Is Scopus important to your work? Tell UC about it.


Scopus User Survey

All ten UC campuses have access to Elsevier’s Scopus database for the 2014 calendar year. Scopus is a citation and abstracting database that covers a broad universe of peer reviewed journal and conference literature, with links to Fulltext – when available – through the library. Covering scientific, technical, medical, social science, and arts and humanities disciplines, Scopus indexes nearly 21,000 journals and more than 340 book series from more than 5,000 international publishers.

Scopus allows researchers to perform citation searches to see how many times a work has been cited, by whom, and to rank searches by times cited, from 1996 to the present. Scopus also offers tools to track, analyze, and visualize research, as well as a capability to cross search more than 25 million patents.

UC is providing an initial subscription; however, to continue the subscription, the UC Libraries Collection Licensing Subgroup (CLS) needs to hear from the community about whether Scopus is important to UC research. We would like to add many voices to the conversation about whether Scopus is a useful and necessary research and teaching tool.  This link to a very short (i.e., five minute) UC Scopus User survey can be found in the top right corner of every Scopus web page:

Is Scopus important to your work? Tell UC about it: CLICK HERE

The survey will be available until July 27th.

Terence Tao Awarded 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

UCLA’s Terence Tao was recently awarded one of five new Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics, first awarded this year to honor “significant discoveries across the many branches of the subject” and each worth $3 million. Dr. Tao has been previously awarded mathematics’ highest honor, the Fields medal, and a MacArthur Fellowship, as well as various other prizes and fellowships. He maintains a blog and is active in organizing massively collaborative online mathematical projects; his blog is currently hosting the Polymath8 project.

Here is a bibliography of some of Dr. Tao’s books that are available in UCLA libraries:


And a collection of some of Dr. Tao’s papers that are available through UCLA databases:

Access to these resources can be found on any UCLA campus computer or, for UCLA users only, off-campus access through BruinOnline Proxy Server or the UCLA VPN Client. If you would like more help with the library resources or about research questions in general, please contact a Science and Engineering Librarian or for a full list of science and engineering databases, see Article Databases.

New Licensed Resources: IOP eBooks and ASME Digital Collection

IOP eBooks

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The UCLA Library has recently licensed IOP ebooks (Institute of Physics).

This license will provide perpetual access to 35 titles being published throughout the year in two series: IOP Expanding Physics (which offers in-depth texts on key areas in Physics) and IOP Concise Physics (which contains shorter texts focused on rapidly advancing areas). The ebooks are published without DRM in HTML, PDF, and EPUB formats.


ASME Digital Collection


The UCLA Library has also recently licensed the ASME Digital Collection (on the Silverchair platform).

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is the premier professional membership organization for more than 127,000 mechanical engineers and associated members worldwide.  ASME also conducts one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations in the world, offering thousands of titles including some of the profession’s most prestigious journals, conference papers and proceedings, and ASME Press books.   The entire collection of current and archival literature can be searched via the ASME Digital Collection, including:

  • ASME Journals Front File (2000- )
  • ASME Journals Archive (1960-1999)
  • ASME Conference Proceedings (2008- )
  • ASME Conf. Proceedings Archive (2002 – 2007)
  • ASME eBooks

For help using these resources, contact a Science and Engineering Librarian.

*Please note that these resources are available to anyone using computers on the UCLA campus.  Off-campus access is restricted to the UCLA community using either the Bruin Online Proxy Server or the UCLA VPN Client.

Librarian & Science Libraries Coordinator Anita Colby Retires from UCLA

This month SEL will be saying goodbye to longtime librarian and fearless leader Anita Colby, who is retiring on June 27, 2014 from her position as Coordinator of the Science and Engineering Libraries (SEL). Anita has been with UCLA for the entirety of her 36 year career providing thoughtful leadership, mentoring, and considerable influence to numerous endeavors and projects.

Anita graduated from UCLA’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1978 after obtaining a BA degree in German from California State University, Long Beach. She joined the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges in 1978. At that time UCLA contracted with the Department of Education to serve as one of ten clearinghouses for acquiring, indexing and abstracting educational resources about community colleges; running a publications program; and a user services operation. Anita was Associate Director of the Clearinghouse for the final 10 years of her tenure at ERIC. While at ERIC she worked 20% time at the Engineering and Math Sciences Library for many years, facilitating a transition to traditional librarianship in 1995, when she began working full time at SEL.

While at ERIC, Anita developed lexicography and editing skills that she later utilized in her collaboration on two editions of the Dictionary of Educational Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations; two thesauri for the firm Sociological Abstracts, the Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms and Thesaurus of Linguistics Indexing Terms; and the UC Press publication, Irangeles:  Iranians in Los Angeles.

At SEL, Anita has served as the subject librarian (providing collection development, instruction, and research assistance) to Computer Science, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Statistics. She was Head of Collection Development for most of her time at SEL and briefly assumed this responsibility for the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library when another librarian retired.

We thank Anita for her service, leadership, and contributions and wish her well in this next chapter of her life.  We will miss you Anita!

SEL Tip of the Week: Library Access After Graduation

Congratulations to all of our graduating Bruins! 

Wondering what happens to your library access after graduation?

Off-campus access to online resources such as article databases is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff. Once your status is updated with the Registrar’s Office you will only be able to access these resources from an on-campus computer, such as a public computer terminal in one of our libraries.

If you become a member of the UCLA Alumni Association, you will have access to the UCLA and UC Library systems. Your library access extends to all 10 UC campuses.  Present your alumni association membership card at a UCLA Library circulation desk and you’ll be given a free library card.  This card will allow you to borrow up to five books with one renewal for each book.  Your membership will also give you access to the ProQuest Research Library. Read more…

Access-only library cards are also available but do not entitle the bearer to borrowing privileges.

Questions? Ask us!

SEL Tip of the Week: New SEL Research Guide on Citizen Science!

Citizen Science (CS), also known as “crowd-sourced science”, is the fast-growing practice of volunteer public involvement in the gathering, analyzing, or sorting of scientific data for research purposes… and SEL is getting in on the action!

Inspired by local UCLA projects, such as the Ozcan Research Group’s Biogames and the community data collection project What’s Invasive!,  the library has created a new online research guide on citizen science meant to introduce UCLA students, faculty, and staff to CS projects on campus and around the world. The guide contains general information about citizen science, links to interesting news articles and videos profiling successful citizen science projects, and lists of prominent CS projects internationally, in California, and at UCLA for those readers interested in learning more or volunteering.

The new guide also includes resources for those who may be considering implementing a citizen science project of their own. The guide highlights several library resources that explain “best practices” for citizen science, as well as online tools and library services that may facilitate the project process. Check out the new guide to begin your adventure in citizen science today!

As always, you can contact a Science and Engineering librarian with any questions or concerns about this resource, or use the guide’s interactive forms to leave suggestions and feedback.

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New DMPTool Released

DMP Tool

The long-awaited DMPTool version 2 was released on May 29, thanks to the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The new DMPTool is chock-full of new stuff, including:

If you would like help with the new DMPTool or any other research data management questions in general, please contact a librarian or visit the Data Management and Curation Services webpage.

SEL Tip of the Week: Try MarinLit Database Trial

Help the Library evaluate a new research database that is being considered for possible subscription.

We have a 30 day trial (ending June 13th) for MarinLit, through the Royal Society of Chemistry.

MarinLit is a marine natural products literature database with 26,000+ article citations to date, coverage back to 1983. It’s searchable by keywords, bibliographic fields, taxonomic names, and chemical compounds. Compounds can be searched by name, (sub)structure and similarity, functional groups, NMR chemical shifts, molecular weights, and UV maxima.

Don’t miss your chance to try out this valuable resource, of which a UCSD researcher says, “There are numerous instances where, without MarinLit, we’d be trolling through hundreds of SciFinder entries at the risk of missing our mark.”

For more help using this resource, contact a Science and Engineering Librarian.

*Please note that this resource is available to anyone using computers on the UCLA campus.  Off-campus access is restricted to the UCLA community using either the Bruin Online Proxy Server or the UCLA VPN Client.

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Workshop @ the Biomedical Library 6/25


Next in the Data Wednesdays Series:

The “what’s”, “why’s” and “how’s” of Electronic Lab Notebooks
June 25, 2014
12 noon – 1pm
Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS) 

Your data are probably stored as digital files, while the information about your experiment is in your paper notebook. Have you wondered what it would be like to have everything stored together in an Electronic Lab Notebook? Have you wanted to try one or several out but did not have time?

Come to this Data Wednesday workshop on June 25th from noon to 1 P.M. to find out more about the structure and features of several popular ELN’s. The class will meet in the Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Presented by Vessela Ensberg, Ph.D., Data Curation Analyst at the UCLA Biomedical Library. Please register here to reserve your space.

Note: this workshop is not available by webinar.

Questions?  Email for more information.

Stressbusters During 10th Week @ the Science Libraries

Stressed about finals? Stop by the Science and Engineering Library and the Biomedical Library during tenth week for some relaxing, stress-busting activities!  No RSVP is required but space and supplies are limited.

Also, check out more events at other UCLA Libraries, including therapy dogs, meditation, frisbees, and more!

        FREE Chair Massage during 10th Week

Research Commons
Tuesday, June 3
12pm – 2pm

Biomedical Library
Research Commons
Wednesday, June 4
12pm – 2pm

Enjoy a relaxing 5-minute chair massage, courtesy of UCLA Fitwell. Massages are first-come, first-served and restricted to UCLA students only.

  Origami throughout during 10th week
SEL/EMS Research Commons, 8th Floor Boelter Hall

Take a break with some origami! We will provide the paper and instructions; you provide the creativity! (while supplies last)
FREE Coffee and Fruit
(while supplies last)

Wednesday, June 4, starting at 10am 

Thursday, June 5 , starting at 10am

Biomedical Library
Research Commons
Tuesday, June 3, starting at 10am 
Thursday, June 5, starting at 10am 

If you have any questions, please ask us!