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!

SEL Tip of the Week: Melvyl vs. the UCLA Library Catalog

The UCLA Library offers two main ways for users to search for books, journals, and other media holdings in the library system: with the UCLA Library Catalog, or with Melvyl. Many library users recognize that there must be some difference between the Catalog and Melvyl — the display of each is very different, and identical search terms entered into each will retrieve different results. However, the reason for these differences is not always obvious.

Here are a couple driving differences between the two:

First, the UCLA Library Catalog contains only records of items owned by UCLA, while the Melvyl catalog contains records of items owned by UCLA, by the other University of California schools, and by libraries worldwide. Thus, the UCLA Library Catalog allows users to search for only those resources owned by UCLA, while the Melvyl system allows for users to search for resources owned by any Melvyl-affiliated library worldwide, with preference for resources owned by other UC schools.

Second, the UCLA Library Catalog lists records for books, videos, journals, online resources, sound recordings, etc.–but not for individual articles or individual book chapters. Melvyl, however, lists records for all the same materials as the UCLA Library Catalog in addition to individual journal articles and book chapters.  That is, searching for the titles of individual articles or chapters in the UCLA Library Catalog will yield no accurate results, while searching in Melvyl for the same individual article or chapter likely will work. However, library users should note: Melvyl has not been optimized for article searching across all disciplines, and thus it will almost always be better to search for articles– and especially for articles related to science and engineering– in library databases.

What do these differences mean for UCLA library users? Library users should recognize these differences so they can more effectively search for resources based on their needs. If a user needs a book immediately, requires a book from SRLF, or wants to check out an item from the library that same day, it is best to search the Library Catalog as it will show what resources are held on-campus. If a user is searching for a very obscure title, or any item that they will have to request through interlibrary loan (ILL), or if they cannot find the item by searching the UCLA Library Catalog, it is best to use Melvyl. Similarly, users should recognize that the UCLA Catalog will not show them individual articles or book chapters, while Melvyl will; however, since Melvyl’s article search contains a lot of gaps in coverage, it is ultimately better to use library databases for article searching.

New Electronic Resource: Handbook of Polymer Applications in Medicine and Medical Devices

The UCLA Libraries have acquired a new electronic resource. The Handbook of Polymer Applications in Medicine and Medical Devices (2014) is now available via ScienceDirect to library users on campus or accessing library resources by VPN or proxy. From the book’s description:

This book is a comprehensive reference source, bringing together a number of key medical polymer topics in one place for a broad audience of engineers and scientists, especially those currently developing new medical devices or seeking more information about current and future applications. In addition to a broad range of applications, the book also covers clinical outcomes and complications arising from the use of the polymers in the body, giving engineers a vital insight into the real world implications of the devices they’re creating. Regulatory issues are also covered in detail. The book also presents the latest developments on the use of polymers in medicine and development of nano-scale devices.

If you’re interested in the medical applications of polymers, check it out! As always, you can contact a Science and Engineering librarian with any questions or concerns about accessing this new resource.

Raising the Impact of Research, Scholarship, and Education through Openness – Presentation at YRL

“Raising the Impact of Research, Scholarship, and Education through Openness”

Wednesday, May 14
10 a.m. – noon
Charles E. Young Research Library
Presentation Room (YRL 11348)

Technology has revolutionized the way we create and share knowledge, opening up pathways to advance and democratize research and education that are just beginning to be realized. New models that fully harness this potential are developing, from open access, which ensures the free, immediate online availability of research articles with full reuse rights, to open educational resources, which make textbooks and other materials free for anyone to use, tailor, and share.

With a systemwide faculty open access policy and one of the largest bodies of world-class scholars, the University of California system is poised to be a global leader in further leveraging these new models to expand access to knowledge, accelerate research, and reduce financial pressures.

This talk by Nick Shockey and Nicole Allen from SPARC will focus on how openness can support scholarship, benefit researchers, and improve education, including specific recommendations for how members of the campus community can get involved. Their talk is part of a daylong series of meetings with UCLA students, faculty, and staff during their week-long tour of UC campuses.

About the speakers:

Nick Shockey
Director of Student Advocacy, SPARC
As SPARC’s first director of student advocacy, Nick is responsible for growing the organization’s relationship with the student community as well as managing the Right to Research Coalition, a group of local, national, and international student organizations that advocate for researchers, universities, and governments to adopt more open scholarly publishing practices. Under Nick’s direction, the coalition has grown to represent just under seven million students in approximately one hundred countries around the world and has facilitated student lobbying in more than two hundred Congressional offices.

Nicole Allen
Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole leads SPARC’s work on Open Educational Resources (OER), focusing on public policy and engaging and supporting the library community on this issue. She joined SPARC in 2013 already established as a leading figure in the OER movement, with seven years of experience in advocacy and grassroots organizing on OER and related public interest issues.

Please RSVP to

Faculty Survey – Ithaka S+R

During April 28-May 12, the UCLA Library will be administering the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey, which is an important tool for studying the impact of digital technologies on research, teaching, and publishing.

The survey, a local version of Ithaka S+R’s long-standing nationwide surveys, asks for faculty members’ perspectives on a range of topics, focusing on how they engage with and perceive the library. In particular, it seeks to gain insight into how UCLA faculty members work in a rapidly changing and increasingly digital environment.

Information gathered through the survey will help to shape the future of Library services and inform campus planning and decision-making with respect to research and teaching resources.

All ladder faculty members will receive an email invitation with a personalized link to the web-based survey. It should take no more than twenty minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, and responses are completely anonymous.

You can find further information at <>. Please contact a Science and Engineering librarian if you have any questions or concerns.

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.