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UC-eLinks will be unavailable (for 1 hour late pm 3/1 or early am 3/2)

February 28th, 2014 by Cory Craig

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Due to maintenance,  UC-eLinks  will be unavailable for approximately 1 hour during a maintenance window that begins at 8:00 PM PST on Saturday, March 1, 2014 through 4:00 AM PST on Sunday, March 2, 2014.


Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women in Science

February 26th, 2014 by

Please join us for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, open to all:

  • Tuesday March 4, 2014
  • Shields Library Instruction Lab (map)
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Focus: Writing about women in science

On March 4, the Royal Society in London is hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to Promote diversity in science and engineering to celebrate International Women’s Day. There is a long list of biographies of women scientists on Wikipedia that either don’t exist or need to be improved, as well as articles about their discoveries and work. More information about the event is in this recent article from the Guardian.

Professors Jonathan Eisen and Dawn Sumner of UC Davis proposed that we should have a “sister event” here at Davis to join in, and we are happy to host it at the library as part of our year-long Wikipedia project! Please join us to help make March 4 a world-wide Wikipedia editing effort to improve coverage of women scientists.

What to expect:

  • Library computers are available or bring your laptop
  • We will also have reference books featuring biographies of women scientists available to help add references to articles, and can give help searching library resources as well
  • Everyone is welcome
  • No Wikipedia editing experience is fine — we will help you get set up with an account and can give tutorials on getting started
  • Sign up to participate on the Wikipedia event page or by emailing Phoebe.

If you have any questions, please contact Phoebe Ayers,

ProQuest databases unavailable: Sat 2/15 7pm – Sun 2/16 3am

February 13th, 2014 by Cory Craig

ProQuest databases (including: GeoRef, Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management, ToxLine, Conference Papers Index) will not be available from 7pm Saturday, 2/15/14 through 3am Sunday, 2/16/14 (Pacific Standard Time).

ProQuest will be making improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

Scopus access for 2014

February 6th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

During the 2014 calendar year, UC faculty, staff, and students will be able to access the Scopus ( database.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including some 50 million records, 21,000 titles and 5,000 publishers, and includes tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

See the Facts and Figures flyer or Content Overview page for more information about Scopus.

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

February 4th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for November – December 2013.

The following titles were published in November.

The following titles were published in December.


January New Books List

February 4th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Curious about the new books added by PSE this Fiscal Year? The New Books list will be updated monthly and posted to the blog near the end of each month. The most recent PSE New Books list dated 1/27/14 is now available.