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New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for December, 2012

Paying library fees/fines online

If you are charged a library fee or fine, you can now pay it online through My OskiCat. You can find instructions in the Library FAQ on how to pay online. You can also still pay in person at the Privileges Desk in Doe Library.

New NSF grant submission rules take effect Jan. 14

The National Science Foundation rules for grant submissions will change for any grant due on or after January 14, 2013. Among the changes:

  • Project Summary: On the NSF FastLane proposal submission site, the project summary must now be submitted in three separate text boxes, one for each of the three summary elements: overview, intellectual merit, and broader impacts. Project summaries that require special characters (as in math and physics) may be uploaded as a separate PDF document. The total length of the summary in either format is limited to 4600 characters.

  • Biosketch: In the Biographical Sketch, the Publications section has now been renamed Products. Products may include (but are not limited to) datasets, patents, software and copyrights in addition to publications.

For more information about the changes, please see:

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for November, 2012

Intersession hours and holiday closure

As part of the campus winter holiday closure, all of the UC Berkeley libraries will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Some libraries will also be closed additional days. Here are the winter closure dates and intersession hours for the science libraries:

Bioscience and Natural Resources Library: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 1

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 21-Jan. 2

Earth Sciences and Map Library: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Engineering Library: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2

Mathematics Statistics Library: 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Optometry and Health Sciences Library: 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Physics-Astronomy Library: 10am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Public Health Library: 10am-5pm Monday-Friday; closed Dec. 19-Jan. 2

Please consult the Library Hours page to check the hours for all libraries.

Embase database available: 25 million citations in biomedicine, pharmacology, and more.

Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological database with over 25 million citations.


Besides strong coverage in pharmacology and toxicology (including economic evaluations), Embase covers biochemistry, biomedical engineering & medical devices, clinical medicine, genetics, healthcare policy & management, infectious diseases, microbiology, molecular biology, and occupational and environmental health. Over 7,600 journals from over 90 countries are indexed, as well as conference abstracts from over 2,000 conferences.

Use Embase’s indexing system, Emtree, to build strong and precise searches, particularly on disease and drug/substance topics. In addition, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry Numbers are generated for all drug/substance terms in each citation.


  • 1974 – current: Embase records
  • 1940s – current: MEDLINE records
  • 2009 – current: Conference abstracts

Use Embase off-campus via proxy server or VPN. Use UC-eLinks to get full text of articles. UC e-links logo

For help learning how to search Embase, visit http://trainingdesk.elsevier.com/embase.

24 hour study space for RRR and Finals weeks

The Moffitt Library and Gardner (Main) Stacks will remain open continuously for a 24-hour study hall beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 3 and ending at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 14. The Moffitt Microcomputer Lab and the Free Speech Movement Café will also be open round the clock for that period.

The science and engineering libraries will maintain their normal hours during finals. For current schedules of all libraries on campus, see our Library Hours.

Access problems on new Springer platform

Springer online content moved to a new platform this past Monday. Currently, all UC campuses are experiencing access issues with some books and journals on the new platform. Springer is aware of the problem, and we hope it will be resolved soon.

In the meantime, if you are directed to content on the new platform (at http://link.springer.com) and are unable to access it, try accessing it on the old platform instead. Click on the Access old SpringerLink link on the new platform, then search for the journal, article, or book on the old one.

Image of new Springer platform with Access Old SpringerLink link highlighted

If you have questions about access on the old or new platforms, please feel free to ask us.

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for October, 2012

Transportation Studies Library closed 11/27-11/28

The Transportation Studies Library is closed November 27-28. It will reopen at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29.

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