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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:


Looking for a way to easily read online journals? Give BrowZine a try [trial]

September 2nd, 2016 by Amy Studer

With BrowZine you can search UC Davis Library’s online journal collections and download articles using one interface:

  • Search by journal title or subject
  • Browse the table of contents for your favorite journals
  • Create your own personal journal bookshelf and article reading lists
  • Export to reference citation managers, such as EndNote

Take a look:

BrowZine logo

BrowZine also offers a mobile app for tables and smart phone. Explore!

The trial lasts through the end of September 2016.

What method are you currently using to read online articles? How does BrowZine compare?

Please send your feedback about BrowZine to:

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.

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.

Research Letter: Privacy threats when seeking online health information

July 9th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Some health websites share user search terms: study
2013-07-08  (Reuters Health)
Abstract by Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Some health media websites share users’ search terms with outside companies that track consumers and target advertising, a new study reveals.

Dr. Marco Huesch, from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, used interception software and found seven out of 20 popular health sites passed search information to third parties.

… U.S. government sites including the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration web pages did not share search information, nor did four out of five sites directed toward doctors, Dr. Huesch found.

But other popular consumer websites, such as Men’s Health and, did share search terms with third parties, according to findings published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dr. Viswanath said people searching for medical information online should not assume they are anonymous and take privacy for granted. They can be extra careful, he said, by sticking to U.S. government sites for health-related searches, for example.  …

Huesch MD
Privacy Threats When Seeking Online Health Information
JAMA Intern Med. 2013

Image searching (Open-i) from the National Library of Medicine

December 11th, 2012 by Bruce Abbott

The National Library of Medicine has released a beta version of a freely available search engine that provides searching of images from the full-text collection PMC (formerly PubMed Central).

The link to the website is:

From the website:
Open-i lets users retrieve not only the MEDLINE citation information, but also the outcome statements in the article and the most relevant figure from it. Further, it is possible to use the figure as a query component to find other relevant images or other visually similar images. Future stages aim to provide image region-of-interest (ROI) based querying. The initial number of images is projected to be around 600,000 and will scale to millions. The extensive image analysis and indexing and deep text analysis and indexing require distributed computing. At the request of the Board of Scientific Counselors, we intend to make the image computation services available as a NLM service.

Vist our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information and help.