Winter Holiday Library Closure: Starting Friday Dec. 21 at 8pm and re-opening Wednesday Jan. 2 at 7:45am.

Stories from the Makers Lab: Continuing Traditions

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Here at the Makers Lab, we’re always excited to see how we can apply 3D printing and related technologies to the various health science projects coming into the space. Last November, we’ve shared with you the process of working with UCSF Archives and Special Collections to recreate medical artifacts. This month, we’ll share with you our latest project involving a special piece of UCSF history: recreating the Gold-Headed Cane. This was a project that I started working on with … Read more

Add References from Word to a Reference Manager

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OK, here is the situation. You have a Word document with a nice list of references at the end. You want to add those reference to your reference manager (programs like EndNote or RefWorks). Will you be forced to add each one by hand? Two techniques should save you from the tedious task of repeatedly copying and pasting. EndNote Traveling Library: If you have formatted the Word document with EndNote, a Traveling Library was created … Read more

UCSF Chemical Industry Documents Archive Expands

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Addition of Monsanto Papers and Agrichemical Industry Documents​ The UCSF Industry Documents Library (IDL) is pleased to announce the addition of two new collections to our Chemical Industry Documents Archive. These documents reveal the agrichemical industry’s scientific, legislative, regulatory and public relations activities in defense of its products and profits. The Roundup Products Liability Litigation Documents Known as ‘The Monsanto Papers,’ this collection contains a set of 118 significant internal company documents (1063 pages) obtained … Read more

National Library Week

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Celebrate with Us! UCSF is celebrating National Library Week by hosting a traveling pop-up table every day this week. We are promoting our services and resources, and best of all, it gives us a chance to meet our amazing members of the UCSF community! Anneliese and Sophia at UCSF Medical Center’s Moffitt Cafe While at the pop-up this week, many people came by to tell me about their experiences with libraries: parents frequenting a public … Read more

Open Access Discovery:

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What is it? Unpaywall is a web browser extension that scours the internet for a free, legal, and full-text version of that pesky paper you thought you couldn’t access. The software harvests thousands of institutional repositories, preprint servers, publishers, and websites like PubMed Central. Head over to and click the green button, “Add to Chrome” or “Add to Firefox” to install the plugin for free. A green unlocked padlock is the perfect icon to illustrate … Read more

Update to the New RefWorks

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“Legacy” RefWorks will be retired soon. RefWorks said retirement would be January 2018 “at the latest.” Legacy RefWorks (tried it 3/5/18). However, just because there is no end date mentioned on the legacy product’s website does not mean that you should wait any longer to upgrade. New RefWorks is a significantly improved product. Moving over to the new version is quick and easy! The upgrade steps are: Go to Click Create Account (see right) They will … Read more

Fair Use Week 2018 – Events and Resources

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Welcome to fair use week 2018!​ Fair Use Week celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, from Monday, February 26th to Friday, March 2nd, so check out some of the cool events happening. There are blog posts, events, and a free webcast on “Answering Copyright Questions About Fair Use for Faculty Colleagues” from the the Association of College and Research Libraries. There’s also a copyright infographic that you can download. The UCSF Library will be celebrating … Read more

Favorite UCSF Databases for Education Topics!

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Many of us use Pubmed on a daily bases, but what if your research extends beyond the health sciences and into another discipline?  Did you know that UCSF subscribes to over 300 other databases? You can view a complete list of our databases and their descriptions here. Below I list some of my favorite databases for topics in Education. Sample topics might include: pharmacy education assessment, interprofessional education, teaching practices, medical education and accreditation, etc. Academic … Read more

MeSH Changes for 2018

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Medical Subject Headings The MeSH thesaurus is used to index the articles that appear in PubMed. Each year, new terms are added, and older terms are retired or transitioned to newer terms. Here are the latest changes; they may affect how you decide to structure your PubMed searches. This year, there were 474 new descriptors added, 106 terms replaced with more up to date terminology, 7 descriptors deleted, and 1 subheading deleted. Here is a … Read more

Faculty of 1000…but wait, there’s more!

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The famous infomercial line fits F1000 pretty well. F1000 is a three-part online platform which: F1000 Prime provides article recommendations based on user interests. F1000 Workspace stores, organizes and cites articles, books, and websites in documents you are writing. It also lets you upload your documents for collaborative writing. F1000 Research provides an open access publication to which you may publish your work. But wait… there’s more! F1000 is FREE to UCSF users, because the Library licenses … Read more

New Search Tool on the Library Website


The UCSF Library has launched a new search tool on its website.  Now users can experience: a simpler starting point better interdisciplinary searches a unified interface Start Searching Standout Features Search Filters Filters and facets are used to narrow your search results to a more refined set of items. These tools appear along the left-hand side of the Search Results page.   Preview ResultsWhen reviewing your results you can now click or hover over the Preview link for an at-a-glance … Read more

What’s Happening in the Makers Lab?

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School is back in session and there are a number of new things happening in the Makers Lab to help unleash your creativity and take your maker project to the next level! Here are a few updates to kick off 2018. New Tech We love the Matter & Form 3D scanner, but many UCSF makers ran into limitations while using the 3D scanner. Not to worry, there is now a handheld Structure Sensor 3D scanner … Read more

What can Git, Github, and automated testing tools offer Researchers, Librarians, and University Staff?

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There’s been a common refrain lately at University tech conferences: “a lot of researchers didn’t realize they were going to have to become programmers.”   If you work at a university or research organization, this might resonate with you. When researchers chose a major or enrolled in graduate school, they generally didn’t realize they were also committed to learning Python, R, SQL, Unix, databases, and visualization tools. In response to this growing need, the USCF Library has … Read more