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NCBI to assist UC Davis in June hackathon

April 19th, 2016 by Cory Craig

NCBI to assist UC Davis in June hackathon
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/news/04-19-2016-western-hackathon/

From June 13th to 15th, NCBI will assist the University of California Davis in hosting a biomedical data science hackathon in Davis, CA, focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data and metadata. This event is for students, postdocs, investigators and other researchers already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next-generation sequencing data or metadata.* Researchers and/or data scientists from the west coast of the United States are especially encouraged to apply, but the event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon, and able to travel to Davis.

arXiv user survey

April 8th, 2016 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Dear Colleagues,

As noted in our recent update, 2016 is the 25th anniversary of arXiv, an important milestone. We are engaged in a series of vision-setting activities and, as part of this process, we are implementing a user survey to help us improve arXiv and clarify future directions for the service in a way that best serves the user community:

Click here to start arXiv survey
We need your help in reaching out to the user community. Please share the link far and wide and encourage scientists, researchers, and students to complete the survey. If you or your institution is active on social media please post the link freely. The survey will close on April 27. The responses we gather will help us plan the future for arXiv and continue to provide a service that is based on actual user needs and experiences.

With appreciation,

Oya

Oya Y. Rieger, Ph.D.

Associate University Librarian

arXiv Program Director

Scholarly Resources & Preservation Services

Cornell University Library

Why IEEE Xplore is better than Google

February 3rd, 2016 by Cory Craig

Why IEEE Xplore is better than Google  (4 Minute video)

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The IEEE Xplore Digital Library covers electrical engineering, computer science and electronics and provides access to scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

If you need help with IEEE Xplore, contact the PSE Library Reference Desk, Mon-Fri 1-5pm

* by email: pse@ucdavis.edu

* phone: (530) 752‑0540

* or in-person

Not working in electrical engineering?  See the:  full list of Physical Sciences & Engineering databases or PSE Subject Guides to find the best database for your discipline.

ProQuest Databases Unavailable 1/16/16, 7pm-3am:

January 11th, 2016 by Cory Craig

Proquest databases and resources (see partial list below) will be unavailable for up to 8 hours starting
at 7pm on Saturday 1/16/16.  ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve
performance, security, and overall reliability.

Proquest Databases Related to Physical Sciences & Engineering include:
GeoRef
ProQuest eBooks
Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
Conference Papers Index
EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
Oceanic Abstracts
Toxline

For additional information see: http://links.proquest.mkt5049.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NTAzOTUyMDMS1&r=MzU0Njc3NDM1ODAS1&j=ODQwNjUyNjA3S0&mt=1&rt=0

SIAM to release modernized set of LaTeX2e Macro files for use with its journals

January 4th, 2016 by Cory Craig

From: Frank W. Kunkle <Kunkle@SIAM.ORG>:

On January 5, SIAM (Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics) will release a significantly modernized set of LaTeX2e Macro files for use with 11 of our journals. A corresponding upgrade to macros for our 4 exclusively online journals will follow.

The revised SIAM Standard Macro set includes such new features as cross-referencing commands with hyperlinking, integrated support for supplemental materials, the automatic generation of bookmarks corresponding to section headings, and the ability to generate PDF files directly with PDFLaTeX and PostScript via LaTeX and DVIPS.  A “review” mode with line numbers and colored links to assist referees and editors is now supported and its use encouraged.  Bibliography support has been updated for DOI, URL, EPRINT, and arXiv references.  The macro file package includes greatly improved and expanded guide and example files, along with an additional template file for supplementary materials.

This work has been completed in tandem with an initiative to support PDFLaTeX, allowing journal authors to submit figures in PDF, JPEG, PNG, and EPS format. Previously, SIAM asked authors to provide figures in EPS format alone.

A committee led by Tammy Kolda and consisting of Nick Gould, Doug Arnold, and Randy LeVeque worked with SIAM staff members James Haines and Kelly Thomas to make the upgrades possible.

For questions or more information, please email service@siam.org

Donate to arXiv

September 11th, 2015 by Cory Craig

arXiv.org, e-print repository to over 1 million papers in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics and hosted at Cornell University is in the middle of a drive to fund new initiatives and improvements.

The UC Davis library is a member institution to arXiv and both a heavy user of and contributor to the repository.

For the next few days you’ll be seeing a Donate to arXiv banner on the page.  If you need to know why you should support arXiv as an individual or would like to see more details  about arXiv and its impact, budget, sustainability plan, etc., please see the Donation FAQ.

The UC Davis Mathematics Department also hosts a front end to arXiv: http://front.math.ucdavis.edu/

ProQuest Databases Unavailable: 8/8/15 (7pm) – 8/9/15 (3am)

August 5th, 2015 by Cory Craig

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ProQuest databases will be unavailable from Saturday 8/8/15, 7pm through  Sunday 8/9/15, 3am.

ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability. The window is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time and will last for eight (8) hours. During this time access to ProQuest databases and the ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com) will not be available; users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Please contact ProQuest Technical Support (tsupport@proquest.com) if you have questions or need assistance.

 

Proquest Databases in Physical Sciences & Engineering Areas Include:

  • COS Conference Papers Index
  • EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • GeoRef
  • Toxline

Web of Science: Possible Intermittent Access 7/26/15, 6am-6pm

July 22nd, 2015 by Cory Craig

WOS

Due to scheduled maintenance to install a new update to the Web of Science database, access to this resource may
be intermittent during the maintenance window.  This update will be installed between 6:00am– 6:00pm PDT on
Sunday, July 26, 2015.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

 

 

Research Tools Presentation 6/11: Overleaf, Labguru, Dimensions, Altmetric

June 4th, 2015 by Cory Craig

UC Davis Office of Research and University Library welcome Digital Science, featuring products for collaborative writing and publishing, research management for life science labs, to help analyze and understand the research funding landscape and altmetrics. Please join us for a lunch-n-learn session on Thursday, June 11th from 12-1:15pm at the Peter J. Shields Library . For more information, go to: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/events/digitalscience.pdf

WHEN:   Thursday, June 11th from 12-1:15pm
WHERE:  Peter J. Shields Library, 2nd Floor Library Instruction Room

  • Overleaf is a collaborative science publication system that makes the whole process more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific process into one place, from idea to writing to review to publication
  • Labguru marries the electronic lab notebook with project and logistics management. It offers an easy means of tracking projects, protocols, biological collections & materials.
  • Dimensions for Universities is a funding data aggregator that provides a view on funding resources where the funding has been allocated. The system shows historical awarded grant data from over 70 funders back to 1965 and active grant data up to 2024 and allows institutions to identify emerging areas into which research funding is being channeled
  • Altmetric tracks article level outputs for your institution. The data in this tool can be used to show faculty, staff and students a richer picture of their online research impact & it allows users to track and measure online activity around academic research.

AccessEngineering trial through May 15, 2015

April 13th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Trial Database: AccessEngineering

Dates: Now through May 15, 2015

Contact: Bob Heyer-Gray

Description:

The UC Davis Libraries are pleased to offer trial access to McGraw-Hill’s AccessEngineering, a database that provides full-text access to engineering handbooks, instructional videos, downloadable calculators, interactive tables and graphs, student study guides, and global engineering news.

Access this trial database through May 15, 2015.

Feedback: Your feedback on the usefulness of this resource for teaching, learning, and research is much appreciated. Please e-mail the contact above with your thoughts on AccessEngineering.

Note: Access is through IP authentication for on campus access. For off campus access, please use the VPN.