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September New Books List @ PSE Library

October 1st, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Curious about the new books added by PSE this Fiscal Year? The New Books list will be updated monthly and posted to the blog near the end of each month. The most recent PSE New Books list dated 9/29/14 is now available.

Problems with Wireless Access to Library Resources?

September 25th, 2014 by Cory Craig

On 9/24/14, Campus IET changed the IP ranges for the campus wireless networks.  Unfortunately, the library was
not notified in a timely manner.  Because library resources are primarily IP-authenticated, individuals using the
wireless to access library resources are currently denied access.

 

Short-term solution:

This will give you an IP address that should provide access to licensed library resources.
If the VPN proves cumbersome see the tip below for Using Google or Google Scholar From the VPN.

 

Long-term solution:
The library and the California Digital Library have been doing everything possible to get wireless access to library resources restored as quickly as possible.  The process of notifying  all our vendors is well underway and once they have the updated IP ranges in place, the short term solution of using the VPN while on campus will no longer be necessary.  Our vendors need to implement the changes on their end, although we have indicated this is a high priority, we don’t control how long this might take on their end.

 

Using Google or Google Scholar from the VPN:
Use these steps to easily access Google or Google Scholar from the VPN.  Enter the appropriate URL (google.com or scholar.google.com) in the box on the upper right of the VPN Home page (see image below).  After entering the URL, click the BROWSE button to the right.

VPN-add-URL-with-google-scholar

Note this works for any URL (e.g., enter sciencemag.org for the journal “Science”).

For additional help with the VPN, see:  “How to Use The VPN” (2 minute video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7cIDzJ2NYk

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

September 23rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The following titles were published in August.

 

 

 

Please give us feedback about the arXiv

September 12th, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

The UC Davis library is conducting an informal survey about arXiv (http://arxiv.org) to collect your suggestions and comments about this resource. The UC Libraries are an institutional member of arXiv, so we provide  financial support for maintaining the site. Members have been asked to collect feedback from faculty who use arXiv to find out if the site is currently meeting researcher needs, and to get suggestions for improvements as arXiv is developed in future.

Please reply to Phoebe Ayers at psayers@ucdavis.edu by September 26, and feel free to send this to colleagues who would be interested in providing feedback. Responses will be anonymized, collated, and shared with the arXiv staff.

1) Do you use arXiv? As a reader, paper submitter, or both? Are there other archives or repositories that you prefer to use, and if so why?

2) What role does arXiv play in your research or scientific communication?

3) Are there features that you need (as a reader or submitter of papers) that arXiv is not providing? Are there features that would make arXiv more useful to researchers in your field?

4) Are paper classifications appropriate and useful? If not, how could they be improved?

5) arXiv tries to strike a balance between quality and openness: submissions are reviewed by expert moderators to verify that they are on-topic scientific contributions that follow accepted standards of scholarly communication. Submissions may be rejected or  reclassified based on moderator input. In your opinion, are arXiv standards and processes adequate and appropriate for ensuring quality?

6) What do you see as the up-and-coming needs of graduate students, and what would you suggest arXiv do to help meet these needs?

7) Anything else you wish to share about arXiv?

 

If you would like the librarians to follow up with you, or would like more information about arXiv or this survey, please give your name and email:
Thank you very much for your time!

Phoebe Ayers
UC Davis Librarian for Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Geology

Bob Heyer-Gray
UC Davis Librarian for Mathematics, Statistics,  Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, and Transportation Studies

August IEEE & MIT Press – eBook Alert

September 4th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

 

Volcanoes!

August 29th, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

Here is a good link to various resources, including webcam feeds, to follow the two volcanic eruptions that happened recently: Bárðarbunga in Iceland and Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea. An overview news story about both eruptions from NPR is here, and a story from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about Mt. Tavurur is here.

For Iceland, you can follow volcano news through the Icelandic national broadcasting agency in English here. For Tavurvur, there is an overview page and link to news here. You can also follow global volcano reports through this site from the Smithsonian and USGS. Here is a Q&A from National Geographic about Icelandic volcanoes.

Want to know more about volcanoes in general? See the Volcanoes page of the Geology LibGuide for reference books and databases.

August New Books List @ PSE Library

August 27th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Curious about the new books added by PSE this Fiscal Year? The New Books list will be updated monthly and posted to the blog near the end of each month. The most recent PSE New Books list dated 8/25/14 is now available.

Earthquake resources

August 25th, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

The USGS has a page with scientific information about the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit the Napa area this weekend. You may also want to use their “Did You Feel It?” service to report if you felt the earthquake; this helps build a “community intensity map” of impact.

If you want to know more about earthquakes in California in general, see the USGS California Earthquake page, and for library resources visit the Earthquakes section of the Geology Libguide to find databases for articles, reference works, and the contact information of the Geology librarian.

Professor John Rundle from Geology gave a TV interview on the history and the science of the quake, which you can see here.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

August 21st, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The following titles were published in June & July.

 

 

U.S. Department of Energy Launches PAGES

August 5th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

 

Image credit:  Sergey Sus.  License:  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.  From Flickr:  https://flic.kr/p/96iTMv

Image credit: Sergey Sus. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

https://flic.kr/p/96iTMv

 

On August 4, 2014, the US Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled its plan to increase access to the research that it funds, as required by the White House OSTP directive of February 22, 2013.

Now available is a beta version of the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES).  The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website provides links to the full plan, FAQs, as well as this short summary:

” In response to the OSTP directive, OSTI has developed and launched the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta – DOE PAGESBeta.  When fully operational, this new resource will offer free access to the best available full-text version of DOE-affiliated scholarly publications – either the peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript or the published article – after an administrative interval of 12 months. ”

According to Nature News Blog (August 4, 2014), the PAGES approach will make up to 30,000 papers per year “free to read”, but open access advocates are concerned that the approach may not provide for bulk downloading, re-distribution or creative re-use, such as text-mining.

More description of the PAGES approach from the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website:

” The portal that OSTI has prepared employs a hybrid model of centralized metadata and primarily decentralized full-text access to accepted manuscripts or articles hosted by DOE-funded national laboratories, universities, and other institutions or by individual publishers.  In this way, the gateway builds on DOE’s existing scientific and technical information infrastructure and also integrates publishers’ public access efforts.  For publisher-hosted content, OSTI has been collaborating with the publisher consortium CHORUS, or the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States.  OSTI is also engaging with other stakeholders’ initiatives to advance public access, such as the university and research library community’s Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). ”

For more information:

ScienceInsider Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)

Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS)