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New LibGuide: Transportation Data!


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Have you ever felt overwhelmed looking for transportation data? This new Transportation Data LibGuide should make things a little easier getting started. It provides links to data sources from a number of modes to help you with your research. 

Public Access Plan for Federally Funded Research

 In February 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued the memorandum Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research. The memo requires Federal agencies with research budgets more than $100 million to develop plans increasing public access to Federally funded research results - publications and data.

Since then, each Federal agency has issued its own plan with their particular requirements, though all require a data management plan (DMP) and data and reports to be made publicly accessible. The ITS Library is here to assist you meeting these requirments. Here are the policies from Federal agencies most likely to fund transportation research: 

Department of Transportation
DOT Public Access Portal 

  • Submit a DMP
  • Maintain project record in the Research in Progress (RiP) database
  • Submit ORCIDs for all project investigators and contributors
  • Deposit datasets in a repository
  • Submit final report, contracted deliverables, and required metadta to USDOT Research Hub, NTL, and TRB

Department of Energy
DOE Public Access Plan

  • Submit a DMP
  • Deposit datasets in a repository
  • Submit final report, peer-reviewed publications, and required documentation to DOE PAGES http://www.osti.gov/pages/
  • 12 month embargo for peer-reviewed publications

National Science Foundation
NSF Public Access Plan

  • Submit a DMP
  • Deposit datasets in a repository
  • Deposit final accepted peer-reviewed manuscript be deposited in a an appropriate repository
  • 12 month embargo for peer-reviewed publications

National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA)
NASA Public Access Plan

  • Submit a DMP
  • Deposit datasets in a repository
  • Submit publication and dataset metadata to facilitate discovery
  • Deposit final accepted peer-reviewed manuscript be deposited in the NASA portal to PubMed Central
  • 12 month embargo for peer-reviewed publications

Department of Defense
DOD Public Access Plan

  • Submit DMP
  • Ensure public access to unclassified, publicly releasable data
  • Deposit final accepted peer-reviewed manuscript be deposited in a an appropriate repository
  • 12 month embargo for peer-reviewed publications

 

10 Things You Should Know: Thing 3 - Electronic Journals!

The next thing on 10 Things You Should Know About the ITS Library follows off of Thing 1 and TRID: Thing 3 - Electronic Journals are here for you!

The campus libraries subscribe to a number of journals electronically. You can search by title using the E-Journals A-Z search page. Some of the most common titles in the field include:

Another useful resource for accessing journals online is Google Scholar, though it works best for finding articles than full journals. If you're using these resources off-campus, be sure to set up a proxy-server or VPN to access all of these resources!

 

10 Things You Should Know: Thing 2 - Use OskiCat!

Thing 2 on our 10 Things You Should Know About The ITS Library is a classic in the libraries - Use OskiCat

What's an OskiCat? It's not really a cat, it's the catalog here at UC Berkeley.  Use it search for books, journals (not articles - those are in TRID!), course reserves, or other collections. It's the tool you want to use to see if a physical copy of it exists on campus. To find a physical copy beyond the campus use Melvyl. That's another catalog which includes holdings for all UC campuses and beyond. 

 

10 Things You Should Know: Thing 1 - Use TRID!

Welcome back to school! To kick of the semester, we'd like to remind everybody about 10 Things You Should Know About the ITS LibraryThing 1 is perhpas the most important advice we have for getting started with your research: Use TRID!

What's TRID? It's a transportation research database from TRB and ITRD, and the place to start your transportation research.  It contains journal articles, tech reports, conference proceedings, and research projects. Most of the records include links to online full-text versions. 

But what about the catalog? Well OskiCat is great for books and finding out if we physically have something (or have access to something), but for most new transportation research it is inadequate. OskiCat does not contain articles, so you'll miss out on much of the current literature. 

For example, if you search TRID for the keyword "parking pricing", you receive 1103 results.

Using the same search in OskiCat retrieves only 66 results

So if you're just getting started, use TRID. 

 

Finding Articles

Looking for articles? Here are some ways to help you conenct to the article you're looking for.

 

Looking for articles about a certain topic in transportation? Your best bet is to start with TRID. TRID is the most comprehensive database for transportation research. It contains articles and papers from peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, and more.

Here is a video about getting started with TRID:

If you are looking for articles about subjects that might extend beyond transportation, you can find the apropriate database in this list of Article Databases by Subject. Some of good resources include:

  • Web of Science (UCB Access Only) Multidisciplinary database that covers science and engineering, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
  • Compendex (UCB Access Only) Contains scientific and techincal engineering research from 1884 to present.
  • JSTOR Contains journal articles from a wide range of subjects including economics, history, business, and planning.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (UCB Access Only) Resources on architecture, city planning, and related fields.
  • Civil Engineering Database Covers publications, such as journals and conferences, from ASCE.
  • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) (UCB Access Only) Contains reports from the National Technical Information Service, with full text of government funded research.  

If you a link to the full-text of the article isn't available through the database directly, try the UC-eLinks button, or Google Scholar

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