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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.

New Resource: Takita Choin kyuzo Kindai sakka genkoshu

May 2, 2019

Takita Choin kyūzō Kindai sakka genkōshu 滝田樗陰旧蔵近代作家原稿集, a collection of Japanese literary manuscripts by modern writers, is now available to users of all UC campuses via JapanKnowledge.

UC Enters Open Access Agreement with Cambridge University Press

April 10, 2019

The University of California and Cambridge University Press have entered into a transformative agreement that will advance the global shift toward an open access future for research.

The agreement is designed to maintain UC’s access to Cambridge’s journals, while also supporting open access publishing for UC authors. The partnership is UC’s first open access agreement with a major publisher and Cambridge’s first such deal in the Americas.

View the full press release here

New Collections on Architecture, Television and More Added to Calisphere

April 9, 2019

Calisphere continues to grow adding new collections providing insight into innovations in architecture, television, and more.

America’s Historical Newspapers Migrate to Enhanced Interface
Author: Sarah Sheets

April 3, 2019

America’s Historical Newspapers via Readex are now available with enhanced interfaces. These enhancements are available for a number of databases including Early American Newspapers Series 1 and 2, African American Newspapers, California Historical Newspapers and Hispanic American Newspapers.

Library Award Reception

April 2, 2019

Please join us to celebrate the recipients of the 2019 Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence:


Sarah Lee Marisela Padilla Alcala


Friday, April 5, 2019

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

KL 355

Light refreshments will be provided.


The Abrescy and Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence was established in 2017 to recognize undergraduate students who demonstrate the effective use of library and information resources, an understanding of the research process, and growth in research practices.

Library Hosts Successful Software Carpentry Workshop
Author: Kathleen Coburn

April 1, 2019

The UC Merced Library organized a two-day Software Carpentry workshop during Spring Break that covered Unix, Git, and Python. The workshop was given by two excellent instructors, Kate Barron (Data Services Librarian at San Jose State University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Library) and Avishek Kumar (Research/Data Scientist at the University of Chicago's Center for Data Science and Public Policy).

The helpers, those who volunteer to attend Carpentry workshops to assist and answer students' questions, are equally valuable! We would like to thank Matthias Bussonier (Research Facilitator at UC Merced and co-developer of Project Jupyter), Sarvani...

Living Library 2019

March 26, 2019

UC Merced community members are invited to participate in the Living Library on Tuesday, April 9th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in KL 355. The Living Library is a free, interactive event, open to all students, staff, and faculty.

What is a Living Library?

A Living Library is a library of people available to be “checked out” for a 20-minute conversation. The event is free, interactive, and open to all UC Merced students, staff, and faculty. Will you join us in this opportunity to have authentic conversations, form deeper understandings of one another, and build connections across campus?


Date: Tuesday, April 9th

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: KL 355