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Physical Sciences & Engineering Library

Textbooks on reserve for PSE classes

September 30th, 2013 by

Thanks to a generous donation from the Provost’s office in Spring 2012, we have extra copies of the following books on reserve for the following physical science and engineering classes (some are new for Fall 2013):

CHE 002A, B, C: Petrucci, General Chemistry. — Shields reserves QD31.3 .P471 2011
CHE 008: Bruice,  Essential Organic Chemistry — Shields reserves QD251.3 B777
CHE118A, B, C: Vollhardt and Schore, Organic Chemistry — Shields reserves QD251.3 .V65 2011
ECS 010:  Zelle, Python programming — Shields QA76.73.P98 Z98 2010
ECS 030: Hanly, Problem Solving and Program Design in C — Shields reserves QA76.73.C15 H363 2013
ECS 040:  Deitel, C++ How to Program — Shields reserves QA76.73.C153 D45 2014
ECS 050:  Karam and Bryant, Principles of computer systems —  Shields Reserves QA76 K29 1992
ECS 060:  Weiss, Data structures and algorithm analysis in C++ — Shields reserves QA76.73.C153 W46 2014
ENG 017:  Nilsson and Riedel,  Electric Circuits — Shields reserves TK454 .N54 2011
GEL 001:  Marshak, Earth — Shields reserves QE26.3 .M36 2012
MAT016A, B, C:  Larson and Edwards, Math 16 for UC Davis (CUSTOM edition of Calculus: An Applied Approach) — Shields Reserves YS93091
MAT017A, B, C:  Neuhauser, Calculus for Biology and Medicine — Shields Reserves QH323.5 .N46 2011
MAT021A, B, C:  Weir et al. Thomas’ Calculus: Early Transcendentals — Shields Reserves QA303.2 W45 2010
PHY 001:  Giancoli, Physics: Principles with Applications — Shields reserves QC23.2 .G399 2014
PHY 009 A, B:  Young and Freedman, University Physics — Shields reserves QC21.3 .Y68 2012
STA 013:  McClave and Sincich, A first Course in Statistics — Shields reserves QA276 .M378 2013
STA 100:  Samuels et al., Statistics for the Life Sciences — Shields reserves QH323.5 .S23 2012

All of these books are housed in Shields Library reserves. To access them, bring the call # of the book to the reserves desk in Shields (on the first floor of the library in the far back corner). You can also check the reserves catalog by book title (best) or class number to see other books on reserve.

ProQuest Resources Unavailable 9/28/13, 7-11am

September 25th, 2013 by Cory Craig

ProQuest resources including the databases listed below will be unavailable on Saturday 9/28/13, from 7am to 11am Pacific Time, due to planned maintenance and updates.

ProQuest Databases Unavailable Include These Used in the Physical Sciences & Engineering:
Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts
ProQuest Digital Dissertations

Off-campus Access to Library Resources (new VPN Client)

September 18th, 2013 by Cory Craig

Current UC Davis students, faculty and staff can access licensed library resources from off-campus using one of the three options below.  As of 9/19 a new VPN Client is available.


*Web VPN:   Easiest option.  Allows you to log in to the VPN without installing software, but only the browser window you used to log in can access online resources.   To log in to the Web VPN, click the “Use the VPN” link on the library webpages (left side), or go to  Enter your UC Davis login ID and passphrase (Kerberos login).    Known issues/problems with Web VPN.


*Client VPN:   Most comprehensive option.  New as of Fall 2013.  Requires installation of software.  All browser windows are able to access online resources (but is not currently working for all browsers).  For information and installation instructions, click the “Use the VPN” link,  or see:


*Proxy Server:   Use if neither the Web VPN or Client VPN will work for you.  Requires one time alteration of your browser settings, then logging each time you wish to use it.  For information see:


If you have questions or problems accessing online resources from off-campus, please contact a Library Reference desk.

Link to VPN:

Link to VPN Help:

Planned downtime for Wiley Online Library on 9/28/13

September 18th, 2013 by Cory Craig

Planned downtime for some Wiley products on 9/28/13.

Due to system upgrades, the Wiley Online Library  (ebooks and journals) and the  Cochrane Library  (healthcare) will be unavailable from 6am-11am CA time  (9am-2pm EDT).

There will also be some delays to online publishing between 25 to 28 September 2013.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to you and your website users.

SciFinder Trouble?

September 18th, 2013 by Cory Craig

After updates from Mac (OS X), Java, and Firefox, all in the same week, you may be experiencing trouble with the SciFinder chemistry database. The page below from CalTech, gives tested configurations  (working and not working) as of 9/17/2013.

Thanks to Donna Wrublewski at CalTech.

Report any SciFinder problems at UC Davis to Cory Craig ( or contact SciFinder Help directly.

Changes to Library Account Logins

September 11th, 2013 by Robert Heyer-Gray

As part of the Library’s response to the campus initiative to remove barcodes from the new AggieCards, students, staff and faculty can now also use their Kerberos ID and passphrase to log into their library account via the My Account links on the left bar of the Library home page.  For older cards, both the 14 digit barcode numbers and 9 digit account numbers will work from the Other Accounts and Proxies login page.  Please consult the Account FAQ for additional information.