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Shields Library Debuts New Library Services for Fall Quarter, 2009

September 30th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo

Beginning Fall Quarter, 2009 the Shields Library will implement new trial services designed to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff.


A General Reference Desk is now located on the 2nd floor and will provide integrated basic reference service. Hours are MondayFriday, 9am – 6pm, and Sunday, 1pm – 5pm (Sunday hours effective October 11 – November 22). Contact the Reference Desk at (530) 752‑9862 or . Subject specialist librarians will continue to offer individual appointments for students and faculty needing in depth reference and library research consultations.


Information Kiosk: The Information Desk in Shields Library will feature a kiosk that provides answers to the most commonly asked informational and directional queries. Students, faculty, and staff with reference questions will be directed to the General Reference Desk on the 2nd floor (MondayFriday, 9am-6pm) and to the new 24/7 Chat Reference service all other times. Circulation Desk staff will answer basic questions evenings and weekends.


Re:Search Start will be located on the Lower Level of Shields Library. A service for lower division undergraduates, this program is designed to help students with term papers assignments and projects. Students can sign up for a 30 minute appointment through the Library Instruction web page. Appointments will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from noon – 4:00pm, October 13 – November 25.


Coming Soon: 24/7 Chat Reference service will soon be available for our patrons who want reference assistance from anywhere, anytime!

Understanding Economic Statistics: an OECD Perspective

September 22nd, 2009 by Juri Stratford

This volume describes how to use economic statistics in general and OECD statistics in particular. It introduces the main concepts used by statisticians and economists to measure economic phenomena and provides tables and charts with relevant data.

The book describes the production of international statistics and the availability of the data on the Internet. Chapters include coverage of the demand for economic statistics; basic concepts, definitions and classifications; the main producers of economic statistics; and assessing the quality of economic statistics.

This volume is freely available online through the OECD web site.

Placing DVD’s and VHS’s on Course Reserve

September 16th, 2009 by Juri Stratford

Reserve Services, located in Peter J. Shields Library, makes available course material, audio visual material, campus and departmental publications, high use reference materials and library material which needs protection not offered by the general stacks.

The majority of items formerly housed at Hart Hall Media Distribution Lab are now cataloged and housed in Library Reserves. However, some media titles are no longer available because of format or copyright standards.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions on Requesting Media for Reserves for more information.

Library Assignment Design

September 15th, 2009 by David Michalski

Library Assignment Design:
Contact a Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian to find help in designing effective and informative library research projects for your students. We can help you engage students in the research process by maximizing collection strengths and tools.

Humanities and Social Sciences:

LexisNexis Digital U.S. Congressional Hearings Collection

September 14th, 2009 by

UC Davis now has access to the LexisNexis Digital Hearings Collections Part A (1824-1979). This new collection contains full-text, searchable, pdf versions of Congressional committee hearings, including both published and unpublished hearings.  Access to this collection is through LexisNexis Congressional.

You must be on campus or logged in through the VPN to access this collection.  When you perform a search in the above time frame, you will see at the top of the results list a new format: Hearings–Digital Collection. Click on this link to access the hearings that have been digitized. You can search this collection exclusively by using the Advanced search on LexisNexis Congressional with the Hearings box checked.

This digital collection fills in gaps in the library’s collection of older congressional hearings in print and provides easy access to the content of  congressional committee testimony so valuable for understanding the background and variety of views on an issue.

The library has full-text access to U.S. Congressional Serial Set reports and documents through a different service – Readex/Newsbank.

Please contact me if you would like more information or a demonstration of the LexisNexis Digital U.S. Congressional Hearings Collection.