works.

Participants are encouraged to bring along research projects as well as any questions they have about the University Library.
Let us learn how we can serve you better.

David Michalski is a UC Davis Librarian subject specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department responsible to these departments and programs: Sociology, Psychology, Human, Community and Regional Development, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, African and African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Cultural Studies.

For more info see: