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  • Office Location: Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, 2101 Valley Life Sciences Building
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Bioscience and Natural Resources Library

The Marion Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library provides service to the students, faculty and staff of the Division of Biological Sciences (College of Letters and Science), Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Integrative Biology; The College of Natural Resources, the UC Berkeley Campus and academic community. The research-level collections include materials in all formats and broad subject areas with emphasis on the western United States.

Susan Koskinen is the Interim Head of the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library and Library Liaison to the Department of Integrative Biology and Energy Resources Group, and currently Liaison to the College of Natural Resources.

Elliott Smith is the Library liaison to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Current UC Berkeley faculty, students, staff and patrons in the library have system-wide access to licensed resources such as scholarly electronic journal and books, print journals and books, abstracts, indexes, data and citation management software.


On campus wireless access use: Airbears 2: wireless access on campus.

Off-campus access to many resources is limited to current UCB faculty, staff and students.
To access these resources from off-campus, please use one of the following:

Proxy Server
The proxy server is a computer on campus that will re-route your requests for licensed resources after authenticating you as a Berkeley student, faculty or staff member. You must configure your web browser in order to use it.

Proxy changes: Recent changes in the proxy server may have affected some users; see the Library's Proxy Server FAQ. iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch proxy server setup instructions.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The VPN is a software program that will establish a "tunnel" to our campus network, allowing you to access a broader variety of licensed resources.


Campus Library Map

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UC Berkeley Library campus map

You can also view/download a PDF map of library locations. For library contact information and building addresses, visit our directory.


Interlibrary Loan & Services

For UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff

Interlibrary borrowing
: obtain materials from other institutions; view My ILL Requests*

Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP):
Directly borrow materials from Stanford and UT Austin. Check RLCP website for eligibility.

Baker Document Delivery
is a fee based Document Delivery Service for UCB faculty, staff, graduate students, and UCOP staff with current UCB library cards. To use Baker you must have a Baker account (see below). 

Copyright information: UC Berkeley, UC system-wide

For non-UC Berkeley users and institutions
Interlibrary lending
of original material: provides access to the holdings of the UC Berkeley Libraries to institutional borrowers in the United States and Canada.

Photoduplication services
: provides access to the holdings of the UC Berkeley Libraries to institutions and the general public.

Special Library Access document delivery services: provides access to the resources of the UC Berkeley Libraries for libraries, information centers, corporations, and other organizations on a subscriber basis.

Article Databases

Cited Reference Search

Use Web of Science. Cited Reference Search. (Select Cited Reference Search from the "Basic" menu)
1. Enter Author;s name:
2. Select cited references (or select all) and click Finish Search.
3. Results page: click Create citation report or Analyze Results.

Cite Your Sources & Manage Your Documents (pdfs)

Programs such as: Endnote, Refworks, Zotero, allow you to download, collect, share & manage references, PDFs, data, and documents. Some work with word processing to format citations and footnotes in papers and create bibliographies in a variety of styles.

(Mac, PC, web-based) is a program that you install on your computer & use on the web. EndNote works with word software to format citations, and create bibliographies in many styles. It can be purchased from The Scholar's Workstation or online. &

tips to enter your citations per index

[Endnote X7 Exercises]

RefWorks(Online) is a web-based bibliographic management service licensed by the library for UCB faculty, staff and students. RefWorks can be used independently or as a complement to EndNote. To use, create an account using the RefWorks New User form.

(Firefox) is a free Firefox extension that manages citations found online through your browser. Zotero can capture, store citations, pdfs, images and databases. Zotero can create bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice in a limited number of styles.

: is a typesetting language used for scientific document preparation. LaTeX is a program that converts a plain text file into TeX. BibTeX is a tool that can be used with LaTeX to create documents and bibliographies. http://www.latex-project.org. Tools are free to download. The TeX Users Group (TUG) includes an FAQ, links to software. Endnote has a BibTeX output style that will format your citations into TeX.

(Mac) is low-cost software that allows you to search, retrieve, organize, and annotate article PDFs. You can also easily export references into citation management tools like EndNote so that you can use their citation and bibliography formatting features.

is a free web-based reference manager & can be used as a social network to organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover current developments.

Software for Science Reference Management
: a web-list of many bibliographic management programs for the PC or Mac, some are free.

Use the following charts for other programs and more information:
Citation manager comparison chart
Document manager comparison chart

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand! Compare

  1. RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  2. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.

  3. Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service.

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Citation Linker: Finding the article when you have a citation

Sometimes you find an article in a bibliography, a book or a footnote -- and you want to see if we have it. The Citation Linker searches through our online databases to see if it is available fulltext. If not, it sets up a search for the paper journal in Melvyl. And if we don't have it at Berkeley, it lets you request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Publishing Models

Publishing Models:
 - OPEN - freely available, no copyright transfer, = PloS, BioMed Central

- FREE - after an embargo period, the publisher makes the article available, = PNAS, JBC and Highwire Press Publishers.

- HYBRID or PARTIAL PAYMENT - option to pay to make the article freely available on publication, = AIP Author Select, Oxford, Royal society. - PUBLIC - freely available as a result of a funding agency mandate, NSF or NIH. = PubMed as a result of the NIH mandate.

Funding Open Access Article Publication

Find Journals that use alternate forms of publishing:

Find Quantitative Information about Journals:


UC Berkeley Resources

Copyright Regulations and Resources
.  see Fair Use link.

Conditions of Use and Licensing Restrictions for Electronic Resource

Copyright Resources at UC Berkeley

Copyright in Teaching, Research and Publishing
. UC Berkeley Library

Creative Commons, Science.
What is this?

. Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Coalition

Manage Your Rights --
UC Berkeley Scholarly Communication. cover issues, proposed changes, & new models

UC University of California Copyright
information and linkS

UC Office of Scholarly Communication. Reshaping Scholarly Communication

Copyright, Open Access - Funding sources

BRII. Berkeley Research Impact Initiative, funding for authors publishing in open access journals

Copyright Resources & Regulations at UC Berkeley

Copyright in Teaching, Research and Publishing. UC Berkeley Library

OASIS. Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook

UC Berkeley Library, Scholarly Communication. covers issues & new models.

UC University of California Copyright information and links.

California Digital Library, Data Management Guide; guidelines & tools to manage & preserve data

Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication is the system in which information or data are created (by scholars), distributed (by publishers), disseminated, preserved, and organized (by libraries). The soaring cost of published information has put this system at risk.

At UC Berkeley Library, Scholarly Communication, you can learn more about how the crisis in scholarly communication, what you can do to support changes in the current system and how to take advantage of new technologies.

Visit the University of California's eScholarship repository to find out how you can have more direct control over the creation and dissemination of your scholarship.

The UC Libraries and campuses are involved in current scholarly publishing endeavors and events; new technologies, the escalating cost of digital resources, and market issues have all contributed to change the scholarly communication landscape.

Consult a Librarian and/or the links below for more information

Data Management Basics

NSF Data Management Plan Requirements: Proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”.

Collaboration, accessibility and transparency are necessary for data management in modern science. Science.gov, NSF, NIH and other federal agencies mandate data plans with grant proposals.
Start with this list:
---- Make a plan to store your data
---- Find the right medium to store your data
---- Develop a system to organize your data
---- Make sure that your data has easy access
---- Make sure that your data is safe and secure.

Data Management

Use the following links for UC Berkeley, University of California, links to federal sites, copyright and more.

University of California Resources
1. UC3, University of California Curation Center - UC/California Digital Library

2. EZID: create a persistant DOI or ARK. ~long term, unique identifiers. (UC/CDL).
    Berkeley researchers can request a free account by contacting data-consult@lists.berkeley.edu.

3. DMPTool: Manage Your Data - develop a Data Management Plan, see Funder Requirements (CDL)

4. Scientific Data Services -- Science Libraries @ UC Berkeley - guide to our services.

5. UC Berkeley Data Services Management, IST.  See comparative table.

Data Repositories and more

Integrative Biology and the Environment - Data Repositories - selected of websites.

To find additional data repositories:
Open Access Directory of Data Repositories [Simmons University]
DataBib [Institute of Museum and Library Services]

USEFUL sites
Data Conservancy Organization - (NSF) collect, organize, & preserve data.
Many Eyes: data visualization tools from IBM.
Data Management & Publishing Checklist, MIT
NSF Division of Institution & Award Support

US Naval Observatory (USNO)  - Oceanography Portal
: includes a range of astronomical data and products, & serves as the official source of time for the U.S. Department of Defense & a standard of time for the entire United States.

Content Management

IST, UCB table comparing programs available to UC Berkeley Students, faculty and staff.

Content Sharing and managment

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

Before you can access UCB Library resources from off campus, via your laptop or other mobile devices, you need to configure your computer using one of two methods (Proxy Server is the quickest and easiest):

Proxy Server
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.  Make sure you check the proxy configuration before you start researching.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

More information: Connecting from Off Campus

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