Mobile physics: arXiv on the iPhone

arXiview is a new iPhone app written by Dave Bacon, Physics Professor at the University of Washington. As posted on the arXiview website, you can:

  • browse arXiv categories
  • search arXiv by author, title, full text, without category restrictions.
  • save preprints to your iPhone
  • email articles to yourself or your colleagues
  • read PDFs in landscape and portrait mode
  • arrange your own category preferences.

The new app is also mentioned on Dave Bacon’s The Quantum Pontiff blog and the Blog. Visit the iPhone Apps website for other arXiv apps.

This post is adapted from a post that originally appeared in Open Access News.

INSPEC now available on ISI Web of Knowledge

INSPEC, the premier database for physics, computer science, information technology, and electrical engineering is moving from Ovid to ISI Web of Knowledge. Beginning today, we have access to INSPEC through both platforms.

You can search all dates covered by INSPEC back to 1898. Special features include the ability to limit to review articles or other treatment types; refine your search results by author, classification, language, and more; link to related records, references, and "cited by" information from Web of Science; and much more. The new platform also allows powerful range searching for various numerical data (such as frequency, temperature, and voltage).

Karen Berryman, from IET (the publisher of INSPEC), will present this new platform and its special features in the Physics-Astronomy Library (351 LeConte) on Thursday, April 23, 2009, 2:30-3:30pm.

CDL has created an interim screen with links to both platforms, which will run parallel through June 30.

May 11th Sacramento Instruction Session: Accessing Full-Text Electronic Journals

Do you want to know:

* Which full text journals you can access from your desktop?
* How to navigate the OvidSP journals web site?
* Which features are available on the OvidSP journals web site?
* How to use the CDPH PubMed URL to access journal articles?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Accessing Full Text Electronic Journals class!

Topics covered will include:
1. How to navigate and browse for journal articles in the OvidSP interface
2. Features of the OvidSP web site, including cited reference searching and exporting Ovid records into bibliographic management software (e.g., EndNote)
3. How to access articles online using a customized version of PubMed, which links to the CDPH-licensed full text journals

Class: Accessing Full-Text Electronic Journals
When: Monday, May 11th, 1:30-2:30 pm
Where: 1500 Capitol Avenue, Rooms 72.148-149, Training Rooms A and B

This class is intended for CDPH staff who wish to learn about the full-text online journals available to them, and the special features available on the OvidSP web site.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, May 6th to Judy Bolstad at, or (510) 642-2510.

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

May 13th Richmond Instruction Session: PubMed Advanced Hands On

* Want to learn more about finding and using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)?
* Want to know how to effectively use MeSH subheadings?
* Want to learn how to use “evidence-based medicine” filters?
* Need to know if a specific journal is indexed in PubMed?
* Want to learn how to set up a My NCBI account to save your PubMed searches and have updates automatically e-mailed to you?
* Want to save your PubMed search results to create a permanent citation list?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s PubMed Advanced Hands-On class!  

Topics covered will include:
1. More on MeSH
2. Using MeSH Subheadings effectively
3. Clinical Queries and Special Queries
4. The Journals Database
5. My NCBI: saving searches, search results, creating filters

Class: PubMed Advanced Hands-On
When: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: CDPH Richmond Campus, Building P, Room 1246
           (Computer Training Room)

This class is intended for CDPH staff who are already using PubMed and wish to learn some advanced features. Please note: This class is limited to 16 participants. A waiting list will be created if necessary for an additional class.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, May 11th to Judy Bolstad at, or (510) 642-2510.

NON-BUILDING P OCCUPANTS: Please make sure to register so your name will be on the class participant list given to the Building P Security Desk for entry into Building P.

These hands on training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

Procedure for Returning Books to the Public Health Library

For Public Health Library books you request from us and we check out and send to you, please make sure to return them to the Public Health library when you are finished. This ensures that our books are returned safely and do not get lost.

If you do not want to drop them off at our library, please make use of the CDPH interoffice mail systems when possible. Simply address mail to "Public Health Library, Berkeley" and place in the CDPH mail. We receive it much faster than if sent through the U.S. Mail.

If you need to send items via U.S. Mail, please use the following address:

Attn: Document Delivery Unit
Sheldon Margen Public Health Library
1 University Hall #7360
University of California
Berkeley, California 94720-7360

New UC Berkeley Library Catalog

In late May, the UC Berkeley Library will be launching a new catalog named OskiCat, which will replace the Pathfinder and GLADIS catalogs and will feature enhanced search and circulation functionality. Note: the transition to the new UCB catalog will not affect any contract services, including our document delivery service. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at (510) 642-2510.

Want to learn GIS?

The role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a public health tool continues to expand. Here are some places you can learn how GIS is used, and how to "do" GIS:

UC Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility,, offers reasonably priced workshops. You need not be affiliated with UC Berkeley to enroll. Their site also has online instruction links, quick guides, and more.

Mapping Your Community: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis,, is a class offered by New Urban Research. Although there are no California classes currently scheduled, they will likely offer the class again in the future. You can sign up for their email list to hear about California classes as they get scheduled.

GIS Summer School, UC Riverside,, is being offered July 6 to August 27, 2009. This is not a beginner’s class. Enrollment and class description are on their web site.

GIS Community and Events, UC San Diego,, offers a Lunch Series and more. The web site also has links to past presentations at UCSD (

The UC Berkeley Public Health Library has a Public Health GIS Resources web page,, with links to programs, maps and tools, and more.

And, CDPH has a GIS User’s Group email list. You need not be an experienced GIS user to subscribe. CDPH also licenses GIS oftware for your use. For more information, or to subscribe to the list, contact Matthew Stone,

New Books!

The Public Health Library now has the following new books available:

1. Older adult-led health promotion in urban communities: models and interventions. By Melvin Delgado. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009. UCB Public Health Library call number: RA427.8.D45 2009  

2. Occupational health and safety management: a practical approach. By Charles D. Reese. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2009. UCB Public Health Library call number: RC967.R447 2009  

3. Adolescent health services: missing opportunities. By the National Research Council (U.S.) Committee on Adolescent Health Care Services and Models of Care for Treatment, Prevention, and Healthy Development. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2009. UCB Public Health Library call number: RJ102.A375 2009  

4. Toxicogenomics: a powerful tool for toxicity assessment. By Saura C. Sahu. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2008. UCB Public Health Library call number: RA1224.3.T697 2008  

5. Personalized nutrition for the diverse needs of infants and children. By Dennis M. Bier. New York: Karger, 2008. UCB Public Health Library call number: RJ216.N473 2008

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any books, please submit a request using our online form at: