Harvest Help


Which Browsers and Operating Systems are Recommended?
The software used by the Harvest: Library Catalog works best with the latest versions of browsers. For optimal results we recommend you use Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, Netscape 7.0 or higher, or the latest versions of Mozilla or Firefox and that they be configured to support Unicode-based characters. It is recommended that Macintosh users use OS X for optimal results. Mac OS 9.x users should use Mozilla for OS 9 or Safari 1.0. Additionally, JavaScript and cascading style sheets (CSS) should be enabled.
Potential Display Irregularities on Apple Brand Computers
Because the Harvest: Library Catalog may have display irregularities when using Internet Explorer on a Macintosh (Mac) computer, we recommend you use the latest versions of Safari, Mozilla or Netscape when accessing the catalog from a Mac. The text may not appear optimal with the standard Macintosh Arial font. If the text does not display properly, try downloading and installing the latest version of the Arial Unicode MS font for your operating system.
Displaying Foreign Languages with Diacritics
To work properly with Unicode, your browser must be set to interpret UTF-8 characters and must have a suitable font installed. This will enable the computer to display foreign languages correctly. The Arial Unicode MS font is recommended for uniform display of type fonts and for its ability to display unique characters in foreign languages. If you do not have an UTF-8-enabled browser, the special characters either do not display at all, or display in a standardized manner (for example, a regular "I" instead of a slashed "I" in Polish, or a "flat" in musical notation). Arial Unicode MS comes with Office 2000. Please note we have found some problems with Netscape's displays of foreign language diacritics.
Using Bibliographic Management Software - EndNote, ProCite, etc.
Go to the UC Davis Guide to Using Bibliographic Management Software for instructions.
Sort and Hit Limits in Harvest Catalog
Sort and hit limits - maximum number of records that can be displayed and sorted: 5000

Word limit when truncation is used (e.g., find a? will do a find on all words beginning with a): maximum number of words is 1500

For information on using this service, see Getting Started with UC-eLinks.

The UC-eLinks button appears in the Harvest UC Davis Library catalog on the full record. In the full record it is a live link, which opens another window with additional services. Those services can include:

  • See if other UC campus libraries have this title in the Melvyl Catalog
  • Need Help? Ask a Librarian
  • Report problems with UC-eLinks
Using the Catalog with Internet Security Software & Firewalls

If you are using Internet security software, (e.g., Norton Internet Security or Zone Alarm), settings within the software may prevent you from successfully connecting to Harvest. DSL services and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) also frequently include firewall settings that interfere with the functionality of the catalog. In addition to having JavaScript enabled, you may need to make the following adjustments to your security software settings:

  • Disable the firewall setting.
  • Add harvest.lib.ucdavis.edu to your directory of "trusted sites."
  • Clear your cache after making any changes to the above two settings.
Where can I report a problem with the Harvest catalog?
Problems with individual Harvest records or with the functionality of the catalog can be reported using the "Contact the Web Team" link found at the footer of each Harvest page.
Where can I report problems with my patron record or if I have forgotten my PIN?
Problems with your patron record can be handled at any library circulation desk or you can either call (530-752-8792) or e-mail (shieldscirc@ucdavis.edu) the Access Services Department to resolve your problem. If you have forgotten your PIN, you can reset it online at: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/circ/pin-reset/