Frequently Asked Questions


The NCAR Library is one library with two locations - each uniquely serving all major campuses. They are staffed from 8-noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each location provides meeting spaces as well as access to e-mail, the Internet, copiers, printers and scanners.

Learn more about the the library campus locations.

The NCAR Library offers print and electronic resources for all UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff. Each location also has a unique set of hardcopy journals, books, reports and audio and video resources. Subject specialties and their specific locations are listed for each campus. You can consult the NCAR Library catalog, to access books, print journals and their location and availability. If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can submit a Request-It form.

The NCAR Library's collection contains a wealth of resources in print and electronic formats. The collection consists of current state-of-the-art scientific research materials as well significant historical references. To search for printed books and journals go to the NCAR Library catalog and for electronic selections click on Books 24x7. A login is required for both.

You may search for journal articles via subscribed databases. There is not a centralized way to search for articles across databases so please feel free to browse each database individually or use an external service such as Google Scholar or Web of Science to help you find articles.

The library provides access to many printed and electronic journals. Printed journals can be located by searching in the NCAR Library catalog using the search criteria of "journal titles". E-journals can be accessed and searched by titles A-Z or by subject.

In 2013, a deeper reduction in the Library's budget has required cancellation of a significant number of journal subscriptions. See the journal cancellations page for more detailed information as well as journal titles canceled and retained. In keeping with our Open Access commitment we recommend the Directory of Open Access Journals as an additional resource for your research needs.

A database is an online resource that contains articles and information from print sources such as magazines, newspapers, journals and reference books. These databases provide access to resources across a wide spectrum of topic and subject areas. Database content can be easily searchable by: keywords, title, author or subject. The NCAR Library subscribes to the following database services. Login is required where indicated.

The library offers access to several on-line resources.

  • Library Catalog - Access to books, print journals and more.
  • OpenSky - Open access institutional repository supporting UCAR/NCAR/UCP scholarship
  • NCAR Archives - Preserves the institutional memory of UCAR/NCAR/UCP
  • Open access journals - Specific to UCAR areas of research and education

The library also subscribes to the following subscription services:

All NCAR/UCAR/UCP employees and official visitors may check out library resources from either library location.

Learn more about checking out, renewing, or requesting resources.

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff can access the library's e-journals and subscription services globally and anytime through the ezproxy system. Go to remote access and enter your UCAS login and password. Choices include:

  • NCAR e-Journals
  • NCAR Web of Science
  • NCAR Library catalog

The word "citation" has several meanings. It can mean a reference to a publication that includes the title, author, name of publication, etc. or it can refer to the citation count, which is the number of times an article or author has been cited. The Web of Science database provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary access to citations for journals and conference proceedings. The number of times an article has been cited can be found through either a basic author or title search in Web of Science. The times cited number is listed at the end of the reference. The number of times an author has been cited can be found through a Cited Reference search in Web of Science.

The h-index assesses the impact of an individual author's total output and takes into account both the quantity and quality of publications. The h-index is based on the number of publications and is meaningful when compared to others within the same discipline area. Researchers in one field may have very different h-indices than researchers in another (e.g. Earth Science vs Physics). An h-index of 10 means an author has published ten papers with at least ten citations each. The Web of Science database offers citation reports that address this impact of publication. Please note, the h-index is based on the publications indexed in the Web of Science database only. It does not take into account publications in non-refereed journals, books, and reports.

Click on the orange RSS icon next the the feed name to subscribe to the feed. You can subscribe to an RSS feed directly through your browser or via a RSS reader. View a list of RSS feed readers.

  • Subscribe to the NCAR and UCAR Research Briefs newsfeed NCAR & UCAR Research Briefs
    An RSS to Staff Notes gives you a brief look at research throughout the organization.

  • Subscribe to the NCAR and UCAR Webcasts newsfeed NCAR & UCAR Webcasts
    Through these recordings you can explore the latest thinking on atmospheric and earth system science, from computer modeling to implications for society. Some are highly technical; others are aimed at a broad audience.

  • Subscribe to the COMET/MetEd Moduless newsfeed COMET/MetEd Modules
    Education and training resources for the operational forecaster community, university atmospheric scientists and students, and anyone interested in learning more deeply about meteorology and weather forecasting topics.

To receive the latest information on topics or authors of interest you can set up alerts in Web of Science. These alerts will notify you by email and can be specified to track the following:

  • new papers published by a specific author or new papers on a specific topic
  • to learn when a specific paper has been cited by new papers added to the database
  • to receive table of contents of new journal issues

To learn how to create citation alerts review the Web of Science - Citation Alerts tutorial. To learn how to save searches and create search alerts review the Web of Science - Saving your search and setting alerts tutorial.

Many of the electronic resources that the library subscribes to offer tutorials for review anytime and anywhere.

View product tutorials.

There are many weather and climate data resources available to provide data and "real time" information for local, national and international weather and climate.

Digital data sets are central to scientific research in all geo-science disciplines. Research data sets vary in their volumes, formats, and uses. UCAR and NCAR scientists collect, manage, and use research data for many purposes. To help meet UCAR/NCAR research data challenges and needs, the NCAR Library is developing research data services. This page provides links to research data resources within UCAR/NCAR, discipline-specific data archives outside of NCAR, and information guides on a few data-related topics.

Learn more about scientific data management.

OpenSky is the open access institutional repository supporting UCAR, NCAR, and UCP, extending free and open access to our scholarship for the benefit of research and education. OpenSky is operated by the NCAR Library, founded on the principle that public access to the scholarly record is essential to the advancement of science and society. The vision of OpenSky is to preserve and make freely accessible the scholarly record of UCAR, NCAR, and UCP, in support of the broad mission of UCAR to foster science, support its community, and facilitate the transfer of knowledge.

Visit OpenSky for more information.

The Archives seeks to preserve the institutional memory of UCAR/NCAR/UCP. The Archives acquires, processes, manages, and makes accessible to staff and researchers high quality information resources documenting the broad spectrum of activities undertaken by UCAR/NCAR/UCP in the areas of research, technology, education, and community building.

Vist the NCAR Archives for more information.