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Protocols.io Pilot


June 7, 2019


The UC system has entered into a pilot for the use of protocols.io — an open access repository for research methods. Running for a three-year period from June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2022, the pilot removes all cost barriers, allowing UC researchers to test the uses of protocols.io for private collaboration and for use in classrooms.

Maruzen eBook Library


June 4, 2019


Nine UC campuses can now access the Maruzen eBook Library, a Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) program for Japanese ebooks. Over three thousand academic titles in Japanese are currently available to users, with more titles to be added biannually.

Sabin Americana


June 4, 2019


All UC campuses now have access to the entirety of Sabin Americana, 1500–1926.
Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection contains over 6 million pages from 29,000 works about the Americas published from 1500 to the early 1900's. Covering the society, politics, religious beliefs, customs and significant events of the time, this collection includes books, pamphlets, broadsides and documents from a variety of genres – from sermons and political tracts to legislation and literature.

Students Honored for Excellent Use of Library Resources


May 22, 2019


Long hours spent using the library’s print and digital resources are often a hallmark of a college student’s academic career. For Marisela Padilla Alcala and Sarah Lee, time spent in the library resulted in being named recipients of the Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence.

The award — Padilla Alcala and Lee received $500 each — recognizes students who demonstrate effective use of library and information resources, as well as an understanding of the research process and growth in research practices. As part of the application process, students submitted recent research papers or projects, as well as reflective essays on their research process and how the experience has changed and advanced their practices for future use.

“The Abrescy and Kranich Library Scholarship means a couple things to me,” Lee said. “First, as a first-generation student who has concerns about my ability to be an academic, winning was definitely a...

Living Library 2019 in Review


May 21, 2019


On April 9th, the UC Merced Library hosted a Living Library, a library of people available to be “checked out” for a conversation. Over the course of the afternoon, 63 attendees met with an event volunteer for a 20-minute conversation. The purpose of the Living Library is to establish a conversational space that encourages a better understanding of those with whom we share our community, with the goal of breaking down prejudice, stereotypes, and assumptions by engaging in meaningful dialogues.

Spring 2019 Faculty Author Series


May 21, 2019


The Library hosted another successful semester of Faculty Author Series talks this past spring featuring two of our amazing female faculty here at UC Merced. If you missed these events, here is a brief summary of each talk. Be sure to catch next semester's Faculty Author Talks (more info to be released at a later time).

MLA International Bibliography is moving to EBSCO


May 15, 2019


EBSCO will soon be the single vendor for the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB) along with the MLA Directory of Periodicals (MLADP). Dual access to the existing ProQuest version and the new EBSCO version of these databases is currently available. As of July 1, 2019, EBSCOhost will be the only provider of these resources.

Melvyl to Move to WorldCat Discovery


May 14, 2019


UC Merced’s Melvyl catalog will move to OCLC’s WorldCat Discovery interface on May 22nd during intersession week. WorldCat Discovery includes device optimization and delivers more precise search results and contains a better user interface than the current catalog.

Collection Highlight - May 2019
Author: Kelsey Raidt


May 13, 2019


In honor of the graduating class of 2019, we’d like to take a moment to highlight an item from our University of California Cooperative Extension, Fresno collection. This item is part of a 1950s era handout for 4-H advisors. It contains several recreational games for 4-H students to play, including this example of a homemade board and dice game called “School Days.” We hope our Bobcats finish their studies without encountering any of the challenges faced by the players of this 4-H game! Class of 2019, we wish you all the luck with your future endeavors! #GoBobcats, #UCM2019

 

Nexis Uni Upgrade


May 2, 2019


As of May 1, LexisNexis upgraded the Nexis® resources, including Nexis Uni. This release of Nexis includes upgrades to the current search technology, such as:
Boolean searching capabilities
Phrase recognition and protection
Synonyms, word correlations, and alternative forms of root words: for example, “house” will now also find “housing” and “housed”
Exact phrase or company name searches now require quotation marks around the phrase.

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