Are you a UBC Undergraduate Student? Will you be attending the MURC event on Saturday March 6, 2010? If so, check out our cIRcle exhibit and information booth at the MURC event. See you there!

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Jubilee Room (4th floor)
Saturday March 6, 2010

“MURC celebrates the contributions of undergraduate research at UBC. The conference provides an opportunity for students in any discipline from across campus to present a research project they have been working on while engaging in scholarly debate amongst each other. Students have the choice of giving an oral, poster or performing/visual arts presentation of their work. Presentations are judged by graduate students, and prizes are awarded at the end of the conference day during a celebratory gala. The conference is held every year in March as the kick-off event to UBC’s Celebrate Research Week.”

Above excerpt is courtesy of URO Office MURC webpage

An interesting article from the NY Times documents the difficulties in tracking people in large metropolitan cities  such as New York.

Also the 2010 Census website has detailed information about the upcoming US census.

ScienceDirect_logoDue to recent changes Elsevier made to its ScienceDirect platform, our UBC eLink button elinkicon is not working as it should (you get a “Server not found” error). Elsevier is working to resolve this problem.

If you find a reference, citation or non-full text article in ScienceDirect you want to follow up on, try plugging the information into our CitationLinker (the Advanced Search tab has more input features).

Michael Brauer, a UBC Professor from the School of Environmental Health, has won UBC Library’s inaugural Innovative Dissemination of Research Award for the Cycling Metro Vancouver Route Planner. The Innovative Dissemination of Research Award, which includes a certificate and $2,000, honours UBC faculty, staff and students who expand the boundaries of research with the creative [...] uk – “Launched in 2010 this official UK government site seeks to increase greater transparency and accountability by providing free open access to many government datasets and official statistics. These cover all areas of government policy ranging from health, to the economy, crime rates and education. Users can search by theme or keyword or browse the latest additions. There is also a section with new apps and widgets. The site also includes a blog, twitter feed and forum where users can share ideas on new applications, mash ups and uses of government data. Copyright and technical information is on the website.”-Intute

Guardian’s DataBlog

“The Guardian’s DataBlog contains links to a range of data via their datastore ( a directory of all the statistics that they post and publish pertaining to current affairs) which can be downloaded in various formats incl. MS Excel. This site (which compliments the Guardina’s ‘free-our-data’ campaign) has links to Environmental data, US data, in addition to a range of -easy-to-use visualisation and sharing Web 2.0 tools and APIs. The Blog also acts as a discussion forum for data in the public domain.” – Intute

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  is “the oldest international organization in the UN family….(providing leadership) for information and communication technology issues.”  The ITU has just launched its “History of ITU Portal” which contains ITU historical documents from radio, telegraph and telephone conferences.  Note, the process of digitization is currently underway and as of this date much of the proposed content has yet to be launched online.  Still, it’s worth noting for now and will be a terrific resource once the project is complete.   The site also provides a link to ITU statistics, which are freely available.

The FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization) has just launched a Gender and Land Rights Database which “puts the spotlight on one of the major stumbling blocks to rural development – widespread inequalities between men and women in their access to land….. (It)  offers up-to-date information on how men and women in 78 countries differ in their legal rights and access to land (and)  provides policymakers and other users with a better picture of the major social, economic, political and cultural factors which affect access to land and enforcement of women’s land rights.”

*UPDATE* – netBASE links work from Catalogue

*NEWS FLASH* FOODnetBASE titles working *NEWS FLASH*

CRCnetBASE-logo150-2CRCnetBASE has a new site…

…but our ebooks aren’t linking to it from the catalogue.

To get to a CRCnetBASE ebook, please go to the CRCnetBASE home page and browse / search from there.

NOTE: CHEMnetBASE titles seems to be OK at the moment.

Feb 18

Chung Collection illuminates the Chinese experience in B.C.


Earlier this month, editors of the Lancet published the retraction of a paper about the relationship between autism and childhood vaccination. Almost immediately, “RETRACTED” appeared in bold red print on each page of the electronic version of the article.

We have received no instruction from the Lancet regarding our print copies.

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