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Physical Sciences & Engineering Library

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources: Install VPN Client Software

June 3rd, 2016 by Cory Craig

As of June 13, 2016 the Library’s web VPN and proxy server will no longer be available. You will need to download a new VPN Client called Pulse Secure, on each of your computers/devices.

This change will allow improved searching within many of our databases.

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.

  1. From 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:

PSE Library  | |  (530) 752-0540

UC-eLinks and DNS attack

October 21st, 2016 by Cory Craig

UC-eLinks may be affected by the DNS attack currently affecting computer systems in the US, and the national news services are covering the issue:

This may result in slow loading screens or “Server not found” errors when accessing UC-eLinks.

The UC-eLinks vendor, Ex Libris, is working to resolve the issue.

GeoRef & other ProQuest Databases Unavailable: 7/9/16, 7pm-9pm

July 7th, 2016 by Cory Craig

The ProQuest platform ( will be taking a two-hour maintenance window on July 9th from 7:00 PM PDT to 9:00 PM PDT to prepare for the upcoming migration to a cloud-based infrastructure.

During this time access to ProQuest platform databases will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

ProQuest databases relevant to Physical Sciences & Engineering include:

  • GeoRef
  • Conference Papers Index
  • EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements
  • Oceanic Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • Toxline

MELVYL & other OCLC services: not available Saturday night, 6/4/16

June 2nd, 2016 by Cory Craig

The MELVYL catalog, UC Request (Interlibrary Loan), FirstSearch, and all other OCLC services
will be unavailable from 6:00 pm Saturday, 4 June 2016 to 9:00 am Sunday, 5 June 2016, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) while OCLC conducts data storage migrations.

Resources affected include the 11 UC Melvyl instances (WorldCat Local), the 11 WorldCat Discovery (beta) instances, WorldShare ILL, WorldShare Management Services, FirstSearch,, UC’s Request (Interlibrary Loan) service, VDX (UC’s consortial borrowing service), & MyILL Request.

NCBI to assist UC Davis in June hackathon (postponed to Fall)

April 19th, 2016 by Cory Craig

NCBI to assist UC Davis in hackathon  (was in June, now postponed until Fall)

From June 13th to 15th, [postponed until Fall] NCBI will assist the University of California Davis in hosting a biomedical data science hackathon in Davis, CA, focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data and metadata. This event is for students, postdocs, investigators and other researchers already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next-generation sequencing data or metadata.* Researchers and/or data scientists from the west coast of the United States are especially encouraged to apply, but the event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon, and able to travel to Davis.

arXiv user survey

April 8th, 2016 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Dear Colleagues,

As noted in our recent update, 2016 is the 25th anniversary of arXiv, an important milestone. We are engaged in a series of vision-setting activities and, as part of this process, we are implementing a user survey to help us improve arXiv and clarify future directions for the service in a way that best serves the user community:

Click here to start arXiv survey
We need your help in reaching out to the user community. Please share the link far and wide and encourage scientists, researchers, and students to complete the survey. If you or your institution is active on social media please post the link freely. The survey will close on April 27. The responses we gather will help us plan the future for arXiv and continue to provide a service that is based on actual user needs and experiences.

With appreciation,


Oya Y. Rieger, Ph.D.

Associate University Librarian

arXiv Program Director

Scholarly Resources & Preservation Services

Cornell University Library

Why IEEE Xplore is better than Google

February 3rd, 2016 by Cory Craig

Why IEEE Xplore is better than Google  (4 Minute video)



The IEEE Xplore Digital Library covers electrical engineering, computer science and electronics and provides access to scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

If you need help with IEEE Xplore, contact the PSE Library Reference Desk, Mon-Fri 1-5pm

* by email:

* phone: (530) 752‑0540

* or in-person

Not working in electrical engineering?  See the:  full list of Physical Sciences & Engineering databases or PSE Subject Guides to find the best database for your discipline.

ProQuest Databases Unavailable 1/16/16, 7pm-3am:

January 11th, 2016 by Cory Craig

Proquest databases and resources (see partial list below) will be unavailable for up to 8 hours starting
at 7pm on Saturday 1/16/16.  ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve
performance, security, and overall reliability.

Proquest Databases Related to Physical Sciences & Engineering include:
ProQuest eBooks
Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
Conference Papers Index
EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
Oceanic Abstracts

For additional information see:

SIAM to release modernized set of LaTeX2e Macro files for use with its journals

January 4th, 2016 by Cory Craig

From: Frank W. Kunkle <Kunkle@SIAM.ORG>:

On January 5, SIAM (Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics) will release a significantly modernized set of LaTeX2e Macro files for use with 11 of our journals. A corresponding upgrade to macros for our 4 exclusively online journals will follow.

The revised SIAM Standard Macro set includes such new features as cross-referencing commands with hyperlinking, integrated support for supplemental materials, the automatic generation of bookmarks corresponding to section headings, and the ability to generate PDF files directly with PDFLaTeX and PostScript via LaTeX and DVIPS.  A “review” mode with line numbers and colored links to assist referees and editors is now supported and its use encouraged.  Bibliography support has been updated for DOI, URL, EPRINT, and arXiv references.  The macro file package includes greatly improved and expanded guide and example files, along with an additional template file for supplementary materials.

This work has been completed in tandem with an initiative to support PDFLaTeX, allowing journal authors to submit figures in PDF, JPEG, PNG, and EPS format. Previously, SIAM asked authors to provide figures in EPS format alone.

A committee led by Tammy Kolda and consisting of Nick Gould, Doug Arnold, and Randy LeVeque worked with SIAM staff members James Haines and Kelly Thomas to make the upgrades possible.

For questions or more information, please email

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: