Materials for Medical Devices Database trial access

During the month of April, the library will have online trial access to the Materials for Medical Devices Database from ASM International. Materials for Medical Devices is a set of mechanical, physical, biological response, and drug compatibility properties for the materials and coatings used in medical devices. Off-campus access is available via the library proxy server or the campus VPN. Please send comments or questions to lngo (at) library (dot) berkeley (dot) edu.


Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy affects you if you have a current NIH grant, have students or staff whose salaries are paid by NIH, or are paid by NIH yourself. Beginning on April 7, if you have received NIH funding for research published in a peer reviewed journal, or your salary is paid by NIH, you will need to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. The library has developed a guide on the NIH Mandate with information on how to comply.

Important Dates

  • April 7, 2008: all articles based on research funded by the NIH must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.
  • May 25, 2008: NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports must include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) when citing an article that falls under the policy and is authored or co-authored by the investigator, or arose from the investigator's NIH award. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008 due date and subsequent due dates.

Video on article databases

The library's article databases offer a vast amount of reliable information published in academic and scientific journals. They often provide full text of the articles, or the UC-eLinks button which helps you locate the text online or in the library.

UC-eLinks button

This video briefly describes the benefits of using these databases (45 seconds, silent, requires Flash Player).

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» Video tutorials on how to do library research


Special thanks to ProQuest for producing this video.