CRCnetBASE: Online Science Books

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Have you ever wished you could look up something in a scientific book when you are studying at home? If so, CRCnetBASE is the answer!

This online collection of books includes the following topics:

  • chemistry
  • engineering
  • environmental science
  • food science
  • math
  • neuroscience
  • statistics
  • and more!

You can search across all books, browse books by subject, and download the pdfs of chapters. All the books can be found searching OskiCat as well.

CINAHL Database

Check out our new database, CINAHL!

CINAHL covers a wide range of topics, such as nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines.

Content includes journal articles, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals, book chapters, legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, research instruments, and clinical trials.

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Statista – Statistical Database

Have you ever needed a chart or graph for your project to give it a little pizazz? Then, take a look at Statista!

Statista, a newly licensed statistical database, has a wealth of statistics on a variety of topics from the sciences to business, and more. For example, you can find charts on:

  • The global consumption of biofuels
  • Global agricultural greenhouse emissions
  • A ranking of the countries with the most Nobel Laureates in Physics and Chemistry

Statista is easy to search. It provides charts, graphs, tables, and infographics that you can download and use in your projects.

Acreage of GMOs Worldwide 2004-2013

Take a look today!

New Database: GIDEON: the world’s premier Global Infectious Disease knowledge management tool

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We are happy to announce that GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) has been licensed for UCB use!

GIDEON’s Infectious diseases module facilitates diagnoses, and tracks information on Infectious Diseases from around the globe.

  • Include tabs on Diagnosis, Diseases, Travel, Drugs and Vaccines.
  • The Microbiology module, allows you to identify a taxon based on its phenotypic characteristics and view a list of the typical positive and negative reactions for a specified organism and compare the reactions of two or more species.

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Check out the Video Tutorials, Tutorial, and GIDEON Cases, which provide examples of how you can use GIDEON.

Bioscience and Biotechnology in History

1998 marked the 25th anniversary of the development of recombinant DNA by Stanley N. Cohen of Stanford University and Herbert W. Boyer of the University of California, San Francisco. This invention made it possible to recombine and clone DNA, thus providing basic scientists with a simple and precise method for studying the structure and function of genes of higher and lower organisms. Recombinant DNA technology, as it came to be known, also became a foundation of the biotechnology industry now flourishing in the Bay Area and around the world.

The Bioscience and Biotechnology in History exhibit celebrates this discovery and suggests its broad implications for science, society, and industry. It also provides a glimpse of bioscience research and discovery at Berkeley preceding the recombinant DNA revolution, as documented in the archives and oral histories of four prominent scientists: Karl Meyer, Melvin Calvin, Wendell Stanley, and Gunther Stent.

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Online Exhibition: Images of Native Americans

The Bancroft Library also presents Images of Native Americans, a digital companion to an exhibit of rare books, photographs, illustrations, and other archival and manuscript materials that debuted in the Fall of 2000, to celebrate the acquisition of the University of California, Berkeley Library's nine millionth volume.

Foundations of Anthropology at the University of California Digital Exhibit

Foundations of Anthropology

At the turn of the twentieth century, academic programs in anthropology in America were flourishing in Cambridge, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. There was intense interest in the extraordinary anthropological riches of California but no academic program dedicated to discovering, interpreting, and curating them.

The Foundations of Anthropology at the University of California, 1901-1960, based on an exhibit in the Bancroft Library Gallery, January 21 – April 29, 2002, tells the story of the key individuals and events driving the establishment of an academic program in 1901 that within a few decades achieved worldwide stature. The exhibit draws on the extensive collection of records, documents, and images held by The Bancroft Library including departmental records and faculty papers. A few items have been lent by other institutions, most notably — a special feature of the online exhibit — several audio and video clips provided by the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

The online exhibit was created by David Farrell and Andrew Hon, with special technical assistance provided by Gary Handman in the Library’s Media Resources Center, Erica Nordmeier in Bancroft’s Photographic Duplication division, and Sally Thomas in the University of California History Digital Archive.

Foundations of Anthropology at the University of California Digital Exhibit:

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Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft Collection

On December 20, 2005, the UC Berkeley Library inaugurated its digital exhibit of materials from its Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft Collection at This collection contains over 1,600 books, manuscripts and pictorial items, mostly from the 17th century, which document the activities of Germany's first literary society, and is housed in The Bancroft Library.

In August 1617 a small group of Saxon nobles gathered in Castle Hornstein near Weimar to establish a type of institution previously unknown on German soil, the literary society. It was based on the Italian model of the previous century, and specifically on the Accademia della Crusca of Florence, to whose ranks one its founding members, Prince Ludwig of Anhalt-Köthen, had been elected in 1600. Ludwig was the chief benefactor and the head of this new German society until his death in 1650, and he and its other founding members sought inspiration in their pursuit of learning from the many Italian literary societies which had contributed so much to the purification and normalization of Italian letters in the sixteenth century.

The new German society was called the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft, the Fruitbearing Society, and its motto was "Alles zum Nützen" — "Everything for a purpose." As had its Italian precursors, the German society saw its principal role in the elaboration of language standards for the vernacular, including spelling and grammatical norms but also tending against the use of foreign words and phrases. It also promoted the use of German as a literary and scholarly language by the attention it focussed on important new works of German scholarship and literature, and by its active role in publishing these works through most of the 17th century.

The Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft Collection Digital Exhibit was created by James H. Spohrer, UC Berkeley's Librarian for the Germanic Collections, with technical assistance from Brooke Dykman of the Library's Digital Projects Office. It was made possible by generous financial support from IDC Publishers and by Berkeley's Institute of European Studies.

Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft Collection Digital Exhibit:

Breaking Through: A Century of Physics at Berkeley

Online Exhibition: Breaking Through: A Century of Physics at Berkeley

Breaking Through: A Century of Physics at Berkeley

A virtual representation of the Bancroft Gallery exhibit (January-April 2004), with more are more than 100 images (and accompanying text) of documents, correspondence, photographs, and published materials drawn from Bancroft's extensive history of science collections of books, faculty papers, and departmental records. Includes additional digitized full text and multimedia relating to J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project.

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The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Website

1906 Earthquake and Fire

On April 18, 1906, San Francisco was wrecked by a powerful earthquake and for the next few days was consumed by fires that destroyed a large portion of the city. The earthquake's epicenter was located near the city along the San Andreas Fault. Damage from the earthquake was widespread, occurring for hundreds of miles along the extensive fault line. As San Francisco was then the West Coast's most populous city and its leading economic and cultural center, the repercussions of the earthquake and fire throughout the region were tremendous.

Since then, documentation pertaining to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire has been collected and preserved these many years at various libraries and archives throughout the state. In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the disaster, some of these institutions have collaborated in an effort to make selected primary source materials accessible in a digital format. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection is the result of this effort. Some 14,000 digital images and 7,000 pages of text documents have been prepared for the digital collection.

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection web site includes an online exhibit, the ability to search and browse the collections, an interactive map of the city of San Francisco, and the presentation of a 360-degree panoramic view of the ruined city. A list of resources for further study is also provided.

The project was organized by The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The project includes material contributed by the Bancroft Library, California Historical Society, the California State Library, Stanford University, The Huntington Library, and the Society of California Pioneers. The project was made possible by a grant from the federal Library Systems and Technology Act under the auspices of the California State Library during the tenure of State Librarian Kevin Starr.