Research Support Services
Subject Specialist Librarian
by Amy Bush – August 6, 2020
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.
To get help, stop by one of the library’s Reference Desks. Most reference desks are “on call” during the summer, see below for where to ask for help.
|COSMOS Cluster||Subject Guide(s)|
|1||Quantum Mechanics and Applications to Nanotechnology||Physics|
|2||Physics & Engineering: From the scientific method to technological applications||Physics|
|3||Introduction to Engineering Mechanics||Mechanical Engineering|
|4||Introduction to Astrophysics||Astrophysics|
|5||Computers in Biophysics & Robotics||Computer Science|
|6||Mathematics||Mathematics & Statistics|
|7||Introduction to Plant Microbiology||Plant Sciences/Plant Biology/Plant Pathology|
|8||The Internet of Things||Multidisciplinary Resources|
|9||Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems||Mathematics & Statistics|
|10||Sustainable Transportation||Transportation Studies|
|11||Future Foods: Sustainable Aquaculture & Aquaponic Food Production||Fisheries & Aquaculture|
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.
The MELVYL catalog tells you what all UC campus libraries own, and also searches other institutions. As with the UCD Library Catalog, MELVYL gives records for books, journals, government documents, dissertations, maps, music scores & recordings, movies, and other materials.
MELVYL does index some articles but is not a good option for searching for articles in the sciences. (Click on the ARTICLES link in this guide to access article databases.)
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
Covers both online and client/desktop version:
Use the link above, or,
From the Web of Science database: click on the “Endnote” link (in gray bar at top screen)
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)
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
Under COLLECT, select IMPORT REFERENCES
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
MANAGE MY GROUPS
MY REFERENCES tab
Select references for new library
ADD TO GROUP –> New Group
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
Allows you to share references with others
Manage My Groups
Manage Sharing: Add email(s)
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 “ucdavis.edu” 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.