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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.

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:

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.

Get your Library Notices via text messages!

March 7th, 2013 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Get your Library Notices via text messages!

Library patrons may sign up to receive SMS (text) notifications in addition to email when books arrive, are overdue or recalled (excluding items arriving from Interlibrary Loan and 2hr loans from Reserves).

SMS messages are sent in addition to standard email messages. You cannot opt to receive only SMS messages instead of email. Remember, SMS messages may incur carrier charges to patron cellular accounts.

Current library users can sign up for SMS through My Account and new users through Activate My Library Card, both via Harvest. If a user wishes to update her SMS contact number or wishes to drop the SMS
service, they can opt out via My Account.

Current Library Users
1) Log into My Accounts/Renew books via Harvest
2) Click on Address Update Form link
3) Enter the telephone number where you want to receive text messages in the SMS number field
4) Check Receive SMS box to enroll and uncheck Receive SMS box to stop receiving text messages
5) Click on Update to finish the process

New Library Users
1) Click on Activate Your Library Card link and follow instructions
2) Enter the phone number where you want to receive text messages in the SMS number field and check the Receive SMS box

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!

Finding literature reviews

May 12th, 2011 by

A common assignment is to find a literature review on a particular topic — and perhaps write one yourself. But what is a literature review? And how do you find them in the library? A new library handout helps answer these questions — download it here.

Still confused? Need more help? Contact a reference librarian or just come into the library — the PSE library reference desk is open 9-5, Monday-Friday.

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:

RSS Feeds For New Books

June 2nd, 2010 by Robert Heyer-Gray
If you are interested in keeping up with the new books that have been acquired but would prefer not to head into the library, simply paste the following into the RSS reader of your choice.

New at the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library:

New Mathematics & Statistics Books @ Shields:

RSS (Google Reader) feed of new PSE books

RSS (Google Reader) feed of new PSE books

Simply click on the title from within your RSS feed to be taken to the record for call number/location.

If you prefer not to use an RSS reader but would like to keep up with the newest titles added, you can also simply bookmark the new items lists in your browser.

New at the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library:

New Mathematics & Statistics Books @ Shields:

New Math & Stat Books List in Next Generation Melvyl

New Math & Stat Books List in Next Generation Melvyl

From the list of items, simply click the title to be taken to the call number/location of the book.

Accessing online CRC books through the VPN

May 8th, 2009 by

The UC Davis library subscribes to several CRCnetBASE products, including ENGnetBASE, MATHnetBASE and BIOSCIENCEnetBASE among many others. These packages contain online books from CRC press, which can be searched and downloaded in PDF form. The books are findable through the Harvest library catalog — just search for the title of the book you are looking for. crclogo

The online CRC books are restricted to UC Davis faculty, students and staff, so you must be on-campus or logged in through the library VPN or proxy server to access them.

Unfortunately, the CRC books do not work well with the VPN. CRCnetBASE eBooks consist of a Table of Contents PDF and separate PDFs for the book’s chapters. Links to other chapters from the Table of Contents PDF do not work when viewed through the VPN.

Solutions for using online CRC books from off-campus include: Read the rest of this entry »