Harvest Help
Getting Started

What is Harvest: Library Catalog?

The Harvest: Library Catalog is the main finding tool for items owned or made available by the UC Davis University Library (Shields, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Carlson Health Sciences, Blaisdell Medical and Agricultural and Resource Economics Libraries). It contains records for books, periodical and journal titles, archives, music scores, maps, government documents and other materials at the University Library. It does not include materials at the UC Davis Law Library or the Institute of Governmental Affairs. These Libraries have their own catalogs.

The Harvest: Library Catalog does not contain journal articles. If you want to find journal articles by subject, author or title, use one of the electronic databases subscribed to by the Library. You may use the subject guides linked to the Library's home page to help you choose a database. Many of the electronic databases contain records that connect to the full text of a journal article.

If you do not find the item you are looking for in Harvest: Library Catalog, try searching for materials at other University of California (UC) libraries using the Melvyl (http://ucdavis.worldcat.org) Catalog. UC Davis Library materials are included in the Melvyl Catalog along with materials from all the other UCs. UC students, faculty, and staff may use Melvyl to request circulating items from other UC campuses.

When should you use the Harvest: Library Catalog?

  • To find books, journal titles, and other materials owned by the UC Davis Library
  • To limit a search to a particular UC Davis library collection (e.g., Carlson Health Sciences Library)
  • To check your library account or to renew library materials
  • To use electronic course reserves or locate reserve items

Do not use this catalog to search for articles. Use one of the electronic databases that indexes and abstracts journal articles. Select a database from the A-Z list of Electronic Databases or one of the Subject Guides. Reference librarians can help you select and search an appropriate database to find articles.

Sign In/Sign Out

Sign in verifies your patron information and allows you to see your library account information and display options. Once you have signed in during a catalog search session, you may access your account information or request books and place recalls without having to re-enter your information. You may also view records stored in My E-Shelf during previous sessions when you were signed in. You do not need to sign in to use the Harvest: Library Catalog. Forgot your PIN? Request a new PIN/Password now.

If you are a registered user, you may log on to your account by using the Sign in link at the top of the page and entering your library card number and PIN. Your library card number is the 14-digit number on your student ID, employee ID or library card. Your PIN is the number you selected when registering for library privileges or the last 4 digits of your student or employee ID number.

For information on how to register, or if you have problems with your Library ID or PIN, contact the Access Services Department at shieldscirc@ucdavis.edu or call 530-752-1203.

When you are finished with your search session, use the Sign out link at the top of the page to prevent others from accessing your account. This is especially important if you are using a public workstation. Once you have signed out, you will not be able to retrieve a record of your searches for that session.

End Session

You may end your search session at any time by clicking on the End Session command in the top bar. If you are signed in, this will sign you out and delete your search history. If you are not signed in, this will delete your search history so that the next user will not be able to view your searches.