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ACS Journals: Access Restored

April 27th, 2010 by Cory Craig

Previously reported access problems to the ACS Publications website appear to be resolved (as of Tuesday, 4/27, 11 am Pacific Time).

Some (many?) articles may still be accessible, however the ACS Publications Website indicates (as of 4/27/10, 8:30 am):

ACS Publications is experiencing a severe system disruption resulting in complete or partial loss of full-text access across our ACS Web Editions products including journals, e-books and archives for many of our customers worldwide. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers and our readers. We are working diligently to trace the root cause of the issue and to restore access.

Excessive price increase for Scientific American

April 15th, 2010 by Karen Andrews

Cancellation alert! SciAm online access will end May 2010.
Nature Publishing Group has recently taken over publication of Scientific American from its sister company at the Holtzbrinck group. With this change in management, the cost of UC’s online site license would be more than twice the fee currently charged for systemwide access. It is worth noting that this fee represents a ‘discounted’ offer: the list price quoted to the CDL is well over five times our current cost. The price of an institutional print subscription is also increasing more than seven-fold.

There is no plausible justification for raising online licensing fees for Scientific American to such exorbitant levels. As has been pointed out by others (see for example the Open Letter from the Oberlin Group libraries), pricing a general interest periodical such as Scientific American at such levels is unreasonable and unlikely to be considered a fiscally responsible investment by many libraries.

For this reason, the University of California Libraries have unanimously decided to cancel an online license to Scientific American upon expiration of the current subscription in May 2010.

Campus librarians will be happy to work with faculty and students to identify alternative high-quality sources of scientific news reporting and analysis.
Submitted by Karen Andrews
Contact: klandrews at ucdavis dot edu

IBM journals now available via IEEE

April 15th, 2010 by

Two IBM research journals are now available via the IEEE Xplore platform.

The IBM Journal of Research & Development (which absorbed the IBM Systems Journal) is online from volume 1 to the present at the IEEE site. And the IBM System Journal, which ceased publication in 2008, is online from volume 1 to 2008 at the IEEE site.

These journals are no longer freely available online, so be sure to go to IEEE Xplore (log in through the VPN first if you are off-campus) to get access!

Volcanism in Iceland

April 15th, 2010 by

Update: here are some lovely photos of the event.

The Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, also known as Eyjafjöll, is currently erupting in Iceland, producing a cloud of ash that is disrupting air traffic across Northern Europe. Eyjafjallajökull is one of around 130 volcanos in Iceland.

Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, March 2010, from Wikimedia Commons

Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, March 2010, from Wikimedia Commons

Want to find out more? The Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland has compiled information about the eruption, and the Global Volcanism Program has a timeline of the eruption.

The Geological Society of London has posted a story about the first time a pilot survived an encounter with flying through volcanic ash. And the BBC has a comprehensive story and pictures of the ash cloud.

To find research articles about Eyjafjallajökull, try searching GeoRef for “Eyjafjallajokull”, or for “Katla”, the nearby volcano in Iceland that has erupted several times. Use the orange UC eLinks button to find the full text of online articles or to find a call number for print journals.

General books about volcanos can be found in the Harvest catalog — search for subject “volcanism”.

Want to keep up with world news stories about the event? Try searching the Access World News database for Eyjafjallajökull. On a humorous note, the Twitter tag for the event is #ashtag.

Contact Carol LaRussa, Geology librarian, for help finding more references about volcanos.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

April 8th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Update for March 2010

The following new titles were published in March:

Wiley journals unavailable

April 6th, 2010 by

Update: these journals should now be working — please let us know if you have any more problems accessing this content.


Many journals published by Wiley with an imprint date of March 2010 or later are currently unavailable online, due to a contract problem with Wiley. The California Digital Library (CDL) and the UC Libraries are currently working to resolve this. In the meantime, if you need a specific Wiley article, please contact the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library librarians at (or come into the library) with the article citation and we will try to get the article for you. We hope to have access restored very soon!

IEEE Xplore workshop, April 7

April 2nd, 2010 by

Please join us for an upcoming workshop:

  • IEEE XPlore Training
  • April 7, 2010
  • 2:30pm-4:00pm
  • Kemper Hall 1065
  • refreshments provided

The IEEE Xplore database has a new interface, which launched on February 13. The UCD Libraries will be hosting a training class on the new IEEE Xplore on Wednesday, April 7th from 2:30pm to 4:00pm in Kemper 1065. The training will cover the new interface for students, faculty and other researchers who have an interest in IEEE Xplore and want to see the latest offering. This is a major re-design of the user interface and underlying technical architecture, so frequent as well as new users will want to attend. The session, taught by George Plosker of the IEEE, will cover changes in Xplore including:

  • New, easy-to-navigate design
  • New search engine and how it works including advanced search options
  • Improved search tools–refine and drill down into searches by multiple criteria
  • Improved browse options — browse by subject, most popular or what’s new
  • New personalization features–save searches, set-up alerts, and customize your preferences
  • Enhanced online support tools

IEEE Xplore includes the full-text of all IEEE journals and conference proceedings, as well as IEEE standards. It is an important resource for all computer and electrical engineers, and researchers and engineers in related disciplines. Access the UCD Library’s subscription to IEEE Xplore at: [off-campus users must use the VPN]

For questions or more information, please contact:

Phoebe Ayers
Librarian for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Physical Sciences and Engineering Library
(530) 752-9948

New ITS-Davis book

April 1st, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray


Climate and Transportation Solutions

Findings from the 2009 Asilomar Conference on Transportation and Energy Policy

Edited by Daniel Sperling and James S. Cannon

Available free of charge from ITS-Davis

Climate and Transportation Solutions is one of a series of books published to bring leading-edge information from the invitation-only Asilomar conferences to a broad audience, including researchers, policymakers, and students interested in the future of energy and transportation. To encourage wide distribution of the latest ideas on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and oil use, the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis) is making this book and its individual chapters available in PDF format at no charge.  A low-cost paperback version will also be available soon on

The 2009 Asilomar conference hosted by ITS-Davis investigated three broad strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions: reducing vehicle travel, improving vehicle efficiency, and reducing the carbon content of fuels. Questions about how to mold transportation policy to help achieve climate goals were discussed by two hundred leaders and experts from the automotive and energy industries, start-up technology companies, public interest groups, academia, national energy laboratories in the United States, and governments from around the world.

Climate and Transportation Solutions is available free of charge from ITS-Davis.

Click here to download the full book. Click here to download individual chapters.