Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts

The Library has decided to license Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA) for a one-year pilot. MGA is a database produced by the American Meteorological Society that includes citations and abstracts for journal articles, conference papers, books, and technical reports on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, glaciology, and more. Coverage is from 1974 to the present and about 850 new records are added every month.

Use the proxy server or VPN to access MGA off-campus. Use UC-eLinks to get full text of articles.

We are interested in your feedback, so give it a try and let your subject librarian know what you think.

New ebooks in the Synthesis Digital Library series

Synthesis Digital Library Update for March, 2013

Exhibition: The Colors of California Agriculture

April 26 – July 26, 2013
The Bancroft Library Gallery
Open 10am – 4pm, Monday through Friday

The Colors of California Agriculture highlight the recently donated Goin and Starrs Archive of California Agriculture, containing photographs and panoramas by Peter Goin and field research notes by Paul F. Starrs. These materials were compiled during the five years in which they co-authored the UC Press publication, Field Guide to California Agriculture, the first major survey of agriculture in California in 30 years. The Goin and Starr Archive is featured in the context of documents, photographs, and prints from The Bancroft Library’s historical holdings on this subject.

In the corridor exhibition cases adjacent to the Gallery, select produce labels from the Schmidt Lithograph Collection are on display. At its peak from 1910-1929, the Schmidt Lithograph Company was the largest label producing company in California. The company’s growth paralleled that of California’s agricultural production. The 47 Schmidt scrapbooks are a visual cornucopia advertising California’s bounty of dried, canned, crated fruits and vegetables.

Available on a trial basis: PolicyMap

PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool with applications for students and faculty. Useful for folks in sociology, urban studies, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business (real estate and marketing), and geography, among others.

Leverage over 15,000 US data indicators in PolicyMap to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block up to a national level, as well as by creating custom regions, for their research and studies. The indicators are related to demographics, neighborhood conditions, real estate markets, money and income, jobs and economy, education, crime, health, and more. PolicyMap data can be presented as maps, tables, charts and reports that can be incorporated into papers, presentations, blogs and websites. In addition, students can upload unlimited amounts of their own address-based data for use in PolicyMap, and can share these maps with others.

Trial runs through mid-May. Feedback appreciated!