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Open Access Week - Webcast – World Bank - SPARC

October 19, 2012

Faculty and graduate students are invited to attend a library-hosted webcast to kick off Open Access Week 2012, Set the Default to Open Access. The webcast is sponsored by the World Bank which recently launched the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR), and SPARC the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Open Access Week Event - Faculty Panel Discussion

October 19, 2012

UC Merced scholars are joining the Open Access publishing movement and discovering the benefits of making their research freely available online. As part of Open Access Week programming, the library will host a panel discussion featuring several UC Merced faculty who have published in open access journals.

HathiTrust Prevails in Fair-Use Litigation

October 12, 2012

The Author's Guild received a stunning blow this week when Federal judge Harold Baer tossed out their copyright infringement lawsuit against the HathiTrust digital repository. This is a major development for academic libraries who seek to provide access to materials under fair use copyright law.

Open-Source Textbooks for California

October 12, 2012

California college students frustrated with the high cost of textbooks got some good news recently, when Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation for a proposal to create a website where textbooks are available for free. The development of affordable open source textbooks for targeted courses would help students attending California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and University of California campuses.


September 26, 2012

The Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a partnership to create a distributed retrospective print journal repository in the Western United States, has completed its first round of print journal archiving under a 3-year program jointly funded by WEST members and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Metadata →Data about Your Data: Why it's Important to Describe Your Research Well and How to Create It

September 21, 2012

In this presentation you will learn how documenting your research process and describing your data will benefit your research and facilitate further discovery and reuse.

Teaching With Data

August 10, 2012

Working with data sets and performing data analysis have become increasingly important not only in research across disciplines, but also in the workforce.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) eBook Collection

July 26, 2012

All UC campuses now have access to the Royal Society of Chemistry eBook Collection, 1968-2012. This collection is a definitive point of reference for anyone working in the chemical sciences. More than 1,000 books spanning 40 years have been brought together, digitized as pdf files and made fully searchable. The result is a comprehensive overview of research and opinion in a multitude of areas of chemical science.

Databases Moving to ProQuest Platform

July 18, 2012

This summer (2012), PsycINFO and many other databases are changing from their current platforms to the ProQuest platform. This means that these databases will look a little different – but you will still be able to use them and access their resources.

ILL Request System Down this Weekend

July 12, 2012

UC Merced Library users will not be able to request items through Interlibrary Loan, or check their ILL Requests account this weekend. The California Digital Library (CDL) is migrating the system to new servers beginning at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 13th.