SEL Tip of the Week: Practicing Internet Safety on Campus

Photo from Flickr user Vhorvat.

The Library Digital Initiatives and IT department recently announced that articles can now be accessed through UC e-Links even via the unauthenticated UCLA_Web wireless network. The result is that non-UCLA researchers can find and use these resources on their own devices, instead of waiting for one of a limited number of public computers. This increase in access to our resources is a welcome development.

That said, this change in access on one of our wireless networks is a reminder to review the wireless network options as well as to be more aware of your public use of the Internet.

UCLA_Web, while now able to access UC e-Links articles, is still an unauthenticated network that is not secure. eduroam, on the other hand is the preferred choice for students, faculty, and staff as it provides authenticated, secure access to the Internet. You will notice that CLICC laptops connect by default to eduroam.

For the most secure wireless Internet experience, UCLA affiliates (i.e. students, faculty, and staff) are advised to use the eduroam network.

If for any reason you are using a public wireless network, consider these tips:

Protect your computer or mobile device.

  • Make sure your firewall is on and your antivirus software is up to date.

  • Disable file sharing. See the GCFlearnfree tutorial section “Wi-Fi hotspot safety tips” for a more detailed description of this process.

  • As always, do not leave items unattended. Ensure that your devices are password protected so that if they are stolen, your data will not be vulnerable.

Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Pininfrna.

Protect your privacy.

  • Be aware of anyone who might be glancing over your shoulder to gather personal information about you.

  • Do not use the same password for every website you visit. It is also recommended that you periodically change passwords. The resources below provide tips for selecting effective passwords.

  • Do not conduct financial transactions while using a public wireless network.

  • When using an insecure connection,  best practice is to send information only to sites that are fully encrypted.

For more information on this and related topics, visit the resources below:

UCLA’s Information Technology Services offers their best practices for securing computers and the data they store.

An easy to navigate overview of Internet safety, developed as a program of the Goodwill Community Foundation.

The National Cyber Security Alliance’s “Stay Safe Online” site talks about Internet privacy and security.

On Guard Online is a site put together by the federal government. This page teaches users how to be safe when using a public wireless network and explains the benefits of encryption.

TechSoup talks about how to keep data  safe in all settings, including addressing threats to home computers, public computer safety, and the use of  portable media storage.

For help connecting to the campus wireless networks or to get more guidance about Internet safety, contact a Science and Engineering Librarian.

Tallman Collection: Gravitational Waves and Cosmology

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Last week, a group of scientists working with data from the BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica reported that they had observations that provide strong evidence for a Big Bang at the start of the universe, leading to cosmic inflation. These observations indicated the existence of gravitational waves, which support the inflation theory and contradict other theories. This is the first time that we’ve seen strong evidence for a theory of cosmic origin, and it’s very exciting to be able to finally explain how the universe looked close to its origin. Here’s a collection of articles from Scientific American that explain more about the new finding, cosmic inflation, and why it matters: Cosmic Inflation and Big Bang Ripples In-Depth Report

SEL’s Tallman Science Today Collection contains books that feature popular or semi-technical discussions of scientific and technological concepts, making it easier to read about subjects that might not be in your field. Here are some resources from the Tallman Collection relating to gravitational waves, cosmic inflation, and the nature of the universe:

The Tallman Collection can be found in SEL/EMS at Boelter Hall, across from the new book section. If you would like more help with the library resources or about research questions in general, please contact a Science and Engineering Librarian.

2014 UCLA Library Edible Book Festival

Enter to win or just come take part in the festivities! Taste the entries and participate in choosing the people’s choice award.
For contest details, visit


Publish in RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) via Open Access, Free of Charge

Gold for Gold

RSC’s (Royal Society of Chemistry) Gold for Gold Initiative: Renewed for 2014!

Gold for Gold is an innovative experiment from RSC Publishing that enables researchers to publish their paper in RSC journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal Article Publication Fee (APF).  As a subscribing institution to the RSC, UCLA currently has thirteen vouchers to offer researchers for OA publishing on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Each voucher code can be used to publish a communication, full paper, or review under the RSC’s Gold OA option.

Having met these format criteria, the article must be:

  • Accepted for publication in an RSC journal following an institution’s renewal or upgrade to RSC Gold for 2014. A voucher code cannot be used until an article has been accepted. Once accepted, if the article is to be published Gold OA free of charge, it is up to the institution’s representative to pass on the code to the author to be inserted into the Gold for Gold online acceptance form (see the next 2 FAQs for the role of the institution and the author). Please note all voucher codes, including credits provided during the 2013 pilot scheme are valid until the end of 2014
  • New (i.e. voucher codes cannot be used for articles that have already been published)
  • Authored by a researcher based at the institution holding the voucher codes

For program FAQ’s, please visit

If you would like one of these vouchers or more information about this program, please contact an SEL Librarian.

Stressbusters During 10th Week & Finals @ the Science Libraries

Stressed about finals? Stop by the Science and Engineering Library and the Biomedical Library during tenth week and finals 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, counseling, silent disco, and more!

        FREE Chair Massage during 10th Week

Research Commons
Tuesday, March 11
12pm – 2pm

Biomedical Library
Research Commons
Wednesday, March 12
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 and Finals
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)

Tuesday, March 11, starting at 10am 
Wednesday, March 12 , starting at 10am

Biomedical Library
Research Commons
Tuesday, March 11, starting at 10am 
Thursday, March 13, starting at 10am 

If you have any questions, please ask us!

Data Wednesdays Workshop 3/19 @ the Biomed Library: Manage Your Lab Notebook

Can you decipher notebook entries from students who have left your lab? Can you piece together a project from notes taken three years ago? Do you know where the relevant raw data and aliquots are? Is it clear how the students analyzed their data?

Join us at our next Data Wednesday session:

March 19th, 2014
Biomedical Library Classroom
12 noon

Manage Your Lab Notebook

Presented by Vessela Ensberg, Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Data Curation Analyst at the UCLA Biomedical Library.

Registration will open on March 5th, 2014 on our events page–the place to learn more about upcoming sessions and to sign up.  Seating is limited; please register to reserve your space.

Any questions?  Email for more information.

Scopus Workshops for Researchers, March 13, 2014


The UC campuses recently began a one year trial of the Scopus database.  Scopus is a multidisciplinary citation and abstract database for research literature and quality web sources, offering several unique tools for tracing, analyzing and visualizing research information in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences, technology and medicine.

Join us for a workshop to learn how Scopus can help you:

• Find the latest research in your field
• Find other researchers doing work like yours
• Find the best journal to submit your work
• See who is citing you


This workshop will cover how to:

• Use Scopus to track, analyze and visualize research
• Use ORCID to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications
• Use Mendeley as a reference manager and PDF organizer to make the process of writing papers more efficient


Training for researchers in the sciences:

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Biomedical Library, Classroom


Training for researchers in the social sciences and humanities:

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time: noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Young Research Library, West Electronic Classroom, 23167 (2nd floor) 

Web of Science: Changes and New Content

The Science and Engineering Library at UCLA has upgraded its online resources!

Per UCLA’s recently enhanced subscription to the Web of Knowledge, the following resources are now available to the UCLA campus community:

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


Since the beginning of the new year, the Web of Science database has also undergone some changes of its own. Users should be aware of the following alterations to the Web of Knowledge interface:

1)  The UC-eLinks button is now hidden: users must click on the “Full Text” button in Web of Science to access the UC-eLinks menu.

2)  The indication of which databases a user is searching has been changed. Now, the only indication of what database users are searching will appear in italics in the navigation bar.

3)  To perform a Cited Search, searchers must now use the blue down arrow next to “Basic Search” option.

For more information about these changes, and for online training materials, please see or contact Web of Science resource manager Rikke Ogawa at Additionally,  reference help is available every weekday at SEL/EMS and the Biomedical Library should users have any further questions about these changes.

Help the Library! Participate in Library Website Usability Testing


Researching and addressing usability concerns for the library. 

The introduction of a new homepage is a first step in a larger site wide redesign process, and we are conducting “usability lite” drop in sessions next week to gather feedback on another more extensive UCLA Library homepage redesign that will provide a direction for the site-wide redesign. The sessions are drop-in and should only take 30 minutes of your time and will give you a preview (and a voice) in the next major redesign of the homepage.

 Who:  Library User Volunteers

 What:  Sneak Preview

UCLA Library Homepage Mock Up

         Your Thoughts?

Participate in a 30 minute drop-in session or you can comment on a print out

Where: Young Research Library – 1st Floor Pod

When:  Drop in during one of the following time slots:

Mon Feb 24 (1-4 pm)

Tues Feb 25 (1-4 pm)

Wed Feb 26 (10-Noon)

Any questions? Ask us!

The Big One: In Commemoration of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake on Its 20th Anniversary (on display at SEL)

UOn January 17, 1994, at 4:31 AM, the Northridge earthquake, with a strong moment magnitude (Mw) of 6.7, ripped through the San Fernando Valley region for a chaotic 10-20 seconds. Followed by two 6.0 Mw aftershocks, landslides, and fires, this quake cost an estimated 57 lives and over $20 billion in damages. January 17, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake. In commemoration of this anniversary, the UCLA Science and Engineering Library has organized a display of its most interesting and intriguing resources related to the 1994 Northridge earthquake. From official reports and maps to surveys of damage and plans for improvement, this display highlights earthquake safety planning and reconstructive efforts around the time of the Northridge quake. The display offers a look at seismic safety standards before the Northridge quake, a glimpse of the damage caused during the quake, and a sense of efforts since this quake to better protect Southern California and its most earthquake-prone areas.

Many Californians wonder when the next “big one” will be. In truth, every earthquake has the potential to be a “big one” and to cause massive amounts of damage. However, each of these earthquakes also provides an opportunity for reevaluation and invention. Stop by the “New Books” section of the Science and Engineering Library-Engineering and Mathematical Sciences in 8270 Boelter Hall and check out the commemorative display today! (Items on display through Winter 2014). For more information on SEL resources see the Science and Engineering Library webpage.

- Camille Mathieu

Image Credit: Flikr/U.S. Geological Survey