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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:

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.

Nature News: Online lab notebooks

March 27th, 2014 by Cory Craig

Nature News:

A discussion of online lab notebooks featuring three of our UC colleagues (Carl Boettiger, UCSC, Carly Strasser, CDL, Karthik Rahm, UCB):

Jump off the page: 
Researchers are learning to embrace online lab notebooks, but not without growing pains
Nature 507, 523-525 (2014) doi:10.1038/nj7493-523a



New Geospatial Consulting Service for UCD Campus

March 28th, 2013 by Cory Craig

Geospatial Consulting @ UC Davis is available to help the researchers of UC Davis with geospatial questions and projects. Like the services provided by the Stats Lab for addressing statistical questions, Geospatial Consulting offers campus researchers and programs a way to work with experienced geospatial analysts to complete GIS, GPS, mapping, or spatial modeling projects, small or large.

The major goals of the service include providing members of the campus community with expertise and rapid turnaround on geospatial analyses and visualizations that require special expertise but do not warrant a regular research agreement or grant, and enabling graduate students and young geospatial professionals opportunities and funding in diverse and challenging applications.

Prospective clients should visit Geospatial Consulting’s website to read about the services offered and to submit a project request form. Once a client submits a request, an analyst will consult with the client, and develop an estimate for the scope and cost of the work. After the initial consultation, costs are based on the number of hours required to complete a project plus any expenses accrued in acquiring data or printing maps.

Geospatial Consulting @ UC Davis is administered through the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, overseen by Professor James Quinn at the Information Center for the Environment, and the day-to-day activities are administered by Michele Tobias, a postdoctoral scholar. The service anticipates hiring graduate students as consultants as the number of requests for project assistance grows.

Researchers seeking help with geospatial projects should contact the service through its website:

Altmetrics Webinar: Telling a fuller story of research impact with altmetrics and ImpactStory

February 8th, 2013 by Cory Craig

A webinar presented by the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information

    Date: February 20, 2013
    Time: 8 am Pacific Time (11 am Eastern time)

In growing numbers, the workflows of scholars are moving online. As that happens, important parts of the scientific process, once hidden, are being exposed. Conversations, arguments, recommendations, reads, bookmarks–the stuff of day-to-day science–is leaving traces in places like Mendeley, Twitter, blogs, Faculty of 1000, and many others.

Mining these traces can give us faster, more diverse, and more accurate data of scholarly impact. These alternative metrics or “altmetrics” could predict later citations, reveal impacts on diverse audiences like practitioners and clinicians, uncover impacts of diverse products like datasets, blog posts, and software, and reward researchers making subtle but vital contributions that the citation record ignores.

After reviewing the growing research around altmetrics, we’ll discuss how these data sources can be of practical use for researchers and publishers today, focusing on ImpactStory, open-source web tool that gathers and contextualizes altmetrics.

Connection Details: select “Guest” and enter your name.
The session will be open by 7:45 am (10:45 am Eastern time). Please try the link at any time, though, to ensure your browser compatibility.

For more info see:

New Springer eBook RSS feeds

December 9th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Interested in knowing what the latest Springer book titles we have available online?  The RSS feeds below allow you to see the new titles before they are cataloged in Harvest or Melvyl.  Just simply place the feeds in the RSS reader of your choice.

Computer Science:

Professional and Applied Computing:

Mathematics and Statistics:

Chemistry and Materials Science:


Earth and Environmental Science:

Physics and Astronomy:

IEEE goes Mobile

June 17th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

IEEE Xplore Mobile, which gives users the ability to conveniently perform searches of over two million technical documents with any mobile device connected to the Internet, has officially come out of beta this week.

IEEE Xplore Mobile is still a completely free service.
Try it Today:

New features include:

  • Refine basic searches by using the “search within results” feature or
    by using subject filters found at the bottom of the results page.
  • A predictive type-ahead feature, that suggests searches as you type,
    is available for mobile devices that are JavaScript-enabled.
  • All results you would find on the classic IEEE Xplore for abstracts
    and citations are displayed ten at a time by relevancy.
  • Some users at subscribing institutions will be able to access full-text
    PDF documents using a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device. Sign in to the
    Wi-Fi at any institution with an active IP authenticated subscription
    and receive full-text access, based on the subscription terms.

Read the Full Press Release

Endnote For Engineering MSOs and Staff

June 23rd, 2009 by Cory Craig

Endnote is bibliographic management software that allows you to store, manage, and format citations.

Endnote is available free to current UC Davis students, faculty and staff.  To download the program, logon to MyUCDavis (click on Resources >>  Software >> Endnote).

For workshops, guides, and tutorials, see:   Endnote @ UC Davis

See here for course materials for the Endnote for MSO’s and Staff class.  

Does your spell-checker know chemistry?

April 30th, 2009 by Cory Craig

A free Chemistry Dictionary for word processors is available at:
Installation instructions come with the downloadable file. The dictionary was developed by UNC-CH graduate student Adam Azman, with assistance from The dictionary contains over 100,000 chemical names and chemical terms.

*From: Open Access Chemical Dictionary Available – C&EN Digital Briefs, 2/2/2009