Digital on Demand service from NTRL

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The National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), a repository for technical reports from government agencies produced by the NTIS, rolled out a new Digital-on-Demand service for academic users. The new digitization service allows users to request reports that are not available in full text to be digitized and made available in the database.

The process is simple: locate a report in NTRL, click on the “Digital on Demand” link, and enter your contact information. The requested report will be digitized and made available in about a week. Questions about the service? Contact lngo[at]berkeley[dot]edu.

Now Available: GIDEON: the world’s premier Global Infectious Disease knowledge management tool.

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. Includes Diagnosis, Diseases, Travel, Drugs and Vaccines tabs. With the Microbiology module, you can 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.

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

Introducing ASTM Compass

ASTM Compass

The ASTM Digital Library, our source for current and historical ASTM Standards, has launched a new platform called ASTM Compass. The new platform features new tools including:

  • active and historical standard revision comparisons
  • annotations functionality
  • alerts for standard revisions and changes

ASTM Compass continues to provide our users with access to the ASTM Special Technical Publication series, all ASTM Journals, the Dictionary of Engineering Terminology, and more.

Check it out at

SpringerMaterials Refresh

SpringerMaterials is the world’s largest research platform dedicated to information on materials, their properties and uses – providing access to curated data about 3000+ physical and chemical properties of 250,000+ materials and chemical systems.  Periodic Table and Chemical Structure Search tools enable the researchers to search in an expansive way, and discover related materials for comparison.

Recently, the platform received a total overhaul to make the new site more nimble and user friendly.  A series of new functionalities as well as new content have been added.  Check it out at

Enhancements include:

  • interactive tables
  • 3D views on crystal structures
  • a “facet” tool with filters to restrict results to properties, materials discipline or specific databases
  • device-agnostic (responsive) design so that content is now available on tablets, mobile phones, laptops and desktop computers

Finding Ebola articles in PubMed

As you might expect, there are a number of quality articles on Ebola in PubMed. You might be wondering how best to locate them! The National Library of Medicine (NLM) suggests using the term < ebola* > as the best way to find all citations indexed with any of the Ebola MeSH headings as well as citations that have not yet been indexed but have that root string as a text word. You can find more tips as well as a link to NLM resources in the NLM Technical Bulletin article: Search Hint: Searching for Ebola in MEDLINE/PubMed.

There are over 2,400 citations that come up when you do the suggested search. If you want to read any that you are unable to get the full text for, please use our document delivery service! The best way to request articles or books is to use the web portal.

In case you have forgotten how to get to the Public Health Library’s web portal, we have made a short tutorial. It will guide you from the CDPH Intranet to the web portal.

Don’t have a web portal account and want one? Send an e-mail to Sarah at with your name, unit, phone/fax numbers, and work e-mail address. Your username and password will be sent to you.

Search help for finding information in PubMed on the health of population groups

The NLM has created a new Special Query for searching Population Health. This search strategy can be used in PubMed by simply clicking on the link!

The Population Health Special Query is a PubMed search of relevant MeSH headings and text words created by experts to retrieve PubMed citations on this topic. The MeSH headings used here were selected with the assistance of members of the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health.

Currently, the pre-formulated search retrieves over 9,000 PubMed citations to English language literature excluding letters. You can combine this with your more specific subject search terms for help in finding the research you need for your work.

Other topic-specific PubMed Special Queries such as ones for dietary supplements, toxicology, and comparative effectiveness research are available as well.

New NLM Tutorial: Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed

Looking for help in searching PubMed for drug or chemical information? The National Library of Medicine has just released the new tutorial called Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed.
This informative tutorial offers tips on effectively and efficiently searching PubMed for drugs and chemicals, through a series of nine brief modules with video demonstrations.

You’ll find out how to use the common name, the MeSH database, and pharmacological action lists to search for your substance. You’ll also find tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid in these helpful modules.

NLM has created many other tutorials to help you use PubMed. These tutorials will help with basic PubMed searches, managing your results, saving searches, and using MeSH.

The Public Health Library has also created many handouts, exercise sets, and tutorials to assist you with your PubMed searches. You’ll find a quick guide, PubMed basics information, a MeSH handout, and a My NCBI guide among other materials.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions on searching PubMed!

Online paging: New library service gets books delivered from/to nearly any UCB Library

You can now request books and other library materials be delivered to any of over 20 library locations. Just use the UC Berkeley library catalog OskiCat to find the circulating item you’d like, click the Request button near the top of the screen, and enter your CalNet ID and password. Then, select your favorite library to have the item delivered to. It will arrive within three business days; in most cases sooner. Imagine requesting books from the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, Earth Sciences & Map Library, Business Library, and Anthropology Library from the comfort of your home and having them all sent to the Public Health Library where you can pick them up on your way to class the next morning.

Online paging — another way the Library helps you access the materials you need in a timely and efficient manner.

Fall workshops

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The science and engineering libraries are holding a series of workshops during Welcome Week that can help you get the most out of freely available as well as Berkeley subscribed resources. Workshops include:

  • E-resources: go beyond Google to get the scholarly materials you need
  • Citation management and productivity tools: EndNote, Evernote, Mendeley, and more
  • GIS: an introduction to Geographic Information Systems and mapping tools
  • Data management: the best ways to create a data management plan, create, store, backup, and share your data

Check out the schedule on our Events Calendar. All workshops are drop-in – no registration required.

New Library website

New Library Website

The new UC Berkeley Library website goes live on Tuesday, August 12. The website will remain at the same URL, New features include faster and easier access to study room reservation systems and library locations and hours.

As part of the Library website redesign the Engineering Library website will also have an updated look. As of Tuesday, August 12, the new URL for the Engineering Library will be Our old URLs will redirect you to the new website.

We encourage you to use the “Give us feedback” link to help us make the website better!