Library facilities will be closed until further notice, but see Teaching and Learning Continuity for help with remote instruction and learning.

UCSF 3D Printed Face Shield Project

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This webpage provides information about the UCSF face shield project. The most current face shield model is provided below, as well as a background, production workflow, and more resources. The face shield project is one of many PPE-related projects being worked on by the UCSF ORIF (Organized, Rapid, Intelligent Fabrication) team in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Background One of the challenges UCSF hospitals are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic is the shortage of masks, … Read more

Access to Research Resources during COVID-19

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Remote online access to reliable scholarly research is essential during the Coronavirus crisis, and many publishers are responding by lifting access restrictions to some or all of their content. These resources complement UCSF’s vast online journal, book, video and database collections. We highlight the key resources for the UCSF community below, and point to where you can find additional free content. Expanded Access to Resources during the COVID-19 Crisis In the wake of the COVID-19 … Read more

PLOS Publishing Agreement Goes Live

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In February, the University of California announced that it had signed an agreement with the open access publisher, PLOS, to make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish in PLOS’ journals. We’re pleased to let you know that this agreement is in effect as of April 1! How does the deal work? Starting April 1, 2020, all manuscripts submitted for publication in a PLOS journal with a corresponding author from any of … Read more

Poll Everywhere is now available

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UCSF now provides a campus-wide license for Poll Everywhere. All faculty, staff and students have access to the web-based audience response system that supports interactive instruction and real-time student engagement. How Does It Work? Poll Everywhere is a web-based polling platform for audience participation which eliminates the need for physical clickers. Users create activities through a simple web interface and can embed them directly into PowerPoint or Keynote. The tool can be used in a classroom setting, … Read more

Online Data Science Training Resources

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We are here to help! The Library’s Data Science Initiative (DSI) team is working hard to provide more online training opportunities and individual consultations to best support your research and work. We are dedicated to providing high quality services as usual, adapting our approach due to the COVID-19 crisis. You can keep up to date on upcoming online trainings and more by checking out our calendar, twitter account, and our Data Science monthly email newsletter. … Read more

Addressing COVID-19 with the Maker Community

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Looking for the Poll Everywhere article? Link to: Poll Everywhere is Now Available As part of UCSF efforts to limit the potential of COVID-19 spreading within our local community, the UCSF Library and the Makers Lab will be closed until further notice — but we are still here to help! The Makers Lab is determined to provide information about recent developments addressing COVID-19 from the maker community during this time. The following is a compilation … Read more

UCSF Library Facilities Closed

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Due to COVID-19, access to all UCSF Library facilities will be closed until further notice. Collections and essential services will be available remotely. Getting help The library will continue to offer services and support, so you can continue with your study and work. Teaching and Learning ContinuityIf routine academic functions are disrupted due to campus closures, it may be necessary to teach and learn remotely. There is a range of support and tools to help … Read more

Request for Comments on Public Access to Federally Funded Research Results

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The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), part of the Executive Office of the President, is looking for feedback on how to broaden public access to research publications, datasets, and software code that arise from federal funding. More than $135 billion is awarded every year in federal research and development funding. Free public access to the ensuing results improves both the impact and accountability of taxpayer-funded research. Several Noble-laureate scholars have voiced their … Read more

Keeping up with COVID-19


Keeping up with developments on scientific information about this evolving crisis is challenging. Here are some recommended sources. LitCovid LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to a growing number of research articles in PubMed. Dimensions The Dimensions database can be queried to pull up all relevant COVID-19 publications, clinical trials, and datasets. The results of … Read more

Limited Access at Parnassus Library

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Starting March 12, 2020, access to the Kalmanovitz Library on the Parnassus campus will be limited in response to UCSF initiatives and actions to prevent COVID-19 exposure. All faculty, students, and staff with an active UCSF ID badge will be able to card swipe into the building during regular library hours. UCSF students with ID badge continue to have 24/7 access to the Hearst Room UCSF badge holders who do not have their ID with … Read more

Meet the Maker – Dr. Barbie Klein

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This week’s maker is Dr. Klein, Assistant Professor in Anatomy. We caught up with Dr. Klein in between class to see what she has been working on in the Makers Lab. Q: What did you make? I collaborated with Aira Lipson to create an apron demonstrating embryonic development of the gastrointestinal tube. The apron is color-coded to indicate the three divisions of the gut tube (foregut, midgut, and hindgut), demonstrates differential growth of the small … Read more

RefWorks subscription ending June 2020

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UCSF Library plans to end our subscription to RefWorks on 30 June 2020. Why is this happening? UCSF Library has a long-standing subscription to RefWorks. In the last two years we have received frequent complaints about the product, have seen Word and browser compatibility issues, and have not received the level of support from RefWorks we needed to solve the problems. After a lot of thought, we have decided it is time to end our relationship with RefWorks. What do I … Read more

Enhance your videos with Media@UCSF

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Sharing video and audio content with learners in the CLE has never been easier. Media@UCSF is an online multimedia hosting platform that is fully integrated with the CLE, allowing educators to upload and share video and audio content with learners in a variety of ways. Content is streamed to learners, and automatically adjusts to provide smooth playback even for users with slower connection speeds. Multimedia content can be embedded into the CLE virtually anywhere text … Read more

Turnitin Self-Check Site for Researchers

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We are pleased to announce a new Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) site designed to help researchers to self-check their work with Turnitin!  What is Turnitin? Turnitin is a plagiarism prevention service that helps verify the similarity of your work by comparing your submissions to Turnitin’s database of internet information, journal articles, and publications. Turnitin generates a Similarity Report which is the result of a comparison between the text of the submission against a large range of … Read more

Meet the Maker – Angelo Pelonero

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This week’s maker is Angelo Pelonero, Bioinformatician at The Gladstone Institutes. We caught up with Angelo after the new year to check out one of the projects he has been working on in the Makers Lab. Q: What did you make?  This has been a long time coming, but after a year and a half of careful planning and material sourcing I have finally custom-painted my Specialized Diverge gravel bike that I use for commuting … Read more

Open Access Publishing Deals with PLOS and JMIR

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The University of California recently signed two new publishing agreements with the open access publishers PLOS and JMIR Publications. These agreements will make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish scholarly articles that are free for all to access in the publishers’ journals. Under both agreements, the UC libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access publishing fee for articles with a corresponding author affiliated with a UC campus. … Read more

Introducing the Makers Lab Project Repository

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Many of the resources that we use in the Makers Lab to make, discover, and teach come from free, open source software and repositories. In continuing with the spirit of open source accessibility, we are excited to share our own repository of original projects, made right here in the UCSF Library! Not only will this include projects created in the Makers Lab, but also projects created through collaborative partnerships with different departments and disciplines across campus. … Read more

15 Million Industry Documents and Counting!

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UCSF’s Industry Documents Library (IDL) celebrated a major achievement in January 2020 when we added the 15 millionth document to our collections. IDL has been growing steadily ever since it was established in 2002 with 5.5 million tobacco industry documents, and we’ve long been anticipating this milestone as we watched our page and document counts gradually increase with every monthly update. The Industry Documents Library contains internal documents created by industries which impact public health, … Read more