Library News & Events

In fall 2014, five writing faculty taught Writing 10 sections with a focus on the research and writing processes. These sections were known as TRAIL sections – Teaching Research and Information Literacy.

To introduce students to the research process, librarians collaborated with the writing faculty to create activities and resources that would help students think like researchers. In this session, we will highlight two of those TRAIL activities in the hopes that other Writing faculty will find these useful for working with Writing 10 students.

Activity 1: How to Read a Scholarly Article

The goal of this activity is to introduce students to the structure of academic articles by identifying differences and similarities between popular and scholarly articles and finding strategies for understanding academic articles.

Activity 2: Developing Successful Research Questions

It can be challenging to move students from research topics to research questions of social significance. We will share a resource for exploring research topics with students.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, February 18th (8am).

If you have questions, please email us at the address above or contact Susan Mikkelsen or Sara Davidson Squibb directly.




Congratulations to UC Merced undergraduates Stacey Van and Kristen Renberg, both winners of $100 prizes for the 2014 Undergraduate Library Research competition. Stacy and Kristen participated in the research poster competition sponsored by the UC Merced Office of Research and earned the library awards by submitting their research bibliographies and essays about the library research process.

Stacey's research poster titled Migration of Mouse Fibroblast Through Modified Myocardial Matrix Scaffolds described experimentation with an extracellular matrix hydrogel that promotes cardiac cell regeneration following a heart attack.

Kristen's poster, Gender Cues and Acceptance of Supreme Court Decisions: Experimental Study on Source Cues, was focused on research analyzing the role of gender cues in relation to decisions handed down by the Supreme Court on issues related to women's rights.

This was the third year that the library offered awards in conjunction with the campus-wide research poster competition. The purpose of the library awards is to honor students who demonstrate a high level of information literacy in their research. Information literacy skills include finding, selecting, evaluating, synthesizing, and citing scholarly information sources.





The UC Merced Library invites undergraduate students participating in the 2014 Student Research Poster Competition to apply for an additional research award sponsored by the library. Library awards will recognize excellence in research projects that incorporate library resources, demonstrate high-level information literacy skills, and thoughtfully reflect on strategies utilized in the research process. Award winner(s) will receive $100.

Applications are due by midnight, Friday, March 7, 2014.

Details on evaluation criteria and how to enter the contest are available on the UC Merced Library Student Research Competition Awards web page.


Do you need to have supplemental course materials scanned and posted to your UCMCROPS site for Spring courses?

Supplemental Course Resources (SCR) is a service offered by the Library to make additional course materials available to your students online through UCMCROPS.  This service includes:

Securing materials when available
Determining if the materials can be made available to students through Fair Use
Obtaining copyright permissions if they can be cleared in a reasonable time frame and for a reasonable cost
Scanning and posting readings to the Resources section of your UCMCROPS site
Requests can be submitted online using the SCR Request Form, or if you prefer by email to  Email requests should include the following information:

·      Your Contact Information

·      Course Name and Course Number

·      Number of Students

·      Full Citation(s)

·       Date needed

 Including your course syllabus with your request is also recommended.

 Requests submitted on or before Monday, December 2, 2013 will be posted to UCMCROPS during the week before Spring classes start.

 Requests submitted after Monday, December 2, 2013 may not be posted until after the Spring courses begin.


My ILL Requests will be unavailable due to system maintenance beginning Friday, August 9th at midnight until Saturday, August 10th at 8:00 a.m.

Please contact the library if you have further questions.

(209) 228-4444


The UC Merced library offers instruction sessions in order to support students in the completion of course assignments requiring library research skills. If your curriculum would benefit from this type of instruction, please submit your fall 2013 requests for library instruction by Monday, August 19th via our online request form. Library staff will review these requests and respond to you by Wednesday, August 21st with confirmation.

Requests received by this date (19 August 2013) will receive first priority for scheduling. Requests after this date will be scheduled as our resources allow. Thank you for your assistance.


Ebook Library (EBL) titles will be unavailable on Saturday August 10th, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm due to EBL platform maintenance.

We apologize for the inconvenience.



Since its beginning, the UC Merced Library produced its own digital signage content and for a number of years has displayed content in the Kolligian Library on behalf of various campus departments and students groups.

In an effort to expand the reach of digital signage communications from various campus groups to the UC Merced community, the Library and Students First Center (SFC) staff worked together to revise the digital signage submission process for other campus entities to go into effect the summer of 2013. While the process for submitting digital signage for display has changed, campus entities will still be able to submit content for display on Kolligian Library building monitors.

The UC Merced Library will continue to create its own digital signs, but will no longer manage the receipt and scheduling of digital signage submissions from other campus entities. However, the Students First Center (SFC) is now accepting and posting digital content submissions from campus departments and students groups for display on selected screens in the Kolligian Library building. Please view the SFC’s information about this new process for digital signage submissions or check out our library FAQs.


Note: The Library will still accept exhibit proposals with digital content. See the Library’s Exhibit Policies.


My ILL Requests will be unavailable due to a system upgrade beginning Saturday, 20th July at midnight until Sunday, 21st July at noon.


Please contact the library if you have further questions.

(209) 228-4444


Due to scheduled maintenance, the UC Merced Library Website may experience a brief downtime tonight (Thursday, July 18, 2013) sometime between 8 pm and 10 pm. Downtime should be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. We apologize for the inconvenience to our patrons.

If you have questions, please contact the Library Services Desk at 209-228-4444.


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