Librarian Subject Specialist
Biological, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Shields Library, 3rd Floor
Phone: (530) 752‑1883
UWP 102G: Writing in the Environmental Sciences | Table of Contents
Science Library Collections
The UC Davis campus has 3 separate science libraries (two health-related) and one science department in the Shields Library. Important science information, including maps, is also found as part of the Government Information Collections of Shields Library, Lower Level. Environmental health information may be found at the Health Sciences libraries but the environmental toxicology collections are mainly found in the Shields BioAg collections, 3rd floor Shields.
The UCD Libraries selectively buy materials on writing in the sciences and more specifically, environmental sciences. Browsable subject headings that bring up these types of publications include: Communication in the environmental sciences; Environmental literature -- Authorship ; Ecology -- Authorship; Natural history literature -- Authorship; Communication of technical information; Proposal writing in research ; Report writing ; Scientific illustration ; Technical writing ; Visual communication in science
There is a subject guide for nearly every department or section on the UC Davis campus. Find the Subject Guide which best matches your major!
Environmental Sciences is the most interdisciplinary of all science areas. Databases listed below index publications on topics as diverse as environmental impact studies, pollution, policy, environmental biology, environmental engineering (including green technology), government environmental reports, environmental law, and federal environmental review and policy.
Tracking a UCD Expert down? In addition to searching by author name in the databases below, you can look generally for a UCD expert, say who does research with the impact of climate change on birds. In BIOSIS or CAB Abstracts or Zoological Record, you should do a taxonomic search using the database thesaurus for taxonomic terms (you may need to use BIRDS or AVES ...). Then you can add the phrase "climate change" or the appropriate subject phrase AND cross this with either an ADDRESS or INSTITUTION field search specifying the researcher is from UCD. Best search in this type of field is by zip code, 95616 but ask your subject librarian for additional tips! Be aware that some of the UCD authors found might be post-doc researchers or graduate students -- you can check their names against the UCD campus online directory.
Citation Guides & EndNote
Peer-Reviewed Journal Databases
ProQuest article databases (such as ESPM and PAIS) include a checkbox to limit to "Peer Reviewed" articles. For journals retrieved from other databases, use the online Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to locate your journal and then look for the black symbol indicating the publication is "Refereed".
Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive tool for assessing the importance of research journals in disciplines and subdisciplines including medical specialties. NOTE that review journals tend to be listed as top ranked titles, taking space away from original research titles, so use with caution.