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IEEE Xplore Digital Library Upgrade Scheduled for 1 June

May 27th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray
IEEE Xplore® Digital Library

On Wednesday, 1 June 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 planned:

NEW VDE VERLAG Conference Proceedings: IEEE has partnered with one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe VDE VERLAG in a partnership that integrates VDE’s conference proceedings into IEEE Xplore. This brings important content into IEEE Xplore from conferences that were not available to subscribers before.

IEL and POP ALL customers will receive complimentary, unlimited access to the VDE VERLAG conference proceedings. This includes 3,100 VDE conference papers from 20+ annual conference titles, with 1,000 new articles being added every year

Sort search results by “Most Cited”: This upgrade includes a new feature to IEEE Xplore that will allow you to sort your search results by “Most Cited”. Also, you will also see the article’s citation count in the article metadata. Find articles of high impact quickly with this new feature.

See more search results with provides a federated search of content from 15 leading scholarly society publishers in science and technology . Now, you can quickly and easily perform your search in IEEE Xplore and also see further relevant results from based on your search terms.

New HTML View for eBooks OPAC list: With this upgrade, a dedicated web page has been created for eBooks OPAC that includes both the HTML persistent link list as well as the Excel versions.

OpenURL now available for eBooks: Customers with OpenURL activated on their account will now find OpenURL links next to eBook chapters. This facilitates linking to the institution’s library to discover whether your library already has access to the book chapter.

UC3 Summer Webinar Series

May 25th, 2011 by Cory Craig

The UC3 Summer Webinar Series is a forum for timely topics of interest to the UC community. The California Digital Library (CDL) will highlight projects, services, and developments in areas of digital preservation, web archiving and data curation. We hope to raise awareness of these issues, and the resources and services available to the UC community. Our webinars will feature librarians, scientists, and technologists.

Webinars are scheduled twice a month on 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 2-3pm PT, but check the schedule for exceptions and additions to the summer series.  .  CDL will potentially be adding other topics to our initial list. We will use ReadyTalk to provide both desktop and audio access, and will add links to this page for slides, audio recording, and notes after each webinar. Please feel free to drop in to whatever portion of the session that you can.


Books Due announcement

May 24th, 2011 by

Between now and June 30, 2011: UC Davis Faculty and Researchers must physically return and renew all library books that have been renewed 2 times.

Please return books to the borrowing Library for renewal.

All faculty and research borrowers who have library material checked out may renew most books until June 30, 2012. All faculty and research borrowers are allowed 2 renewals. Once the 2-renewal limit has been reached, the Library requests that books be brought in for inspection. They may then be checked out again as long as there are no holds and they do not need repair.

Short version: If you’ve renewed a title 2 times, you need to bring your books in and renew in person!

IMPORTANT: If you are leaving for the summer, ensure you have a plan for returning books that may be recalled. You are responsible for returning titles in a timely fashion if they are needed by another scholar.

Any questions? Contact the PSE circulation desk at (530) 752‑0540 or

Data management plan website

May 24th, 2011 by

The UC Davis libraries now has a page on data management plans. The page points to California Digital Library services for creating a data management plan, as well as pointers to various repositories for data (including the UC’s own Merritt service) and other helpful webpages from other universities.

Data management plans are now required for all new National Science Foundation grants, as well as some NIH grants. For the NSF, a data management plan is a peer-reviewed two-page supplement to the grant application that describes how you intend to store, manage, and share your research data.

For more information on UC Library services regarding data management, please contact Phoebe Ayers:

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

May 16th, 2011 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for April 2011

The following new titles were published in April:

Finding literature reviews

May 12th, 2011 by

A common assignment is to find a literature review on a particular topic — and perhaps write one yourself. But what is a literature review? And how do you find them in the library? A new library handout helps answer these questions — download it here.

Still confused? Need more help? Contact a reference librarian or just come into the library — the PSE library reference desk is open 9-5, Monday-Friday.