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New Turnitin Integration for the CLE Fall quarter 2019!

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Turnitin is a web-based plagiarism prevention service that is now integrated to the CLE. Instructors can create assignments to check the originality of a student’s work or use it as an educational tool to teach students how to work with sources and to improve paraphrasing and quoting skills. Turnitin has three main features: Similarity Report – a flexible document that provides a summary of matching or similar text in submitted work compared against a huge … Read more

UC Pilots to Benefit Research and Education

Having a clear and detailed methods section in research journal articles is one the most effective approaches to improve research reproducibility. Reproducibility is a focus of open research as a means to improve scientific practice and reduce inefficiencies created by the inability to recreate previously performed research. The University of California is dedicated to providing resources to help improve research, and is funding a three-year pilot of the platform for developing and sharing research … Read more

Archives Month 2019

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October is American Archives Month, and UCSF Archives and Special Collections is celebrating with a number of events and news items in the coming weeks to showcase our work as custodians of Health Sciences and UCSF History. Tues October 1: EXHIBIT | They Were Really Us: Opening Reception + Self-Guided Tours Join us at noon for an exhibit opening: They Were Really Us: The UCSF Community’s Early Response to AIDS highlights ways individual professionals affiliated … Read more

Students: is your laptop/phone/tablet secure?

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The unending cycle of progressive IT security, ensuring that the UCSF enterprise is as secure as possible, can cause confusion when it comes to your own laptop, phone or tablet. The Library Tech Commons Help Desk can provide one-on-one hands-on tech support for enrolled UCSF students for their own devices. Let us help you reduce your anxiety or confusion about IT security compliance. Users often comment they wished they had sought tech support earlier. How … Read more

Open Access Week 2019: October 21-27

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Join the UCSF Library in celebrating 2019 International Open Access Week! Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, worldwide access to research publications and other outputs, and the right to share and re-use these outputs. Open for whom? Equity in open knowledge OA Week is in its 12th year, and this year’s theme is Open for whom? Equity in open knowledge. We invite you to both celebrate OA and to explore how open scholarship can … Read more

Memory Lives On: Documenting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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Join UCSF Archives and Special Collections for this interdisciplinary symposium exploring and reflecting on topics related to archives and the practice of documenting the stories of HIV/AIDS. Through donations received from our generous supporters, we have been able to reduce symposium ticket prices to $30 allowing a broader audience of students and community members to attend the event. We are also continuing to take applications for a limited number of scholarships to attend free of … Read more

Stories from the Makers Lab: Designing for Surgical Biopsy in the Library

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If you have kept up with us in the past year, you may have seen silicone suturing pads, partial-task trainers, and the plethora of other innovative applications for health science simulation at UCSF that can be made cost-effectively using 3D printing and other emerging technologies right here in the Library. In the Makers Lab, we are excited to continue our exploration into this area of innovation to support the development of ideas that arise from … Read more

3D Printing for Health Science Students Elective

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In early 2018, the Makers Lab partnered with the UCSF Department of Anatomy to develop the Anatomy 170.10 elective. The goal of the elective is to introduce UCSF students to the basics of 3D printing and the workflow for generating a 3D printed anatomical model from a CT scan. Students develop hands-on experience with the hardware and software to empower them to use the technology in their education, practice, and research. Derek Harmon, MS, PhD … Read more

Reproducibility Workshop Series

The UCSF Library is excited to announce that we have partnered with the Graduate Division and Open Science group to host a reproducibility workshop series this fall. Why should I care about reproducibility? Scientific reproducibility – the idea that a scientific finding can be reproduced by others – has been called the “supreme court of the scientific system”. However, there is a growing body of evidence that much of the research currently produced in academia … Read more

Carvey – the 3D Carver

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We are excited to announce that we have added a new piece of equipment to the Makers Lab! Carvey is a 3D carving machine, also known as a CNC router, that uses a subtractive process to create 3D sculptures and anything you can imagine. Below are two examples of projects created on the Carvey. Some mediums that Carvey can work with are: Machinable Circuit Board Blanks Delrin (thermoplastic) Expanded PVC (foam sheet) Machinable Foam Machinable … Read more

Meet the Maker – Wes Cayabyab

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This week’s maker is Kanbar Simulation Center Technician, Wes Cayabyab. We caught up with Wes to see what he has been making for health science simulation. Q: What did you make? I made silicone suturing pads. Q: Why did you want to make it? I made them for me initially, because I got sick of getting sick from salmonella after practicing my suturing with raw chicken. There were also a number of other students who … Read more

Elsevier Access Suspended


The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier since January, but until now the publisher continued to allow access to 2019 articles via ScienceDirect. As of Wednesday, July 10, UC’s direct access to new Elsevier articles has been discontinued. What is affected: Members of the UC community no longer have direct access to: 2019 articles in all Elsevier journals Older articles in certain journals (download the list) What is not affected: Articles … Read more

UCSF Library Launches New Fossil Fuel Industry Documents Archive

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More than 1,000 internal documents from the fossil fuel industry illustrating strategies to cast doubt on climate science and delay policy action are now available for public research in UCSF’s Industry Documents Library. The documents, which were collected over two decades by the Climate Investigations Center, include internal memos, reports, correspondence and scientific studies from major fossil fuel corporations and related organizations which detail the industry’s research and reaction to anthropogenic climate change beginning in … Read more

Introducing the New Online Library Help Center

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Why a new Help Center? Here at the UCSF Library, our goal is to make help simple and human-centered. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the new and improved Help Center! We’ve put together some of the top FAQs, how-tos, documentation, and best practices to help you get the information you need and answer any questions you may have along the way. More relevant content The new Help Center is easy to browse, search, and … Read more

UPDATE – The CLE Update for June 2019 is Here!

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The CLE was upgraded to Moodle 3.6 on June 27, 2019, and we want to share some details on what to expect. The overall theme has been refreshed with a cleaner and more modern interface,  and tools have been added and updated. Dashboard In the Course Overview block courses will now be displayed with illustrated tiles by default, and can be sorted with filters, such as in progress, future, past, hidden, starred. You can change … Read more

Meet the Maker – Karsyn Bailey

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This week’s maker is UCSF MD-PhD student, Karsyn Bailey. We caught up with Karsyn in between her research to see what she has been making in the Makers Lab. Q: What did you make? I made decorative throw pillows for my couch in my living room. Q: Why did you want to make it? I wanted some sort of decoration on my couch, but purchasing cost more money than I wanted to spend. I know … Read more

Open Access to UCSF Theses & Dissertations

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By Liz Silva, Graduate Division, and Anneliese Taylor, LibraryPhoto by Will van Wingerden on Unsplash For years, UCSF has been at the forefront of the open science and open data movement, but access to graduate student theses and dissertations has remained behind a paywall – until now. Effective immediately, all UCSF graduate student theses and dissertations, including all those going back to 2007, are publicly available in eScholarship, the University of California’s open access publishing … Read more

New Research Analytics Tool – Dimensions

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By Kristin Dolan, Research Development Office, and Anneliese Taylor, Library Would you like to know how your research program productivity stacks up against other investigators’ outside of UCSF? Thanks to a two-year pilot through the Research Development Office, everyone at UCSF now has access to a powerful competitive intelligence and research analytics tool called Dimensions. Dimensions is a research and discovery platform released in 2017 by Digital Science (the maker of Altmetric, figshare, Overleaf and … Read more