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Access Library Resources from Off Campus
The VPN allows you to connect to the library's online articles and eBooks from off campus.
Visit library.ucmerced.edu/use/technology/vpn to download the VPN.
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General Search Tips
Use "quotation marks" to search for a phrase
Example: "environmental impact"
Save time by searching multiple forms of a word simultaneously.
environment* finds environment, environments, environmental, etc.
col*r finds color, colour, colander
Accessing EPA Reports
- Go to US EPA Online Library
- Enter Keywords, e.g. "vernal pool"
- Click Search
- If no link to the article/report is available, copy the article/report title, e.g. "Field guide to the vernal pools of Mather Field, Sacramento County"
- Paste the title into theUC Library Searchsearch box
- If not available at UC Merced, click article title
- Click Request to ILL the item.
Strategies for Locating Articles Using Citations
Known Citation (Complete information)
1) Favorite short cut --> Try searching for the article title in Google Scholar.
2) Search for the journal title in the eJournal finder.
3) Seach for the journal title OR the article title in UC Library Search.
Spotty Citation (About the Article)
Look for specific information such as author(s), journal in which the study was published, date of publication, unique words to describe the subject area.
- If the journal name is given, use the eJournal finder to locate the journal.
- Note: This will only locate journals to which the UC Merced Library subscribes.
- If the author and/or other topic information is given, trying searching a database using those terms. e.g. Google Scholar, UC Library Search (catalog), or Web of Science.
What is the Get It At UC Button?
Get it at UC connects you from a source citation to the resource.
You will be taken to UC Library Search where you can navigate to the full-text of the source OR initiate a request for the source through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
The Get it at UC button will appear in many library databases. Use it to more easily locate or request the resources you need!
Note: During fall 2021, you may still see the UC-eLinks button instead of Get it at UC. Both buttons are designed to connect you to information sources.
Measuring the Importance of Journals and Articles
The Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time. It is one way scholars measure the relative importance of a journal within its field.
Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
JCR allows you to search for Impact Factors for academic journals. e.g. Sort by Impact Factor, 5 Year Impact Factor, Eigenfactor Score, Article Influence (AI) Score
See Mapping > Interactive browser to identify the Top 10 journals in general subject fields, currently 2006 data. See Search by ISI Category for EigenFactor (EF) and Article Influence (AI) scores.
A peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science. Includes articles, essays and book reviews addressing biological science. Article level metrics (article views) are included in each article record.
Profiles consumer and trade magazines, academic and scholarly publications, monographic series, newsletters, and electronic publication on all subjects.
Web of Science
Provides access to multiple science and social science databases: Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 - present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1956 - present), Science Citation Index (1900 - present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index-Science (1990 - present), and Conference Proceedings Citation Index-Social Science & Humanities (1990 - present). Also includes Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).