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BioAg Sciences

Problems with Wireless Access to Library Resources?

September 25th, 2014 by Laura Soito

On 9/24/14, Campus IET changed the IP ranges for the campus wireless networks. Unfortunately, the library was

not notified in a timely manner. Because library resources are primarily IP-authenticated, individuals using the

wireless to access library resources are currently denied access.


Short-term solution:

This will give you an IP address that should provide access to licensed library resources.

If the VPN proves cumbersome see the tip below for Using Google or Google Scholar From the VPN.


Long-term solution:

The library and the California Digital Library have been doing everything possible to get wireless access to library resources restored as quickly as possible. The process of notifying all our vendors is well underway and once they have the updated IP ranges in place, the short term solution of using the VPN while on campus will no longer be necessary. Our vendors need to implement the changes on their end, although we have indicated this is a high priority, we don’t control how long this might take on their end.


Using Google or Google Scholar from the VPN:

Use these steps to easily access Google or Google Scholar from the VPN. Enter the appropriate URL ( or in the box on the upper right of the VPN Home page (see image below). After entering the URL, click the BROWSE button to the right.


Note this works for any URL (e.g., enter for the journal “Science”).

For additional help with the VPN, see: “How to Use The VPN” (2 minute video)

NCBI Discovery Workshops @ UC Davis Library [Webinar Edition]

November 15th, 2013 by Laura Soito
Image:  Light Helix by BloodLight

The UC Davis Library is pleased to announce:

2013 NCBI Discovery Workshops @ UC Davis Library [Webinar Edition]

The workshops will focus on the following areas:

1. Sequences, Genomes, and Maps: December 17, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT

2. Proteins, Domains, and Structures: December 18, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT

3. NCBI BLAST Services: December 19, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT

4. Human Variation and Disease Genes: December 20, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT

To register:

You are welcome to register for one or more workshops, each emphasizing different sets of NCBI resources. Specific examples will be used to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study and to demonstrate how to accomplish common tasks. Electronic copies of detailed handouts for each session will provide step-by-step instructions and additional information about each example.

All workshops are taught by NCBI staff and will consist of 1.5 hours of instruction followed by a Q & A period.

Due to the US Government sequester, the workshop instructors will not be able to present in person at UC Davis, as in previous years. Instead, you are invited to attend all sessions via webinar, using your own computer or perhaps collaborating with your department or research group to view together.

NCBI Discovery Workshops Website:

Questions? Contact or

Image credit: Light Helix by BloodLight. License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


Join us for Open Access Week 2012 events

October 17th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity to discuss and learn about the potential benefits of open access publishing. As the UC community debates open access mandates, faces federal data sharing requirements, and along with the rest of the worldwide research and academic community debates how to work with an ever-increasing amount of scholarly information, Open Access Week is more relevant and important than ever.

Please join the UC Davis Library in celebrating Open Access Week 2012 with three special events:

Open data and open access: expert panel discussion
Four experts — MacKenzie Smith (UCD University Librarian), Jonathan Eisen (UCD Professor and PLoS Biology editor), Timothy Vollmer (Creative Commons) and Carly Strasser (DataOne and California Digital Library) will debate the merits of open access and open data and discuss recent developments in scholarly publishing and sharing data. Come with your questions for what promises to be a lively, cutting-edge discussion!
Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30am-1:00p
Nelle Branch room, 2nd floor Shields Library map

Data Management for Researchers: Organizing, Describing, and Sharing your Data
This workshop, presented by Carly Strasser, will introduce researchers to basic data management principles and demonstrate tools you can use to organize and share data. Not sure whether you should be publishing your data, or how to get started? Come to this workshop!
Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Library Instruction Lab, 1st floor Shields Library map

Should You Publish in Open Access Journals?
This session will include a short introduction to OA publishing, followed by a facilitated audience discussion on the pros and cons of publishing in open access journals, led by Michael Rogawski M.D., Professor of Neurology. Bring your questions and come ready to participate!
Monday, October 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Education Building Room 1204, UC Davis Medical Center Sacramento Campus map

Questions or RSVPs? Contact Phoebe Ayers at or 530-752-9948 (main campus), or Raquel Abad at or 916-734‑3870 (Sacramento).

Free to UCD Researchers: Improved Access to Print-Only Library Collections

August 17th, 2012 by Ruth Gustafson

Based on the results of a successful pilot to enhance the library’s current document delivery service for print-only science titles, the UC Davis University Library is now extending the free Campus Document Delivery Service (CDDS) to all UC Davis University Library-owned titles.

Now, all faculty and research staff in Biological or Agricultural departments/centers may request electronic deliveries of journal articles and book chapters owned in print-only formats at any UC Davis University Library and have them delivered electronically at no cost.

PLEASE NOTE: this service is not currently available for graduate students, undergraduate students, and non-research staff on the main campus. If you have questions, please visit the InterLibrary Loan Service webpage which includes online forms. For additional assistance, contact a library staff member at the Shields Library Circulation Desk or email to

BioOne journals now available on mobile devices

November 30th, 2011 by Ruth Gustafson

BioOne Announcement from Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:32:58 -0500 (EST)

BioOne announced the official launch of BioOne Mobile, an optimized website now available to smartphone users at With this new mobile interface, all content from BioOne’s 167 journals and book series is available for easy access to faculty, students, and researchers via their iPhones, Androids, and Blackberry smartphones.

Note that there is no app to download or keep updated. Instead, users will be automatically directed to BioOne’s mobile site whenever they access the site from a compatible mobile device.

BioOne has created a number of resources to assist researchers using BioOne Mobile. For more information, please see

Thursday, Nov. 3: Data management for scientists: presentations at Shields Library

October 28th, 2011 by Ruth Gustafson

Data management for scientists

Admit it- you use Excel. That’s because scientific data collection and Excel go together well. If you use Excel for data storage, management, organization, or analysis, these presentations are for you!

All UC Davis scientific researchers are invited to presentations by Dr. Carly Strasser, Project Manager for DCXL (Digital Curation for Excel), UC Curation Center (UC3), California Digital Library to be held next Thursday. Both morning and afternoon presentation times are scheduled for a talk and optional hands-on session.

Benefit to you: you get an expert eye thinking about your data, spotting potential problems, and streamlining your workflow. Dr. Strasser is also knowledgeable about data management plans (now required for all NSF proposals), data archives available for your use, and best practices for data management.

All sessions will be held at the same location in Shields Library:

WHERE: Shields Library, Library Instruction Lab (LIL), Room 165
First Floor, Shields Library
SouthEast corner, just past Reserves Desk, on the right corner
Online map of Shields Library First Floor with LIL in top right map corner

Talk: “Data management for scientists: how to reduce your workload, reuse your ideas, recycle your data”

It is rare that scientists are formally taught about good data management practices. Instead we develop our own systems for filing documents, arranging data sheets, handling versions, and documenting analyses that are often unique and unintelligible to others. In this talk, Dr. Strasser will focus on the common mistakes that scientists make, and how to avoid them. She will cover best practices for data management, which will facilitate data sharing, reuse, and archiving in the future.

WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2011
10-11am and Repeated at 3-4pm

Hands-on Session: UCD scientists discussing/viewing their data/spreadsheets

Devoted time to ask questions about your data, show Dr. Strasser your spreadsheet(s), and get feedback from others about your organization strategy. Chat with her about your data sharing, reuse, and archiving practices, and how you use Excel. Share tips and tricks with other Davis scientists. Attendees are invited to bring their own laptops or, if data is available via Web-accessible spreadsheets, 25 workstations for attendees are available with Internet access.

WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2011
11am-noon and Repeated at 4-5pm

Unable to attend? Here is the presenter’s contact information:

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Carly Strasser, PhD
DCXL Project Manager
UC3, California Digital Library
University of California Office of the President
415 20th Street, Oakland CA 94612

Return of daily BioAg Sciences Librarian in-person assistance on 3rd floor of Shields Library

September 30th, 2011 by Ruth Gustafson

After a two-year hiatus, the Biological/Agricultural (BioAg) Sciences Consultation Desk on the 3rd floor of Shields Library is once again being staffed. As of Monday, September 26, 2011, the BioAg Consult Desk hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5pm for a total of 20 in-person desk hours/week.

In addition, BioAg Librarians have scheduled office hours for four extra hours between Tuesday-Friday: Tuesday noon-1pm; Wed-Fri 11am-noon. These hours are noted at the top of each BioAg Library Subject Guide along with each BioAg Librarian’s contact information. See these BioAg Subject Guides at:

For in-person general library/technology questions outside of the above hours, please ask at the First Floor Shields Reference Desk, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm, where assistance will be provided by *non-science* Reference Librarians.

As always, for specialized biological and agricultural library questions, feel free to email:
Or email your BioAg Librarian Subject Specialist directly. Listing at:

Major CAB Thesaurus Update (August 2011)

September 1st, 2011 by Ruth Gustafson

Press release, 3 August 2011

“CAB Thesaurus gets biggest update in 30 years

The CAB Thesaurus, the world’s most comprehensive controlled vocabulary covering applied life sciences and related subject areas, has had its biggest update in 30 years. In just one year the thesaurus has grown by 40% and now includes nearly 137,000 terms.

Additions to the new edition include:
• 10,000 nematode species mentioned in CABI online databases
• World lists of birds, mammals, sucking lice (Anoplura) and trichodectid chewing lice (Mallophaga), with synonyms
• Complete revisions to the existing taxonomic hierarchies in the thesaurus of dinoflagellates and algae
• 7275 new insect species from the Medani database, which contains species of veterinary and medical importance”

Detailed information from CABI website

Web of Knowledge downtime this weekend & new BIOSIS Previews design, Monday, July 18th

July 14th, 2011 by Ruth Gustafson

A major re-design to Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge search interface will be implemented this weekend. This impacts BIOSIS Previews, Web of Science, and Endnote Web. The most important change will allow unlimited search retrievals instead of only retrieving less than 100,000 results. All large search retrievals will now be immediately available for combining and refining.

DOWNTIME NOTICE: Thomson Reuters will be performing maintenance to Web of Knowledge, EndNote Web, and ResearcherID this coming Sunday, July 17th beginning at 6:00 AM PDT. This maintenance is expected to last approximately 12 hours (until 6:00 PM PDT). During this time, there may be disruption of service and access to these products, including Web of Knowledge Personalization.

UC-wide Informa Journal package cancelled

March 3rd, 2011 by Ruth Gustafson

With an anticipated 50% increase in Informa Healthcare (IHC) package fees for 2011, the University of California libraries have cancelled the UC-wide IHC online journal package of 115 titles. Online access to 111 of these titles will no longer be available at UC Davis after February 15, 2011. Please see the detailed CDL notice about this cancellation at the “Challenges to Licensing from Some Publishers” webpage at

Three UC libraries chose to continue licensing eight IHC titles in 2011 at their individual campuses at their own cost.

Four titles are kept at UCD — three will continue to be accessible online at UCD:
1. Inhalation Toxicology
2. Medical Mycology
3. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
4. Current Medical Research & Opinion (print ONLY at Carlson HSL)

Articles from the remaining five titles below will be available via normal UC Inter-Library Loan (ILL) processes including using UC-eLinks or filling out online ILL forms.

Held at UC Berkeley
5. Substance Use and Misuse
6. Current Eye Research
7. Clinical Toxicology

Held at UC San Francisco
8. Medical Teacher

The remaining CANCELLED IHC titles:
Perpetual online access will be retained for the previously paid & licensed years 1997 through 2010 for the 107 remaining titles. Those UCD researchers needing current year 2011+ articles should REQUEST them via ILL channels. Note that the delivery time may be longer as no UC library will be subscribing to these titles.

Biological & Agricultural related cancelled IHC titles:
Seven titles of BioAg interest which will no longer be available in the UC Library system from 2011+ are:
1) Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry
2) Biomarkers
3) Chronobiology International
4) Free Radical Research
5) International Journal of Neuroscience
6) Molecular Membrane Biology
7) Stress: The International Journal on the Biology of Stress

Questions? Feel free to contact your subject specialist librarian

Axel Borg
Viticulture and Enology (grape growing and wine making); Food and Nutrition; Forestry; Plant Sciences (including fruit and vegetable crops, agronomy, and horticulture); Plant Biology; Plant Pathology; and Agriculture

Ruth Gustafson
General Biology; Animal Science; Avian Science; Entomology (including Bee Biology and Pollination); Environmental Science & Policy; Environmental Toxicology; Evolution and Ecology; Forensic Science; Nematology; and Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

Meredith Saba
Molecular and Cellular Biology; Neurobiology and Physiology; Microbiology; and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)