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Physical Sciences & Engineering Library

Research Tools Presentation 6/11: Overleaf, Labguru, Dimensions, Altmetric

June 4th, 2015 by Cory Craig

UC Davis Office of Research and University Library welcome Digital Science, featuring products for collaborative writing and publishing, research management for life science labs, to help analyze and understand the research funding landscape and altmetrics. Please join us for a lunch-n-learn session on Thursday, June 11th from 12-1:15pm at the Peter J. Shields Library . For more information, go to:

WHEN:   Thursday, June 11th from 12-1:15pm
WHERE:  Peter J. Shields Library, 2nd Floor Library Instruction Room

  • Overleaf is a collaborative science publication system that makes the whole process more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific process into one place, from idea to writing to review to publication
  • Labguru marries the electronic lab notebook with project and logistics management. It offers an easy means of tracking projects, protocols, biological collections & materials.
  • Dimensions for Universities is a funding data aggregator that provides a view on funding resources where the funding has been allocated. The system shows historical awarded grant data from over 70 funders back to 1965 and active grant data up to 2024 and allows institutions to identify emerging areas into which research funding is being channeled
  • Altmetric tracks article level outputs for your institution. The data in this tool can be used to show faculty, staff and students a richer picture of their online research impact & it allows users to track and measure online activity around academic research.

Altmetrics Webinar: Telling a fuller story of research impact with altmetrics and ImpactStory

February 8th, 2013 by Cory Craig

A webinar presented by the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information

    Date: February 20, 2013
    Time: 8 am Pacific Time (11 am Eastern time)

In growing numbers, the workflows of scholars are moving online. As that happens, important parts of the scientific process, once hidden, are being exposed. Conversations, arguments, recommendations, reads, bookmarks–the stuff of day-to-day science–is leaving traces in places like Mendeley, Twitter, blogs, Faculty of 1000, and many others.

Mining these traces can give us faster, more diverse, and more accurate data of scholarly impact. These alternative metrics or “altmetrics” could predict later citations, reveal impacts on diverse audiences like practitioners and clinicians, uncover impacts of diverse products like datasets, blog posts, and software, and reward researchers making subtle but vital contributions that the citation record ignores.

After reviewing the growing research around altmetrics, we’ll discuss how these data sources can be of practical use for researchers and publishers today, focusing on ImpactStory, open-source web tool that gathers and contextualizes altmetrics.

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For more info see:

Guide to the library for science grad students

August 31st, 2011 by

If you are new to UC Davis (or just new to the library) and want a quick guide to library services, the science librarians at UC Davis have put together a handy document compiling information about our services, how to get books and other materials, and other topics (such as research metrics and scholarly communication) that are of interest to researchers in the sciences. If you need a place to get started with your library research, or want a guide to refer to, we hope the guide will help you out!

You can find the “Guide to the Library for Science Grad Students” as a pdf download. It is geared especially towards new grad students, but should be helpful for anyone who wants to know more about how the library works. If you have any questions about it, just ask us — and let us know if you have any comments or suggestions!

Guide to the library for new grad students

September 14th, 2010 by

The Sciences Librarians at UC Davis have put together a guide to the library specifically aimed at new science & engineering graduate students (or returning students who want a refresher course or reference). Much of the information is also applicable to undergraduates and faculty as well. The guide provides an introduction to library basics, finding information, and putting research in context, and includes links to our key services.

Download the pdf here:

Scopus citation database: “how-to” session

May 3rd, 2010 by Karen Andrews

The Library invites you to attend a Scopus training session scheduled for Wednesday, May 12th. Please join us for a presentation offered by Elsevier representatives who will discuss searching the abstract and citation database that covers over 18,000 peer-reviewed journal titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, patents, digital archives, millions of scientific web pages and thousands of “Articles-in-Press”. The trainer will also cover Scopus features that include the Citation Tracker, Journal Analyzer and the SNIP and SJR value metrics.

For your convenience we have scheduled two sessions:

9:30am – 11:00am — Sacramento Medical Center – Education Building — Room 2205

1:30pm – 3:00pm — UC Davis campus – Shields Library — Library Instruction Lab

The University of California has trial access to Scopus through December 2010.

For more information about Scopus, please contact your library subject specialist or department heads Karen Andrews (Physical Sciences & Engineering Library,; Keir Reavie (Biological & Agricultural Sciences/Health Sciences Libraries),; Myra Appel (Humanities, Social Sciences & Government Information Services Department),

IEEE Xplore workshop, April 7

April 2nd, 2010 by

Please join us for an upcoming workshop:

  • IEEE XPlore Training
  • April 7, 2010
  • 2:30pm-4:00pm
  • Kemper Hall 1065
  • refreshments provided

The IEEE Xplore database has a new interface, which launched on February 13. The UCD Libraries will be hosting a training class on the new IEEE Xplore on Wednesday, April 7th from 2:30pm to 4:00pm in Kemper 1065. The training will cover the new interface for students, faculty and other researchers who have an interest in IEEE Xplore and want to see the latest offering. This is a major re-design of the user interface and underlying technical architecture, so frequent as well as new users will want to attend. The session, taught by George Plosker of the IEEE, will cover changes in Xplore including:

  • New, easy-to-navigate design
  • New search engine and how it works including advanced search options
  • Improved search tools–refine and drill down into searches by multiple criteria
  • Improved browse options — browse by subject, most popular or what’s new
  • New personalization features–save searches, set-up alerts, and customize your preferences
  • Enhanced online support tools

IEEE Xplore includes the full-text of all IEEE journals and conference proceedings, as well as IEEE standards. It is an important resource for all computer and electrical engineers, and researchers and engineers in related disciplines. Access the UCD Library’s subscription to IEEE Xplore at: [off-campus users must use the VPN]

For questions or more information, please contact:

Phoebe Ayers
Librarian for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Physical Sciences and Engineering Library
(530) 752-9948

Endnote For Engineering MSOs and Staff

June 23rd, 2009 by Cory Craig

Endnote is bibliographic management software that allows you to store, manage, and format citations.

Endnote is available free to current UC Davis students, faculty and staff.  To download the program, logon to MyUCDavis (click on Resources >>  Software >> Endnote).

For workshops, guides, and tutorials, see:   Endnote @ UC Davis

See here for course materials for the Endnote for MSO’s and Staff class.