Course Guides
Animal Biology Seminar (ABI 187)

2014 Winter

Bob Kimsey — rbkimsey@ucdavis.edu

UC Davis has the most extensive organismal animal research library collections in the University of California Library system. The UCD libraries support the UCD departments of Animal Science (the only Ag Animal program in the UC), Entomology, Evolution & Ecology, Nematology, Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology as well as the only School of Veterinary Medicine in the University of California. Graduate level collections also support the Center for Population Biology, California National Primate Research Center, and graduate programs in Animal Behavior, Animal Biology, Avian Sciences, and Integrated Pest Management.

Librarian Subject Specialist

Ruth Gustafson
ragustafson@ucdavis.edu — (530) 752‑1883 — Research Support Services

Librarian Subject Specialist for: General Biology; Animal Science; Avian Science; Entomology (including Bee Biology and Pollination); Environmental Science & Policy; Environmental Toxicology; Evolution and Ecology; Forensic Science; Nematology; and Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

Want to make an appointment with Ruth? See weekly availability at http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/forms/officehours/index.php?office=9

Research Help

Library "How To" Videos (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/research/videos/)
Eight library videos on topics such as "How To Cite Your Sources", "Avoiding Plagiarism", "Finding Literature Reviews" and more
Library Research Aids: How Do I...? Guides (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/research/guides/)
These guides include Choose a Research Topic, 5 Steps to Better Library Research, Find a Book, and more.

Animal Biology Library Collections

The BioAg Sciences Ref Dept collects materials to support ALL animal-related research with the exception of Veterinary Medicine. Disciplines supported at BioAg include animal behavior, animal anatomy & physiology, animal ecology, animal nutrition, animal taxonomy & systematics. Resources in BioAg tend to be located in four call number areas on the 3rd floor of Shields Library: QL - Zoology ; SF -- Animal Agriculture ; SH -- Fisheries & Aquaculture ; SK - Wildlife and Hunting. Marine Biology materials may additionally be located on the 2nd floor Shields in the GC area.

The Carlson Health Sciences library collects materials to support VetMed which are classed in the SF area. NOTE: This is the only VetMed library collection in the UC system.

Biological & Agricultural Sciences, Shields Library (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/bioag/)
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 (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/hsl/about/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.

Library Catalogs

Note that the UCD Library has many books on proposal writing. Browse the subject heading PROPOSAL WRITING IN RESEARCH to see the various resources.
Harvest UC Davis Catalog (http://harvest.lib.ucdavis.edu)
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 (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/services/connect/)
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.
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  • VPN Client Installation links (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/services/connect/vpn/) [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

E-book Collections

CAB eBooks [via CAB Direct] (http://www.cabi.org/cabebooks/) [Restricted] VPN

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
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Electronic books in the Biological and Health Sciences (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/hsl/resources/etext/?sort=subject)
Author: [Compiled by the UCD Carlson Health Sciences Library]

Note: VetMed resources at the bottom of this webpage.

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. [Compiled by the UCD Carlson Health Sciences Library]

Springer eBooks Package (http://springerlink.com/books/) [Restricted] VPN
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.
Coverage: 2005-2014

Handbooks & Tables

Zoology Online (http://www.degruyter.com/databasecontent?dbid=zoology&dbsource=%2Fdb%2Fzoology) [Restricted] VPN
Author: Editor-in-Chief: Schmidt-Rhaesa, Andreas

RESEARCH level handbook with GERMAN as first language. Online continuously updated version of De Gruyter's Handbook of Zoology covering over 100 years of zoological research. Includes original Handbook material (> 28,000 pages) reordered along taxonomic (instead of bibliographical) categories.

PLEASE NOTE: publication language of the core historical volumes is German. ENGLISH language sections are currently under the Browseable section "Ahead of Print" but are slowly being integrated into the main volumes below.

Browseable volumes are organized in 8 larger volume collections as follows:

  • Protozoa, Porifera, Colenteratea, Mesozoa (Vol. 1)
  • Vermes Amera (Vol. 2)
  • Arthropoda ex. Insecta (Vol. 3)
  • Arthropoda: Insecta (Vol. 4)
  • Solenogastres, Mollusca, Echinoderma (Vol. 5)
  • Pisces/Amphibia (Vol. 6)
  • Reptilia, Aves (Vol. 7)
  • Mammalia (Vol. 8)
FishBase: A Global Information System on Fishes (http://fishbase.org/search.php)
Relational database on fish from around the world including information on: taxonomy, synonym tables, average sizes and weights, environment, climate, importance, resilience, distribution, diagnosis, biology, Red list status, life history, reproduction, ecology, genetics, illustrations, photographs and much more. Developed at the WorldFish Center in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and many other partners, and with support from the European Commission (EC).

Subject Guides

Subject Guides (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/subjects/)
Use the Subject Guides to identify a variety of library resources to search for information on your topic. In addition to the "Animal Science/Wildlife Biology" Subject Guide, the "Entomology", "Fisheries & Aquaculture", "Marine Biology", and "Professionals' Veterinary Medical Resources" Subject Guides may be of interest.

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.

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 and then look for the black symbol indicating the publication is "Refereed".

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (http://www.ulrichsweb.com/) [Restricted] VPN

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 articles within.

Databases

Library literature databases for Animal Biology range from databases strictly about primates (PrimateLit), to very broad databases which include animal behavior research (PsycINFO & BIOSIS Previews), to specialized databases concerning wildlife (Zoological Record and Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide), to agriculture databases with domesticated animal information (CAB Abstracts and Agricola).

Tracking a mentor down? In addition to searching by author name in the databases below, perhaps you are just looking generally for a UCD mentor, say who does research with 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 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.

BIOSIS Previews [via Web of Science] (http://isiknowledge.com/BIOSIS) [Restricted] VPN
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
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Web of Science Core Collection [via Web of Science] (http://isiknowledge.com/wos) [Restricted] VPN

Provides access to the content from seven citation 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)
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CAB Abstracts [via OvidSP] (http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&MODE=ovid&NEWS=N&PAGE=main&D=cabz) [Restricted] VPN

NOTE: default UCD Search Type set to Advanced Ovid Search. Citations and abstracts to the international agricultural literature, including veterinary medicine, human and animal nutrition, forestry, rural development, as well as other related topics such as tourism and human ecology. 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 as of 10/27/10.

HISTORICAL SCOPE: Archive abstracts added in August 2005 go back to 1910 with 1,860,000 additional records.

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 (PC platform) or Safari/Google Chrome (Mac platform) loads these PDFs. These CABI Full Text items give users automatic access to over 187,000 (as of March 2013) journal articles, conference papers and reports - 80% of which are not available electronically anywhere else.

Coverage: 1910-present [Archives added for 1910-1971]
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PsycINFO [via Proquest] (http://search.proquest.com/psycinfo/advanced) [Restricted] VPN
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. (Psychinfo is the incorrect spelling.)
Coverage: 1840-present
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Zoological Record [via ProQuest] (http://search.proquest.com/zoologicalrecord/advanced) [Restricted] VPN
WILDLIFE. Comprehensive coverage of zoology; including behavior, conservation and environmental science, ecology, evolution, genetics, habitat, marine and freshwater biology, nutrition, parasitology and disease, reproduction, taxonomy and systematics, veterinary studies, zoogeography and fossil records. Especially strong in new species reports and field studies. Backfile for 1864-1977 added April 2007.
Coverage: 1864-present [1864-1977 backfile added]
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Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) [via ProQuest] (http://search.proquest.com/asfa/advanced) [Restricted] VPN
UCD's *most* important database on the biology, ecology, technology and management of marine, freshwater, and brackish water environments and organisms. Database consists of the following subfiles: ASFA 1: Biological Sciences and Living Resources; ASFA 2: Ocean Technology, Policy and Non-Living Resources; ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution and Environmental Quality; ASFA Aquaculture Abstracts; and ASFA Marine Biotechnology Abstracts.
Coverage: varies by subfile; 1971-present;earlier for selected core titles
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Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide [via EBSCO] (http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=fzh) [Restricted] VPN
WILDLIFE. Indexes literature on wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians; covering all aspects of wildlife and wildlife management. Database producer from South Africa -- excellent coverage of African publications. [changed from NISC to EBSCO interface, March 20, 2009]
Coverage: 1935 (& earlier)-present
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PubMed (http://uclibs.org/PID/17708) [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
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UC-eLinks

UC-eLinks (http://www.cdlib.org/services/info_services/instruct/ucelinks_guide.html)
Brought to you by UC libraries! UC-eLinks links 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.

EndNote

EndNote Instructional Webpage (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/research/endnote/)
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 [Library Guide] (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/topics/index.php?id=130)
Author: Ruth Gustafson
This webpage is the step-by-step guide for the bi-monthly in-person EndNote Intro course taught in Shields Library.
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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) (http://uclibs.org/PID/36787) [Restricted] VPN

Journal Citation Reports is an annual publication by Thomson Reuters with each yearly data analysis being completed in the following year. The most recent edition is always published in the summer following the year analyzed.

Journal Citation Reports indicates the most frequently cited journals in a field, the highest impact journals in a field, and the 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.

Coverage: 2007-2012
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