The David Lam Library is hosting two training sessions on Datastream on Thursday, September 22nd from 10:00a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Beginners) and 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. (Advanced) in the David Lam Amphitheatre.

Datastream is an international and interdisciplinary database of business and economic time series, used by academics and journalists to find current and historical data in the areas of business, economics, finance, forestry, science and engineering, manufacturing, and land and food systems.

Datastream is currently available on standalone machines in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division of Koerner Library, the David Lam Library and UBCO Library.

Please email to confirm your attendance.

Open UBC is held in conjunction with International Open Access Week, which encourages the academic community to come together to share and learn about open scholarship initiatives locally and worldwide.

Open UBC showcases a week of diverse events highlighting areas of open scholarship that UBC’s researchers, faculty, students and staff participate in. These events include discussion forums, lectures, seminars, workshops, and symposia on topical and timely issues from every discipline. We invite everyone to participate either by organizing events, highlighting events already coinciding with the Week, or attending the events to be scheduled.

All of these events are FREE and open to the public, students, faculty, staff and schools.

Call for Participation

Are you . . .

  • Developing new mechanisms to share your scholarship with a broader community?
  • Using or creating open datasets to further work within your discipline?
  • Creating freely-accessible resources to further your research or teaching?

If you are, we want to hear from you!

We invite UBC researchers, faculty, students, and staff to present papers, case studies, open source demonstrations, organize a panel discussion or conduct a workshop on any topic related to open scholarship. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: Open Access, Open Data, Open Education, Open Textbooks, Open Content, New models of scholarship, Scholarly Communication, Open access mandates, Open Source, Open Journals/books, OA Advocacy.

Send in a presentation submission at: or by email to:

Deadline for submission: Monday, October 3, 2011, 5:00pm.

For more information about the event, please see:

You may have noticed Web of Knowledge has a new look. UBC Library has 4 databases on this platform:

There are some excellent improvements with this interface change. For a quick update on the changes, see this 8 min. video: New Features Update

RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero enable you to import citations and create bibliographies for your scholarly work. Which tool you select depends on your needs. In this session, three UBC science librarians highlight the features of these popular reference management tools and open the floor for discussions and comparisons using hands-on examples. The workshop is intended for graduate students and faculty who enjoying sharing with other scholars in an open, interactive and hands-on atmosphere.

This workshop will be offered:

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 1:00PM – 2:30PM
To register:

We are investigating purchasing the following article indexes/databases through Ebsco platform and would like your opinions on whether this would be a useful and preferred change, or not.

We currently access Agricola and Food Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA) on the Ovid platform and CAB Direct on their own platform.

We have trial accounts on the Ebsco interface until March 31st for:

We warmly encourage you to try out these databases via their trial interfaces and give us your feedback. Thank you for forwarding this information to interested colleagues and students for their feedback too.

Please fill out the survey at

REFWORKS FOR THE SCIENCES – November 1st 10:00-11:30 AM

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool sponsored by the UBC Library and available free-of-charge to current UBC faculty, staff, and students.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create your own personal database in RefWorks by importing references from online resources such as Web of Science, Google Scholar, PubMed, Compendex and others. Then you’ll use RefWorks to add these citations to a paper and automatically format both in text references and the bibliography in a citation style of your choice.


TODAY!  Friday, Sept 17th, 2010 at 4:30PM – 5:30PM

This quick-paced fifty (50) minute online workshop, taught by Dean Giustini, a blogger, educator and social media librarian, begins with a look at Google search techniques and popular 2.0 features in YouTube and Google documents. The session includes time for participants to interact and discuss how they might use Google Scholar to find academic literature.

This session is offered online. Please see: How to Prepare for an Online Class

Click on date of class to join the class:

If you are not able to access the class and need technical assistance, please call our reference desk at (604) 822-4440.

TODAY Wednesday, September 15th,  2010 at 4:30PM – 5:30PM

Need a jumpstart on PubMed? Join us for an online workshop on how to maximize PubMed’s current search capabilities and link to UBC library’s full text journals.

This session is offered online. Please see: How to Prepare for an Online Class

Click on the following link to join the class:

If you are not able to access the class and need technical assistance, please call our reference desk at (604) 822-4440

Instructor: Teresa Lee

TODAY: Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 4:30PM – 5:30PM

This ONLINE live workshop will cover subject and keyword searching, applying limits, getting the full-text, and saving searches and creating alerts when using CINAHL, a database of nursing and allied health literature, and PsycInfo, a database for psychosocial aspects of health.

This session is offered online. Please see: How to Prepare for an Online Class

Click on the following link to join the class: h ttp://

Instructor: Charlotte Beck

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