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New Resource: Superstar Journals Database


July 17, 2019


UC Merced patrons can now access the Superstar Journals Database. Containing 7,470 full-text Chinese journals and more than 1,200 core journals, coverage spans from 1949 to the present.

Alexander Street Video Platform Enhanced


July 10, 2019


Alexander Street has officially transitioned to a new video interface as of July 10th. For the transitioning databases, this grants improved flexibility with new content types in the future, such as video and audio, and allows for cross-searching with other Alexander Street content.

Elsevier Access Suspended


July 10, 2019


The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier since January, but until now the publisher continued to allow access to 2019 articles via ScienceDirect. As of today, July 10, 2019 UC’s direct access to new Elsevier articles has been discontinued.

Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library Collection Nine is Available


June 20, 2019


Morgan & Claypool (M&C) Publishers Synthesis Series has begun making its ninth collection of lectures available online to UC Merced and other participating UC campuses. The basic format in the collections are 50 to 100-page electronic books that synthesize an important research or development topic, authored by a leading contributor to the field. These Lectures provide more synthesis, analysis, and depth than standard research journal articles.

Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection Series 2


June 12, 2019


UC Merced patrons now have access to the second series of the Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection via EBSCO. This resource consists of digitized materials focusing on Hispanic American civil rights, religion, and women's rights from the eighteenth through the twentieth century.

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.

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