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  • RAND California: Statistical Information for the Golden State


    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.

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  • Enhanced eScholarship: Open Access Publishing for UC


    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.

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  • PubMed Has a New Look


    PubMed has recently redesigned its interface. The functionalities are the same, but the layout is very different:

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  • New Methods for Analyzing Citation Data


    On November 9, simulcast to the Rock Hall Auditorium from 12-1:30 pm, Peter Binfield of the Public Library of Science will give a lecture about “article-level metrics.”

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  • New Titles

    View recent acquisitions to the UCSF Library collection.

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  • Research Software: Fast, Cheap, and Easy


    The Library's Research Software Licensing will simplify your purchase of annual research software. We offer discount licenses for SAS, PASW (formerly SPSS), JMP, NVivo, and SUDAAN. Our services are:


    • Electronic software delivery


    • Significant cost savings through the Library
    • Flat fee


    • Online order form
    • Payment by recharge
    • We manage license purchasing
    • Annual licenses provide upgrades at no additional cost

    Place an order or find out more about Research Software Licensing (RSL).

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  • UCSF Library Marks First Annual Open Access Week


    Building on the success of past Open Access Days, 2009 features the first ever Open Access Week from October 19-23, to highlight the benefits of removing barriers to scholarly research.

    October 19, 2009 also marks the fifth birthday for Public Library of Science (PloS) Medicine, one of the world’s premiere open access journals. Open access journals are peer reviewed, and available online at no cost to anyone. Open access offers one alternative to traditional subscription-based journals, which become harder for libraries to afford with every passing year. This is especially true during this year's UC budget crisis.

    At UCSF we'll have information tables over lunch hour in Saunders Court on October 20, and at Genentech Hall on October 22. So stop by, grab a cookie, take a flyer, and talk about how to change scholarly publishing.

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  • Ingenuity Pathways Analysis: Funding Partners Needed


    The Library has extended the trial period for access to Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA) until June 2010.

    IPA is a software application that allows researchers to compare pathways for common or unique biological molecules and to identify potential biomarkers. Users have been enthusiastic about how IPA can help facilitate their research.

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  • New Teaching & Learning Center Back on Track


    The construction project to create a new Teaching and Learning Center on the 2nd floor of the Parnassus Library building is back in full swing after a nine-month delay due to the California state budget deficits.

    The new Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) will expand UCSF’s educational facilities and provide a state-of-the-art clinical skills, simulation, and telemedicine training center. Technology-enhanced classrooms will be part of the facility, and it will also contain updated student computing space to replace the Library’s existing lab. The TLC has been planned by a cross-campus team, including representatives from each of the schools and the campus leadership.

    Stay informed:

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  • Library Toolbars: Access Research Tools from Your Browser


    The Library is pleased to offer two new browser toolbars: a general Library Toolbar and the Clinician's Toolbar.

    Use library toolbars to search key resources -- including PubMed@UCSF, Cross-Database Search, Library Quick Search, and the UCSF catalog -- from anywhere on the web. Get news feeds from UCSF Library News, as well as the University's News and Publications. Easily ask for help with library research and resources from any web page. The Clinician's Toolbar also features instant access to UpToDate and drug information.

    View and download the Library Toolbar and Clinician's Toolbar. Please note that if you have an old library toolbar installed, you should uninstall it first.

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