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ProQuest Databases Unavailable: 8/8/15 (7pm) – 8/9/15 (3am)

August 5th, 2015 by Cory Craig


ProQuest databases will be unavailable from Saturday 8/8/15, 7pm through  Sunday 8/9/15, 3am.

ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability. The window is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time and will last for eight (8) hours. During this time access to ProQuest databases and the ProQuest platform ( will not be available; users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Please contact ProQuest Technical Support ( if you have questions or need assistance.


Proquest Databases in Physical Sciences & Engineering Areas Include:

  • COS Conference Papers Index
  • EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • GeoRef
  • Toxline

Web of Science: Possible Intermittent Access 7/26/15, 6am-6pm

July 22nd, 2015 by Cory Craig


Due to scheduled maintenance to install a new update to the Web of Science database, access to this resource may
be intermittent during the maintenance window.  This update will be installed between 6:00am– 6:00pm PDT on
Sunday, July 26, 2015.  We apologize for any inconvenience.





AccessEngineering trial through May 15, 2015

April 13th, 2015 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Trial Database: AccessEngineering

Dates: Now through May 15, 2015

Contact: Bob Heyer-Gray


The UC Davis Libraries are pleased to offer trial access to McGraw-Hill’s AccessEngineering, a database that provides full-text access to engineering handbooks, instructional videos, downloadable calculators, interactive tables and graphs, student study guides, and global engineering news.

Access this trial database through May 15, 2015.

Feedback: Your feedback on the usefulness of this resource for teaching, learning, and research is much appreciated. Please e-mail the contact above with your thoughts on AccessEngineering.

Note: Access is through IP authentication for on campus access. For off campus access, please use the VPN.

Teaching with Wikipedia workshop

March 3rd, 2015 by

Teaching with Wikipedia workshop
Friday March 13, 2-3pm
165 Shields Library (Shields Library Instruction Lab)

Students use Wikipedia — but have you ever thought of asking them to contribute content to Wikipedia? In this short workshop, LiAnna Davis and Jami Mathewson from the Wiki Education Foundation will explain best practices for using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. In contributing content to Wikipedia, students gain skills in media literacy, fact-based writing, research, collaboration, and critical thinking. You’ll learn how Wiki Ed can support you and your students in this innovative service learning assignment.

Questions? Please contact Phoebe Ayers,, 752-9948

The UC Open Access Policy and what it means for you

October 10th, 2014 by

UC Open Access Policy Learn More

The UC Open Access Policy ( or was passed by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, and is going into effect for all UC campuses, including UC Davis, on November 1, 2014. The policy grants UC faculty the right to make their articles freely available to the public by depositing a pre-publication copy in an open access repository. What does this policy mean for faculty at UC Davis?

Come to this talk by Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library (CDL), who will describe the tools and services that CDL is developing to support the policy, and Dr. Robert Powell of Chemical Engineering, who will give background on the policy and its passage through the UC Senate.  Afterwards a Q&A panel will be held with the speakers, UC Davis librarians and open access researchers to answer questions and discuss the implications of the policy and open access.

This talk is being held during Open Access Week 2014, an annual international event to raise awareness about open access issues.

  • Catherine Mitchell and Dr. Robert Powell on the UC OA policy: talk and discussion
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room, 2nd floor (at the far end of the main reading room)
  • 1:30-3:00pm

Questions? Contact Phoebe Ayers,



August 29th, 2014 by

Here is a good link to various resources, including webcam feeds, to follow the two volcanic eruptions that happened recently: Bárðarbunga in Iceland and Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea. An overview news story about both eruptions from NPR is here, and a story from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about Mt. Tavurur is here.

For Iceland, you can follow volcano news through the Icelandic national broadcasting agency in English here. For Tavurvur, there is an overview page and link to news here. You can also follow global volcano reports through this site from the Smithsonian and USGS. Here is a Q&A from National Geographic about Icelandic volcanoes.

Want to know more about volcanoes in general? See the Volcanoes page of the Geology LibGuide for reference books and databases.

Earthquake resources

August 25th, 2014 by

The USGS has a page with scientific information about the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit the Napa area this weekend. You may also want to use their “Did You Feel It?” service to report if you felt the earthquake; this helps build a “community intensity map” of impact.

If you want to know more about earthquakes in California in general, see the USGS California Earthquake page, and for library resources visit the Earthquakes section of the Geology Libguide to find databases for articles, reference works, and the contact information of the Geology librarian.

Professor John Rundle from Geology gave a TV interview on the history and the science of the quake, which you can see here.

Wikipedia events at the UC Davis libraries

May 2nd, 2014 by

During May, the UC Davis library is hosting three Wikipedia-related events.

On May 8 from 3:30-5:00pm in the Shields Library Instruction Lab, there will be a workshop on how to teach with Wikipedia. Dozens of faculty around the country have used Wikipedia to teach skills like media literacy and expository writing with the world’s largest encyclopedia. Join UC Davis librarian Phoebe Ayers to explore how these assignments work, and what some of the benefits and pitfalls are.

And, on May 16 and May 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm in the Shields Library Instruction Lab, the library will host two “edit-a-thons” — drop-in events that are opportunities to learn how to edit Wikipedia and work with others to improve articles. Everyone is welcome at all three events; find out more at:


Today is IEEE day

October 1st, 2013 by

IEEE Day is a member-driven, global event held on the first Tuesday of October. Now in its fourth year, IEEE Day celebrates the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas — in 1884. There is a map of events happening all around the world.

UC Davis Libraries subscribes to the IEEE digital library: IEEE XPlore, and UC Davis has a student IEEE chapter.

Of interest to local IEEE members, two IEEE global contests are coming up:

26 October: IEEEXtreme 24-hour Global Programming Competition: “Think you can code? Prove it .” IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members, supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.

1 November (deadline): Smarter Planet Challenge, cosponsored with IBM. This competition requires an interdisciplinary team approach to developing and implementing solutions to real world challenges.

Also launching today and co-sponsored by IEEE — test drive the new Formula Hybrid website, highlighting its first-time mentoring arrangement with automotive professionals from major OEMs:


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: