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ProQuest Congressional Redesign

July 24, 2019

Beginning July 24th, ProQuest will launch their redesigned ProQuest Congressional interface. This redesign hopes to simplify retrieval of information by students unfamiliar with government content, while preserving the ability to perform complex queries as desired. Databases such as ProQuest Congressional and ProQuest Digital Bills and Resolutions will move to this interface.

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. Pilot

June 7, 2019

The UC system has entered into a pilot for the use of — 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 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...