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Ruth Gustafson
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Biological, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
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Shields Library, 3rd Floor

Phone: (530) 752‑1883
ragustafson@ucdavis.edu

Topic Ideas & Search Terms

Good sources for news in the sciences, where you might find interesting topics, are the magazines SCIENCE NEWS and NEW SCIENTIST. In addition, the top journals SCIENCE and NATURE include news items.

Once you've picked a topic, you will need to think of search terms to use for locating books and other publications. The UC Davis online library catalog uses Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Each library subject database -- such as BIOSIS Previews or PubMed -- also uses subject lists that can help you precisely search your topic.

      

    Research Help

    Science Library Collections

    The UC Davis campus has 3 separate science libraries (two of them in health sciences) and one BioAgEnvi sciences area on the 3rd floor of Shields Library. Important science information, including maps, is also found as part of the Government Information Collections of Shields Library, Lower Level.

    • Biological, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Shields Library
      The BioAgEnvi Sciences print collections are located mainly on the 3rd floor of Shields Library. Some collections in the environmental sciences are located on the 2nd floor in the G classification areas.
    • Carlson Health Sciences Library Collection  
        
      The Carlson Health Sciences Library is near the SouthWest corner of the UC Davis campus and houses the UCD Library Veterinary Medicine collection. (Only such collection in the UC library system.)
    • Physical Sciences & Engineering Library
      The Physical Sciences & Engineering Library is located near the Chemistry and Physics/Geology building, just NorthWest of Mrak Hall.
      Date: Monday-Friday 1-5pm Phone: 530-752-5511
    • Government Information Collection [UC Davis]  
        
      The UC Davis Library is a federal and state depository library with extensive historical and current collections in print, microform and electronic formats. We collect extensively from major international, intergovernmental organizations, selectively from local jurisdictions, and on a very limited basis from foreign governments. Agriculture, forestry, the environment and ecology are areas of strength. We collect comprehensively from the U.S. Congress and California Legislature, along with federal and state laws and regulations. The Library's collection of technical report literature is extensive. We emphasize statistical data in all collecting areas. Most government documents and maps are listed in the Harvest UC Davis Library Catalog and the UC-wide MELVYL Catalog. Some materials, such as technical reports and historical documents, may require specialized indexes or assistance from government information librarians.

    Library Catalogs

    The UCD Libraries selectively buy materials on writing in the sciences. Browsable subject headings that bring up these types of publications include: Biology -- Authorship ; Communication in engineering ; Communication in science ; Communication of technical information ; Life sciences -- Authorship ; Medical writing ; Report writing ; Technical writing ; Visual communication in science

    NOTE: If all books in this area are checked out, selected books on science writing may be found in the BioAg Reference collection, 3rd floor Shields. These Reference books are noted as "Library Use Only" which means they should always be available for you to review and copy.

    • UC Davis Library Catalog  
        
      Replacing Harvest on August 18, 2016, the new UC Davis Library Catalog includes the collections of all four UC Davis General Libraries. It does not include the holdings of the Law Library. If you log in (My Account) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.
    • Understanding the Call Numbers PDF
      Author: Library Instruction Services, Shields Library

      Library of Congress Classification is used for all of the UCD libraries except the health sciences libraries (which use NLM -- National Library of Medicine -- classification). Learn about how books are arranged in the UCD libraries with the following guide.

      Date: 2004

    E-Book Collections

    • Electronic books in the Biological and Health Sciences  
        
      Author: [Compiled by the UCD Carlson Health Sciences Library]
      Subject listing of electronic books (handbooks, textbooks, guides) in basic biological and related health sciences disciplines/specialties and subdisciplines/subspecialties. Includes online books in general biology, biochemistry, endrocrinology & metabolism, genetics, microbiology & virology, molecular biology, neurology, nutrition, physiology, toxicology and veterinary medicine. All books are searchable at chapter-level.
    • Springer eBooks Package  
        
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      Springer eBooks include more than 60,000 titles in English (and selectively in German) from every scientific discipline and many social sciences. This online interface enables all books to be searchable at the full-text level. Scope (textbook areas are starred) ranges from Architecture and Design, *Behavioral Science, *Biomedical and Life Sciences, *Business and Economics, *Chemistry and Materials Science, *Computer Science, *Earth and Environmental Science, *Engineering, *Humanities & Social Sciences and Law, *Mathematics and Statistics, *Medicine, *Physics and Astronomy, to Professional and Applied Computing. NEW books are added monthly. Coverage: 2005-2017
    • CRCnetBASE [via CRC Press] (full text books)  
        
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      Full-text searchable database collection of more than 1500 handbooks, textbooks and manuals in biomedical science, chemistry, environmental sciences, food science, forensic science, math, and statistics. The full database can be searched, or any of the licensed subsets. The following TEN packages are subscribed by the University of California/UC Davis libraries and are also listed separately under their respective Subject Guides: AGRICULTUREnetBASE, BiomedicalSCIENCEnetBASE, CHEMnetBASE, ENVIROnetBASE, FOODnetBASE, FORENSICnetBASE, MATHnetBASE, NUTRITIONnetBASE, STATSnetBASE and VETnetBASE
    • CAB eBooks [via CAB Direct]  
        
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      FARMED OR DOMESTICATED ANIMALS. CABI ebooks now provides access to over 532 agricultural titles (more than 9,000 individual chapters). The archives from 2000-2007 includes 400+ titles (with over 6,500 individual chapters). This collection is divided into six core subject collections: Agriculture; Animal and Veterinary Sciences; Human, Food and Nutrition Sciences; Plant Sciences; Environmental Sciences; and Leisure and Tourism.

      PLEASE NOTE: This collection does *not* include ALL books published by CABI but selected titles. In particular, the publisher has chosen *not* to include textbooks in this package.
      Coverage: 2000-present
      Scroll down to see CABI's ebook coverage in the various eBooks packages (Front file & backfile packages)

    Subject Guides & Publication Format Guides

    There is a subject guide for nearly every department on the UC Davis campus. Find the Subject Guide which best matches your major! Each subject guide lists the name(s) of the librarian(s) who buy(s) library materials in the respective subject. Feel free to email your Subject Specialist Librarian for help with reference questions and finding literature in that subject area.

    • Subject Guides
      Use the Subject Guides to identify additional databases to search for information on your topic.
    • Newspapers and Current Events Subject Guide
      Especially useful are the NewsBank collections: Access World News, America's Newspapers, and California Newspapers. Also consider ProQuest Current Newspapers with current full-text of the Los Angeles Times, New York Times (including the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times Book Review), and the Wall Street Journal [these are NOT in the NewsBank license].

    Evaluate Your Sources

    Accuracy
    Does the author cite references to support her/his thesis? Are the references also from credible sources?
    Author
    Who produced the information? What can you find about the author's credentials?
    Objectivity
    Is the content presented as fact or speculation? What is the source's purpose?
    Timeframe
    When was the source written/created? Is the information still relevant?
        

      Peer-Reviewed Journal Databases

      A process through which manuscripts submitted to a journal are evaluated for quality -- by one or more subject experts in addition to the editor -- before being accepted for publication.

      All ProQuest databases (such as ASFA, ESPM, PAIS, PsycINFO & Zoological Record) enable you to narrow your result sets to just "Peer-Reviewed" journals. For journals retrieved from other databases, use the online Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to locate your journal. To the left of your title, look for a vertical black/white symbol depicting a referee jersey and thus noting the publication is "Refereed".

      • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory  Icon
        The standard source for information on virtually every active and ceased periodical, annual, irregular publication, and monographic series published throughout the world (plus thousands of newspapers). Indicates whether a publication is a refereed (peer-reviewed) title.

      Journal Ranking

      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.  Typical review series may have the following words in their title: Advances in ... ; Annual Review of ...; Critical Reviews in ... ; Current Opinion in ... ; Expert Reviews in ... ; International Review of ... ; Progress in ... ; Trends in ...

      • Journal Citation Reports (JCR)  
          
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        Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is an annual publication by Thomson Reuters with each yearly data analysis being completed in the summer of the following year. JCR indicates: most frequently cited journals in a field: highest impact journals in a field; and largest journals in a field. JCR Science Edition contains data from over 7,300 journals in science and technology. JCR Social Sciences Edition contains data from over 2,200 journals in the social sciences. NOTE: For disciplines that have longer timespans for citation, consider sorting for ranking by using the 5-year Impact Factor sort.
        Release Coverage: 1997-2015 (for 1996-2014 data)
        Information for New JCR Users
        Impact Factors in Wikipedia: validity, manipulation, and misuse of Impact Factors
        Using JCR

      Databases

      Databases and full-text collections which may be demonstrated or discussed at the library session.

      UC-eLinks

      • UC-eLinks
        Brought to you by UC libraries! UC-eLinks helps to link you to *choices* to find the item(s) you are interested in. UC-eLinks appears in most library literature or subject databases and provides a consistent way of getting to online articles (if licensed) or to information about which print issues of a journal we own. If we do not own a journal or book, you can use the UC-eLinks service to Request that the item be sent to you for free from another UC library -- often using Web delivery if the item is an article or book chapter.

      Citation Systems

      • Citation Guides
        Author: University Library

        Library guide describing what a publication citation is and providing information on the most common disciplinary styles -- MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE and more.

      EndNote

      • EndNote Instructional Webpage
        Author: UC Davis Libraries

        EndNote, licensed for all UCD full-time students, faculty, researchers and staff, is a bibliographic reference manager which enables citations to be stored, searched, and quickly inserted into research papers in the format of many scholarly journals.
      • EndNote Intro for BioAg Researchers
        Author: Ruth Gustafson

        This webpage is the step-by-step guide for the monthly in-person EndNote Intro course taught in Shields Library.

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