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Problems with Wireless Access to Library Resources?

September 25th, 2014 by Cory Craig

On 9/24/14, Campus IET changed the IP ranges for the campus wireless networks.  Unfortunately, the library was
not notified in a timely manner.  Because library resources are primarily IP-authenticated, individuals using the
wireless to access library resources are currently denied access.


Short-term solution:

This will give you an IP address that should provide access to licensed library resources.
If the VPN proves cumbersome see the tip below for Using Google or Google Scholar From the VPN.


Long-term solution:
The library and the California Digital Library have been doing everything possible to get wireless access to library resources restored as quickly as possible.  The process of notifying  all our vendors is well underway and once they have the updated IP ranges in place, the short term solution of using the VPN while on campus will no longer be necessary.  Our vendors need to implement the changes on their end, although we have indicated this is a high priority, we don’t control how long this might take on their end.


Using Google or Google Scholar from the VPN:
Use these steps to easily access Google or Google Scholar from the VPN.  Enter the appropriate URL ( or in the box on the upper right of the VPN Home page (see image below).  After entering the URL, click the BROWSE button to the right.


Note this works for any URL (e.g., enter for the journal “Science”).

For additional help with the VPN, see:  “How to Use The VPN” (2 minute video)

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

September 23rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray
The following titles were published in August.




Please give us feedback about the arXiv

September 12th, 2014 by

The UC Davis library is conducting an informal survey about arXiv ( to collect your suggestions and comments about this resource. The UC Libraries are an institutional member of arXiv, so we provide  financial support for maintaining the site. Members have been asked to collect feedback from faculty who use arXiv to find out if the site is currently meeting researcher needs, and to get suggestions for improvements as arXiv is developed in future.

Please reply to Phoebe Ayers at by September 26, and feel free to send this to colleagues who would be interested in providing feedback. Responses will be anonymized, collated, and shared with the arXiv staff.

1) Do you use arXiv? As a reader, paper submitter, or both? Are there other archives or repositories that you prefer to use, and if so why?

2) What role does arXiv play in your research or scientific communication?

3) Are there features that you need (as a reader or submitter of papers) that arXiv is not providing? Are there features that would make arXiv more useful to researchers in your field?

4) Are paper classifications appropriate and useful? If not, how could they be improved?

5) arXiv tries to strike a balance between quality and openness: submissions are reviewed by expert moderators to verify that they are on-topic scientific contributions that follow accepted standards of scholarly communication. Submissions may be rejected or  reclassified based on moderator input. In your opinion, are arXiv standards and processes adequate and appropriate for ensuring quality?

6) What do you see as the up-and-coming needs of graduate students, and what would you suggest arXiv do to help meet these needs?

7) Anything else you wish to share about arXiv?


If you would like the librarians to follow up with you, or would like more information about arXiv or this survey, please give your name and email:
Thank you very much for your time!

Phoebe Ayers
UC Davis Librarian for Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Geology

Bob Heyer-Gray
UC Davis Librarian for Mathematics, Statistics,  Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, and Transportation Studies

August IEEE & MIT Press – eBook Alert

September 4th, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray