Resources for Learning and Research
2016-17 General Catalog
University Library | Computing Facilties and Technology Services | Natural Reserve System | Arts Division Research Centers and Institutes | Baskin School of Engineering Facilities | Humanities Division Research Programs--The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) | Physical and Biological Sciences Research Programs and Centers | Social Science Division Research Centers and Institutes | Interdisciplinary and Systemwide Research Programs and Resources
The UCSC University Library is a second home for the busy student. Both McHenry Library and the Science & Engineering Library provide space for individual quiet study as well as reservable group study spaces. The library offers over 150 computer workstations supported by printers and scanners, as well as a fleet of circulating laptop and Chromebook computers. McHenry Library hosts the Global Village Café, a perfect place to recharge during marathon study sessions.
The University Library holds the largest library collection between Santa Barbara and San José. Over five decades, the collection has grown from a few shelves of books and a substantial dependence on the libraries of UC Berkeley to more than 2.3 million volumes, over 56,000 periodical titles (including online journals), nearly 39,000 microforms, and more than 411,000 non-print items including films, slides, and audio and video recordings.
The University Library’s print collection is spread across two library buildings. Resources in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are contained in McHenry Library at the heart of the campus, while the engineering, mathematics, and physical and biological sciences collections are housed in the award-winning Science & Engineering Library, conveniently located on “Science Hill.”
The University Library is part of the statewide University of California library system and serves as a gateway to millions of other books and periodicals through shared licensing of scholarly resources as well as the popular Interlibrary Loan service.
Most of the print holdings of library are shelved in open stacks. Students and faculty are encouraged to help themselves, using information found via the local Cruzcat online library catalog and the UC systemwide Melvyl Catalog. The library home page provides a convenient gateway to these resources, the California Digital Library, and a host of article databases and online journals. Research assistance is available in person at McHenry Library, by phone, via email, and 24 hours a day through the “Ask-a-Librarian” chat reference service. Research teaching support is provided by librarians and staff from across the library.
The Reserves service lends copies of assigned class readings on a short-term basis and provides protection for vulnerable circulating materials and heavily used periodicals.
Special Collections at McHenry Library contains rare, valuable, and often fragile materials that do not circulate. Holdings focus on local and campus history, and 20th-century literature and book arts. Special Collections also houses the official campus archive, as well as the archives of George Barati, Gregory Bateson, Thomas Carlyle, the Grateful Dead, Lou Harrison, Robert Heinlein, Kenneth Patchen, Brett Weston, and the Shameless Hussy, Trianon, and Turtle Island presses.
The Digital Scholarship Commons at McHenry Library provides access to new work spaces and high-end computer software. The DSC invites all members of the UCSC community to build digital and web-based projects, collaborate on research, and experiment with innovative tools and methods.
Other important collections and services include:
The Digital Collections website, containing a growing treasury of digitized photographs, maps, artwork, oral history transcripts, and sound recordings, as well as “born digital” materials, focusing on the most rare and unique.
Government Publications, a selective depository for documents published by U.S., California, and Santa Cruz government agencies
The Media Center, which provides access to audio and video in all formats; CD-ROMs; support for music study, including music scores and music course reserves via iTunes; and language-related audio and video recordings
The Mary Lea Shane Archives of the Lick Observatory, a national resource for the history of astronomy
The Regional History Project’s documentation of Central California history
The Video Game Lab at the Science and Engineering Library, which provides access to more than 600 games and 40 gaming consoles.
For more information, see the University Library website.
Information Technology Services (ITS)
Information Technology Services (ITS) at UCSC provides a broad spectrum of IT-related resources, services, and support to students, faculty, and staff in the areas of computing, network, telephones, media services, information systems security, web, email, and instructional technology.
ITS operates the campus network, which interconnects computers, workstations, instructional computing labs, and computer-equipped classrooms with each other and the Internet. In addition, wireless access is available across campus. ITS also provides the campus with technical services and computer support through the ITS Support Center.
Purchasing a Computer?
If you are planning on buying a new computer, UCSC recommends purchasing a laptop with both wired and wireless network capability. The campus supports both PC and Mac computers. An excellent source for purchasing computers and computer products is the campus Bay Tree Bookstore, (831) 459-2082. Through university-negotiated contracts, pricing is almost always below outside market prices.
UCSC Account (CruzID) and EmailAll students, faculty, and staff have a UCSC account called CruzID and a UCSC email account, for example firstname.lastname@example.org. All official UC and UCSC communication is emailed to the @ucsc.edu address. In addition to email, CruzID gives individuals access to many campus systems and applications. More information is available at UCSC Email Services.
ITS provides in-room Internet access (called ResNet) to students living on campus. Network services are available to undergraduate and graduate students living in university housing (except for the Camper Park). For assistance with network connections, contact ResNet at email@example.com or call (831) 459-HELP (4357).
Computing Labs for Drop-in Use and Academic ClassesITS manages 12 computer labs throughout the campus. These labs have more than 300 computers available for students to use that include PC, Mac, and Sun workstations. Wireless access is available in all labs. More extensive lab information, including hardware and software specifications and hours of operation, is available at the Computer Labs page.
Academic Course Materials on the Web
eCommons is the campus online course-management system used to create sophisticated web-based course materials to supplement, but not replace, classroom instruction. eCommons uses a web browser as the interface for the course.
Faculty using eCommons can incorporate a wide variety of tools in their course site, such as a course calendar, student conferencing system, electronic mail, group projects with student-created web pages, and quizzes. Outside of class time, students can use eCommons to view course materials, participate in web-based class discussions, collaborate on student group projects, and take quizzes.
Disability Accommodations for Instruction
UCSC computing labs have common adaptive technologies—such as enlarged type for students with low vision and Dvorak keyboards for students with repetitive strain injuries. If you have a disability and require adaptive or assistive technology to use lab computers, library facilities, or other campus services, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) so that they can coordinate services for you. You can also reach the DRC at (831) 459-2089 (voice), or (831) 459-4806 (TTY)..
ITS Support Center for Technical and Computer Help
The ITS Support Center is open to all students, staff, and faculty and provides general computer help, assistance with CruzID accounts and email, and other technical-support needs. The Support Center is located at 54 Kerr Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Individuals using UCSC computing services must comply with the University of California, state, and federal policies and laws. These policies define how ITS will approach security, how faculty, staff, and students are to approach security, and how certain situations will be handled.
The University of California administers 38 natural reserves throughout the state. UC Santa Cruz has responsibility for four—the Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve, Fort Ord Natural Reserve, Año Nuevo Island, and Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve—in addition to the UCSC’s own Campus Natural Reserve. The purpose of the NRS is to establish and maintain, for teaching and research, a system of natural areas that encompass diverse and undisturbed examples of California’s terrain, both aquatic and terrestrial. The reserves are open to all qualified individuals and institutions for scholarly work concerned with the natural environment. Such work usually deals with ecological topics or experimental studies in a natural setting. At UCSC, the reserves play an important role in supporting experiential learning (course support, internships, and research support) for undergraduate students interested in the ecological, physical, and environmental sciences. The close proximity of two of the reserves (Campus Reserve and Younger Lagoon) makes it possible for faculty and students to walk out the classroom door and into a living laboratory and outdoor classroom. These two reserves serve over 3,500 students each year.
Information about the reserves is available at the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves website. Information about the UC system's NRS holdings and management is available at the University of California Natural Reserve System website. You may also contact the UCSC Natural Reserve director, c/o Environmental Studies Department, 467 Natural Sciences 2 Building, at (831) 459-4867, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research at UC Santa Cruz is thriving, facilities are excellent, and the amount of external funding received for research continues to grow. In addition to their individual research projects, faculty are involved in organized research programs on various scales, from small focused activities within academic divisions, to large research units, some with campuswide scope and others with wider connections to the whole 10-campus University of California system.
Research programs and facilities are described below by academic division: Arts Division; Baskin School of Engineering; Humanities Division; Physical and Biological Sciences Division; and Social Sciences Division. Interdisciplinary and Systemwide research programs are also listed.
Specialized research facilities in addition to those listed below are described in the Programs and Courses section.
For the most current information on BSOE research centers, institutes, facilities, groups, and laboratories, please visit https://www.soe.ucsc.edu/research.
BSOE Research Centers and Institutes
BSOE Research Groups and Laboratories
The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) at UC Santa Cruz is a laboratory for theorizing and implementing new visions of the humanities.
UC Santa Cruz’s Humanities Division plays crucial role in the university’s mission to inspire and educate students for both personal and professional success. Our students question what it means to be human and investigate the impact that language, culture, and gender have on the human experience.
The IHR cultivates faculty and student research, supports multi-campus research projects, and fosters community engagement through internships and public programming. In addition to the research centers listed below, the IHR houses a multitude of research clusters whose projects tackle topics relevant to an international, multicultural audience.
Institute for Humanities Research centers and projects include:
Research Programs and Centers
Research Facilities and Laboratories