Rady: On-Site Drop In Hours

Adele L. Barsh (Economics & Business Librarian @ UC San Diego Library) is restarting her weekly on site drop in hours at Rady (Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm in 2N127, just outside of the graduate student lounge area) for any students that may need help and guidance in finding current and recent research through the library system.

Check out the details below for further tools you can use and tips you can take when searching for research:


Open Access Week – Oct. 24-30, 2016
The Library will participate in this world-wide event, by featuring events of interest to graduate students and faculty researchers. Details are still being worked out but the schedule will be posted on our OA guide. We expect to have an OA workshop with hands-on elements (get your ORCiD ID, upload articles and learn about campus tools for research data management) and a panel on topics like the NIH Rigor & Reproducibility requirements. We’re also screening the movie The Internet’s Own Boy.

Tell Us How UC It Project
As you may know, UCSD’s history includes various incidents that targeted underrepresented students. These actions, as well as their consequences and responses, affect the UCSD campus climate for all students.  As a result of the most recent “Trump Chalkings,” and the realization of a student need, the UC San Diego Library is creating a “living archive” as an alternative way to highlight awareness, provide a space for dialogue, preserve and document these related in UC San Diego history.

For the UC San Diego Library, this will take the form of a physical exhibit from February 1 – March 31 that will display excerpts of UCSD’s history from our collections and other online resources, creative work submitted by students that expresses their sentiments about the campus climate, and feedback on the campus climate or the exhibit provided within and during the exhibit. We are also creating an online collection that will continue to display the archive after it is completed.

You can find more information here: http://lib.ucsd.edu/howucit

For a full list of events
We’ve got talks, exhibits and activities on a range of topics. See the Library’s home page for the full listing, http://libraries.ucsd.edu/.


We have several new ebook collections including: Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, and university press collections on JSTOR (We also continue to have access to online collections from Duke University Press, Elsevier, and Wiley, and select titles from Oxford and Springer. Subset of Wiley ebooks  on management and finance, for example).

All three packages have Unlimited, DRM-free Access: The ebook chapters have no pesky limits on downloads or printing, and there’s no need to use special software or create a login. It’s just like using journals, ensuring a great user experience for you and your students.

Course Advantages: If you’d like to use the ebooks in a course, you can add the stable URL for a chapter or a full e-book to a syllabus. With on-campus and remote access available 24/7, and no limits on simultaneous use, these ebooks should always be available to your students.

All of our available ebooks should be cataloged and findable via Roger, the UC San Diego Library’s online catalog. (With the caveat that there is sometimes a lag between publication date and our cataloging of a title.)

Cambridge University Press
A recent California Digital Library purchase brings full online access to nearly 4000 new Cambridge University Press scholarly books released during 2016, 2017, and 2018.  (We’ve also purchased select older titles and, of course, have an extensive collection of Cambridge University Press titles in print.) Titles span social sciences, humanities, and science and engineering topics.

Taylor & Francis ebooks
The UCSD Library has activated a pool of over 4000 recent electronic books from Taylor & Francis, Routledge, Earthscan, and related imprints; thousands of additional titles will arrive during 2016 and 2017.

JSTOR ebooks
The UCSD Library recently activated online access to more than 46,000 scholarly ebooks via JSTOR, with content spanning social sciences, humanities, and sciences topics from leading publishers such as Princeton University Press, Yale University Press, Harvard University Press, Columbia University Press, Brookings Institution Press, and The MIT Press. (With the warning that not every title in each publisher’s catalog is included.) Chapters are now part of your JSTOR search results along with the scholarly articles.

Frustrated by your experiences with the DRM/download limits from our ebook offerings on other platforms? Drop me an email with the title of any book that’s giving you trouble and I will share our tips for working around some of the limitations of the ebrary, EBL, and EBSCO platforms.

The UC San Diego Library is also a member of HathiTrust, the largest online repository of digitized books scanned by major research institutions, Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft. While much of the content is restricted by users due to copyright, HathiTrust is an incredibly powerful tool for:

  • Viewing and downloading digitized public domain materials, including pre-1923 titles and US government publications
  • Viewing and downloading materials digitized by University of California libraries
  • Searching within a title and viewing enough of the source to verify its usefulness before tracking it down in print
  •        Providing visually impaired members of the UC San Diego community with digital versions of books the Library owns in print (contact the librarian for more details)

In journals news…

The California Digital Library has renewed its relationship with Taylor & Francis, reinstating all of the journal subscriptions we lost in 2012.

Finding full text articles
A reminder that you can always use our ejournals listCitation Linker tool, and Roger online catalog to track down journal articles we have, either via the publisher or inside one of our many databases.

Melvyl for articles
Most researchers know they can use Melvyl to request books through interlibrary loan, but did you know you can also use Melvyl to find article citations, too? Melvyl is the closest tool UC San Diego has to an all-in-one discovery tool and includes citations from most of our subscribed journals and many of our online databases.

Other tricks for finding articles
While we don’t have a one-stop-shopping option for finding citations, you can search all of the databases we have from one vendor at once, for example the ProQuest platform (including Wall Street JournalEconLit, and PsycINFO) or EBSCOhost platform (including Business Source Complete, the Regional Business Newes, and Applied Science & Business Periodicals Retrospective).

Google Scholar
Die-hard Google Scholar user? You can activate UC-eLinks (a pre-filled version of the Citation Linker found in most of our online databases) by navigating to Settings > Library Links  and typing in University of California, San Diego – UC-eLinks.

UC San Diego faculty, staff and students now have access to BrowZine, a service that helps you to organize, browse, read and keep up with your favorite scholarly journals, either through a web browser or an app on your tablet or phone. The company (ThirdIron) has produced a few short videos so you can see it in action. The Library has licensed it through June 2017, at which point we will look at usage and feedback to determine whether to renew.

How BrowZine works:

  • Search or browse for scholarly journals from dozens of publishers like Taylor & Francis, Wiley, Sage, and Springer/Palgrave.
  • Add journals to your personal Bookshelf.
  • As the new issues are published, browse those tables of contents for journal articles that may be of interest.
  • From the BrowZine app you can save articles, download for off-line reading, or export them into other services like Dropbox, EndNote, Mendeley, Papers, etc. From BrowZine.com, you can link out to the articles as if you were using UC-eLinks.
  • Your Bookshelf will be synced across BrowZine.com and any mobile device where you have installed the app.

To begin, go to BrowZine.com or download the iOS/Android app. When prompted, select University of California San Diego from the list of libraries. Then create your free account, which you’ll need to access your bookshelf from the web and/or sync across multiple devices.

VPN is required to use BrowZine from off campus, for the initial setup as well as getting to articles from the app or web interface. There are instructions on Blink for installing the AnyConnect client on your desktop/laptop or configuring VPN on your mobile device. On campus, you should be OK just using the UCSD network (use UCSD-Protected for wifi).

 You can also consult our library guide for more information.

Did you know the UC San Diego Library is a Federal Depository Library? We’re also a complete California documents depository and have collections of documents from San Diego-area government agencies, international government organizations, and some foreign governments (especially Mexico and Latin America).

ProQuest Congressional
I can’t highlight this tool enough. It indexes Congressional materials from 1789-present and includes full text access to U.S. legislative information, including bills and pending legislation, legislative history, hearings, testimony, Congressional Record, CRS Reports, public laws, etc.(For full text of most historic reports and documents, try the U.S. Congressional Serial Set via Readex.)

IGO collections
We subscribe to the online libraries of the World Bank, IMF, and OECD. (Much of the United Nations content is free through UNBISNET.)

Archival collections

For business research, we’ve added an archival annual reports collection and an archival business ratios collection via Mergent Archives. Its historical annual reports start from 1925, the business ratios start from 1979, and materials from the well-known Moody’s/Mergent manuals start from 1909, including the industrial, public utilities, transportation, banking, OTC, banking & finance, and international publications and statistical data. For current company information, use Mergent Online, and for current ratios, use Key Business Ratios.

We’ve also added archival full text of Financial Times and The Economist. For FT, we have three options, one covering back to 1888 (excludes current 4 years), and two covering current papers, minus the latest 30 days, and we house the current 30 days in print in Geisel Library (Geisel 2 West, Newspaper Collection). The Economist Historical Archive covers 1843-2011. For current access, you’ve got two online and one print choice: a special UCSD link to The Economist website (covering 2000-present), searchable fulltext via Business Insights: Global (covering Jan. 1988-present), and a print copy in Geisel Library, call number HG11 .E2 (location varies depending on date sought: most recent with current periodicals on 2nd floor, or, earlier editions on the 6th floor).

More generally, many otherwise unpublished historic government documents and archival records are also available through various online archival collections from Gale (including U.S. Declassified Documents Online), Readex (Foreign Broadcast Information Service – FBIS), Adam Matthew (especially the British Foreign Office Files and Confidential Print collections), and ProQuest History Vault.

ProQuest Statistical Insight

This hugely under-utilized resource abstracts and indexes statistical publications of U.S. federal and state governments, nonprofit and educational institutions, private publishers, and international agencies. For most current content, the full text of the publications is also included, and many tables are downloadable in Excel.

We also have downloadable statistics via Data-Planet and Statista, and map-able demographic data through Social Explorer and SimplyMap.

Other Services for Business and Management

I have guides to the Library’s resources for business and management researchers: http://ucsd.libguides.com/allbizguides

I am expanding the topics there all the time (coming soon: a guide to Business Analytics resources).

Teaching a class?
I’m happy to create you a customized guide and/or visit your class to demo research tools to your students.

Are we missing a title we should have?
You can request materials that the library does not own through interlibrary loan (ILL). For books and other print materials, you can search and request through

  • the Circuit (San Diego area libraries)
  • Or use the links on our Requesting Books & Articles page
  • For most journals, you can also request an ILL copy using the yellow UC-eLinks button that appears in each citation in most article index databases or type your citation directly into the citation linker. The citation linker offers you the option to request the item from the library. (We will do the footwork involved with tracking down a copy of the item if one is available.)

Alternately, you can request that the Library purchase a title using our online recommendation form or sending me an email.

A reminder about other Library services:

Course Reserves
For information about putting items on either electronic or hardcopy reserve, please see the Reserves page.

Data & GIS Lab
We are in the process of refreshing the Data & GIS Lab, located in the West Wing of Geisel Library, with new equipment. Stay tuned. We’re also in the process of recruiting a GIS Librarian.

If you haven’t met him yet, our Data Services Librarian is Tim Dennis. You can reach him at timdennis@ucsd.edu and keep an eye out for his Data Carpentry workshops via http://ucsd.libguides.com/data-services/upcoming-workshops.

Digital Media Lab, http://library.ucsd.edu/dml/
Located in the East Wing of Geisel Library, the DML provides a space for advanced media creation and editing, featuring high-end computer workstations with industry-standard media software. Specific capabilities include free 3D printing, 3D modeling, video editing, animation, image manipulation, digital drawing tablets, sound editing, and media-rich website creation. Contact them at dmltech@ucsd.edu.

UC OA Policy & eScholarship
The University of California now has open access policies that apply to both Academic Senate faculty and non-Senate employees. These policies state that UC affiliates have the right to upload to the UC’s institutional repository, eScholarship, the author’s final version of manuscripts (post-peer review, prior to the journal’s final formatting for publication).

Academic Senate faculty can upload their publications through the publication management system.

Everyone else can upload their publications directly to eScholarship. The California Digital Library is currently configuring the publication management system to cover us all. If you have questions about these tools or open access in general, please send them my way.

Though these policies in no way require you to publish in an open access journal, your affiliation with the University of California also offers you many discounts on author publication charges.


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