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New Platform for Several Gale Databases


November 15, 2018


Several of the UC-licensed Gale databases are now live on the Artemis platform, while others will be transitioned based on Gale’s schedule. The new platform incorporates several new features and tools, such as term frequency (the frequency of search terms within sets of content to identify themes), cross-search capability (ability to search across the content of related products in a single environment) and downloadable OCR (materials are keyword and full-text searchable via optical character recognition).

Abrescy and Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence


November 1, 2018


The Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award was established in 2017 to recognize outstanding undergraduate research at UC Merced. The award 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. A committee of faculty and librarians will review applications and select awardees. A total of $1,000 will be awarded each year; no more than two awards of $500 each will be awarded in a given year.

All student applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduates at UC Merced and be in good standing with the University (2.0 GPA). Students can submit applications for work produced individually or by a team. Projects or papers may be in another language, but all accompanying materials, including the reflective essay, must be in English. Students applying for the award must contact the...

How to Use the UC Cooperative Extension Archive Collection Guides


October 30, 2018


This month’s blog post is the second video in our series on how to use and search UC Cooperative Extension Archival materials online. This video walks you through using Collection Guides on the Online Archive of California, OAC. Next month’s video will be on locating digitized content in Calisphere.

 

 

New via Request: Request a Book Chapter


October 29, 2018


The CDL Resource Sharing Team and ILL Operations Advisory Group have announced a new feature available via Request: request just a book chapter. Patrons no longer need to re-input the bibliographic information into a Citation Linker form in order to only request a book chapter via interlibrary loan.

Open Access Week 2018


October 22, 2018


What is Open Access?

Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge.

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how...

Faculty Author Series: Food Futures edited by Catherine Keske


October 16, 2018


Celebrate World Food Day and taste regional specialties from the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador as Dr. Keske shares excerpts from her book, 'Food Futures', that explores the origins, present-day complexities, and future of the Newfoundland and Labrador food system. She will also discuss the impact that Central Valley food production has internationally, even in seemingly obscure regions.

HathiTrust Extends Non-Consumptive Research Tools to Copyrighted Materials


October 10, 2018


Since 2011, HathiTrust Research Center has been developing tools to utilize text and data mining methodologies using the HathiTrust collection. Until now, this service has been available mostly in the portion of the collection that is out of copyright, with copyrighted item access restricted.

Works of Photographers Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones Now Online
Author: Sarah Sheets


September 19, 2018


Thousands of images by photographers Ruth-Marion Baruch (1922–1997) and Pirkle Jones (1914–2009) are now digitized and available on Calisphere, UC Santa Cruz University Library Digital Collections and the Digital Library of America (DPLA).

Thousands of Historic California Legislative Publications Available for Access
Author: Sarah Sheets


September 19, 2018


A joint effort between CDL’s Mass Digitization Team, the California Office of Legislative Counsel, and librarians at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and the California State Library has resulted in 4,000 volumes of historic California Legislative materials being digitized and made open access in HathiTrust and Google Books.

Fall 2018 Library Workshops


September 5, 2018


Your Librarians are hosting a suite of workshops to help you expand your toolkit for success. There's something here for everyone, whether you're an undergrad writing their first research paper, or a grad student, faculty or staff member aiming to broaden your skill set.

Many workshops will be offered multiples times throughout the semester and range from 20 to 50 minutes. All workshops are created and instructed by your UC Merced Librarians.

Click on the date next to the workshop title for the workshop description and to register. View all Fall 2018 workshops here.

 

Research Starters Series (undergraduate)

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