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Updated BEACON Catalog

May 2nd, 2017

The JPL Library, Archives, and Records Section (LARS) announces an update to the BEACON Catalog, The update, titled WorldCat Discovery, modernizes the catalog with a refreshed user interface and improved search workflow.
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Some News for National Library Week 9-15 April 2017

April 10th, 2017

1) This is National Library Week! Look for our posters around the Lab. This year we want to be sure you know that:

  • Librarians can track JPL’s impact on fields of study. We are happy to perform analyses of papers by your Group, or Division, or other unit. Citations to those papers can also be compiled.
  • The Library is part of a team working to improve JPL Space (J-Search) search results; if you search for a topic and you think the hits retrieved don’t make sense, or should be refined, let us know.

The easiest way to contact the Library is to email us at or call 4-4200.

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Records and Information Management Awareness Month

April 4th, 2017

April is Records and Information Management Awareness Month and the JPL Records Management Group will be hosting 3 lunch hour talks on Wednesdays in the HUB. These talks will cover how RIM best practices can help you work more efficiently, marking and handling guidance, and where to find RIM resources at JPL.

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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!