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How to Find UC Cooperative Extension Archival Materials Online


August 28, 2018


This month’s blog post is the first video in our series on how to use and search UC Cooperative Extension Archival materials online.  Our first video focuses on defining and locating our Collection Guides on the Online Archive of California, OAC. Next month’s video will be using Collection Guides on OAC.

 

 

Flipster Digital Magazines
Author: Breanna Wright


August 28, 2018


The Library has partnered with ASUCM to provide the UC Merced campus community with digital magazine subscriptions through Flipster. You can read your favorite magazines from anywhere and on any device.

Before you get started, make sure you are connected to the UC Merced campus wifi or VPN.

On-campus

Visit Flipster using your web browser or download the Flipster app on any of your devices; the app is available on the Apple Store and Google Play Store. You can also check out an iPad mini configured with the Flipster app from the 2nd floor Library Services Desk.

Off-campus

To read magazines when off-campus, you’ll need to download the...

UC Cooperative Extension Archive: Past, Present, and Future
Author: Lisa Vallen


August 2, 2018


Things are heating up at the UC Cooperative Extension Archive! July marks the start of our $308,900 three year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for “A Century of Impact: Documenting the Work of the Cooperative Extension in California's Counties.” Over the next three years, we will appraise, process, and digitize historical material from 20 county offices, with the goals of:

Digitizing approximately 180,000 pages and 2,000 photographs from California Cooperative Extension reports. Arranging and describing at least 100 linear feet of material from 20 county extension offices. (One banker box is the equivalent of a linear foot). Creating a scalable demonstration project using the records to engage Merced County 4-H students in tagging and curating digital records. Testing the use of natural language processing (NLP) tools to perform automated named entity recognition for use in creating controlled access vocabularies. Developing a searchable...

Zero-Cost (OER) Course Materials Grant


July 31, 2018


What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or are released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER can include textbooks, supplemental materials, teaching materials, test and question banks, and more!

Why use OER?

Using OER allows students to have materials before the first day of class and to have access to materials 24/7 from any internet connection. The use of OER removes financial obstacles to course materials and allows instructors to customize materials to match their teaching style and learning needs of their students. 

How can I start using OER?

The UC Merced Library and the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) are collaborating to offer the Zero-Cost Course Materials Grant to support the adoption of OER and use of UC Merced Library licensed electronic resources to reduce textbook and learning materials costs...

ProQuest Platform Interface Enhancements
Author: Sarah Sheets


July 26, 2018


As of July 26th, ProQuest will roll out redesigned basic search and search results pages. These improvements will put a focus on source types to help retrieve more relevant results from across the platform.
Some of these improvements will include:
A new horizontal source type limiter above the basic search box to help users limit their results to the content types most relevant to their research.
Help panels to provide search guidance at the point of the most need.
“You are searching…” statements to show which databases are being searched along with the top source types contained within those databases.

Deputy University Librarian Releasing New Book: "Fake News, Propaganda and Plain Old Lies"


June 25, 2018


First impressions count, maybe now more than ever. But what if those impressions are based on lies?

People’s willingness to believe even the most outrageous “information” they get is so remarkable that researchers have been studying this phenomenon — more recently given the current political divide in America — and trying to explain why facts don’t sway people’s beliefs.

It’s better to learn to critically evaluate information as it comes at you, argues UC Merced Deputy University Librarian Donald Barclay, whose new book “Fake News, Propaganda and Plain Old Lies” is being released Friday, June 29.

Read the full article in Newsroom.

SpringerProtocols to Transition to New Springer Nature Experiments
Author: Sarah Sheets


June 7, 2018


On July 25th, the SpringerProtocols platform will be deactivated and transitioned to Springer Nature Experiments.
Springer Nature Experiments is a database dedicated to protocols and methods. Free-to-use, it has been designed to assist researchers in finding and evaluating protocols and methods across the whole Springer Nature protocols and methods portfolio. Its algorithm tracks lab techniques and model organisms mentioned in articles to help locate the most relevant references. The number of citations and downloads are displayed showing which articles are worth further investigation.

U.S. Major Dailies Now Available
Author: Sarah Sheets


June 1, 2018


All UC campuses now have access to U.S. Major Dailies, which grants access to current content and archives dating back to the 1980s for five of the nation’s most valued national and regional newspapers: New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. The database is searchable as a whole or by specific publication in full-text format.

Morgan & Claypool Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences Collection 4 Now Available
Author: Sarah Sheets


May 30, 2018


UC Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, and San Francisco now have access to the Colloquium Digital Library of the Life Sciences fourth collection covering biological, genetic and biomedical subject areas.

Fūzoku Gahō Now Available
Author: Sarah Sheets


May 30, 2018


Fūzoku Gahō is now available to patrons at all ten campuses and UCOP through JapanKnowledge.
Fūzoku Gahō which was originally published in Tokyo between February 1889 and March 1916 in 518 issues with over 38,000 articles and is considered the first graphic magazine produced in Japan. The articles cover a wide range of subjects, including social and cultural trends and conditions in the Edo, Meiji, and Taisho periods, customs, history, literature, geography, war and disasters.

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