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Guide to the Library for Science Graduate Students

  • Guide to the Library PDF
    Author: UC Davis Science Librarians
    Although this is written for new UC Davis Science Graduate Students, many of the tips and detailed information in this 26-page Library Guide will be useful to Cooperative extension researchers and staff.
    Date: September 2016

Scientific Publication Cycle

  • Scientific Literature Publication Cycle [Diagram]  
      
    University of New Mexico

    Illustration of scientific research process using a clockwise timeline with indication of earliest research output to latter outputs of research process. Describes the type of literature generated at different points in the publishing cycle and the types of assimilation into secondary and tertiary literature.

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 ; Psychology -- Authorship ; Report writing ; Technical writing ; Visual communication in science

NOTE: Very high-use titles may have additional copies in library Reference collections for LIBRARY USE ONLY.

  • 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.
  • WorldCat [via FirstSearch/OCLC]  Icon
    OCLC catalog of millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide.
    Coverage: 1000 A.D.-present

Subject Guides

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

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 BioAgEnvi Sciences Researchers [Course Guide]  
      
    Author: Ruth Gustafson

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

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.

Databases

Library subject bibliographic databases are a rich resource for conducting your literature reviews.  Any of the following databases may be the primary resource for a particular Animal Biology research area but often 3-4 databases may be needed to conduct the most comprehensive literature review.

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.

  • 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

Government Documents and Large-scale Digital Collections

  • NTRL - National Technical Reports Library  
      
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    NTRL (National Technical Reports Library) is from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) within the Department of Commerce. NTRL provides access to government-sponsored research, development and technical reports with full-text access to reports that have been digitized. Searches over 3 million reports with links to over 800,000 full-text reports. 1964 to present
  • PubAg
    Contains more than 350,000 citations to literature from across core areas of agricultural science, including 40,000 full-text articles authored by USDA researchers. Produced by the National Agricultural Library (NAL), a part of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
    Coverage: 1997 -present
  • HathiTrust
    This is a collection of books digitized by major US research libraries. Although there is significant overlap with Google books, this site has a much more effective and sophisticated search interface. Like Google books, some of the scanned titles are not actually viewable. The titles in this collection (both the full view and restricted ones)are cataloged in Melvyl.
  • Document Library [California Department of Fish and Wildlife]
    The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) Document Library is an online repository of thousands of DFG related documents from California agencies, contractors, and related non-governmental organizations. In addition to advanced searching for title, author, subject, keywords, and date ranges, all documents in the DFG Document Library are organized by Categories. "Browse By Category" is a convenient way to see all available groupings and learn which DFG function or program is responsible for each category. You may also view a complete list of DFG documents and then link directly to that program's web page. The majority of documents digitized are from the 2000s with the largest collection of documents on "California Wildlife Habitat Relationships". NOTE: CA DFG (Department of Fish and Game) changed to CA DFW (Department of Fish and Wildlife) in January 2013. {RG 12/11/13}
  • Sea Grant Digital Library [via National Sea Grant Library]  
      
    Digital repository on coastal and marine topics with electronic versions of Sea Grant Publications under ten categories: coastal hazards; diving safety; education; responsible aquaculture; global warming; HACCP (FDA Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point programs); harmful algae; marine careers; Sea Grant history; and seafood safety/foodborne illnesses. Additional pre-designed workforms facilitate online searching of the entire Sea Grant database for information on either print or online Sea Grant publications on marinas, aquaculture, habitat restoration or education.
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library
    The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries worldwide that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) with access provided to texts "with information on over a 150 million species names." {RG 12/11/13}
    Biodiversity Heritage Library Tutorials

E-book Collections

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Wiley Online Library Ebook Collection  
      
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    NOTE: Interface does not separate ebooks from Wiley ejournals.

    Over 2,000 books with 2011-2016 publication dates. The Wiley ebook license comes with broad and favorable rights for scien ptific, scholarly and educational uses. The collection serves wide range of research needs in the life, health and physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. EXCLUSIONS to the Wiley collection are textbooks, major reference works, some professional and trade titles, and consumer books. The 2015 books continue to be added to the collection throughout the year as they are published simultaneously in both online and print.
    Coverage: 2011-2016

Protocol Tools

  • Current Protocols Series [Wiley]  
      
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    Covers over 20,000 updated, peer-reviewed protocols. UC CDL/UCD Library subscribes to THIRTEEN major laboratory methods and protocols series including the classic comprehensive work "Current Protocols in Molecular Biology" with other titles being CP in: Bioinformatics; Cell Biology; Cytometry; Human Genetics; Immunology; Microbiology; Mouse Biology; Neuroscience; Nucleic Acid Chemistry; Protein Science; Pharmacology; and Toxicology. Includes basic, alternate, and support protocols with literature cited and information on suppliers for standard materials and preparation information for reagents and solutions. IMPORTANT NOTE: UC Davis does *NOT* license the following FIVE protocol titles: "Chemical Biology", "Essential Laboratory Techniques", "Magnetic Resonance Imaging", "Plant Sciences" (new as of May 2016 with very little content) and "Stem Cell Biology".
    Updates: Quarterly or more frequently
  • Springer Protocols  
      
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    Springer Protocols contains more than 34,000 (as of September 2014) molecular biology and biomedical peer-reviewed protocols, mostly from the classic series Methods in Molecular Biology, formerly published by Humana Press. Other series included are: Methods in Molecular Medicine; Methods in Biotechnology; Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology; and Neuromethods. Also included are protocols from laboratory handbooks, such as The Biomethods Handbook, The Proteomics Handbook, and the Springer Laboratory Manuals.
    Coverage: 1980-present
    Ten-page User Guide
  • Cold Spring Harbor Protocols  Icon
    A definitive, interactive source of new and classic research techniques. The database covers specific sections on: Antibodies, Bioinformatics/Genomics, Cell Biology, Chromatography, Computational Biology, DNA Delivery/Gene Transfer, Electrophoresis, Genetics, High-Throughput Analysis, Imaging/Microscopy, Immunology, Laboratory Organisms, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Proteins and Proteomics, RNA Interference (RNAi)/siRNA, Stem Cells, and Transgenic Technology. Unique to this resource is the ability to submit a protocol. Other unique features include protocol recipes and protocol cautions. Coverage: 2006-present {RG 12/11/13}
    Search Help
  • Methods in Enzymology [Science Direct -- Elsevier]  
      
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    Methods in Enzymology is the classic laboratory methods/protocols book series. The complete backfile of the full-text is available back to volume 1 from 1955. As of 2017, videos are selectively being added to accompany the written methods. Direct article/chapter links are provided from core subject databases such as PubMed and BIOSIS Previews. Contains detailed protocols and descriptions of biochemical and biophysical techniques for research in biological and molecular sciences. More than 500 volumes are browse-able by individual volumes online from 1955 to the present or by searching across the collection by title, author, abstract, and keyword. Full-text access to articles is available in HTML and PDF formats.
  • Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)  
      
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    Author: MYJoVE Corporation
    Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format.
    July 2014: JoVE Science Education section in process for licensing {still not accessible September 2014}
    Coverage: Access currently to JoVE General section and all journal subsections
    Date: 2006- (General) 2013- (subsections)

Data Management Plans

  • DMPTool  
      
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    Author: UC Curation Center (UC3)
    Build your Data Management Plan using the DMPTool which provides a guide for drafting the document that you must submit with your grant application. Users of the DMPTool can view sample plans, preview funder requirements, and view the latest changes to their plans.

    The tool supports data management plans and funder requirements across the disciplines and includes multiple agency requirements. Templates for funders of BioAg and EnviSci interest include: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NSF-AGS: Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, NSF-BIO: Biological Sciences (2013- ), NSF-CHE: Chemistry Division, NSF-DMR: Materials Research, NSF-EAR: Earth Sciences, NSF-EFRI: Emerging Frontiers in Reseach and Innovation, NSF-ENG: Engineering, and NSF-GEN: Generic.
  • EZID
    Author: UC Curation Center (UC3)

    Makes data easy to discover and cite.

    Use EZID to: create identifiers for anything, texts, data, bones, terms, etc.; store citation metadata for identifiers in a variety of formats; and update current URL locations so citation links are never broken.

    EZID's Off Site programming interface allows for automated operation at scale where you can choose from a variety of persistent identifiers, including ARKs and DataCite DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers).

  • Merritt  Icon
    Author: UC Curation Center (UC3)

    Archive and preserve your research. Merritt is a UC repository for all subjects.

    Merritt is a new cost-effective repository service from the University of California Curation Center (UC3) that lets the UC community manage, archive, and share its valuable digital content. Merritt features: an easy-to-use interface for deposit and update; access via persistent URLs; tools for long-term management; and permanent storage.

  • Science and Engineering Data Repositories
    Aside from the UC Merritt, there are many subject oriented data repositories available for archaeology to space science data. This shortlist of S&E data repositories covers only large-scale, authoritative repositories.

    ALSO check appropriate UCD Library BioAg Subject Guides at http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/subjects/?list=bioag for the category "Datasets, Data Series, Data Repositories, Data Systems".

  • Data Management [LibGuide]
    Detailed resource guide for data management plans, data sharing and data archiving.
  • Webinar Series
    Author: UC Curation Center (UC3)

    The UC Curation Center archives a wide variety of data management related webinars, with average run time from 30-60 minutes.
  • Dash (UCD is not yet participating)  
      
    Author: UC Curation Center (UC3)

    DASH is a new self-service tool for researchers to describe, upload, and share their research data. It is designed to be a simple self-service curation tool for researchers, and helps them perform the following tasks:
    •Prepare data for curation by reviewing best practice guidance for the creation or acquisition of digital research data.
    •Select data for curation through local file browse or drag-and-drop operation.
    •Describe data in terms of the DataCite metadata schema.
    •Identify data with a persistent digital object identifier (DOI) for permanent citation and discovery.
    •Preserve, manage, and share data by uploading to a public Merritt repository collection.
    •Discover and retrieve data through faceted search and browse.
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