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Physical Sciences & Engineering Library

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

Donate to arXiv

September 11th, 2015 by Cory Craig, e-print repository to over 1 million papers in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics and hosted at Cornell University is in the middle of a drive to fund new initiatives and improvements.

The UC Davis library is a member institution to arXiv and both a heavy user of and contributor to the repository.

For the next few days you’ll be seeing a Donate to arXiv banner on the page.  If you need to know why you should support arXiv as an individual or would like to see more details  about arXiv and its impact, budget, sustainability plan, etc., please see the Donation FAQ.

The UC Davis Mathematics Department also hosts a front end to arXiv:

ProQuest Databases Unavailable: 8/8/15 (7pm) – 8/9/15 (3am)

August 5th, 2015 by Cory Craig


ProQuest databases will be unavailable from Saturday 8/8/15, 7pm through  Sunday 8/9/15, 3am.

ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability. The window is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time and will last for eight (8) hours. During this time access to ProQuest databases and the ProQuest platform ( will not be available; users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Please contact ProQuest Technical Support ( if you have questions or need assistance.


Proquest Databases in Physical Sciences & Engineering Areas Include:

  • COS Conference Papers Index
  • EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • GeoRef
  • Toxline

Web of Science: Possible Intermittent Access 7/26/15, 6am-6pm

July 22nd, 2015 by Cory Craig


Due to scheduled maintenance to install a new update to the Web of Science database, access to this resource may
be intermittent during the maintenance window.  This update will be installed between 6:00am– 6:00pm PDT on
Sunday, July 26, 2015.  We apologize for any inconvenience.





Research Tools Presentation 6/11: Overleaf, Labguru, Dimensions, Altmetric

June 4th, 2015 by Cory Craig

UC Davis Office of Research and University Library welcome Digital Science, featuring products for collaborative writing and publishing, research management for life science labs, to help analyze and understand the research funding landscape and altmetrics. Please join us for a lunch-n-learn session on Thursday, June 11th from 12-1:15pm at the Peter J. Shields Library . For more information, go to:

WHEN:   Thursday, June 11th from 12-1:15pm
WHERE:  Peter J. Shields Library, 2nd Floor Library Instruction Room

  • Overleaf is a collaborative science publication system that makes the whole process more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific process into one place, from idea to writing to review to publication
  • Labguru marries the electronic lab notebook with project and logistics management. It offers an easy means of tracking projects, protocols, biological collections & materials.
  • Dimensions for Universities is a funding data aggregator that provides a view on funding resources where the funding has been allocated. The system shows historical awarded grant data from over 70 funders back to 1965 and active grant data up to 2024 and allows institutions to identify emerging areas into which research funding is being channeled
  • Altmetric tracks article level outputs for your institution. The data in this tool can be used to show faculty, staff and students a richer picture of their online research impact & it allows users to track and measure online activity around academic research.

AccessEngineering trial through May 15, 2015

April 13th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Trial Database: AccessEngineering

Dates: Now through May 15, 2015

Contact: Bob Heyer-Gray


The UC Davis Libraries are pleased to offer trial access to McGraw-Hill’s AccessEngineering, a database that provides full-text access to engineering handbooks, instructional videos, downloadable calculators, interactive tables and graphs, student study guides, and global engineering news.

Access this trial database through May 15, 2015.

Feedback: Your feedback on the usefulness of this resource for teaching, learning, and research is much appreciated. Please e-mail the contact above with your thoughts on AccessEngineering.

Note: Access is through IP authentication for on campus access. For off campus access, please use the VPN.

AIAA Archive Access

April 7th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray

With the recent purchase of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Archive and the predecessor titles, our journal access through ARC now contains:

  • AIAA Journal (1963–current): The journal that was launched along with AIAA in 1963, covering pioneering theoretical developments and experimental results across a far-reaching range of disciplines.
  • Journal of Aircraft (1964–current): Focusing on major advances in aircraft technology, this journal covers major development in general aviation, military and civilian aircraft, STOL and V/STOL aircraft, subsonic, supersonic, transonic, and hypersonic aircraft as well as applications on aircraft technology to related fields.
  • Journal of Energy (1977–1983): You can now search ARC and retrieve papers from this out-of-print journal that was devoted to advancing the knowledge of terrestrial and space applications of all forms of energy, including its production, transformation, and conservation.
  • Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (1978–current): Keep pace with the research and engineering applications that are driving new generations of high-performance air and space vehicles — both manned and unmanned.
  • Journal of Hydronautics (1967–1981): You can now search ARC and retrieve papers from this out-of-print journal that explored the theoretical and experimental knowledge of hydrodynamics, including propulsion systems and the design of underwater vehicles, highlighting the intersection between ocean and aerospace science and engineering.
  • Journal of Propulsion and Power (1985–current): Discover advances in air-breathing, electric, and advanced propulsion, plus power generation and conversion, and terrestrial energy systems in the Journal of Propulsion and Power.
  • Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (1964–current): This journal features the best new work in spacecraft and missile systems (tactical and strategic), including subsystems, applications, missions, environmental interactions, and space sciences.
  • Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer (1987–2002): Explore the latest developments in thermal energy transfer and storage — in gases, liquids, and solids.

AIAA’s Predecessor Society Journal Archives

  • Bulletin of the American Interplanetary Society (1930–1932): This bimonthly newsletter of the American Interplanetary Society (later known as the American Rocket Society) shared the wonders of space travel with the fledgling society’s members.
  • Astronautics (1932–1944): Published monthly by the American Interplanetary Society, this formal newsletter replaced the Bulletin of the American Interplanetary Society.
  • Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences (1934–1957) and Journal of the Aerospace Sciences (1958-1962): The monthly journal of the Institute of the Aeronautical Science (later the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences) published scientific and technical articles along with member news.
  • Journal of Jet Propulsion (1954–1958): This journal published by the American Rocket Society was devoted to the advancement of the field of jet propulsion through the publication of original scientific papers and also shared society news.
  • ARS Journal (1959–1962): Originally published under the title Journal of Jet Propulsion the name change of this journal reflected the ever-broadening field of interest of the American Rocket Society. Papers were chosen for publication based on their pertinence to the general field of astronautics, the future significance of the research, and importance to the members of the society and the profession at large.

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

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