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new interface for CRCnetBASE

February 19th, 2010 by

This week, the interface for CRCnetBASE changed. CRCnetBASE contains the full-text of books published by CRC press in areas as varied as Biomedical Science, Chemical Engineering, Nanoscience & Technology, and Statistics. A full list of the topics covered can be found on the site.

You can now search only in one subject (or in a combination of subject collections) by going to advanced search and checking off the subject collections to search in. Choose “Search Full Access Content Only” to only get items that UCD has available online. (Note: not all the subject collections listed are licensed by UC Davis libraries. When looking at the chapter display of a book, chapters in licensed titles have green checks to the left and chapters in non-licensed titles have locks).

The new interface changed the online location of most of the books, so many of the links to online CRC books from the Harvest catalog and subject guides are now broken. We are working to get this resolved quickly. In the meantime, if you are looking for a CRC book and can’t find it, try searching the CRC site or feel free to ask us.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

February 16th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Update for January 2010

The following new titles were published in January:

Scopus database trial available

February 8th, 2010 by Karen Andrews

Available for trial until: Dec 31, 2010
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New interface for IEEE Xplore

February 5th, 2010 by

A newly redesigned interface for IEEE Xplore is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, February 13. The IEEE Xplore digital library includes the full text of IEEE journals, conference proceedings, and standards. (Note: we don’t have access to the books or educational courses in our subscription).

You can see a preview of the new interface by going to:

Major new features include:

  • “type-ahead” technology — a list of search suggestions is made when you type in keywords in the search box (try typing “network” for an example of this).
  • the same feature is present for journal title and conference title searching (from the browse pages). You can also now browse journals and conferences by subject.
  • when you go to a page for an individual conference, the table of contents for the conference is clearly displayed (instead of hidden behind a link as in the old Xplore). Conference title histories are also now linked.
  • search results can now be easily refined by subject, year, author, affiliation, publication title, type of publication
  • You can now create your own account to save searches and set up alerts.

Anyone who has set up table of contents alerting in the old Xplore will need to create a new personal account and re-do their alerts; the old alerts will expire when the new interface arrives.

There is further information about the new interface here, including a video and tip sheets.

Training will be offered for the new interface in Spring quarter. If you have any questions about using the new interface, using IEEE Xplore, or other resources for electrical engineering, please contact Phoebe Ayers, PSE Library,

“Mass Digitization at the UC” with Heather Christenson

February 5th, 2010 by

Please join us for:

“Mass Digitization at the UC”
A talk by Heather Christenson of the California Digital Library

“Mass Digitization” refers to the large-scale scanning and digitization of millions of books.  According to the California Digital Library, “the goal of mass digitization is to digitize the books in the world’s libraries on a grand scale – ideally, every book ever printed.”

Large parts of the University of California’s library collections have been scanned in mass digitization projects done in partnership with Google Books, Microsoft, and the Open Content Alliance, and more collections are in the works.

  • How do you find these online books? Which books are freely available?
  • How do the UC libraries work with these commercial projects?
  • What steps are being taken to preserve this massive digital output and make it more accessible?
  • How do developments like the Google Books settlement affect access to these collections?
  • And what’s coming next?

Please join us for a talk by Heather Christenson about these topics and more. The talk will be followed by a Q&A period. Light refreshments will be provided.

an Internet Archive book scanner

an Internet Archive book scanner

Heather Christenson is the Mass Digitization Project Manager at the California Digital Library (CDL) and the Project Manager for the University of California’s HathiTrust collaborative work. She is responsible for coordinating operations and planning across the UC Libraries’ mass digitization projects, and plays an integral role in planning for services surrounding mass digitized content.

For more about the CDL’s mass digitization program, see

Program provided by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Davis (LAUC-D)

For questions, please contact:

Phoebe Ayers, PSE Library or 752-9948