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

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

Topic Ideas & Search Terms

Good sources for finding recent research in all sciences, where you might find interesting topics, are the weekly magazines SCIENCE NEWS and NEW SCIENTIST. In addition, the premier journals SCIENCE and NATURE include the latest top research. Premier medical journals include JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine), Lancet, BMJ (British Medical Journal), Nature Medicine, and PLoS Medicine.

Once you've picked a topic, you will need to think of search terms to use for locating articles and other publications. Harvest, the UC Davis Library online catalog, uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and also (for books owned at the medical libraries) the National Library of Medicine (NLM) terms. Each library subject database also has subject lists/thesauri that can help you precisely search your topic, e.g PubMed has MeSH and BIOSIS Previews has Concept Codes and more.

      

    Research Help

    Life And Health Sciences Collections

    UC Davis has 2 separate health sciences libraries and one life sciences department in the Shields Library (Biological & Agricultural Sciences). Important health sciences information may also be found as part of the Government Information collection of Shields Library, Lower Level. Veterinary information is located at the Carlson Health Sciences Library.

    • Biological & Agricultural Sciences, Shields Library
      The BioAg Sciences collections are located on the 3rd floor of Shields Library.

      Date: Monday-Friday 1-5pm (530) 752-2143
    • Health Sciences Libraries Collections
      The Carlson Health Sciences Library is near the SouthWest corner of the UC Davis campus and the Blaisdell Medical Library is in Sacramento at the UCD Medical Center.
    • 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 life and health sciences. Browsable subject headings that bring up these types of publications include: Biology -- Authorship; Communication of technical information; Life sciences -- Authorship; Medical writing; Report writing; Technical writing

    NOTE: Selected current books on life sciences writing may be found in the BioAg Reference collection, 3rd floor Shields. These are marked for LIBRARY USE ONLY but this guarantees that you will be able to find and use them as they can not be checked out!

    • HARVEST: UCDavis Library Catalog
      Harvest is the UCD library online catalog of the collections of all five UC Davis General Libraries. It does not include the holdings of the Law Library. If you log in (My Account) using your library card number and PIN, you can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.

    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  Icon
      UC-wide licensed three-year (2013-2015) package for Springer eBooks and includes more than 55,000 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. {RG 12/11/13}
      Coverage: 2005-2014
    • 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. {RG 12/16/13}
      Coverage: 2000-present
      CABI's ebook coverage showing two collections (Front file & archives)
    • CRCnetBASE [via CRC Press] (full text books)  Icon
      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 SEVEN packages are subscribed by the University of California and are also listed separately under their respective Subject Guides: BiomedicalSCIENCEnetBASE {Newly licensed}, CHEMnetBASE, ENVIROnetBASE, FOODnetBASE, FORENSICnetBASE, MATHnetBASE and STATSnetBASE. {RG 12/16/13}

    Subject Guides

    There is a subject guide matching nearly every department on the UC Davis campus. Find the Subject Guide which best matches your major!

    • Subject Guides
      Use the Subject Guides to identify additional databases to search for information on your topic.

    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: 2007-2013 (for 2006-2012 data)
      Information for New JCR Users
      Impact Factors in Wikipedia: validity, manipulation, and misuse of Impact Factors
      Using JCR

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Databases

    Peer Review

    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.

    Most ProQuest article databases (such as PsycINFO 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. To the left of your title, look for a vertical black/white symbol depicting a referee jersey/shirt and thus noting the publication is "Refereed" or peer-reviewed.

    • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory  
        
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      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.

      NOTE: search by journal title, NOT article title. Ulrich's provides information on the entire publication (journal, magazine, newspaper, annual review) NOT on the work within.

    Databases

     
    • PubMed  
        
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      More than 23 million citations and abstracts for articles published in approximately 8,400 journals in medicine, life sciences, health administration, veterinary medicine, nursing, molecular biology and genetics. PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine on the NCBI platform. {RG 12/12/13}
      Coverage: 1946-present
      PubMed Tutorial & more
      Alerts/Automatic Updating Service (Saving & Managing Searches)
      NLM Searching PubMed with Mesh tri-fold handout [PDF]
      NLM PubMed Basics tri-fold handout [PDF]
    • BIOSIS Previews [via Web of Science]  
        
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      More than 23 million records in all life science areas, including agriculture, biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, ecology, environmental sciences, genetics, microbiology, plant biology, veterinary medicine & pharmacology, and zoology. Indexes over 6000 journals, serials, books and book chapters, conference proceedings and patents.
      Coverage: 1926-present
      Quick Reference Card: BIOSIS Previews
      Online BIOSIS information
      Saving Your Search & Setting Alerts
    • PsycINFO [via Proquest]  
        
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      PsycINFO is a department of the American Psychological Association (APA). It provides citations to articles in professional journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, dissertations and even important internet sites in psychology and related disciplines, most with abstracts and some citations.
      Coverage: 1840-present
      PsycINFO Lib Guide [ProQuest]
      Setting up Alerts
    • CAB Abstracts [via OvidSP]  
        
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      FARMED or DOMESTICATED ANIMALS. Citations and abstracts to the international agricultural literature, including veterinary medicine, human and animal nutrition. Covers over 11,000 journals & conference proceedings and selected books in agriculture. Produced by CAB (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux) International (CABI) with more than 9.0 million records. {RG 12/13/13}
      CAB DATABASE PDFs: As of January 2009, hard-to-find literature may be available as CAB Database PDFs (so noted *below* the UC-eLinks button). Currently, only Internet Explorer, Chrome & Safari loads these PDFs.
      Coverage: 1910-present
      CAB Abstracts Overview
      Database Guide[OvidSP]
      Saved Searches/Alerts/Automatic Updating Service
    • PAIS International Database [via Proquest]  
        
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      Indexes all types of materials in the area of public affairs and public policy - journal articles, books and book chapters, reports, government documents. Topics include agriculture, banking, demographics, education, environment, finance, government, health, law, legislation, political science, social sciences, and statistics.
      Coverage is from 1913 to present.
      CSA Fact Sheet
      Setting up Alerts
    • CQ Electronic Library/Political Reference Suite  
        
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      Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Electronic Library includes many resources for the study of current and historical congressional and American government issues. The CQ Researcher is an invaluable source of background information on topical issues since 1991. The Global Researcher is similar to CQ Researcher but with an international orientation. CQ Weekly Report, available starting in 1983, reports in depth on congressional activities and political developments.

      Also included is the Politics in America, with information about members of congress and their districts. Additional online books are excellent references about U.S. politics, voting, congress and government.
    • CINAHL Plus: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature [via EBSCO]  Icon
      References and abstracts on nursing, biomedical, allied health and consumer health literature. Also includes health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters, as well as Evidence-Based care sheets. Full text is provided for hundreds of journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. Includes PreCINAHL as a companion database. {RG 12/17/13}
      Coverage: 1982-
      CINAHL User Guide Click on Document Download link to obtain the 38-page MS Word document
      Saving Search and Alerting Functions (Guide) Click on Document Download link to obtain the 17-page MS Word document
    • SPORTDiscus [via EBSCO]  Icon
      SPORTDiscus is the world's leading database in sport, health, fitness and sports medicine. SportDiscus has over 1.7 million qualified references from thousands of international periodicals, books, e-journals, conference proceedings, theses, dissertations, and websites that focus on different areas involving sport, including: sport sciences, engineering, psychology, administration, sociology, history, coaching, training, physical education, physical fitness, health and recreation. {Added related info RG 12/17/13}
      Coverage: 1800-Present
      Saving Search and Alerting Functions (Guide) Click on Document Download link to obtain the 17-page MS Word document
    • MEDLINEplus
      Full-text reputable consumer health information compiled by the National Library of Medicine from authenticated sources including the various U.S. Government agencies involved with health care. Many free and reliable full-text sources are incorporated including drug information, dictionaries and directories.
    • Embase  
        
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      Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological database containing bibliographic records with citations, abstracts and indexing derived from biomedical articles in peer reviewed journals, and is especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research and conference abstracts. Embase contains over 22 million records, with over 1 million records added annually. The Embase journal collection is international with over 7,500 active peer-reviewed journals more than 90 countries. {RG 12/17/13}
      Coverage: 1974-current (for EMBASE records); 1966-current
      Embase Getting Started videos
      Saved Searches/Alerts/Automatic Updating Service
      Embase Indexing (Emtree)
    • Global Health [via OvidSP]  Icon
      "Global Health brings together the resources of two internationally renowned databases - the Public Health and Tropical Medicine (PHTM) database, previously produced by the Bureau of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases (BHTD), and the human health and diseases information extracted from CAB ABSTRACTS.

      Dating back to 1910, together they provide a unique resource which offers a substantially deeper subject coverage of information related to human health and communicable diseases than many other sources currently available.

      Global Health provides an alternative, complementary point of reference with a broad analysis of foreign language journals, books, research reports, patents and standards, dissertations, conference proceedings, annual reports, public health, developing country information, and other difficult to obtain material."

      Coverage: 1910 - present
    • Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO]  
        
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      The multi-disciplinary database Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides full-text access to more than 5,500 periodicals, including over 4,600 peer-reviewed journals, and indexing and abstracts for an additional 9,500 journals and 10,000 publications, including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. This scholarly collection offers coverage of information in many areas of academic study including, but not limited to: animal science, anthropology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology and many other fields. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.

    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 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.

    CDL Online Database Guides

     
    • CDL Instructional Resources
      Links to tutorials, movies and other online instructional materials on shared UC databases such as BIOSIS Previews, Web of Science, PubMed and more

    Health Statistics Resources

    Statistical Insight is a database which indexes the statistical literature from international, federal and state and local resources. The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a premier conglomeration of actual data tables from 100s of government agencies. FEDStats leads to U.S. govt core statistical publications such as the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; Health, United States, etc.

    • Proquest Statistical Insight  Icon
      Index and abstract to government statistics helps to locate data. Provides quick statistical tables and also indexes a large number of statistics from federal government, international and state sources. Search by topic. Includes the Statistical Abstract Online.
    • Statistical Abstract of the United States
      Annual statistical compendia from the Census Bureau through 2012. Continued by the commercially published (Proquest) Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Census has the Statistical Abstract in pdf online back to 1878.
    • FedStats
      FedStats is a gateway to statistics from over 100 United States Federal government agencies. Link directly to statistical data from agencies, for example, the Census Bureau, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Access statistics by topics or subjects like crime, education, etc. Search across Federal government agencies using words or phrases to find agencies with statistics. Data sets vary by agency and format.

    Health Professional Career & Education Information

     
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook  
        
      Author: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

      The classic handbook on a broad variety of U.S. jobs. For each major job classification OOH includes: Significant bullet points; the Nature of the work (including work environment); Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement; Employment; Job Outlook; Earnings; Related Occupations; and linked Sources of Additional Information. New handbook comes out every other two year. Consult the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ) for more up-to-date articles between OOH publication (see Related link below).

      Date: 2012-2013
    • MSAR: Medical school admission requirements, U.S.A. and Canada
      Author: Association of American Medical Colleges

      Print subscription is located at the Shields Library Bio/Ag Reference at call number of R 745 .A7. Also in the Reference collections of Carlson Health Sciences Library and Blaisdell Medical Library.

      MSAR online can only be purchased by libraries, not individuals.

    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.

    Images

    • Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC) [via the Visual Resources Association]
      The DIRC is an interactive decision tree program to help you determine what you need to do to legally use a specific image for a specific purpose. At each stage it has a brief description of the issue at hand as well as links for more detailed discussions of those issues.
    • Animal Science Image Gallery
      Author: USDA National Agricultural Library & American Society of Animal Science
      The Animal Science Image Gallery began as a partnership between the Animal Science Education Consortium (fifteen colleges and universities in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states) and the National Agriculture Library (NAL), funded (2003-2007) by a USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant. {RG 12/16/13}
    • AP Images [via EBSCO]  Icon
      This site is an ever-changing collection of over 700,000 photographs from the Associated Press news service, historic images. Most of the images are contemporary and date from 1995 forwards and all include descriptive captions and source information.
      Coverage: 1844-present; current file contains 1995-present
    • BIODIDAC: A bank of digital resources for teaching biology
      More than 6780 items are arranged in categories of: Eubacteria, Protista , Fungi, Plantae, Animalia, Human Biology, and Histology. In addition to images, video and animations are also included.
      USE INFORMATION from the website: "Copying the material, modifying and adapting it to meet the professor's needs, and subsequent distribution to students is permitted with the condition that this is noncommercial, that the supplier (BIODIDAC) of the material is acknowledged, and that its use is registered."
      NOTE: Some items only described in French. {RG 12/13/13}
      Coverage: 1996-2001
    • Images database [NCBI]  
        
      SEE ALSO Open-i listed below. The NCBI Images database is no longer directly searchable but can be accessed via searching in PubMed Central. Included are millions of scientific images from NCBI full text resources.

      See "related" note below about the change.

      Copyright Notice: These images are drawn from journal articles and other documents that are protected by copyright. The same copyright applies to the images. Some documents - a relatively small subset - are available with a Creative Commons or similar license that generally allows more liberal redistribution and reuse of the material. In the absence of a copyright or license statement to the contrary, users should assume that standard copyright protection applies. See the PMC copyright notice for more information.

      Date: July 2012
    • MedPiX [TM]
      Free online medical image database, provided by the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Informatics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD. All public content is peer-reviewed by an Editorial Panel.
    • MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching)
      MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.

      The Health Sciences section provides access to more than 3,000 multimedia items from topics ranging from cancer to nutrition to veterinary medicine in formats such as animations, presentations and tutorials and much more.

    • National Digital Library [US Fish & Wildlife Service]
      Free online digital media library from US F&WS. Wide assortment of selected images, publications (including historic documents, oral histories and more), video and audio clips, and maps that are in the public domain. {RG 5/21/10}
    • NIH Photo Galleries
      More than 15 institutes with a variety of their photo galleries are presenting ranging from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Each gallery indicates guidelines for permissible use.
    • NOAA Photo Library
      Author: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

      This digital photo collection includes "the work, observations, and studies that are carried on by the scientists, engineers, commissioned officers, and administrative personnel that make up" NOAA. {RG 12/10/13}

      This "collection spans centuries of time and much of the natural world from the center of the Earth to the surface of the Sun" and "includes thousands of weather and space images, hundreds of images of our shores and coastal seas, and thousands of marine species images ranging from the great whales to the most minute plankton. ... The geographic range of NOAA work encompasses polar region to polar region and much of the World's oceans."
    • Open-i
      Author: National Library of Medicine
      This open-access biomedical image search engine in is Beta test but has good retrievals for most major biomedical topics. Open-i helps "users retrieve not only the MEDLINE citation information, but also the outcome statements in the article and the most relevant figure from it. Further, it is possible to use the figure as a query component to find other relevant images or other visually similar images." {RG 12/16/13}
    • Public Health Image Library (PHIL) Photographs, Illustrations, Multimedia Files from CDC
      "Much of the information critical to the communication of public health messages is pictorial rather than text-based. Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. We welcome public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science, and is presented as single images, image sets, and multimedia files."

    Internet Guides

     
    • INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
      INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It links to useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.
    • healthfinder
      Maintained by federal government and professional societies.
    • Hardin MD
    • Medical Heritage Library [via Internet Archive]
      A digitized collection of rare medical books, "the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries. The MHL promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine." Currently contains more than 37,000 items.
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