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Health Sciences Libraries

Changes to Google Chrome — Problems with Scopus and Ovid

April 24th, 2015 by Bruce Abbott

Google Chrome Version 42 recently instituted a change that turned the Java web plugin off by default. This leads to problems with how Google Chrome interacts with some of the Library’s databases, including Scopus and Ovid.

Elsevier has added these easy to follow directions to the Scopus web pages on how you can re-enable the Java web plugin.

NEJM Videos: Superior experience with UCDavis Library VPN Client

April 23rd, 2015 by Amy Studer

Did you know that there are several different approaches for remote access to UC Davis Library licensed resources?  Most people are familiar with the Web VPN, but the VPN Client works better in a number of situations.  VPN_button

For example, New England Journal of Medicine has some really helpful “videos in clinical medicine,” including:


Putting On and Removing Personal Protective Equipment
Rafael Ortega, M.D., Nahid Bhadelia, M.D., Osamede Obanor, B.S., Kyle Cyr, M.A., Priscilla Yu, B.A., Maureen McMahon, R.N., and Dahlia Gotzmann, B.S.N.  N Engl J Med 2015; 372:e16March 19, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMvcm1412105

Video link:


The VPN Client is the recommended authentication approach for viewing these videos from off-campus.

Here are instructions about how to install the VPN Client:

Note:  Installing the VPN Client requires installing Java as a first step.

For problems with installing JAVA or the VPN Client software, contact:


Choose the VPN Client (Network Connect) if you:

  • Tend to use multiple windows and tabs in your browser
  • You often connect to PDFs which have URL links
  • You want to use the “Find Full Text” feature in EndNote
  • Use MyNCBI in PubMed
  • Rely on licensed resources not accessible via the Web VPN
  • Prefer uninterrupted access to licensed resources from your own computer
  • Prefer OS-level rather than browser-level access to licensed resources

Let us know how the VPN Client works for you… OR

OpenHelix: bioinformatics & genomics tutorials (trial)

April 14th, 2015 by Mary Wood


Click here for trial access

[Note:  We have received some reports of problems viewing in Chrome and Firefox browsers when using the Web VPN.  No problems have been reported with Internet Explorer.]

To access and analyze the vast amounts of data available, the researcher and scientist must learn how to use the databases and tools that are used to store and analyze genomics and genomics related data.

To help faculty, staff and students quickly learn to use these resources, OpenHelix has created over 100 tutorial suites on critical databases and tools.

The University Library currently has a trial subscription and the opportunity to evaluate the OpenHelix bioinformatics and genomics tutorial suites.

“The tutorial suites include an introductory online narrated tutorials, can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders.  In addition to the tutorials, training materials including the animated PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and exercises.”


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USDA Petitions: Definition of Alternatives & Establish Standards

April 1st, 2015 by Mary Wood

USDA requests comment on a petition to

Define Alternatives to Procedures That May Cause Pain or Distress and
to Establish Standards Regarding Consideration of These Alternatives

This Proposed Rule document was issued by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

For related information, Open Docket Folder

APHIS has received a petition requesting amendment of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to define the term alternatives, clarify the existing definition of painful procedure, and establish standards governing the consideration of such alternatives at research facilities that are registered under the AWA regulations. This petition is available to the public and they are soliciting comments regarding the petition and any issues raised by the petition that should be taken into account.

Comments due on or before May 29, 2015.

Submit comments online or as noted.

Supplementary information