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Announcing a Demand Driven Standards pilot with IHS (Information Handling Service)

December 3rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Need an industry standard for your research, teaching, or a project? The IHS Standards Expert ( database searches about 1.6 million standards from 370 technical societies worldwide.

The UC Davis Library will now purchase print copies of standards for the library’s collection and make them available to you.

  • There is no charge to the requester.
  • Delivery times can vary, but should take 7 working days or fewer.
  • You will be notified when the standard is available for use in the collection.

Please keep in mind that we do already provide full-text online standards from ASTM, IEEE, and ASABE and also have current print editions from a handful of other societies and standards bodies. A guide to Standards and Specifications at UC Davis goes into greater detail about our access to standards. If you ever aren’t sure if we already have access to a standard, please feel free to send an e-mail to Bob Heyer-Gray at

Searching and ordering through the IHS Standards Expert database does require registration. Step by step instructions are available at You are not required to request standards through the IHS interface and/or if you happen to already know what standard you need, you can either request using the following order form or by contacting Bob Heyer-Gray directly at

Wiley Online Library: unavailable 3/21/15, 2am possibly thru noon

March 20th, 2015 by Cory Craig

Planned downtime for Wiley products on 3/21/15.

Due to scheduled maintenance, Wiley Online Library  (  (ebooks and journals) will be unavailable for up to 10 hours beginning 3/21/15 at 2am (CA time).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to you and your website users.



SAE Backfile now available, coverage 1906 – present

March 18th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The papers from the Society of Automotive Engineers are now available to UC Davis users in full-text going back to 1906.  Previous access to papers was limited to 1998 – present.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Digital Library provides access to thousands of SAE Technical Papers covering research in all areas of mobility engineering including ground vehicle, aerospace, off-highway, and manufacturing technology.

Teaching with Wikipedia workshop

March 3rd, 2015 by Phoebe Ayers

Teaching with Wikipedia workshop
Friday March 13, 2-3pm
165 Shields Library (Shields Library Instruction Lab)

Students use Wikipedia — but have you ever thought of asking them to contribute content to Wikipedia? In this short workshop, LiAnna Davis and Jami Mathewson from the Wiki Education Foundation will explain best practices for using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. In contributing content to Wikipedia, students gain skills in media literacy, fact-based writing, research, collaboration, and critical thinking. You’ll learn how Wiki Ed can support you and your students in this innovative service learning assignment.

Questions? Please contact Phoebe Ayers,, 752-9948

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

February 27th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The Following Lectures Were Published in January:

Tope Omitola, University of Southampton
Sebastián A. Ríos, University of Chile
John G. Breslin, National University of Ireland Galway
Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Technology


Sarah Niebe, University of Copenhagen
Kenny Erleben, University of Copenhagen
Synthesis Lectures on Computer Graphics and Animation


Vincent C. Prantil, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Timothy Decker, Milwaukee Area Technical College
Synthesis Lectures on Engineering


Dangzhi Zhao, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Canada
Andreas Strotmann, ScienceXplore, Bad Schandau, Germany
Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services


Aurélien Bellet, Télécom ParisTech
Amaury Habrard, Université de Saint-Etienne
Marc Sebban, Université de Saint-Etienne
Synthesis Lectures on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

UC Davis now has campus-wide access to Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) publications

February 20th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray

UC Davis now has campus-wide access to Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) publications.  E&E is a leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy and markets.  Our subscription for 2015 entitles us to access to:


EnergyWire is designed to provide deep, broad and insightful coverage of the transformation of the energy sector. EnergyWire focuses on the business, environmental and political issues surrounding the rapidly expanding energy industry.


ClimateWire is designed to bring readers coverage of the debate over climate policy and its effects on business, the environment and society.


The one-stop source for those who need to stay on top of all of today’s major environmental and energy action. With an average of more than 25 stories a day, Greenwire covers the complete spectrum, from electricity industry restructuring to Clean Air Act litigation to public lands management.

E&E Daily

Designed for those who need to know what’s happening to issues on Capitol Hill. From federal agency appropriations to comprehensive energy legislation, E&E Daily is the place insiders go to track their environmental and energy issues in Congress.

E&E News PM

A late afternoon roundup providing coverage of all the breaking and developing policy news from Capitol Hill, around the country and around the world.  A must-read for those who need to be ahead of the next day’s headlines.


Webcast program featuring in-depth interviews and analysis with compelling energy and environmental policy leaders.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

January 29th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The Following Lectures Were Published in December and are included in Collection Six

Combating Bad Weather Part I: Rain Removal from Video
Sudipta Mukhopadhyay, IIT Kharagpur
Abhishek Kumar Tripathi, Uurmi Systems
Synthesis Lectures on Image, Video, and Multimedia Processing

Combating Bad Weather Part II:
Fog Removal from Image and Video

Sudipta Mukhopadhyay, IIT Kharagpur
Abhishek Kumar Tripathi, Uurmi Systems
Synthesis Lectures on Image, Video, and Multimedia Processing

Designed Technologies for Healthy Aging
Claudia B. Rebola, Rhode Island School of Design
Synthesis Lectures on Assistive, Rehabilitative, and Health-Preserving Technologies

Fieldwork for Healthcare:
Guidance for Investigating Human Factors in Computing Systems

Dominic Furniss, University College London
Rebecca Randell, University of Leeds
Aisling Ann O’Kane, University College London
Svetlena Taneva, University Health Network, Toronto
Helena Mentis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ann Blandford, University College London
Synthesis Lectures on Assistive, Rehabilitative, and Health-Preserving Technologies

Mechanical Testing for the Biomechanics Engineer:
A Practical Guide

Marnie M. Saunders, The University of Akron, Ohio
Synthesis Lectures on Biomedical Engineering

Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs):
Applications, Models, and Future Directions

Christian Wachsmann, Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Germany
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Germany
Synthesis Lectures on Information Security, Privacy, and Trust

Power-Efficient Computer Architectures:
Recent Advances

Magnus Själander, Uppsala University
Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University
Stefanos Kaxiras, Uppsala University
Synthesis Lectures on Computer Architecture

Wiley Journals: 2015 Access

January 8th, 2015 by Cory Craig

There may be short-term issues accessing 2015 content for Wiley journals.  This is due to changes in the way Wiley is handling on-going negotiations.  If you need an article you cannot access, contact the library:



Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

January 2nd, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray
Applications of Zero-Suppressed Decision Diagrams
Tsutomu Sasao, Meiji University
Jon T. Butler, Naval Postgraduate School
Synthesis Lectures on Digital Circuits and Systems

Background Subtraction: Theory and Practice
Ahmed Elgammal, Rutgers University
Synthesis Lectures on Computer Vision

Instant Recovery with Write-Ahead Logging: Page Repair, System Restart, and Media Restore
Goetz Graefe, HP Labs
Wey Guy
Caetano Sauer, University of Kaiserslautern
Synthesis Lectures on Data Management

Libraries and the Semantic Web
Keith P. DeWeese, Gannett Co., Inc.
Dan Segal, Marcinko Enterprises, Inc.
Synthesis Lectures on Emerging Trends in Librarianship

The Shortest-Path Problem: Analysis and Comparison of Methods
Hector Ortega-Arranz, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Diego R. Llanos, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Arturo Gonzalez-Escribano, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Synthesis Lectures on Theoretical Computer Science

Happy Holidays! PSE Hours

December 22nd, 2014 by Phoebe Ayers

The PSE hours over the intersession break will be:

* December 22 and 23: 8:00a-5:00p
* December 24-28: closed
* December 29 and 30: 8:00a-5:00p
* December 31 and January 1: closed
* January 2: 8:00a-5:00p
* January 3: closed
* January 4: 1:00-5:00p

We resume regular hours on January 5. Enjoy your break!

Nature Online Journals Unavailable: 12/13/14, 5am-9am

December 11th, 2014 by Cory Craig

All online journals will be unavailable on Saturday 12/13/14, from 5am to 9am PST ,
due to downtime for essential maintenance.