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Welcome & Introduction
Welcome to this new degree program and to UCI. These are very unusual times that we can't welcome you in person but we look forward to working with you individually and in project or study groups.This handout should be a point of departure for your academic and information needs. There are many library resources and services for which you can avail yourselves. Please spend some time navigating through the tabs and boxes and open up the links so you see the variety of resources. There are also some hints to follow in finding specific information and to create certain outcomes and functions. The academic quarter goes very quickly so please do not hesitate to contact us, even for directional assistance about how to find something - that is the way to learn how to process everything. As you begin to plan your capstone project we hope that you will share your plans with us. Please let us know if you have any questions or need anything. We look forward to meeting you and working with you, and want you to each be successful at UCI and beyond. As things change we will be updating this guide.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Librarian
On the Horizon - later this quarter, this year...
Add these items to your calendar:
Escape from Academics
Even though you may not be on campus or in Irvine, and these are the strangest of times, we hope that you will use library resources to escape from studying in your field and seek out recreational reading or videos where you can find both fiction and nonfiction, variety of classic films, documentaries and new releases. These can be found among the following online resources:
Things to Do to Get Organized for Academic Year
Connect from Off-Campus - VPN & OIT HelpDesk
Configure up to 5 devices including cell phone, tablet, laptop, desktop so that you can access licensed content when off-campus. Test VPN regularly and follow instructions to install. Contact OIT at 949-824-4971 for any assistance - open 24/7 or contact Help Desk at https://www.oit.uci.edu/helpdesk
Activate your UCINetID /photo ID Barcode for Library Transactions
Contact Access Services at the UCI Libraries at email@example.com to activate your barcode so that you can make library transactions such as requesting print books to pick up curbside, request materials via InterLibrary Loan, reserve study spaces, etc.
UCI Library Website
Point of departure for all library announcements, exhibits, services, and links to staff and resources.
Stay on top of UCI Libraries' Phased Reopening Plans
When and what library services will be reopening including curbside pickup for print resources, study space, requesting online access to content, etc is scheduled according to state & county directives.
Bibliographic Management Software
Consider adopting & learning some method of BMS to use for organizing information retrieved from literature searches, to take notes. Use the Comparison chart, take a tutorial & determine if it fits in to your workstyle. Will format outputs according to different style manuals. There is definitely a learning curve so allow time. The free or open source products are Mendeley, Zotero & EndNote Basic
Collaborative Software - Overleaf
A collaborative, cloud-based LaTeX editor for the writing, editing, compiling and publishing of scientific documents. Integrated directly with Bibliographic Management Software packages. Requires registration and can be used with collaborators at other institutions.
Register for this unique & persistent digital identifier to disambiguate you from other authors with the same name. Stays with you as you move on from UCI. Is used to track your publishing output. Increasingly added to all signature lines & placed on resumes/CVs,
For resources that are not available at UCI, please check MELVYL and submit ILL requests. Outside of a textbook for a course, please contact us before you purchase anything in order to determine if we can obtain it for you.
Access to Elsevier Sources
Elsevier is a major source of publishing in science & engineering. The University of California did not renew its consortial subscription to the journals effective 2019. For journal articles with 2019 and later imprints you will have to request via ILL by clicking on the "Get Access" link and then on the "SFX Context Sensitive Linking" & on ILL request to submit this order. There is no fee involved. Usually takes just a day or two to obtain the article.
LastPass Password Manager
Recommended to secure stored passwords across your devices. UCI also has an Enterprise* account, which includes 1GB of encrypted file storage at no cost (*note that access ends one year after graduation, so back up your data if you decide to utilize the LastPass Enterprise account!)
UCI Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center
Lots of virtual programming for the graduate & post-doc population is taking place while the majority of instruction is handled remotely.
Check out the Overdrive tab for fiction & non-fiction.
Enjoy a film or other Streaming Media
Watch a film, documentary, play a game or enjoy other streaming media
Searching the Library's Catalogs & Resources
Start at the Library Website and then search:
- Library Search - Notes all resources owned by the UCI Libraries in the "Library Catalog" including low use materials that have been sent to the Southern Regional Library Facility, SRLF (Storage Facility at UCLA)
- MELVYL Catalog - Search resources through the UC System and / or libraries around the world that are also members of OCLC. Check MELVYL before you submit an InterLibrary Loan request, or use the Request function in MELVYL entries to populate the entry that you need.
- UC eScholarship - the Digital Repository for the University of California reflecting research & scholarship conducted at each of the 10 UC campuses.
- Dryad - An open-access data repository where you can upload your research data to make it both discoverable and easily citable. Contact Digital Scholarship Services for more information.
Related Subject Guides
There are subject specific Library Guides for each department in the Samueli School of Engineering and many others that will be useful for you. Each guide offers links to the core literature for books, journals, conference papers, technical literature, preprints, government information and data management. For information you don't find, please contact us. The entire list of all Guides prepared by UCI librarians is found here and recommended ones that may be particularly useful follow:
Additional Resources & Guides
Software Available at UCI
The UCI Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers and supports the following software packages that students can download for free on your personal devices.