Computing

Computing FAQs:

Can I check my e-mail in the library?

  • McHenry Library:
    Yes, at all workstations in McHenry Library. Laptops with e-mail capability are available at the Circulation Desk on the entry-level floor for students, staff, and faculty.
     
  • Science & Engineering Library:
    Yes, at all workstations in the S&E Library except the Reserves station across from the Circulation Desk. Laptops with e-mail capability are also available at the Circulation Desk for students, staff, and faculty.

Where can I do word processing in the library?

  • McHenry Library:
    Word processing is available on computers in the Media Center and computers in the second floor Commons area near the public service desk. In addition, there are two computers each on third and fourth with word processing software. Laptops with word-processing capability are also available at the Circulation Desk for students, staff, and faculty.
  • Science & Engineering Library:
    At all workstations in the S&E Library except the Reserves station across from the Circulation Desk. Laptops with word-processing capability are also available at the Circulation Desk for students, staff, and faculty.


     

Where can I view MS Office documents in the library?

  • McHenry Library:
    All public Windows PCs, except the catalog-only stations near the elevators on each floor have MS Office installed. Laptops with MS Office are available at the Circulation Desk for students, staff, and faculty.
  • Science & Engineering Library:
    All workstations in the S&E Library, except the Reserves station across from the Circulation Desk, have MS Word installed. Laptops with MS Office are also available at the Circulation Desk for students, staff, and faculty.
     

Can I view PDF documents in the library?

Yes. All workstations can view PDF documents.

Can I download and save the results of my Internet research in the library?

  • McHenry Library:
    You can download and save documents from the Internet to a USB flash drive on any computer workstation throughout the library. You can also save documents in the 'My Documents' folder and e-mail them to yourself.
  • Science & Engineering Library:
    You can download and save documents from the Internet to a USB flash drive on all workstations in the S&E Library. Files can also be downloaded to 'My Documents' in order to send results by e-mail.

Where is the best place to do academic research in the library?

  • McHenry Library:
    All public workstations in the library are in place to support academic research. There are 25 Macs and 10 Windows PCs in the 2nd Floor InfoCommons. In addition there are 24 computers in the Media Center on the ground floor. Printing is available from all workstations. Laptops are also available at the Circulation Desk for students, staff, and faculty.
  • Science & Engineering Library:
    All public workstations in the S&E Library are dedicated to academic research. These workstations are connected to a high-speed laser printer. Laptops are also available at the Circulation Desk for students, staff, and faculty.

     

Where can I view eCommons documents?

eCommons documents can be viewed and printed at all workstations.

Can I use my laptop in the library?

  • McHenry Library:
    You can use your laptop anywhere in the library. Several tables have power strips available for charging. Use the CruzNet network for wireless access.
     
  • Science & Engineering Library:
    You can use your laptop anywhere in the library. Wireless access is available via the campus CruzNet service. 

How do I access my unix.ucsc.edu home share at the library?

  1. Launch the FTP application called FileZilla located on the desktop.
  2. Directly beneath the File Menu, there is an icon called Site Manager.
  3. Click on the downward arrow of the Site Manager Icon will cause a dropdown Menu to appear, select unix.ucsc.edu from the list.
  4. Enter your login credentials (CruzID Blue Login and Password).

If the Site Manager has been disabled or is otherwise not working correctly, you can manually enter the hostname and connect to you home directory using the following steps:

In the Quick Connect bar located beneath the File menu, there are four fields, enter the following:

Host: sftp://unix.ucsc.edu
Username: Your UCSC Username
Password: Your UCSC Blue Password
Port: 22

Note: If the Quick Connect Bar is not visible, you can make it appear by clicking on the View Menu and selecting Quick Connect Bar.

When you are done with your sftp session, it is best practice to reboot the machine to remove any personal data that may have been stored during your unix session.