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For remote access to Library resources: Install VPN Client Software

May 31st, 2016 by Amy Studer

As of June 13, 2016 the Library’s web VPN will no longer be available. You will need to download a new VPN Client called Pulse Secure.

This change will allow improved searching within many of our databases and automatic retrieval of article pdfs when using the EndNote “Find full-text feature.”

If you already use the Library Client VPN, it should automatically upgrade to the new version on or after June 13, 2016. No further action is required.

If you currently use the Web VPN, you will need to follow the steps below to install the new Client VPN Pulse Secure.

  1. Go to the library’s website:
  1. Select the Connect From Off Campus link- located on the left side page: (
  1. Look for “Web-VPN” and click the link that says “Install the new VPN Client (Pulse Secure).” The direct link is:
  1. Find instructions for your device under- VPN Client for Desktops and Notebooks: Installation & Use or VPN App for Mobile Devices: Installation & Use  (screen shots below)

VPN client 1











VPN Client 2

  1. Follow the instructions provided.

Now you are ready to access the library’s resources from off campus.

If you need assistance, please contact Technical Support:

If you want to discuss this change with a librarian, contact:

Blaisdell Medical Library  |  |  (916) 734-3529

Carlson Health Sciences Library  |  |  (530) 752-7042



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

Problems with Wireless Access to Library Resources?

September 25th, 2014 by Amy Studer

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)

VPN app for Android Phones and iPhones or iPad

September 26th, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

Junos Pulse is a VPN app for iPhones or iPads and Android devices. Use Junos Pulse to log into the UC Davis network using either wifi or your telecommunication provider’s services. You will have network access to resources such as online journals and books, and other licensed resources, including UpToDate.

Junos Pulse is free. You may have network charges from your telecommunication provider, depending on your service plan. It may be downloaded from ITunes or from Android app providers.

How to install and use the client on Android (4.3)
How to install and use the client on iPhone (iOS 7)

New solution for logging into MyNCBI while on the VPN

March 15th, 2013 by Amy Studer

Image credit: zzpza

Many of us have had problems logging into MyNCBI while logged onto the VPN.

One solution is to select the “Keep me signed in unless I sign out” button on the “Sign in to NCBI” page. Unless you sign out of NCBI, the next time you access PubMed via the VPN from this same computer/ device, you should already be signed into myNCBI.  This works on Windows, Mac and iOS.  This approach should not be used on public computers.

Here is a workaround that should permit you to log into MyNCBI while also logged onto the VPN:

1. Log onto the VPN from the HSL homepage:

2. Navigate to PubMed via the PubMed link on the left under Online Resources.

3. Click “Sign in to NCBI” at the top right of the PubMed homepage.

4. Open the NCBI login frame in a new window. Instructions vary based on browser:

  • In Firefox, right click inside the smaller frame and select “This Frame/ Show Only This Frame”.
  • In Safari, right click inside the smaller frame and select “Open Frame in New Window”.
  • In Internet Explorer, right click on the “See more 3rd party sign in options”, select” Open in New Window” and on the resulting page, click on “Sign in with an NCBI account” to use NCBI login credentials.

5.  Enter NCBI username and password.  Consider selecting the “Keep me signed in unless I sign out” button.

You should now be logged in to MyNCBI and directed to the PubMed homepage.


We hope this helps!

Please let us know if you have questions or problems:

Carlson Health Sciences Reference Librarians    |      (530) 752-7042

Good news about access to PubMed via the VPN

March 15th, 2013 by Amy Studer
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We have good news to report from the UC Davis Library Systems Department this morning:

The problem we have been having with accessing PubMed via the VPN has been resolved.

We thank all of you who access PubMed remotely for your patience!

Please let us know if you have further problems so we can work on solutions:

Carlson Health Sciences Reference Librarians

(530) 752-7042   |

PubMed through VPN problematic

February 27th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Due to various updates and issues, PubMed and NCBI are not functioning well via VPN.

Following is a temporary workaround offered by Library Systems.

Click here for a short slideshow

Essentially: go to Pubmed outside the VPN, but go to licensed resources through the VPN…

1. Open browser to the Library’s home page.
2. Use File/New Window to produce 2 windows at the Library’s web page.
3. Bring up PubMed in one window and the VPN in the other
a. L window: Navigate to PubMed using Libraries and Collections tab /HSL menu item. PubMed link appears on the left
b. R window: Click on the VPN button and log in
4. Click the link to PubMed and begin searching.
a. L window: Get to search results and locate relevant article
5. Go to abstract display of relevant article and locate UCe-Links button by clicking on the article’s title hyperlink
a. L window: Place mouse cursor over UC-eLinks button, right click and select Copy Shortcut.
b. R window: Place mouse cursor in the dialog area to the left of the VPN menu Browse button and use CTRL V to paste the Shortcut in.
6. Navigate to the journal article if it is available.
a. L window: Article details on view in PubMed.
b. R window: Click on the VPN Browse button to arrive at article.
7. Continue viewing results in PubMed and return to VPN menu page when done viewing article
a. L window: Return to search results in PubMed by using Browser window’s Back Arrow.
b. R window: Return to VPN menu page by clicking House icon on VPN window.

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Are your Google Scholar Preferences set to work with UC-eLinks & EndNote?

August 11th, 2011 by

We’re looking for a 1996 journal article “Blood pressure and flow rate in the giraffe jugular vein.”
So, if you are using Google Scholar to quickly locate an article, make sure you edit your Scholar Preferences to work with UC-eLinks. Through the UC-eLinks in Google Scholar, you will then be able to to reach full text of any articles in library licensed online journals, or locate the call number (shelf location & library) for the print subscription via links to the library catalogs. If we don’t have a license or subscription for the journal, UC Davis students, staff and faculty can request the article from another library via the the request link in the UC-eLinks window.
Work along with the video to make sure your Scholar Preferences are setup for use with both UC-eLinks, along with bibliographic management software such as EndNote, Refworks, Mendeley, etc. The article could also be found via the UC-eLinks in PubMed. Be sure to use the link to PubMed via the Library’s website and login via the VPN if you are off campus.

setting Google Scholar Preferences to work with UC-eLinks & EndNote

Watch the video on YouTube

Note: To download EndNote or take an introductory class in using EndNote for bibliographic management, writing course papers, articles or your thesis, see the EndNote page on the Library Website.

Update: Google Scholar Preferences for UC-eLinks

May 4th, 2011 by

Activate the University of California ‘UC-eLinks’ within Google Scholar, to reach the UC library licensed subscriptions to journals, books, etc.

Work along with the video to make sure your Scholar Preferences are setup for use with both UC-eLinks and bibliographic management software such as EndNote, Refworks, Mendeley, etc.

At Google Scholar:
Click on Scholar Preferences
Scroll down to Library Links and search for the following two libraries for UC Davis:

  • Type in: Davis OR University of California Davis
  • Type in: California Digital Library

Now, select both checkboxes.
Save Preferences.
The UC-eLinks will show up on the right side of the page.

EndNote Bibliographic Management Software:
If you are using a bibliographic management software such as Endnote, select it from the drop down menu. To download EndNote or take an introductory class in using EndNote for course papers, articles or your thesis, see the EndNote page on the Library Website.

Click on Scholar Preferences linkNow, the UC-eLinks will be visible when searching Google Scholar.
Google Scholar search results with UC-eLinks activated

Endnote, Locating literature, Using the library – Fall 2010 classes at CHSL

August 31st, 2010 by Mary Wood

All sessions will be offered in the CHSL Conference Room, Rm 128.
If possible, please bring your wireless-capable laptop.
You are also welcome to bring your lunch, snacks and covered drinks.
If these class times prove inconvenient, please contact Deanna Johnson,, 530-752-3271 to make other arrangements.

EndNote for the Health Sciences
Learn to collect, store, organize, and retrieve articles, and how to cite them in your posters or publications. Discover how to export citations from your favorite sources into EndNote, to attach and access the fulltext.endnote

Wednesday,  September 22,  12-1pm
Friday,  October 1,  2-3pm
Tuesday,  October 19,  4-5pm
Thursday,  October 28,  12-1pm
Monday,  November 15,  11am-12pm

Library on the Go
Learn about the VPN, which allows access to licensed resources when you travel; about UC-eLinks that links you from the article citation to the fulltext of the article or lets you Request a copy when the fulltext isn’t available electronically; and about EndNote Web that can be used from any computer that has internet access, wherever you are.

Monday,  September 27,  3-4pm
Thursday,  October 21,  11am-12pm

    Finding Health Literature
    Learn the ins & outs of using PubMed, CAB Abstracts, or other life science databases; set up alerting services in the databases to help keep up with your interests; use UC-eLinks to access the full article.vpn_computer_fish_blog270x170

    Tuesday,  October 5,  12pm-1pm
    Friday,  November 5,  3-4pm

      To register for one of these classes or one of the many others offered at Shields Library, visit Library Instruction’s Description of Classes page.  Of course, registered or not, you are always welcome.