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                  top 10 tips: Physics & Astronomy Library Resources & Services

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               Physics-Astronomy Library, 351 Le Conte Hall.
             Samantha Teplitzky (

      1.  ARTICLES: use the best DATABASES to locate articles, proceedings, preprints, & eprints.
      • arXiv, ADS, Compendex, INSPEC, Web of Science
      • use the Best Physics & Astronomy Databases
      • ~ (the Landolt-Börnstein series). UCB only. Print volumes: QC61 L32- Physics-Astronomy Library
      • Use the UC Berkeley List of indexes for ALL subjects

      2.  eJOURNALS (electronic journals) best when you have the citation.
  2 LISTS:
      (OURS) eJournals: Physics-Astronomy Library. includes dates of coverage. click on titles for ejournal.
      (UC) Electronic Journals: a to z - enter title keywords for titles list.
Learn what   means (citation linker)

  Use OskiCat (for UCB), use Melvyl(UC), or Worldcat.
  Use to order items not at UCB in OskiCat or Melvyl.
Quick Search:
      4.  OSKICAT: use for HOLDS, RECALLS, COURSE RESERVES, RENEWALS, REQUEST, limit to location.
  Log in to "My OskiCat" or Click on the "Renew Items" tab at the top.
Use in OskiCat for articles, books or other material at NRLF.
Use for items at the Northern Regional Library Facility, the Library stores material that is not frequently used, allow 24-48 hours for delivery to your requested library location.

      5. MELVYL: UC system catalog, includes books, ebooks, articles & other collections
  Use in Melvyl for articles, books or other materials at NRLF and not at UCB.

      6.  OFF CAMPUS ACCESS: to the Library’s licensed electronic resources.
  Via the Library’s Proxy Server (
Via the Virtual Private Network (VPN)

      7.  INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL) - use for materials that UCB does not own
  Use Interlibrary Borrowing Services (LBS) – for items not on campus, use the online forms. ILL / NRLF
Use web forms for Request or Baker.

      8.  CURRENT: set up ALERTS, FEEDS to keep up with newly-published research or your favorite professor' articles.
  USE: RSS feeds, download APPS, set up ALERTS using indexes and publishers’ web sites, use updates in Melvyl.

      9.  MANAGE your Documents & DATA
  Use bibliographic management software: EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendelay - for pdfs, images, & to format bibliographies.
Use the Citation and Document Management web Guide.

  DATA: !! NSF requirement date: January 18, 2011
  Scientific Data Services (UCB) = help
  DMPTool - an online service to write a data management plan for your grant.
  Merritt - a cost-effective repository service from the University of California Curation Center (UC3) that lets the UC community manage, archive, and share its valuable digital content.

EZID - use EZID to create permanent identifiers (including DOIs and ARKs) via a web interface or an API.
[ARK = archival resource key]
[DOI = digital object identifier; used to uniquely identify an object such as an electronic document]

      10.  FIND: papers that CITE a key reference - your favorite professor or new research.
  Use Web of Science to do a cited reference search.

           FunFOR FUN:
  Free Speech Movement Café (located at the entrance to Moffitt Library)
Morrison Library (just inside the north entrance to Doe Library) for recreational reading.
Media Resources Center (first level of Moffitt Library) – to view DVDs & videos
Music Listening Facilities (Music Library)

To learn more check our website & attend a drop-in class: tbd.
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