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December 2000

September 2000

  • Linking The Americas is a project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that mounts on the Internet a collection of books pertaining to Latin America that had been published conventionally by the Stanford University Press. The digital books are available to UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff.
  • The following important German studies research resources are now available to all UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff. These resources are accessible via the Books category of the Electronic Resources menu on the Library Web home page.
    Brechts Werke
    Die Deutsche Lyrik
    Goethes Werke
    Kafkas Werke
    Luthers Werke
    Schillers Werke

August 2000

  • International Political Science Abstracts is now available to all UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff via the Electronic Resources menu on the Library Web home page. Select Indexes and Abstracts.
  • Try your hand at evaluating Web pages critically in this newly revised and expanded online interactive tutorial "Evaluating Web Pages: How and Why" by Joe Barker in the Teaching Library.

    There is an online form (pdf) for doing the exercise at and online hints if you get stuck. Find out why it's important to evaluate web pages!

    The online tutorial is a companion to the new course offered by the Teaching Library, "Can you trust the Web: Evaluating and Citing Web Pages and Sites"

    The tutorial could be recommended to students and researchers at all levels to increase their confidence in what they find on the Web.

  • Everything you ever wanted to know about computers in the UC Berkeley libraries, but were afraid/too overwhelmed/too busy to ask!
  • The Information Gateway on the 3rd floor of the Moffitt Library has a fabulous new Web presence. This new Web site will be the default browser home page for the public computer terminals in the Information Gateway. The Teaching Library Staff worked as a team to produce this wonderful resource, so congratulations to all of you!
  • Source OECD is now available to all UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff. This resource is accessible via the Books category of the Electronic Resources menu on the Library Web home page.
  • UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff now have access to International Political Science Abstracts. This resource is also available via the Electronic Resources menu on the Library Web home page. Select Indexes and Abstracts.
  • CIS History Universe is now available to UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff via the Electronic Resources menu on the Library Web home page. Select Indexes and Abstracts.
  • Veg out! Take a peek at the Checklist of Online Vegetation and Plant Distribution Maps, compiled and maintained by Claire Englander and Phil Hoehn.

July 2000

  • UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff now have access to Global Market Information Database (Euromonitor). This database provides international marketing statistics by country and product, demographic data for countires, and global company and brand data.
  • The brilliance just keeps on coming around this joint! Jon Solomon of the Business & Economics Library scored HTML gold on his first foray into the wonderfully wacky world of Web page development! Go directly to BUSI's fabulous new electronic journals page for immediate internet gratification (is this legal?).
  • It didn't take recently hired librarian John Kupersmith very long to make himself useful around here. John has created the terrific online resource, Effective Assignments Using Library Resources. If you're an instructor here at U.C. Berkeley, get thee to that Web page!

June 2000

May 2000

  • The Catholic Encyclopedia is now available via the Library Web home page. Choose Encyclopedias and Gateway Sites from the Electronic Reference Resource Database drop down menu. The Catholic Encyclopedia covers topics both religious and secular, from a uniquely Catholic perspective. Other features include access to St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica and 90 megabytes of patristic writings.

April 2000

  • Folly or fact? Truth or titillation? Just how is one supposed to figure out whether or not a Web site contains research caliber information, or supermarket tabloid worthy infotainment? The Library's Internet guru Joe Barker has once again come to our collective rescue. Check out Evaluating Web Pages: Why and How for a comprehensive and entertaining explanation of this most important research skill.
  • While the new and fabulous bi-weekly BEST @ THE LIBRARY column isn't technically on the Library Web, I'm mentioning it here because it's, well, new and fabulous! This column is another way for The Library to penetrate the psyche of each and every Cal student with useful and vital research tips and information. We are The Library, resistance is futile.
  • netLibrary provides access to the full text of books. The U.C. Berkeley Library is experimenting with e-books during 2000 and 2001. We have purchased over 500 titles in the social sciences. The best way to find out what is available is to scan by publisher. To use netLibrary, you must be accessing the site from a U.C. Berkeley IP address and register for an account on the entry page. From the Library Web home page, access netLibrary via the drop-down menu of Electronic References Resources. Select Books from the menu.

March 2000

  • Bioscience at Berkeley, Biotechnology in the Bay Area: Selections from an Exhibit in the Bancroft Library. The selections for this Web site were taken from an exhibit developed for the Biotechnology at 25: Perspectives on History, Science, and Society symposium held at the University of California, Berkeley on March 12 and 13, 1999. The exhibit featured more than 100 items selected from the archives and oral history collections of The Bancroft Library, or lent especially for the exhibit.
  • Media Review Digest is now available. Media Review Digest is the most comprehensive guide to reviewed and evaluated non-print media. In addition to coverage of the best reviews in print publications, Media Review Digest also provides access to reviews and related resources accessible via the Web -- currently linking to more than 300,000 full-text reviews. Media Review Digest is available from computers on campus or remotely through Berkeley IP address recognition [see proxy.lib.berkeley.edu]. From the Library Web home page, access Media Review Digest via the drop-down menu of Electronic References Resources. Select Indexes & Abstracts from the menu.
  • The Media Resources Center has just made available approximately 15 hours of the infamous Watergate tapes (for RealAudio player) at: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/watergate.html. The Government & Social Science Information Service (GSSI) provided the funds to purchase the digital files.
  • The Marian Koshland Bioscience & Natural Resources Library Web site has been given a full-body makeover that includes a sleek new look, and improved functionality. Check it out!

February 2000

  • The African Studies database is now available. This multi-disciplinary resource on Africa combines seventeen databases, most prominently an electronic version of African Studies Abstracts, which contain more than 353,000 indexed references. Topics covered include politics, history, economics, development, business, mining, social issues, anthropology, literature, language, law, music, art, natural history, tourism and much more. Access to the database is limited to computers in The Library, and on the U.C. Berkeley campus. From the Library Web home page, access the African Studies database via the drop-down menu of Electronic References Resources. Select Indexes & Abstracts from the menu.

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  • The Victorian Database Online is now available. The Victorian Database Online is an electronically searchable version of the Cumulative Bibliography of Victorian Studies (PR461.A5, 1977-95) put out by the Literary Information and Retrieval group (LITIR) at the University of Alberta. It continues the CD-ROM which is no longer being published. Researchers can search over 100,000 records from 500 plus journals listing books, articles, and dissertation abstracts published from 1945 to 1999 (updated annually). The database is interdisciplinary in scope covering every field of nineteenth-century British studies including entries in English on the following topics in the Victorian period: painting, architecture, and music; philosophy and religion; histories of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and the British Empire; military and naval history; politics, commerce, and economics; sociology, women's studies, law, and education; science, technology, and medicine; and literature - drama, poetry, prose, and fiction. From the Library Web home page, access the Victorian Database Online via the drop-down menu of Electronic References Resources.

  • Select Indexes & Abstracts from the menu.
     
  • Environmental Design librarian Sue Koskinen has created a selected guide to the literature on museum and library design. The guide is available via the Environmental Design Library's Web site, and the Starting your research with Library Research Guides page. The museum and library design guide includes lists of basic research tools, historical sources, and strategies for finding materials at U.C. Berkeley and on the Internet. As always, consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff for further information on this topic.

January 2000

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