Blaisdell Medical Library
This guide points to short tutorials about health sciences information resources for faculty, students, researchers, clinicians, and staff. Key databases are covered, as well as the steps necessary to access information from the UC Davis Library.
To access online library-licensed resources (online articles, eBooks, online databases), you may use an on-campus UC Davis networked computer or UC Davis authenticated wifi network (not a guest wifi network), without any additional authentication required.
For off-campus access, or guest access while on-campus, you must have the Library VPN app (Pulse Secure) correctly installed and configured on your computer or mobile device (one-time set-up). Then, prior to each library resources session, you must log-in to Pulse Secure using your UC Davis Kerberos credentials.
UCDH offers alternative methods of access to library resources. In our experience, some of the UCDH technology environments work better than others for accessing library resources. Here are some of the options with our recommendations.
|VPN/client name||Recommended for access to library resources||Login credentials||Comments & more information|
|Library VPN (Pulse Secure)||Yes||UCD CAS (Kerberos)||https://www.library.ucdavis.edu/service/connect-from-off-campus|
|UCDH Guest Wifi||No||None||For access to library-licensed resources, must use in combination with the Library VPN (Pulse Secure)|
|UCDH Prod Wifi||Yes||UCDH Citrix||Onsite at UCDH only|
|UCDH VPN (Cisco AnyConnect)||Yes||UCDH Citrix||https://health.ucdavis.edu/remoteaccess/downloadclient.html|
|UCDH Citrix Application or health system terminal||No||UCDH Citrix||https://health.ucdavis.edu/remoteaccess/downloadclient.html|
|UC Davis VPN||No||UCD CAS (Kerberos)|
View the 7-minute video orientation to Blaisdell Medical Library:
The UC Davis Library catalog is found on the homepage of the library website.
There are three main search modes, plus advanced search and browse features:
Video: “How to locate eBooks using the library catalog” [< 3 minutes]
In order to maximize discovery of library-licensed full-text articles in PubMed, navigate into PubMed using a special link that is enabled for UCD-eLinks. Note: you can bookmark it!
UCD-eLinks gives you more options for navigating to library-licensed full-text articles. For those articles that are not immediately available, UCD-eLinks leads you to an easy interlibrary loan request feature.
Video: “Accessing Articles in PubMed through UCD-eLinks” [3 minutes]
These brief interactive tutorials from the National Library of Medicine [NLM] provide an introduction to PubMed using the new PubMed interface (launched in 2020).
|What is in PubMed?||3 min(s)|
|PubMed: Find articles on a topic||1 min(s)|
|PubMed subject search: How it works||4 min(s)|
|PubMed: Find articles by author||2 min(s)|
|PubMed: Find articles from a citation||2 min(s)|
|PubMed: Find articles by journal||2 min(s)|
|PubMed: Find the latest treatments for a disease or disorder||2 min(s)|
|PubMed: Get the full text for an article||2 min(s)|
|PubMed: Save searches and set e-mail alerts||2 min(s)|
A more advanced tutorial from Bruce Abbott, one of UC Davis’s own medical librarians, on how to customize PubMed for your use.
|Selecting a Search Modality|
|Advanced Search: Mapping|
|Advanced Search: Keyword Searching|
|Refining Search Strategy with Limits|
|Managing Search Results|
|Printing search resultsts|
|Emailing Search Results|
|Export Search Results|
|Downloading chapters from Books@Ovid|
|My Workspace – Saving Searches|
|My Workspace – Alerts|
|EBP PICOT Research on Ovid Part 1|
|EBP PICOT Research on Ovid Part 2|
Introduction to Searching – 2:37 min
Refining Research Results – 3:29 min
Selecting & Exporting – 3:08 min
Additional tutorial videos can be found on CABI’s website under Product and Platform User Guides, Global Health on CAB Direct.
Scopus Tutorials and Training materials can be found by clicking on the question mark (?) icon in the Scopus Database.
In addition, there are short videos on a variety of topics posted on the YouTube Channel for Scopus training videos.
Tour of Web of Science – 5:37 min
Web of Science Cited Reference Search – 2:49 min
Additional tutorial videos on search tips, exporting records and more can be found on the Web of Knowledge Training Site.
There are quite a few citation management tools available.
This handout provides an overview for three of the more common software programs — EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero — including links to tutorials and downloads.
For information about the current status of the UC Davis EndNote software site license:
For additional questions about the UC Davis EndNote software site license, please contact the IT person for your Department.
Clarivate Analytics provides extensive resources about how to use EndNote software, including videos and written instructions. View a selection of beginning EndNote videos below.
The UC Davis Library also provides EndNote support documentation, especially related to using the software at UC Davis — On the library homepage, use the library search tool to perform a site search on “EndNote”. Content will be found in Guides and Pages.
UC Davis Library EndNote Guide: Provides tips on how to:
Many thanks to Francis Francisco for assistance with web content development and migration.