ScienceDirect and Scopus down this Saturday

August 26, 2010

We were just notified that ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from approximately 4:30AM-1:30PM this Saturday, August 28. Many of the Graff Library’s electronic journals are on the ScienceDirect platform, so if you are planning to do library research this weekend, you may want to avoid Saturday morning.

According to the vendor:

During this time, upgrades will be implemented to these systems as part of the launch of the new SciVerse platform. For more information about SciVerse, please visit


Welcome, new students!

August 23, 2010

The Graff Library staff is delighted to welcome fourteen new students in the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences to City of Hope. Today was the first day of student orientation, which included a visit to the Graff Library. We hope that our Student’s Guide to Library Databases makes your research easier. Welcome!

New popular books

August 20, 2010

For your recreational reading pleasure, the library has added the following new books to our Popular Reading Collection. Come on by and check them out!

Scout, Atticus, and Boo : a celebration of fifty years of To kill a mockingbird.
Mary McDonagh Murphy.
Large print ed.
New York : HarperLuxe, c2010.

Scott Turow.
1st ed.
New York : Grand Central Pub., c2010.

Fly away home : a novel.
Jennifer Weiner.
New York : Atria Books, c2010.

The thousand autumns of Jacob De Zoet : a novel.
David Mitchell.
1st U.S. ed.
New York : Random House, c2010.

Faithful Place.
Tana French.
New York : Viking, c2010.

The particular sadness of lemon cake : a novel.
Aimee Bender.
1st ed.
New York : Doubleday, c2010.

The glass rainbow : a Dave Robicheaux novel.
James Lee Burke.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010.

Robin Cook.
New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2010.

Medium raw : a bloody valentine to the world of food and the people who cook.
Anthony Bourdain.
New York : Ecco, c2010.

Imperial bedrooms.
Bret Easton Ellis.
1st ed.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2010.

The passage : a novel.
Justin Cronin.
1st ed.
New York : Ballantine Books, c2010.

Lost souls : a novel.
Dean R. Koontz.
1st ed.
New York : Bantam Books, c2010.

Meg Cabot.
New York : William Morrow & Co., c2010.

Important information for Ovid users

August 19, 2010

To make it easier to access Ovid databases, we are now using an institutional login for Ovid.  When you click an Ovid link on our Biomedical Databases page, you will go straight into Ovid without being prompted for a username and password.  You can still save searches and other personal items, however, by using Ovid’s Personal Account feature.   See Ovid’s instruction sheet for personal accounts to learn how to set one up.

If you have saved searches or other information in one of the old Ovid accounts, you can still access it by going to and logging in with the old username and password.  These old accounts will be discontinued eventually, however, so please contact the library for assistance recreating your search in the new account structure.

By using the new method rather than the old Ovid accounts, you can get into Ovid quickly and easily, and you can keep your searches and other information private with a username and password that you choose.  Under the old system, usernames and passwords were determined by Ovid and shared with other users.

Library catalog will be down Monday morning

August 5, 2010

The library catalog will be down for a software upgrade Monday morning, August 9, beginning at about 8:30.  It should be back up before noon.  Journals and electronic books will still be accessible through our Online Journals, eBooks, etc. link.  If you need help locating a book while the library catalog is down, please contact us ( and we’ll help you find it.  We apologize for any inconvenience.