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Physical Sciences & Engineering Library

PSE Library reopened Sunday

April 17th, 2011 by Karen Andrews

The transformer was replaced on Friday night, thanks to the dedication and hard work of a Facilities crew. The PSE Library is open today with all services available.

PSE is closed Friday, April 15 2011

April 15th, 2011 by

The Physical Sciences & Engineering Library is unexpectedly CLOSED Friday, April 15 due to a malfunctioning transformer in the building. We are also closed tomorrow, Saturday, for Picnic Day.

We will update as soon as repair status is known and we can reopen. It is currently uncertain if we will be open on Sunday or not.

Shields Library is open and can provide assistance while the PSE Library is closed.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

April 13th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for March 2011

The following new titles were published in March:

IEEE Xplore Upgrade

April 12th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray
IEEE Xplore® Digital Library

Dear IEEE Xplore subscriber:

Tomorrow, 13 April 2011, IEEE will implement an upgrade to the IEEE Xplore digital library. There is no scheduled downtime during this upgrade.

There are many new enhancements included:

NEW IEEE Standards Dictionary Online: The IEEE Standards Dictionary provides a single, complete source of IEEE standards terms and definitions. Prior to this release, it was only available in IEEE Xplore as a PDF document and was included in IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) and IEEE Standards Online All Inclusive, All IT, All Power & Energy and All Telecom subscriptions. The current PDF version was published in the year 2000 and will become an “archived” standard in IEEE Xplore with the introduction of the new online standards dictionary.

The NEW IEEE Standards Dictionary Online is interactive, easily searchable and updated frequently and is still included in the previously mentioned subscription packages as well as a separate subscription. With this subscription, the standards terms will be integrated into the abstract page of the standard to give you easy access to the terms and definitions included in your standard of interest. You will also be able to browse or search the full collection of dictionary terms.

Please visit the IEEE Standards Dictionary webpage or contact your account manager to learn more about the IEEE Standards Dictionary Online.

Complete List of Citations Added to Journal Article Abstracts (including other publishers): The IEEE Xplore journal article abstract currently displays a list of other IEEE documents that have cited the article. In this release, we will start to include a list of all articles that have cited the document from any publisher participating in CrossRef’s Cited-By Linking program.  This information will be added for all IEEE journal articles and goes as far back as 1929.  You can then link to CrossRef to find the listed article.

More References Added to Conference Paper Abstracts: In an effort to provide the most complete data available for our content, we have expanded our presentation of references on the conference abstract page. We’ve begun by adding the references for any conference paper from 2007-2009 and will continue to add more of this data over time.

Addition of IEEE Index Terms: IEEE has a dedicated abstracting and indexing team which has developed a comprehensive set of IEEE index terms. These terms will now be included on the abstract page under the “Index Terms” section for all IEEE journals and conference papers.

Now More “Most Popular” Terms: We have extended the number of “Most Popular” IEEE Xplore search terms displayed on our “What’s Popular” page to 25 terms.

Thank you for subscribing to IEEE Xplore. We look forward to bringing you additional enhancements in the future.

Please feel free to contact me or your account manager with any questions.


IEEE Customer Center

ACM Digital Library debuts new features

April 8th, 2011 by

The ACM Digital Library, which the UC Davis libraries subscribes to, has two new features:

  • There is now a Table of Contents (TOC) service for all publications – from ACM and other publishers. This newly expanded option alerts you via email and RSS feeds to new issues of journals, magazines, newsletters, and proceedings that have been posted to the DL.
  • The new “binders” feature — you can now create customized collections of articles, and store them in a newly redesigned binder format for easy access. You can also share these collections and export them into standard authoring tools or save them in PDF format, and binder bibliographic information can be exported using standard formats, enabling users to generate stored bibliographies in BibTeX, EndNote, and ACMRef.

Read more about the features here. To use either of these features, you must first create a free personal web account for the ACM Digital Library (this is separate from your campus account or any other accounts). And remember that to access the Digital Library and other databases from off-campus, you must first log in to the VPN with your Kerberos account.

Questions about this or any other aspect of the Digital Library? Contact Phoebe Ayers, Computer Science librarian, at

SciFinder Client To Be Discontinued June 2011, Use WEB Version

April 4th, 2011 by Cory Craig

The client version of SciFinder will be discontinued by CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) on June 30, 2011.   After that, you will need to use the Web version of SciFinder.

SciFinder Web requires a one-time registration and creation of a username/password. You’ll need to login with this information each time you use SciFinder Web. If you had a SciFinder account at another institution, you will need to re-register with a new username.

One-Time Registration:

1.       Go to the UC SciFinder website ( and under “New User?” select Davis (UCD).

2.       Review the instructions for creating the username/password, then click the registration link at the end of the page. You must register with your “” email account.

3.       When you receive your confirmation email (check your spam folder if it’s not in your inbox), click the link in the message to complete the registration.

To login to SciFinder, go to