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Posts by Cory Craig

UC Davis General Catalog: online or print-on-demand

May 6th, 2014 by Cory Craig

As of 2014 the Davis General Catalog will only be available online or via print on-demand (for a fee).

Online Catalog:  Current and archived versions of the UC Davis General Catalog are available here in PDF format.
The 2014 catalog should be available online on 6/20/14.

Print On Demand:    Use the public or staff links on this page to request a print copy of the catalog for $20.

For more info see:

Nature News: Online lab notebooks

March 27th, 2014 by Cory Craig

Nature News:

A discussion of online lab notebooks featuring three of our UC colleagues (Carl Boettiger, UCSC, Carly Strasser, CDL, Karthik Rahm, UCB):

Jump off the page: 
Researchers are learning to embrace online lab notebooks, but not without growing pains
Nature 507, 523-525 (2014) doi:10.1038/nj7493-523a



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

February 28th, 2014 by Cory Craig

UC-eLinks logo

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.


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.

ACS Journals Access RESTORED (Tue, 1/14/14, 1pm)

January 14th, 2014 by Cory Craig

Access seems to be restored for ACS Journals as of Tue: 1/14/14, 4pm.

ACS (American Chemical Society) journals are down as of 1/14/14 1pm.  ACS knows about it and is working to fix the problem.

The journal web pages appear fine, but when you try to get an article by clicking on the PDF, you are told:
“Your current credentials do not allow retrieval of the full text.”

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.

SciFinder: Trouble Logging On?

July 22nd, 2013 by Cory Craig

If you are having trouble logging on to SciFinder, and use a bookmark to access the database –
try going straight to the SciFinder link:

Bookmarks likely contain extra code which might not work with the new interface which appeared in late June.
If you need to register for a SciFinder account, see the UC Davis SciFinder page.