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REAXYS Replaces CrossFire in Jan 2011

December 14th, 2010 by Cory Craig

The CrossFire client software which has provided access to access the Beilstein and Gmelin databases will be retired by Elsevier at the end of December 2010.

As of January 1, UC Davis will have access to Reaxys, an entirely web-based application that combines the content of Beilstein, Gmelin and the Patent Chemistry databases into a single search interface.  You can preview Reaxys now, although our official access does not begin until January 1, 2011.  Off-campus access:  text-based searching works via the VPN, currently structure searching is only available from on-campus.  Reaxys:

Reaxys can run on PCs and Macs, and you only need a plugin if you want to use a structure editor other than the one built into Reaxys (MarvinSketch).  You can use Reaxys with IE, Firefox and Safari, and it requires Java Runtime Environment 5.0 or later.

Helpful user guides are at Elsevier’s Reaxys Training Center including Reaxys – Content at a Glance and Reaxys Quick Reference Guide.

PSE Holiday Hours

December 14th, 2010 by

During intersession (December 11-December 24), the PSE library will be open 8 am – 6 pm, and 1-5pm on Sunday. We will be closed on Saturday.

We will be closed from December 24-January 1st, reopening Sunday January 2 from 1-5pm. We will resume regular hours on January 3.

Shields Library and Carlson Health Sciences Library will also be closed during this time period. Blaisdell Medical Library in Sacramento will be open 8am-5pm on December 28 and 29, and closed Dec. 24-27 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The whole campus is also closed Dec. 24-27 and 30-31.

If you have questions about accessing online resources during this period, please contact the PSE Library.

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Plan for California

December 14th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Number 3, December 2010

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Plan for California Authored by ITS-Davis Experts

Plan released today at Los Angeles News Conference

December 13, 2010 – The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center at ITS-Davis announces today’s release of TAKING CHARGE: Establishing California Leadership in the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Marketplace. The PH&EV Research Center led the writing and research team under a grant from the California Energy Commission.

TAKING CHARGE is the project of the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder public-private effort composed of representatives from automakers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging infrastructure providers, state and local governments, and health and environmental organizations. The Collaborative — which oversaw the recommendations of the report — formed last summer in recognition of the state’s need to prepare for the new plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that are entering the market this month.

The plan was unveiled at a news conference at Universal Studios Hollywood, where an electric car that featured prominently in the movie “Back to the Future” was first introduced 25 years ago.

TAKING CHARGE aspires to facilitate PEV market growth so that, by the end of the decade, hundreds of thousands of PEVs are sold annually in California and the market contributes significantly to California’s ongoing economic, energy, and environmental policy objectives. Its strategic focus intends to solidify California’s position as a technological, manufacturing, economic, and policy leader that benefits from — and shapes — the global PEV market for decades to come.

The plan’s 10 broad recommendations are as follows:

1. Increase consumer awareness and demand for PEVs through public outreach

2. Reduce PEV costs

3. Simplify and prioritize home charging installations

4. Optimize placement of non-residential charging infrastructure

5. Ensure reliability and safety of California’s electricity grid

6. Maximize job creation and economic benefit in California

7. Reinforce California policy leadership to guide PEV markets

8. Encourage and coordinate local and regional government efforts

9. Support fleet purchases of PEVs

10. Research and demonstrate opportunities for PEVs to support California’s

electricity grid

ITS-Davis PH&EV Research Center director Tom Turrentine led the writing team, which included recent ITS-Davis Ph.D. graduate Ryan McCarthy, chief writer; Kevin Nesbitt, PEV program advisor; California Air Resources Board staffers Josh Boone, plan development, and Joshua Cunningham, technical analyst (and also an ITS-Davis grad). PH&EV Research Center program staff Tobias Barr and Kate Shasky also helped on the project.

Download the full report

Learn more about the PEV Collaborative

Springer e-books down – Problem Resolved

December 9th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

13 December 2010

The problem with accessing Springer eBooks has been resolved as of this afternoon.

8 December 2010

Springer eBooks are down, and we are pursuing the problem with the vendor.  We do not yet have an expected time for resolution of the problem.

New Springer eBook RSS feeds

December 9th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Interested in knowing what the latest Springer book titles we have available online?  The RSS feeds below allow you to see the new titles before they are cataloged in Harvest or Melvyl.  Just simply place the feeds in the RSS reader of your choice.

Computer Science:

Professional and Applied Computing:

Mathematics and Statistics:

Chemistry and Materials Science:


Earth and Environmental Science:

Physics and Astronomy:

Upcoming training webinars for the IEEE Xplore Digital Library

December 9th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

IEEE is dedicated to bringing you the most cutting-edge technology information through the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Training webinars offer the opportunity to learn the best practices in searching the IEEE Xplore Digital Library as well as getting quick demonstrations of new features.

Register today for any of the upcoming online training webinars for the IEEE Xplore digital library. For the full schedule, including times, please visit the link below.

Register for IEEE Xplore Training Sessions

Schedule of upcoming training sessions – Please note we update the website regularly with dates and times, so check back often!

Strategies for Using IEEE Xplore
>> December 10, 14
>> January 4, 5, 19
>> February 8, 10, 22

Strategies for Using IEEE Xplore – India
>> December 20
>> January 3
>> February 7
>> March 7

Strategies for Using IEEE Xplore – China
>> December 24
>> January 14
>> February 25
>> March 11

Using IEEE Standards in IEEE Xplore
>> February 10

Using IEEE Enterprise in IEEE Xplore
>> February 22

Learn about the new IEEE eLearning Library
>> January 20

If you any questions regarding the training, please contact me at

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

December 9th, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for November 2010

The following new titles were published in November: