If you use RefWorks, you may have noticed that the RefWorks interface has a new look: http://resources.library.ubc.ca/901. Our understanding is that most of the changes are cosmetic (intended to improve the interface) and do not affect the functionality.

To allow users some time to adjust, the old interface is still available until the end of the year, but is no longer the default when you log in to RefWorks. If you prefer to use the old interface for now, you can do so by logging into your RefWorks account and clicking on the “RefWorks Classic” link at the top. We recommend trying the new interface before the end of the year so you can get used to it before it is no longer available.

We are familiarizing ourselves with the new interface over the summer and will offer a workshop in the fall. In the meantime, take a look at the RefWorks 2.0 Quick Start Guide  to learn more about using the new interface.

Also, if you have any specific questions about the functionality of the new interface, please contact us.

The July 2011 issue of LibFOCUS is now available. Highlights include a focus on physical and virtual spaces, student-driven research from Earth and Ocean Sciences, an information literacy mini-conference and more.

So look into the life of UBC Library – you can view LibFOCUS here.

World eBook Fair: July 4th to August 4th 2011. Download Your Selections from (6,500,000+ PDF eBooks) Six Million eBooks Titles.

So says the World eBook Fair website. They also say…

The collections include light and heavy reading materials, more reference books, scientific items, etc., and about 50,000 music entries in addition to the 12,000 that debuted last year. Please note that The Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg are also presenting a number of items in other media; music, movies and artwork, even dance choreography, are included.

As the format is .pdf, downloading and reading should be fairly simple as long as you have a .pdf reader, like Adobe.

After August 4th. a private membership fee is required if you want to continue downloading ebooks from World Public Library. UBC Library does not subscribe to World Public Library, but we do have ongoing access to Project Gutenberg and Internet Archive ebooks.

New full-text, downloadable, academic, business books are being added each month to Palgrave Connect’s 2011 Business & Management Collection. Palgrave employs permissive Digital Rights Management, which allows authorized users to download ebook content without any physical restrictions. Books in this collection can also be downloaded in EPUB format, which is compatible with most reading devices, enabling readers to resize pages, adjust margins, set text size, search within the book, highlight text and add bookmarks.

Click here to view a complete list of the 2011 titles. Some recent additions include:

  • The Future of Leadership Development : Corporate Needs and the Role of Business Schools. Edited by Jordi Canals.
  • Sport as a Business : International, Professional and Commercial Aspects. Edited by Harald Dolles and Sten Söderman.
  • Corporate Psychopaths : Organizational Destroyers. By Clive Boddy.
  • Women at the Top: Challenges, Choices and Change. By Marianne Coleman.

Palgrave MacMillan also publishes scholarly works for a variety of disciplines. Explore recent publications in the areas of history, linguistics, literature, political and international studies, and social and cultural studies by connecting to the Palgrave Connect collection.

When accessing these resources from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your Campus Wide Login (CWL) and password when you connect to the database.

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