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Need Help Finding Information in the Library?

Posted by UCSB Library on September 14, 2010

Do you need help finding scholarly articles for a term paper?

Do you need help finding other sources on your topic?

Don’t get frustrated!  Get help!

Our friendly reference librarians are here to help you.  Visit us at the Reference/Information Desk in Davidson Library during the following hours:

Mon.-Thurs.:  9 AM – 9 PM
Fri.: 9 AM – 5 PM
Sat.: 1 – 5 PM
Sun.: 1 – 5 PM

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Need help? We’ve got your back, 24/7.

Posted by UCSB Library on August 31, 2009

We have expanded the hours of our chat reference service.  Now, you can get help from a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All you have to do is Ask a Librarian!

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UC Campuses to Evaluate Scopus

Posted by UCSB Library on June 23, 2009

Through December, 2010 the UC community will have an opportunity to try out and evaluate the Scopus database: http://www.scopus.com.

Scopus is a large interdisciplinary abstract and citation database of research literature and selected websites developed by the scholarly publisher Elsevier. It currently indexes, selectively abstracts, and provides citation analysis since 1996 for nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals including open access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, web pages, and patent records. Although most comprehensive in the sciences, Scopus is currently expanding its coverage of the social sciences and humanities literature. Citations in Scopus are linked to full-text articles available via UC eLinks.

During the Scopus evaluation period, members of the UC community are invited to consider its coverage and functionality in comparison with similar databases. Given the current fiscal restraints throughout the UC system, it is unlikely that CDL or any of the UC Libraries will be able to provide access to multiple resources with duplicate or similar content after 2009. The Libraries working with the Scopus Task Force will be actively soliciting feedback on Scopus from end users during the course of the access period.

Various training opportunities for Scopus are being planned at each UC campus. Interested researchers at UCSB are encouraged to go to http://trainingdesk.elsevier.com/scopus/index.asp for information on training opportunities and links to online tutorials.

More information about the Scopus trial is available at http://www.cdlib.org/inside/collect/scopus_public.html.

The librarian at UCSB who is coordinating the systemwide evaluation of Scopus is Andrea Duda, who may be contacted at duda@library.ucsb.edu or 893-2647 for additional information and feedback.

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There’s Still Someone Here to Help You!

Posted by UCSB Libraries on April 16, 2009

Don’t forget about our Ask-a -Librarian online chat reference service!

Ask-a -Librarian is a cooperative service:  a librarian from another library may answer your question, but UCSB librarians will follow up as needed.

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Research 4 U. Personalized research help

Posted by UCSB Libraries on May 18, 2008

Need a little help with your paper? Can’t figure out which database to use? Our Research 4 U service may be your answer. Give us a couple days’ notice and we’ll schedule a one-on-one research appointment with one of our subject librarians. We’re available every weekday between 10am and 4pm. Sign up now and save yourself time and energy.

Please give us at least 48 hours’ notice. For more immediate help, try these options.

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IM with a librarian

Posted by UCSB Libraries on May 18, 2008

We’ve expanded our Chat service so you can now get help through IM!

Live chat service hours:

Monday-Thursday 11 am – 9 pm

Friday 11 am -5 pm

Sunday 5 – 9 pm

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Research help at San Nic

Posted by UCSB Library on April 14, 2008

Need help with your research paper? Stop by the lobby of San Nicolas Hall for some personalized research help. Librarians are available Sunday and Monday nights, 7-10pm.

Whether you’re looking for articles, books, or other materials about your topic, we can help you out!

Look for us beginning April 13th.

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What’s the Difference Between an “A” Paper and a “B” Paper?

Posted by UCSB Library on April 11, 2008

It could just be a librarian!

Did you know that librarians are available to help you with your research?  You can get help through chat, e-mail, or live at the reference desk.

Ask a Librarian!

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SciFinder comes to the Web!

Posted by UCSB Libraries on March 14, 2008

SciFinder is now available on the Web, and we are one of the first libraries to get it. SciFinder is a user-friendly version of the Chemical Abstracts databases, the most important collection of information in chemistry and chemical engineering.

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Off-campus access to My ILL Requests

Posted by UCSB Libraries on January 23, 2008

As of January 15, 2008 all My ILL Requests must come from a University of California IP address.  If you are off campus, you will need to use the proxy server or VPN service to access My ILL Requests.

This change is being made to ensure the privacy and security of your ILL transaction information.

The off-campus login is on the Libraries homepage http://www.library.ucsb.edu/

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