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July 1- August 15, Trial Access to Scopus and SciVal

July 7th, 2016

The JPL Library is evaluating the usefulness of Scopus and SciVal between July 1st and August 15 2016. We would like to have as many JPLers as possible try it and let us know your thoughts about these analytical services.

What are Scopus and SciVal?

  • Scopus is a very large reference and abstract database for peer-reviewed and academic literature in all disciplines, from science, engineering, medicine, to social sciences and humanities. It also features several smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize scholarly research. It is a major competitor to Web of Science.
  • SciVal
    Based on the records in Scopus and analytics technology, SciVal provides overviews of research output at the institution level, allows for benchmarking with other organizations, helps in identifying collaboration partners, and analyzes research trends with citation and usage data.

Getting started:

  • Click Here to access Scopus and SciVal from within the JPL Network. (NOTE: You can also search remotely if you are connected via Pulse Secure!)
  • Introductory video and help resources: click Here to see a short video and other documentation.

A few quick notes:

  • To use the personalization features such as Alerts, MyList, and access SciVal, set up a userid and password. Otherwise, you can search the database without a userid.
  • You can download records and abstracts during the trial period.
  • Links to full text articles are NOT implemented during the trial period.

Questions and comments about Scopus and SciVal, please send to

There are a few questions we would especially like you to answer! Please take a few minutes to answer via this anonymous Survey. Thank you!


Paper Records Inventory (PRI) System Upgrade

September 23rd, 2015

On Monday, Sept. 28 the Paper Records Inventory application — which supports records storage, retrieval and return of inactive paper records to off-site storage — will be on a new user-friendly interface.

All data and records will be migrated to the new system. Some improvements include advanced search for storage request and box searches. There is also a new “my submissions” feature, which displays all the requests that you have created in the system.

For help using the application, please call the JPL Records help desk at ext. 4-5469 or visit the Records Management page.

For technical assistance, contact the JPL IT service desk: 4-HELP.

Cyber Security: Understanding, Defense, and Trust

September 22nd, 2015

October is Cyber Security Month. Following is an updated list of selected electronic books on the various aspects of cyber security.


All ebooks can be accessed and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading. Our license with the publishers specifies that ebooks are for individual use, and they cannot be re-distributed to others. If you would like to recommend certain books to your colleagues, please ask them to access their own copy.

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics. For more questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at, or call ext 4-4200.

4,000+ Computer Science Ebooks Added To Library

August 31st, 2015

JPL Library is happy to announce that we have acquired more than 4,000 computer science electronic books. These books are published between 2011 and 2014 by Springer, available from SpingerLink website.

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