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Physical Sciences & Engineering Library

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources: Install VPN Client Software

June 3rd, 2016 by Cory Craig

As of June 13, 2016 the Library’s web VPN and proxy server will no longer be available. You will need to download a new VPN Client called Pulse Secure, on each of your computers/devices.

This change will allow improved searching within many of our databases.

If you already use the Library Client VPN, it should automatically upgrade to the new version on or after June 13, 2016. No further action is required.

If you currently use the Web VPN, you will need to follow the steps below to install the new Client VPN.

  1. From the library’s website:
  1. Select the Connect From Off Campus link- located on the left side page:
  1. Look for “Web-VPN” and click the link that says “Install the new VPN Client (Pulse Secure).” The direct link is:
  1. Find instructions for your device under:
    VPN Client for Desktops and Notebooks: Installation & Use  -OR-
    VPN App for Mobile Devices: Installation & Use 
    (screen shots below)

VPN client 1










VPN Client 2

  1. Follow the instructions provided.

Now you are ready to access the library’s resources from off campus.

If you need assistance, please contact Technical Support:

If you want to discuss this change with a librarian, contact:

PSE Library  | |  (530) 752-0540

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.

Happy Holidays! PSE Hours

December 22nd, 2014 by

The PSE hours over the intersession break will be:

* December 22 and 23: 8:00a-5:00p
* December 24-28: closed
* December 29 and 30: 8:00a-5:00p
* December 31 and January 1: closed
* January 2: 8:00a-5:00p
* January 3: closed
* January 4: 1:00-5:00p

We resume regular hours on January 5. Enjoy your break!

Announcing a Demand Driven Standards pilot with IHS (Information Handling Service)

December 3rd, 2014 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Need an industry standard for your research, teaching, or a project? The IHS Standards Expert ( database searches about 1.6 million standards from 370 technical societies worldwide.

The UC Davis Library will now purchase print copies of standards for the library’s collection and make them available to you.

  • There is no charge to the requester.
  • Delivery times can vary, but should take 7 working days or fewer.
  • You will be notified when the standard is available for use in the collection.

Please keep in mind that we do already provide full-text online standards from ASTM, IEEE, and ASABE and also have current print editions from a handful of other societies and standards bodies. A guide to Standards and Specifications at UC Davis goes into greater detail about our access to standards. If you ever aren’t sure if we already have access to a standard, please feel free to send an e-mail to Bob Heyer-Gray at

Searching and ordering through the IHS Standards Expert database does require registration. Step by step instructions are available at You are not required to request standards through the IHS interface and/or if you happen to already know what standard you need, you can either request using the following order form or by contacting Bob Heyer-Gray directly at

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.


Finals and intersession hours

December 11th, 2013 by

During finals, PSE is open our normal hours of 8:00am-10:00pm on Wednesday and Thursday, December 11 and 12, and 8:00am-6:00pm on Friday, December 13. Shields Library is open later, until 2:00am on December 11 and 1:00am on December 12, but also closes at 6:00pm on Friday.

During intersession (December 14, 2013 – January 5, 2014) we will be open from 8:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday, closed on Saturday, and open 1:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday.

If you need a place to study outside of these hours, the 24 hour reading room is always open in Shields Library — swipe your student ID to gain access.

Good luck with finals!



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.

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.

PSE chat offline

July 10th, 2013 by

We are having some technical difficulties with our chat feature and so are disabling it until we can figure out what’s wrong or get a replacement chat service. Remember, you can always email the PSE reference librarians at with your questions, or call us between 11a-5p at (530) 752‑0540.

Two Library Drop-off Bins Are Closing, Three Are Still Available

July 8th, 2013 by Cory Craig

The Library is closing the book drop bins at the Hutchinson Drive and Bioletti Way locations on July 15, 2013.  These bins are being closed due to decreased usage.

Book drop bins are still available at:
1.  A Street
2.  La Rue
3.  California Ave

Map of book drop bins

For more information see: