Want to sign in to the Web Portal but forgotten how? Help is here with our short new tutorial!

Want to sign in to the Web Portal to take full advantage of the services offered by the Public Health Library? Forgotten how to log in?

In case you have forgotten how to get to the Public Health Library’s web portal (the best way to access our services to CDPH) 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 sngo@library.berkeley.edu with your name, unit, phone/fax numbers, and work e-mail address. Your username and password will be sent to you.

Need to refresh yourself on risk assessment? Try these short videos.

The Risk Bites videos might be just for you! Dr. Andrew Maynard, director of University of Michigan’s Risk Science Center, produces these short and informative videos on human health risks and how to manage them.

The Youtube videos examine the risk of various activities such as getting vaccinated against HPV, using antibacterial soap, using electronic cigarettes, and exposure to alien blood or other designer organisms. There are also videos explaining some of the concepts used in risk assessment such as the different between hazard and risk, dose response, and estimating health risk.

New Study Room Reservation System

Need a group study room? Check out the Engineering Library’s new study room reservation system! The new system features a more user-friendly design and easier navigation between available rooms across the UC Berkeley Libraries.

Helpful information about the Engineering Library’s study rooms:

  • Rooms include white boards and LCD monitors with laptop hookups
  • Reservations can be made up to one week in advance
  • Maximum of 2 hours can be reserved per person per day, for a maximum of 6 hours per week
  • Reservations must be made with your @berkeley.edu email address
  • You must confirm your reservation via an email link in order to complete your booking
  • There is no food allowed in the Engineering Library

Summer hours in the science libraries

Our summer hours begin May 17. All the science libraries will be closed on weekends over the summer. Weekday hours will be as follows:

Bioscience & Natural Resources: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Earth Science & Map: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Engineering: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri (May 17-Jun 8); 9am-6pm Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm Fri (Jun 9-Aug 24)

Mathematics Statistics: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri

Optometry & Health Sciences: 1pm-5pm Mon-Fri

Physics-Astronomy: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri

Public Health: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri

Please consult the Library Hours page to check the hours for all libraries.

Research the teaching and learning of science using Education Source

Use Education Source (formerly Education Full Text) to find articles and more on all education topics, including adult education, continuing education, distance learning, government funding, multicultural education, social issues, and more.


Education Source contains a substantial number of citations on the teaching and learning of science. Start your search using thesaurus terms such as "Public Health – Study & teaching," "Physics – Study & teaching," etc. Narrow your search by adding such terms as: case study, evaluation, and so forth. The EBSCO search interface easily allows for applying limits to your search such as a date range, or limiting to peer-reviewed content. You can quickly change the sort from relevance to date; other sort options are also available. Education Source includes the full text for over 1,800 journals, with UC-eLinks to access the full text of more, as well as full text for more than 550 books and monographs, numerous education-related conference papers, and citations for over 5 million articles.

RefWorks webinars to help you learn the ropes

Each month, several webinars are available to help you learn RefWorks. For April, 2014, here’s the listing:

  • Beyond Direct Export: Five Other Ways to Import Information to RefWorks (30 minutes)
  • Using RefWorks to Quickly Import Citations and Write a Paper (30 minutes)
  • Gather and Organize your Research Sources in RefWorks – Part 1 (30 minutes)
  • Gather and Organize your Research Sources in RefWorks – Part 2 (30 minutes)
  • The new Write-N-Cite (45 minutes)
  • The new Write-N-Cite for the Mac (45 Minutes)
  • RefWorks Collaborative Features (45 minutes)

Access these at the RefWorks-COS Training Webinars website (www.refworks-cos.com/training). Live and recorded webinars are available.

More JoVE for visualized experiments

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes in video format.  Learn experimental methods and research results by watching authors dynamically present their methods, data analyses, and results.

We’ve expanded our subscription to include 7 JoVE sections. ┬áCheck them out!

New content in Web of Knowledge

UC’s subscription to the Web of Knowledge now features more content than ever before! New databases available for searching on the Web of Knowledge platform include:

  • Book Citation Index (2005-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present)
  • Current Contents Connect (1998-present)
  • Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present)
  • Data Citation Index (1900-present)
  • Derwent Innovations Index (1993-present)
  • Index Chemicus (1993-present)

Many users will be familiar with searching Web of Knowledge in order to access Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, BIOSIS, and Inspec. Of particular interest for science and engineering researchers may be the Data Citation Index, which allows users to discover research data, including data studies, data sets from a wide range of international data repositories and connect them with the scientific literature to track data citation. In addition, the Derwent Innovations Index gives UC researchers a new way to search and cite patent information.

More information and tips on searching can be found on the Web of Knowledge training site.