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How Do I Find...

Use the PSE Subject Guides List or the PSE Database List to select a database that indexes articles in your subject area. For additional help see: How Do I Find An Article?
Use the Harvest Library Catalog to find books at UC Davis. Use Melvyl ( to find books at all UC campuses. These catalogs also list journals, conferences, dissertations, and other materials. For additional help see: How Do I Find A Book?
Connect From Off Campus Information
Current UC Davis students, faculty, and staff can access licensed library resources from off campus using either the VPN, or the Proxy Server.
Use Melvyl ( to find UC dissertations. Use Dissertation Abstracts to find non-UC dissertations. For more help see: Finding Theses and Dissertations
Electronic Journals A-Z
A list of all electronic journals available at UC Davis. Note: all journals are not available in electronic format.
Electronic & Print Journals
Use the Harvest or Melvyl ( catalogs to find both print and electronic journals.
Electronic Reference
Useful online reference works including: dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, unit conversions, etc.
Guides & Tutorials
Tips on using some databases and catalogs.
Information on patents and patent databases.
Overview of standards and specifications available at PSE, includes links to standards databases.
Subject Guides
Subject Guides list article databases, encyclopedias, handbooks, and other online and print resources by academic discipline.

For In-Person Assistance...

The PSE Reference Desk is staffed Monday through Friday from 11am to 5pm. You can also send e-mail to or call (530) 752‑0540.