Cal Day 2018 at the Bioscience Library: Bears, bugs, dinosaurs, and more!

Come by the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library on Cal Day, Saturday, April 21, 10am – 3pm. Marvel at the dinosaurs in the Valley Life Sciences Building and peruse the library’s collection of dinosaur books for all ages. View research posters by Integrative Biology honors undergraduate students. Watch the documentary about renowned scientist Marian Diamond, My Love Affair with the Brain. See reproductions of engravings from the Banks’ Florilegium, a collection that documents plants collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Dr. Daniel Solander during Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the south Pacific Ocean. Other unusual and rare items from the Life and Health Science libraries will also be on display. 

Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Location: Look for the table display near the Bioscience Library (2101 VLSB)

A cast of the smallest Triceratops skull ever found


Fall Workshops in the Sciences Libraries – Drop in and Learn!

This fall there is once again a packed schedule of drop-in workshops in the Science and Engineering Libraries! Topics include Citation Management, Literature Searching, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Data Management, Data Visualization, NCBI tools, LaTeX, and more. Please check the Science Libraries Events Calendar for times, dates, locations, and class descriptions.


Cal Day at the Bioscience Library: Bears, bugs, dinosaurs, . . . and more!

Visit the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library on Cal Day, Saturday, April 22, 10am – 3pm. View the dinosaurs in the Valley Life Sciences Building and peruse the library’s collection of dinosaur books for all ages. Learn about library services and resources that are available to everyone. Items from the Life and Health Science libraries will be on display.

Date: April 22, 2017
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Location: Look for the table display near the Bioscience Library (2101 VLSB)

Triceratops


Fall Workshops and Tours in the Bioscience Library

Workshops

This fall there is a packed schedule of drop-in workshops in the science libraries. No sign-up is necessary – just drop in and learn! Topics include Citation Management, Productivity Tools, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Data Management, EndNote, Data Visualization, NCBI, and more. Many of these workshops will be held in the Training Room in the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library. Please check the Science Libraries Events Calendar for times, dates, and class descriptions.

Tours

We will be offering three tours of the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library.

  • Friday, September 2, 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 8, 11:30 am
  • Friday, September 16, 1:00 pm

All tours are 30 minutes long and are offered on a drop-in basis.

Meet at the Library’s Circulation Desk, 2101 Valley Life Science Building. Event Contact: 510-642-2531

 

 


Data Visualization Workshop

A well-designed figure can have a huge impact on the communication of research results. This workshop will introduce key principles and resources for visualizing data:

  • Choosing when to use a visualization
  • Selecting the best visualization type for your data
  • Choosing design elements that increase clarity and impact
  • Avoiding visualization issues that obscure or distort data
  • Finding tools for generating visualizations

Date: Thursday, July 7

Time: 12 – 1 pm

Location: Bioscience Library Training Room, 2189 VLSB (inside the library). Please, no food or drink in the Training Room.

Open to all interested students and researchers; no registration is required.

Questions? Contact esmith@library.berkeley.edu


Fall Workshops in the Science Libraries – Drop in and Learn!

This fall there is a packed schedule of drop-in workshops in the science libraries. Workshop titles include Citation Management, Publishing for Impact, Productivity Tools, Intro to GIS, Data Management, EndNote / Refworks, and Finding Global Health and Disease Information. Many of these workshops will be held in the Training Room in the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library. Please check the Science Libraries Events Calendar for times, dates, and class descriptions.


Resource Trial – Crop Protection Compendium

The Library has trial access to Crop Protection Compendium (CPC) through May 15. CPC is a tool that compiles and presents scientific information on all aspects of global crop protection by integrating text, images, maps, and databases in a convenient portal.

CRC contains more than 26,000 datasheets and 3,500 detailed datasheets on crop pests, diseases, weeds, invasive plants, and natural enemies, as well as over 200 detailed crop datasheets. CPC also includes full text of over 25,000 relevant journal and conference articles.

Please give CPC a try before May 15 and let us know what you think!


New Database – Environment Complete

Environment Complete

We’ve recently licensed a new EBSCOhost database, Environment Complete. Environment Complete indexes about 2500 periodicals (scholarly journals and magazines) and contains full-text for about 1100 titles covering a wide variety of environmental topics.

Environment Complete is a great first database to try for those new to researching environmental topics, and it can be useful for more advanced researchers, too.

How does Environment Complete compare to our other environment-themed databases?

  • GreenFILE is a smaller database with a more narrow focus (human impact on the environment). GreenFILE is geared toward the general public, so unique content in GreenFILE may include older NGO reports and pamphlets, consumer-oriented magazines, etc.
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (ES&PM) is larger than Environment Complete – it is a collection of numerous smaller databases that together index about 6000 titles. Thus for many searches, particularly for topics like pollution, remediation, and toxicology, you will get more results with ES&PM. Search results will include conference material, reports, and environmental impact statements, so ES&PM is good for searching the environmental ‘grey literature.’

If you have questions about these or other databases, please contact a librarian at bios-library@berkeley.edu or stop by and see us at the reference desk!


Six new online encyclopedias – food, genetics, neuroscience, and more

Six new online encyclopedias are now available. You can read them online, search within them, and download or print sections of interest.

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology Encyclopedia of Food Safety Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences Pathobiology of Human Disease

  • Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems covers more than 200 topics within the themes of food systems and people, global agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology (Second Edition) covers genomics, food safety, DNA sequencing, E. coli, history of food microbiology, preservatives, irradiation of food, biophysical techniques, biosensors, genetic engineering, and more.
  • Encyclopedia of Food Safety provides international expert information on food safety, nutrition, food science and technology, foodborne diseases, and hazards.
  • Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition) provides an overview of the genetics of organisms (bacteria, phages, fungi, plants, animals, humans) and includes relevant topics in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolution, and disease.
  • Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (Second Edition) offers an overview of neurological sciences, with entries covering the anatomy, physiology, endocrinology, genetics, toxicology, immunology, pathology, and development of the brain.
  • Pathobiology of Human Disease covers structure and function of human tissues, molecular pathology, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology, and includes text, images, movies, and animations.