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Citation guides and paper help

May 29th, 2009 by

Writing a paper? Need to know how to cite your sources properly? The library has a webpage with a list of citation guides for different disciplines that are in-print in the library and online.

The librarians can help you cite sources properly, as well: just email us with your questions or come in and visit the PSE library reference desk. The librarians are also available for research consultations (great for final projects or papers, or for ongoing research); just stop by or email your subject librarian to set up an appointment.

Two new books about infrastructure for cloud computing

May 21st, 2009 by

A new book written by two Google researchers on the architecture of warehouse-scale datacenters, The Datacenter as a Computer: An Introduction to the Design of Warehouse-Scale Machines, is now available through Synthesis online books, which also features several other computer architecture titles.

Another brand-new book about using cloud computing infrastructure is
Cloud Application Architectures from O’Reilly, now available through Safari Books online.

New Faculty and Researcher renewal rules

May 19th, 2009 by

The Shields Library and the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library are pleased to announce that effective immediately, faculty and research borrowers no longer need to bring in Shields and PSE books at the end of the year to re-check them out. It is now possible to renew these books on the web, by phone or in person. Books can be renewed twice, allowing faculty and research borrowers to keep the material for as long as three years (unless recalled for another borrower) without bringing them back to the library. (Books with holds on them can’t be renewed). Especially for researchers with lots of volumes checked out, this will be a great time-saver.

Faculty with proxy borrowers have some special instructions. Please check the renewal reminder emailed by the library on May 4 for instructions. If you have any questions, please call the library (Shields 752-1203; Physical Sciences & Engineering 752‑5507).

SciFinder On The Web

May 13th, 2009 by Cory Craig

The SciFinder Scholar (chemistry database) is now available via 2 interfaces (as of Fall 2008)


1)  NEW: Web version (must register before use, can be used from off-campus via the VPN).

2)  Client version (software must be installed, cannot be used from off-campus)

Client version has been available at UC Davis since the late 1990s; it will continue to be available.

How To Register for SciFinder WEB:

Use of SciFinder is restricted to UC faculty, students and staff for academic research.

1) Register for SciFinder on the Web A “” email account is required.  You will receive an email confirmation, follow the instructions in the email to complete your one-time registration.

2) Once you have registered, search SciFinder Web

3) Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6.2 or higher is required to use the structure drawing editor. Get both the Windows and Mac versions here. The structure editor on the web version is slow to load the first time.


Email Alerts:  Use the new “Keep Me Posted” feature to set up email alerts.

Use the library VPN to access SciFinder Web from home. After logging on to VPN:  Click on:  UC Davis General Library –> Databases A-Z –> Enter SciFinder –> Click on SciFinder Scholar [WEB VERSION]

For more Info – see the Chemistry Subject Guide

Accessing online CRC books through the VPN

May 8th, 2009 by

The UC Davis library subscribes to several CRCnetBASE products, including ENGnetBASE, MATHnetBASE and BIOSCIENCEnetBASE among many others. These packages contain online books from CRC press, which can be searched and downloaded in PDF form. The books are findable through the Harvest library catalog — just search for the title of the book you are looking for. crclogo

The online CRC books are restricted to UC Davis faculty, students and staff, so you must be on-campus or logged in through the library VPN or proxy server to access them.

Unfortunately, the CRC books do not work well with the VPN. CRCnetBASE eBooks consist of a Table of Contents PDF and separate PDFs for the book’s chapters. Links to other chapters from the Table of Contents PDF do not work when viewed through the VPN.

Solutions for using online CRC books from off-campus include: Read the rest of this entry »

Springer E-books are here!

May 6th, 2009 by Karen Andrews

The PSE Library has acquired online access to all Springer eBooks published from 2005-2009 as part of a UC Libraries eBook trial. springerlink-logo

We will have perpetual access to these books. The experiment will run throughout the 2009 calendar year. During this time, we plan not to purchase any Springer books in print that are available online as part of the eBook package. We will be gathering your feedback on every aspect of the eBook trial to help us plan future acquisitions.

Online books from Springer are linked in the Harvest and Melvyl catalogs. You may also see what we have and search Springer book content by going directly to:

You can search this site for both book and journal content published by Springer, or limit your results to only books. Books are available as pdf downloads by chapter.

NOTE: If you want to access these books when off-campus, remember to authenticate first via the VPN. Once you’ve logged in, to go directly to SpringerLink, paste the SpringerLink URL into the empty box in the top right corner of the VPN menu screen.

Dictionary of Scientific Biography now online

May 3rd, 2009 by

The UC Davis Libraries recently acquired The Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, the online version of the massive Dictionary of Scientific Biography (which is available in print in PSE reference).

The Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography contains thousands of profiles of ancient and modern scientists in all fields. The online edition contains the original 18-volume set, plus 775 new entries of 20th Century scientists, plus scientists that were omitted in the first edition. The entries, which are often written by eminent historians of science, include bibliographies and further reading and are available in pdf (a scan of the printed work) for download. The DSB is a great resource for anyone studying the history of science, or if you’re just curious about their favorite historical scientist.

Sample entries: Frederick Gardner Cottrell | Leonhard Euler | Charles Babbage

Access the DSB here or through the Harvest library catalog. (Search for the title “Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography.” Note: you must be on campus or logged in through the VPN to get access).