Archive for the ‘Resource News’ Category

What’s “Not currently owned; Ask Library to order”?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

What does it mean when you search the library catalog an stumble on a title with the following information?:

Location: Not currently owned; Ask Library to order
Call Number: UCLA faculty and students ONLY: Click on “Request an Item” button and select “Buy this item-Purchase Request” to ask Library to order this

This is part of a pilot project to encourage UCLA faculty and students to help us determine what should be added to our library collections. All you need to do to request that the library purchase these titles is to click on the “Request an Item” button and select “Buy this item-Purchase Request.” The library will let you know when the book has arrived.

Special funds have been set aside to purchase books requested by UCLA faculty and students, so please help us develop our collections by taking a few minutes to request these titles!

Materials ConneXion Trial

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The Arts Library has arranged for a one week trial of the Materials ConneXion database of new and innovative building materials. Anyone on the UCLA campus can access the database by going directly to the login page using this link:

Students and faculty can access the Materials ConneXion database from off campus by creating a free Personal Account. A Personal Account can also be used on campus and offers certain benefits and advanced features. For instance, students and faculty can save materials they have researched by “tagging” them. Use this link to create a personal account. A valid school email address must be used as a username.

I’d recommend using the “Advanced Search” to explore new materials in Material ConneXion’s improved interface.

Access to the database will be fairly costly, so I’d like your feedback as to whether you think it a valuable addition to our collection. If I don’t receive any feedback, I’ll assume you’re not interested and will not purchase access. Please let me know what you think!

New Online Interior Design Journal Available to UCLA Users

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

UCLA Users now have online access to a new journal: Interiors : design, architecture, culture.

This Journal attempts to bring together the best critical work on the analysis of all types of spaces, and aims to investigate the complexities of the interior environment’s history, orchestration and composition, and its impact on the inhabitant from a trans-disciplinary perspective.

Interiors aims to challenge divisions between theory and practice, and seeks to be a place of inspiration and information for practitioners, historians and theorists of the interior.

ARTstor Mobile

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The ARTstor Digital Library is now accessible to registered ARTstor users through the iPad, iPhone, and the iPod Touch, providing read-only features such as searching and browsing, zooming, and viewing saved image groups. ARTstor also introduced the Flashcard View for ARTstor Mobile, which allows users to test their knowledge by viewing the image without textual information, and then flipping the image to reveal the image record. This new view can be found under the “Views” menu as “Flashcard.” ARTstor Mobile is only available through the Safari browser, just go to from your mobile device. For more details, visit our Help page at

HyperCities Egypt Featured on NBC LA

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

An NBC news crew visited UCLA to do a story about HyperCities Egypt and the story was featured on NBC LA. The story contains a video interview with Yoh Kawano explaining the project.

MADCAD database trial

Monday, January 24th, 2011

We now have trial access to, until 02/07/2011.

To access MADCAD, simply go to:
from workstations on the campus network (or through the VPN or proxy server).

Here is a description of MADCAD:

“ is the only web-based subscription service that provides online access to a searchable database of building codes and standards from all major content providers in HTML format. users can:

- access codes and standards online 24/7 – no downloads or installations are required!
- create custom subscriptions
- share concurrency based access with their co-workers
- perform full-text keyword searches within a single book, selected books, or the entire eLibrary
- navigate efficiently with cross-referenced hyperlinks
- copy and paste excerpts into reports
- find state amendments and building products provides online access to more than 20,000 codes and standards from the following publishers:

  • ASCE [American Society of Civil Engineers]
  • ASHRAE [American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers]
  • ASME [American Society of Mechanical Engineers]
  • ASTM [ASTM International]
  • BHMA [Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association]
  •  IAPMO [International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials]
  • ICC [International Code Council]
  • IEEE [Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers]
  •  NFPA [National Fire Protection Association]
  • CA state codes”

Please let me know what you think of this resource!

Casey Fashion Plate Collection Online

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Over 6,200 hand-colored, finely detailed fashion illustrations produced between 1780 and 1880 for British and American fashion magazines have been digitzed by the Los Angeles Public Library. The plates depict fashionable styles of dress for men, women and children, and constitute valuable source material on the history of dress during this period in history.

Click on this link for an index of all the plates available or browse the collection.

New in ARTstor: Architecture from Europe and the Middle East by Sites and Photos

Monday, October 25th, 2010

New photos of ancient through medieval archaeological and architectural sites throughout Europe and the Middle East by Sites and Photos are now available in the ARTstor Digital Library. The images provide broad and in-depth documentation of the ancient world, including Classical, Megalithic, Islamic, Crusader, and Gothic archaeology and architecture, as well as Greek and Roman painting, sculpture, mosaics, and decorative arts. The collection is especially strong in its coverage of religious and Biblical sites in Israel, Jordan, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, and Cyprus.

Based in Israel, Sites and Photos specializes in the digital documentation of ancient archaeology, architecture, and art. Samuel Magal, Owner and Chief Photographer, is a trained archaeologist specializing in Classical and Marine archaeology. Since 1999, he has photographed hundreds of sites and museums throughout the Mediterranean.

To view the Sites and Photos collection from a workstation at UCLA (or if have an ARTstor account), simply follow this link:

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Sites and Photos collection page.

Please Participate: UC Libraries Academic e-Book Survey

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The University of California Libraries are surveying UC faculty, students, and staff about their preferences when using print and e-books for academic work. Your participation in this survey is essential to help the UC libraries plan future purchases and services.

You can access the survey at:
This link will be active from Monday, October 11, through Monday, October 25.

The survey asks several specific questions about Springer e-books. You do not have to have used Springer e-books, or any e-books, to participate; your feedback will be valuable regardless.

It should take no more than ten minutes to complete the survey. Participation is entirely voluntary, and your responses will be anonymous.

Participants have the option to enter their name and email address into a drawing for one of five $50 gift certificates to the UC campus bookstore of their choice. Name and email addresses will not be used for any purpose beyond the drawing and will be destroyed after the drawing.

For more information contact Janet Carter, the UCLA Library’s representative on the task force coordinating this survey. You can reach her by phone at 310.825.5802 or by email at

Now Available to UCLA Users: The Berg Fashion Library

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and more. This resource is especially valuable for scholars, students, professionals, and others interested in world dress and fashion throughout history.

You can search for information by keyword, or explore fashion by place or time period.