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Library Search: The New UC Davis Library Catalog Search Tool

September 2nd, 2016 by Amy Studer

Looking for the old UC Davis Harvest Catalog Search?

Library Search, a new UC Davis Library Catalog search tool, rolled out in August replacing Harvest Search.

.Find what you're looking for with the new UC Davis Library Search Tool

Take a look:

More information:

How to Use the New UC Davis Library Catalog Search Tool [short video]

Library Search FAQ

Questions? Contact:


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.”


Questions and comments: and

SCOPUS…database by Elsevier

May 12th, 2014 by Mary Wood

UC Davis 2000-2013 documents by subject area



The California Digital Library has purchased a one-year trial to Scopus : a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with tools to track, analyze and visualize research.


Scopus is an Elsevier product that helps to see which articles are citing which other articles, how they are being cited, how they are being used in other ways (online mentions, social media mentions), how they relate to the author’s body of work, how the journals in which they are published match up with the field as a whole, and more.


Scopus also integrates with Embase:
Records in Embase with citing articles will have a link to open Scopus so one can view the citing articles.

Also, Scopus is considered an essential database to search when conducting systematic reviews

See the Facts and Figures flyer or Content Overview page for more information about Scopus.

Scopus: Access for 2014

February 23rd, 2014 by Amy Studer

During the 2014 calendar year, UC faculty, staff, and students will be able to access the Scopus database.   Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including some 50 million records, 21,000 titles and 5,000 publishers, and includes tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Scopus search interface (UC Davis computer network or VPN access required):

See the Facts and Figures flyer or Content Overview page for more information about Scopus.

REAXYS: registered users (only) must back-up before Aug 1, 2012

July 27th, 2012 by Deanna Johnson

Users of the REAXYS chemistry database who have ALSO registered for a REAXYS username and password (necessary to use the auto alerts, saved settings, etc.) should have received this notice from REAXYS (see also URL below). Registration within the REAXYS database is optional, not required, it allows use of certain customization features.

This applies to registered users of REAXYS only:
You will lose your alerts and hitsets IF you fail to back them up prior to August 1st, 2012.
The procedure to back-up and restore is given here:

Full Notice — Sent to Registered REAXYS Users:

Embase is now available for searching at UC Davis

June 1st, 2012 by Bruce Abbott

The Library has recently subscribed to the Embase database from Elsevier.  This resource will primarily be of interest to researchers who are conducting systematic reviews, to those looking for comprehensive drug and pharmaceutical literature, or to those who are interested in journal literature from European, Asian, and African sources not covered in PubMed.  Embase has recently (since 2009) been adding proceedings and meeting abstracts coverage as well.

Link to access from campus network:

Link to access from off-campus via VPN:,

Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological database containing bibliographic records with citations, abstracts and indexing derived from biomedical articles in peer reviewed journals, and is especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research and conference abstracts.

Embase contains over 22 million records spanning 1974-present, with over 1 million records added annually. Each record contains the full bibliographic citation, indexing terms, and codes; and 80% of all citations in Embase include author-written abstracts. The Embase journal collection is international with over 7,500 active peer-reviewed journals more than 90 countries.

All MEDLINE records produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are included, as well over 5 million records not covered on MEDLINE.

The library will be offering instruction on Embase in the near future.  There will be additional blog posts and announcements.

Embase has significant help available from the website.  See:

EndNote X5: downloading the free licensed version for UC Davis students, staff & faculty

October 11th, 2011 by

My UC Davis Site

Watch all or part of the video on YouTube

Watch the video onYouTube:

For Jeff Magnin’s UWP 104 Class, working on an annotated bibliography with the help of EndNote.
Downloading your free licensed version of EndNote X5 from the MyUCDavis website:
The video will also show an example of seeking a citation style that was not available with the download, namely CSE/CBE.
In the case when you don’t find your preferred Output Style, just go to the website and seach for your required Output Style. Download the files and put them into the Styles folders within your EndNote X5 folder. We walk through the process.

Earlier, I sent 21 citations from the Web of Science database to my EndNote Desktop software.
You may also export your citations as text files from databases that do not have the direct EndNote or EndNote Web support. You can easily import these text files in Endnote format into your EndNote database directly from the EndNote file menu. All of these citations can be reformatted into our preferred format, such as CSE/CBE that is being used in the UWP 104 class.
You will be able to organize your citations and place into their own group folders. You’ll be able to sync your EndNote Desktop version with your EndNote Web account and work with either of your EndNote libraries (desktop or Web) when writing your paper using a popular wordprocessing software such as Word or similar. You’ll find the EndNote toolbar available in your Word software. If you do not see it, take a look in the tools menu.
For further help, be sure to check out the UC Davis Endnote website. We offer classes and ongoing support for EndNote and EndNote Web.

Shields Library Instruction website:
Download your free version of the licensed Endnote X5 using your UC Davis ID and kerberos pass phrase or password.
Check out the vendor’s website for ongoing updated tutorials or to request or download specific output styles that do not ship with the EndNote Software. There are over 5000 styles available at their website:
Be sure to create your EndNote web account:

Libguide for Jeff Magnin’s class: Creating an annotated bibliography, Using Google Scholar to download citations into EndNote, Web of Science and citing your sources using CSE/CBE citation style.

UpToDate now available via VPN

October 4th, 2011 by Mary Wood

The clinical human medicine database UpToDate is now available remotely, using VPN.

If you are away from campus and want to access UpToDate,  use your kerberos login and passphrase to connect to VPN,
….click on Electronic Databases,
…… for UpToDate or click on “U” and scroll down,
……… on the UpToDate link

…..from Databases list:

…..UpToDate is a point of care clinical medicine database, providing coverage of over 8500 topics in 17 medical specialties and includes over 97,000 pages of text. From the “About UpToDate” webpage: “Our physician editors and authors review and update our content continuously. An updated version of UpToDate is released every four months.” “UpToDate is an electronic information resource available via the Web and mobile devices. With UpToDate, you can get specific, detailed answers to your clinical questions from the office, exam room or bedside. Over 80 million patient-related problems are researched each year with UpToDate.”

Data as Publication: UC3 Webinar

June 24th, 2011 by Mary Wood

Data as Publication

Come to the Carlson Health Sciences Library conference room – 2:00pm Thursday June 30 – for the next UC3 webinar.

John Kunze, Associate Director, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library
Catherine Mitchell, Director, Publishing Program, California Digital Library

There is an increasing need to establish a new publishing paradigm to cope with the deluge of data artifacts produced by data-intensive research, many of which are vital to data re-use and verification of published conclusions. Due to the limitations of traditional publishing, most of these artifacts are not usually disseminated, cited, or preserved. At the California Digital Library (CDL), one promising approach to the problem is to wrap these artifacts in the metaphor of a “data paper,” which is a somewhat unfamiliar bundle of scholarly output with a familiar facade: minimally, a set of links to archived artifacts and a cover sheet containing familiar elements such as title, authors, date, abstract, and persistent identifier, just enough to create basic citations, build “overlay journals,” and enable discovery of data by Internet search engines. Additional elements that permit deeper domain-specific discovery and re-use, such as variable names, methods, etc., are planned. A pilot implementation at CDL will bring a number of existing services to bear on the problem, including (a) the Merritt repository for safe, stable storage for datasets; (b) EZID for generating, managing, and resolving persistent identifiers; and (c) eScholarship for publishing data papers and overlay journals.

webinar  archive:
Slides | Webinar |

The UC3 Summer Webinar Series is a forum for timely topics of interest to the UC community. We will highlight projects, services, and developments in areas of digital preservation, web archiving and data curation. We hope to raise awareness of these issues, and the resources and services available to the UC community. Our webinars will feature librarians, scientists, and technologists.

Next Generation Melvyl Replaces Current Melvyl June 24

May 12th, 2011 by Deanna Johnson

On June 24, 2011, the current Melvyl database will be retired as the University of California Libraries move to the Next Generation Melvyl (NGM) search tool, powered by OCLC’s WorldCat Local.  NGM was released as a pilot in April 2008 and has proven to be an invaluable search tool for all researchers: students, faculty, staff, and the public.

NGM supports research by allowing one-stop searching of UC Libraries’ holdings, selected full-text articles, ebooks, digital content, archival information, and much more – adding to the UC libraries’  33 million records there are over 800 million items from research institutions throughout the world. Easy-to-use links to ebooks and Request allow users to retrieve some titles immediately or order them via interlibrary loan. NGM also offers embedded tools for citing and exporting citations and creating and sharing lists.

Users can also ask reference questions via the “Chat with a Librarian” interface or see descriptive information, editorial reviews, and cover art.  In-depth author information helps to place works in context and provides useful information when doing research about a writer.

The UC Libraries have moved to NGM because of the promise of continual improvement and the seamless connection to the larger research world.  Web searching is not limited to a user’s local surroundings, so why limit library research?

The UC Libraries have a history of continuous improvement of the Melvyl service.   Developed in 1977, the first shared UC catalog was available on microfiche, followed in late 1979 by a pre-web online prototype.  Since then there have been many different interfaces, with the most recent permanent database upgrade in 2002, and NGM will make possible continual growth and improved research results.  After the older Melvyl database is discontinued, NGM will be referred to as Melvyl.

To access NGM, visit your local UC library homepage or