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Since Summer 2008 the UC Libraries have been testing a pilot version of a replacement for the current Melvyl Catalog, which contains library holdings for all ten UC campuses. Members of the UCSF community are encouraged to test the pilot, called Melvyl@UCSF, and offer feedback on how well it meets their needs. The UCSF version is available at http://ucsf.worldcat.org/.
The pilot features a single interface that searches for physical and electronic sources at all UC Libraries, those of libraries around the world, and UC books digitized by Google. It also searches for article references in medicine and health, education, U.S. government publications, and general topics. UC-eLinks tells you whether UCSF has access to the articles.
Several new features have been implemented since the start of the pilot. You can now
California is the most populous state in America and one of the most diverse societies on the globe. For the health policy researcher, this means that California generates a trove of statistics that can be plumbed in order to develop and answer research questions.
Produced by the influential RAND Corporation, RAND California provides access to almost 150 statistical databases. These databases are updated at varying intervals and contain information from employment data to “quality of life” measures to government expenditures at the local, state, and federal level in California. Anyone in need of statistical information about the Golden State should visit RAND California before going anywhere else.
UCSF researchers looking to start a new journal should look no further than the University of California’s new and improved eScholarship. Designed to maximize access for readers and to increase citations for authors, eScholarship is entirely free. Authors maintain their copyright, and can freely distribute work in eScholarship as much as they would like. As Dr. Keith Yamamoto of UCSF says, “eScholarship can be seen as a call to action, challenging scholars to use its services to regain control over the distribution of their work.”
For more information about eScholarship, check out the 1 minute video on the eScholarship home page.