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The University Library offers research assistance in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Visit this page to learn more.
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts


How to Reach Us

Visit us at the Research Consult Desk
2nd floor of Shields Library.
Fall Quarter Hours 9am-5pm Mon-Thurs. 9-5F

Desk: (530) 752‑5220

Find the Librarian Specialist for your Research Area

Here's How We Can Help

The University Library provides research and instructional services in the Arts, Languages and Literatures, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Cultural Studies and more for all members of the University community. 
The University Library also maintains a comprehensive reference collection (in hard copy and electronic formats) that serves as a gateway to both general and subject-specific humanities and social science research topics. The print collection located near our Consultation Desk on the second floor of the Peter J. Shields Library consists of over 40,000 volumes.  It is a great place to begin your work.
Whatever the size and scope of your project, our Research Support Librarians can help you get the most out of this collection and the other collections, services and resources provided by University Library.

    Research Services for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    Subject Guides

    Our librarians maintain web based research portals to introduce you to the resources available in you field. Are you doing a literature review? Check out our Subject Guides:

    Research Consult Desk   2nd Floor Peter J. Shields Library  9am-6pm Mon-Thur, 9-5 Fri

    Librarians, trained in the social sciences, humanities, and government information, are available at this location to help with finding information resources for class assignments, term papers and advanced research projects.  Drop by, no appointment needed.

    Research Appointments and Librarian Office Hours

    Our Librarians are available to help with research projects. We can schedule anything from one-time meetings to sustained research alliances spanning the duration of the project.  Tell us what you are working on, so we can make sure the library is serving your needs.

    New Acquisitions and Book Requests

    The Library works hard to provide the latest information to support the University's research and instruction. We are interested in hearing about advances and new directions in your fields of study. If you would like the Library to purchase an item important for research or instruction, please contact your subject specialist.

    Government Information

    The University Library  collects and supports research using International, Federal, State and Local government publications and data. We can help you find government information resources and we can also assist you with locating and identifying government-produced numeric and geographic data held by the library and cooperating institutions. Contact us at

    Data Management Services

    Librarians can provide assistance with available applications to help you identify and obtain data in support of research and data management. Ask about the Library’s new Data Management solutions on the Data Services guide

    Open Access

    The University California Faculty have implemented a new Open Access Policy. Our librarians can help you learn more about it, and guide you through the changing world of Scholarly Communication.   More information is on the Open Access @ UCDavis Guide.   

    Library Research Classes, Orientations, and Tours

    We offer classes and tours throughout the year geared to introduce students to library research. Subject specialist librarians will do classes upon request that meet your needs and fit your schedule. We can do classes in the library or in your classroom.  Contact us to find out how we can help jump-start your students’ research projects.


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