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Oxford Updates Biography & Music/Art Databases
Author: Sarah Sheets

December 5, 2017

Oxford University Press (OUP) is in the process of updating a number of their database sites. American National Biography Online and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography were updated in late November 2017. Oxford Music Online and Oxford Art Online will update by December 7th. Domain URLs will remain the same for all databases; however, article and page location within the domain sites may have changed. OUP has implemented re-directs within the sites in response to those changes. With these updates, OUP hopes to enhance discoverability and improve search capabilities, have more frequent content updates, and allow for social media integration, so users can share content across channels.

LexisNexis Academic is now Nexis Uni

December 1, 2017

Nexis Uni is the new face of LexisNexis. Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents. For a snapshot of personalization, discovery, and collaboration features, visit CDL InfoNews. Access to legacy Lexis Nexis will expire on December 17, 2017.

A Redesigned eScholarship
Author: Sarah Sheets

November 2, 2017

California Digital Library is pleased to announce the launch of a major redesign of eScholarship, the University of California’s Open Access repository.
Through this redesign, eScholarship offers a strong consortial repository solution containing custom access layers and brand identity for each of our ten UC campuses and 70+ academic journals.

Connecting Merced Agriculture to Yosemite National Park
Author: Lisa Vallen

October 30, 2017

In 1926 Highway 140 construction was complete and it connected Merced to Yosemite National Park. During that time Merced’s farming community was facing some serious challenges. Merced County Agent John L. Quail writes in the narrative report for 1926-1927:

Many new settlers have been coming into the County during the past three years. For the most part, these people are entirely unfamiliar with the local climatic conditions and crops. The Irrigation District most recently completed has been settled largely by people who have developed land during a period of high costs... Many of those who have purchased land in the County during the past few years find that with the declining prices of farm products, their mortgages far exceed the sale value of their property. Many foreclosures have been made… This severe economic situation has had a marked influence on the Extension organization and has been a great hindrance to the extension program.

Quail and his fellow Farm...

Data Carpentry Workshop

October 26, 2017

UC Merced Library is hosting a two-day Data Carpentry workshop for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. This hands-on workshop will teach basic concepts, skills, and tools for working more effectively with data. Data Carpentry workshops are for researchers from any discipline who have data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required.

This workshop will cover data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, data analysis and visualization in Python and data management with SQL. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop, learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.

Date: October 26 & 27

Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (both days)

Location: Student Activities and Athletics Center


UC Merced Joins Effort to Help Make Research Accessible to All

October 25, 2017

Open access is a publishing model premised on the idea that scholarly research should be freely accessible to anyone with internet access. UC Merced has staked its claim as a member of the open access vanguard, as one of just five of American universities to have signed on to the OA2020 Expression of Interest.

“OA2020 is a controversial idea among librarians and scholars, making UC Merced among the first U.S. institutions to express interest in the initiative,” Deputy University Librarian Donald Barclay said.

But it’s an idea that UC Merced wants to explore. And many think it’s not just a matter of access, but an obligation to the public, whose tax dollars fund much of the academic research that current publishing models deny them access to.

“From the public’s point of view, it’s a question of fairness,” Barclay said. “Research is supported by tax dollars, but then we have to pay to get...

Taylor & Francis Ebooks Get a New Platform
Author: Sarah Sheets

October 24, 2017

Taylor & Francis is transitioning ebook content from the CRCnetBase platform and its other associated ebook collections to their new Ebook platform. As of October 31st, T&F will be placing permanent redirects from the old content to the new platform. Content to be migrated includes the following platforms:

New Release of Reaxys®
Author: Sarah Sheets

October 4, 2017

Elsevier launched a new release of Reaxys®. According to the Elsevier press release,this release combines a streamlined user interface with search and indexing enhancements powered by machine learning algorithms to ensure maximum discoverability. It also includes more compounds and patent content from Asia.

“Flood!” and Other Interesting Finds from Humboldt Cooperative Extension Office
Author: Lisa Vallen

September 25, 2017

I visited the Humboldt Cooperative Extension County Office in June and will preview a few items of interest I found. Thanks to the staff at Humboldt for all of their help in identifying where the historical material was located and providing some context for the material.

Faculty Author Series: Ma Vang

September 20, 2017

Please join us for the first talk of the 2017- 2018 Faculty Author Series with Ma Vang, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Dr. Vang will speak about her recently published anthology, Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women.

"Claiming Place expands knowledge about the Hmong lived reality while contributing to broader conversations on sexuality, diaspora, and agency. This book argues that Hmong women are active agents in challenging oppressive societal practices and in creating alternative forms of belonging."

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Location: KL 397