Course Guides
Honors: Healthcare Reform (HNR 094-02)

2011 Winter

Krishnan Nambiar —

Librarian Subject Specialists

Ruth Gustafson — (530) 752‑1883 — Research Support Services
2011 Winter Quarter Office Hours: 1-2pm Wednesdays & Fridays, and by appointment
Juri Stratford — (530) 752‑9783 — Research Support Services

Research Help

Library Resources for Undergraduate Students (
Library Research Aids: How Do I...? Guides (
These guides include Choose a Research Topic, 5 Steps to Better Library Research, Find a Book, and more.

Health Sciences Libraries & Collections

The UC Davis campus has 2 separate health sciences libraries and the government information collections in Shields Library which all have healthcare reform information.
Health Sciences Libraries (
The Carlson Health Sciences Library is located in the Health Sciences District in the Southwest corner of the UC Davis campus, near the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and contains the most comprehensive health sciences collection for Davis. The Blaisdell Medical Library is located at 4610 X St. at the UC Davis Medical Center complex in Sacramento and is specialized in the clinical areas of the Medical Center. If you need books from either library, you may receive free book delivery to the Shields Library by using the REQUEST feature from the Harvest UCD Online Library Catalog.
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 Some materials, such as technical reports and historical documents, may require specialized indexes or assistance from government information librarians. Government documents circulate on the same basis as other library materials. Some are housed in a separate stacks area in the Lower Level of Shields and are retrieved via the service desk on that level.

Harvest UC Davis Catalog

Harvest UC Davis 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.

Connect From Off-Campus

Connect from Off Campus (
Instructions for UC Davis students, faculty, and employees to access our licensed resources from off campus. VPN is the preferred method for remote access in most cases.
  • VPN Client Installation links ( [Restricted] VPN
    PubMed and multiple browser tab/window users: the new VPN client works best for you. Please see the Install guides listed from this link. Other reasons to install the VPN Client are when you: often connect to PDFs which have URL links; want to use the "Find Full Text" feature in EndNote; use MyNCBI in PubMed; rely on licensed resources not accessible via the Web VPN; prefer uninterrupted access to licensed resources from your own computer; prefer operating system (OS)-level rather than browser-level access to licensed resources

Locating Bills and Other Legislative Information

CQ Electronic Library ( [Restricted] VPN

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.

Search from the CQ Electronic Library home page, where you may register a user profile in order to save documents and search strategies, or search in each online edition separately. See similar entry "CQ Press Electronic Library" for individual titles as related listings.

Proquest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional) ( [Restricted] VPN

Provides detailed indexing from 1789 forwards for publications of Congress: documents, reports, hearings. Modules licensed include: Proquest Congressional digital U.S. Congressional hearings collection from 1824-1979. Full text for congressional committee documents and reports is included from 1990 to current. Selected hearing testimony and transcripts are available from 1988. Congressional Research Service Reports module included from 2004-2010.

For full text historical serial set (committee documents & reports) from 1817-1980 see U.S. Congressional Serial Set by Readex.

Formerly titled LexisNexis Congressional.

FDsys (GPO's Federal Digital System) (
Author: U.S. Government Printing Office

FDsys provides free online access to official U.S. Federal government documents and information. Through FDsys, search for government documents and publications, browse by title, collection, congressional committee, date, and download publications. FDsys replaces GPO Access which is now an archived site.


Government Documents

GAO Reports (
Author: U.S. Government Accountability Office
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." GAO prepares policy and investigative reports and testimony on a variety of subjects, often at the request of members of congress. Reports are uploaded daily.
Coverage: 1971 to present
White House ( is the official web site for the White House and President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
Date: 2009-present
World Bank Open Data (
The World Bank's Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank data sources. This listing will continue to be updated as additional data resources are added. These resources include databases, pre-formatted tables and reports. Each of the listings includes a description of the data source and a direct link to that source. Where possible, the databases are linked directly to a selection screen to allow users to select the countries, indicators, and years they would like to search. Those search results can be exported in different formats. Users can also choose to download the entire database directly from the catalog.
OECD iLibrary ( [Restricted] VPN
OECD iLibrary is OECD’s Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. It replaces SourceOECD, and hosts all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters.
Coverage: 1998-present, plus retrospective statistical data


UC-eLinks (
UC-eLinks appears in most of our online citation databases and provides a consistent way of getting to full-text articles or information about which issues of a journal we own. If we do not own a journal, you can use the UC-eLinks service to Request that the article be sent to you.


PubMed ( [Restricted] VPN
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.
Coverage: 1946-present
PAIS International Database [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
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. Note that PAIS was formerly a CSA database and transitioned to a new interface via Proquest in August, 2012.
Coverage: 1913-present
Web of Science Core Collection [via Web of Science] ( [Restricted] VPN

Provides access to the content from SEVEN CITATIONS INDEXES and two chemical indexes. Web of Science Core Collection -- Citation Indexes and years of coverage: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED) --1900-present; Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) --1900-present; Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) --1975-present; Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S) --1990-present; Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH) --1990-present; Book Citation Index– Science (BKCI-S) --2005-present; Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (BKCI-SSH) --2005-present

Web of Science Core Collection -- Chemical Indexes and their coverage: Current Chemical Reactions (CCR-EXPANDED) --1985-present; (Includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840) Index Chemicus (IC) --1993-present

Coverage: See above description (varies between 9 indexes)
Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO] ( [Restricted] VPN
Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides coverage of multidisciplinary, full-text academic journals to support scholarly research in all areas of the arts, humanities and the social, life and physical sciences. The database includes the full-text articles from 9,100 journals, with an additional 13,690 journals indexed and abstracted. Searches can be restricted to peer-reviewed articles.
Coverage: 1887-present
ProQuest Statistical Insight ( [Restricted] VPN
ProQuest Statistical Insight combines Index and abstract records previously available from print indexes: American Statistics Index (ASI) from 1973, and Index to International Statistics (IIS)from 1980. ProQuest Statistical Insight enables searching indexes and tables for statistics produced by the U.S. government and major international organizations. The database includes some statistical tables as well as abstracts, or summaries, of statistical publications. The Library has many of the publications indexed in print or electronic format.
  • LexisNexis Insight User Guide (
  • Youtube tutorial on how to use LexisNexis Statistical Insight (
  • Guide to government statistical resources online (
  • American statistics index (ASI) indexes and abstracts the contents of federal government statistical publiscations. The print index is located in Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services.
  • Index to international statistics (IIS)indexes and abstracts statistical publications of international organizations such as the U.N., UNESCO and IMF. The print index is located in Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services.

Subject Guides

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


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 Online or (

EndNote Online (formerly EndNote Web) facilitates collaborative work and using EndNote Web from any internet-accessible location in the world. You may easily transfer references from your EndNote Web to your desktop Endnote or vice-versa. You can "Cite While You Write" from this Web version or your desktop version although CWYW works best from the desktop version.

NOTE: EndNote Web X5 is the first version to enable PDF attachments.