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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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OskiCat and proxy server downtime on Nov. 23

OskiCat and the library proxy server (for accessing licensed electronic resources off-campus) will be unavailable from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, while we perform scheduled maintenance. This also means that UCB call number and availability information will be unavailable in Melvyl. For off-campus access, the VPN will still work.

IET eBooks now available

We now have access to the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) eBooks Collection. The collection includes over 300 books published from 1979-2012. For each title, you can download individual chapters or the whole book as PDF files. Records for these ebooks will appear in OskiCat eventually.

IET ebooks interface example for Lightning Electromagnetics

Please note: The IET Digital Library includes ebooks, journals, and conferences, but we only have access to the ebooks on this platform. Our access to IET journals and conferences is via IEEE Xplore.

New platform for Springer journals and ebooks on Nov. 26

Springer journal and ebook content will be migrating to a new Springer platform effective Monday, November 26. You will automatically be redirected to the new SpringerLink site at that time. The new SpringerLink site is faster, easier to use, and optimized for most mobile devices.

Please note: Individual personalized accounts created on the old SpringerLink platform will not be migrated to the new platform. Users wanting to save searches and alerts will need to create a new account when the new platform is made available. The old platform will remain accessible through the end of 2012, in case you need to retrieve settings from your old account.

Originally posted on CDLINFO News.

PMC Free Digital Archive

PMC logo

PMC, formerly PubMed Central, is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, currently containing approximately 2.5 million articles.

PMC is a repository for journal literature deposited by participating publishers, as well as for author manuscripts that have been submitted in compliance with the Public Access Policy mandated by NIH and other research funding agencies. The repository includes material dating back prior to the NIH mandate, including some which date to the mid to late 1800s or early 1900s. A sampling of journals going back to volume 1 includes American Journal of Human Genetics (v. 1, 1949-),  Biophysical Journal (v. 1, 1960-), and Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society (v.1, 1865-).

Almost all the content of PMC is protected by U.S. and/or foreign copyright laws, although access is free for all materials. Respective copyright holders retain rights for reproduction, redistribution and reuse.

eLife Launching in Winter 2012

eLife is the new open-access venue established by a joint initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust.  It  aims to publish the best research from basic and theoretical life and biomedicine subjects through translational, applied, and clinical work.   Its website gives this definition:

“eLife is a researcher-led digital publication for outstanding work, a platform to maximise the reach and influence of new findings and a showcase for new approaches for the presentation and assessment of research.”

Recent articles are now available on the eLife website and in PubMed Central.   The page on Publishing Fees is brief and interesting.

Read all about eLife and sign up for its newletter.

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