COSMOS: Guide to the Library

by Melinda M. Livas – August 5, 2021

COSMOS: Guide to the Library
California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science


To access licensed library resources from off-campus, please use the library VPN. Amy is happy to help if you have questions or need additional assistance.

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In this Guide:

Subject Guides:

  • list library resources by discipline

  • best options for each COSMOS Cluster linked below

  • great resource for overviews & background info on complex topics

5 Computers in Biophysics & Robotics

Computer Science


Biological Sciences


COSMOS Cluster Subject Guide(s)
1 Quantum Mechanics and Applications to Nanotechnology Physics

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2 Physics & Engineering: From the scientific method to technological applications Physics

Electrical & Computer Engineering

3 Introduction to Engineering Mechanics Mechanical Engineering
6 Mathematics Mathematics & Statistics
7 Introduction to Plant Microbiology Plant Sciences/Plant Biology/Plant Pathology
8 The Internet of Things Multidisciplinary Resources

Computer Science

9 Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems Mathematics & Statistics

Biological Sciences

10 Sustainable Transportation Transportation Studies

Civil & Environmental Engineering

11 Future Foods: Sustainable Aquaculture & Aquaponic Food Production Fisheries & Aquaculture

Agriculture & Related Fields


Library Catalog  (formerly Harvest Catalog)

The Library Catalog tells you what the UC Davis library owns, what the call number is, where it is located, and whether or not it is checked out.  If there is an electronic version that we subscribe to, the link will be in the catalog.
Use the catalog to locate books, journals, government documents, dissertations, maps, music scores & recordings, movies, and any other materials the library owns.

Visiting the Library:  Provides a floor map of each library. This will be helpful in locating books with call numbers.



GOOGLE Books                                Google Books Help

Library catalogs only search catalog entries (author, title, subject indexing, etc) not the full text of the book
Google Books searches full-text of books (only titles that Google has scanned), but you cannot access most of them (because they are still under copyright)

But you can use Google Books to identify titles you might be interested in.
–Use Google Books to search for phrases or topics you are interested in (works well for technical terms).
–Then search for the title of the book(s) in the UCD Library Catalog or Melvyl

ALL Journals  (that UC Davis subscribes to):

Use the  UCD Library Catalog   to find which journals we subscribe to,  either online or in print.

Online subscriptions:   the catalog will give the link.  NOTE: we sometimes get online content for different years from different sources, R-E-A-D the fine print.
Print subscriptions:    the catalog will give you the call number, location, and indicate whether or not it is checked out.


Electronic Journals A-Z List:

Lists only online journals that UC Davis has an online subscription to.  If we have a print subscription, the journal will not be listed here.


Google Scholar

You can use Google Scholar to search for journals (or articles).  Google has no way of telling you which online journals UC Davis subscribes to, unless you set your Google Scholar preferences to show UC-eLinks (see below).

Google Scholar:  How do you actually GET the articles?

On-Campus:    You should be able to access any online journal that UC Davis subscribes to.
Off-Campus:    You must install the VPN client first, to access online journals UC Davis subscribes to.

No UCD Online Subscription?:  We may have a print subscription.  Check the library catalog .  If we do not have a print or online subscription, you can request articles through Interlibrary Loan.


  • Endnote Online is citation management software that allows you to store, manage, and format bibliographic citations, and easily change formatting of citations in Word documents.

  • Available free to UC Davis students, faculty & staff (campus has a site license). 

  • Online registration required.


Endnote: Getting Started Guide:

Covers both online and client/desktop version:

  • getting references into and out of Endnote
  • using Endnote with Word
  • setting up Endnote Libraries, Preferences, Groups, and Journal Abbreviations


Use “Endnote Onlineto put your citations in the appropriate format (example below shows ACS format):


1. Register for an Endnote Online account

Use the link above, or,
From the Web of Science database: click on the “Endnote” link (in gray bar at top screen)


2. Getting References INTO Endnote


From Web of Science:

Log on to Endnote Online
Search Web of Science. Then from the Web of Science results screen:

Select citations to export,

click on the Save to EndNote online link
choose Save to EndNote online

Use Numbers of Records to identify which citations to send, then for Record Content choose: (Author, Title, Source, and Abstract)
click SEND

Export will happen automatically

From SciFinder: Two step process to get citations into Endnote Online

Step 1: Conduct your search in SciFinder. Then: select citations to export (use checkboxes)
Click EXPORT (near top right)

Choose TAGGED FORMAT (*.txt)
Name it or note the name of the file

Click SAVE file (remember what you named it)

Step 2: Log on to Endnote Online

FILE: Use the BROWSE button to select the file you created above
IMPORT OPTION: Choose SciFinder (CAS).
If you don’t see it, click SELECT FAVORITES, select “SciFinder (CAS)” in the ALL box, the click COPY TO FAVORITES.
TO: Select the Endnote Online Group where you want the citations imported.



You can also cut and paste, or enter citations manually


3. Create Libraries (two methods)



New Group



Select references for new library
ADD TO GROUP –> New Group


4. Getting References OUT of Endnote

To create List of References:

Select FORMAT tab

References: choose library
Bibliographic Style: choose citation style
File Format: choose RTF

Choose: SAVE, EMAIL or Preview & Print

Cite While You Write

Let’s you embed citations in your Word document, while using Endnote Online to format them



5. Sharing References

Allows you to share references with others

Manage My Groups
Manage Sharing: Add email(s)



SciFinder: Register for Account

You must register for a SciFinder account before you can use the database. (login to VPN to access registration page from off-campus)


One-Time Registration (on-campus):
1. Go to the UC SciFinder website, under “New User?” select Davis (UCD).

2. Review the instructions for creating a username/password, click the registration link at end of the page. You must register with your “” email account.

3. When you receive a confirmation email, click the link in the message to complete the registration. Check your spam folder if you do not see the confirmation email in your inbox.

Once you have an account, logon to SciFinder.

One-Time Registration (off-campus):
First, log in thru the VPN, then complete steps 1-3 above.