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Melvyl's Content Is Growing


We continue to expand our content in Melvyl, the University of California (UC) Libraries' discovery platform, to help our faculty and students find and retrieve the information they need. Melvyl now searches more than 800 million items from research institutions worldwide. Even as Melvyl searches the catalogs and finding aids from institutions beyond the University of California, we are also improving Melvyl's ability to discover the resources that UCI licenses to meet our specific campus research interests. In 2012, the UC Libraries began adding to Melvyl's Central Index many of the article and reference databases that all of the campuses license. As of October 2015, Melvyl's Central Index also includes databases that only a subset of the UC campuses license. At UCI, this means that discoverability of unique and specialized information has increased from the 89 databases we license with all of the UC Libraries to 109 databases, many of which are specialized. Examples of some of the databases with indexing now available in Melvyl:

• Access Medicine
• Oxford Islamic Studies Online
• Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
• JapanKnowledge Lib
• SAE Technical Papers and Journal Articles

What does this additional content mean for faculty and students?

• Easier identification of material the UCI Libraries licenses to support research and instruction at UCI.
• Easier and more efficient Interlibrary Loan requests when we don't have electronic full-text access to the content you need.
• Searching across multiple databases by using Melvyl's Basic Search, or choosing specific databases from Melvyl's Advanced Search.
• While Melvyl is useful in identifying journal articles about a topic, using the native database itself, rather than Melvyl, will provide more accurate results for many specialized research questions.

While the information in Melvyl continues to grow, there are many specialized databases that are not included in Melvyl. If you are interested in what databases the UCI Libraries license within your subject discipline, please take a look at our Research Guides and the Libraries' Find Online Databases tool. And always feel free to consult with your subject librarian about what resources best meet your research or instructional needs.

For more information about the databases included in Melvyl's Central Index, see http://www.cdlib.org/services/d2d/melvyl/centralindex.html.

If you have questions about Melvyl, or about specific databases, please contact your subject librarian or Cynthia Johnson, Head, Reference and the Grunigen Medical Library at cynthiaj@uci.edu or x40081.