Course Guides
Special Study for Honors Students (ARE 194H)

2008 Fall

Philip Martin —;
Douglas Miller —

Librarian Subject Specialists

Barbara Hegenbart
Patsy Inouye
Marcia Meister
Adam Siegel — (530) 754‑6828 — Research Support Services
Juri Stratford — (530) 752‑9783 — Research Support Services

Research Assistance

The Humanities and Social Sciences Department (
The Humanities and Social Sciences Department (H/SS) is located on the 2d floor of Shields Library and open 9 am to 5 pm daily. H/SS reference librarians provide assistance with the full range of arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines. Subject specialists provide individualized assistance on request.
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 Some materials, such as technical reports and historical documents, may require specialized indexes or assistance from government information librarians.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.
Map and GIS Collection (
The Map and GIS Collection is an extensive research-level collection of maps, both print and electronic, and a supporting collection of guides, gazetteers and atlases. It supports a variety of disciplines including agronomy, botany, history, economics, and environmental studies. The collection emphasizes the Central California Valley area and maps of local importance. The collection also contains many topographic maps and maps of agriculture and agricultural-related subjects from areas with similar climate and growing types to those of the Central Valley. We also collect or provide access to a range of digital geospatial data, emphasizing the Central Valley, California and areas related to current and anticipated University research and instruction needs. Geographic Information Services (GIS) consulting and two self-service GIS workstations are available to UCD faculty and students. For an introduction to these services consult maps librarian Carol La Russa Maps do not circulate, except by special arrangement with the Maps Librarian.

Library Catalogs

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.
Melvyl: The Catalog of the University of California Libraries (
The Melvyl catalog contains records for materials held by the libraries of the ten UC campuses, the California State Library, Hastings College of the Law, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Historical Society, the Center for Research Libraries, the Graduate Theological Union, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. All publication dates are included. The database contains over 23,000,000 records, and most campuses update their holdings on a weekly basis.
Next Generation Melvyl (
Next Generation Melvyl (or NGM) is being tested as a possible successor to our current Melvyl; UC Catalog. A NGM link is displayed prominently on the library home page. You can limit searches to UCD, all UCs, or the entire WorldCat family database, the world's largest network of library-based content and services. Use the yellow UC-eLinks button (see below) to request interlibrary loans of materials not held at UC Davis.


Below are recommended resources from our list of more than 350 databases. See the complete Electronic Databases A-Z list. Many databases include full text of journals, newspapers, statistics, literature, scientific resources. The Library has also subscribed to many electronic journals and journal packages. To search journals by subject, use a database; to find an appropriate database, check the Subject Guides on the Library web pages.
Connect from Off Campus (
When the library purchases access to databases and text, the license requires that off-campus use be limited to students, faculty and staff. For off-campus access, use our Virtual Private Network (VPN) server: easy, single sign-on access to licensed library resources from any location with an Internet connection using your Kerberos login and password. Use this link, or look for the blue VPN button on our web pages.
  • 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
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.
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
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)

Business And Economics

Business Source Complete [via Ebsco] ( [Restricted] VPN
World's definitive scholarly business database for bibliographic and full text content. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. Coverage includes all subject areas related to business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, marketing and more. Significant coverage of other social sciences.
Coverage: coverage varies by title with some going as far back as 1886.
EconLit [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
A comprehensive, indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world's economic literature compiled from the American Economic Association's Journal of economic literature and the Index of economic articles in journals and collective volumes. Topics include economic theory and history, monetary theory and financial institutions; labor economics; international, regional, urban economics; and other related subjects.
Coverage: 1969-present
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ( [Restricted] VPN
EIU Country Profiles and Reports provide objective and timely analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment in more than 180 countries. Annual profiles are updated by quarterly reports
Coverage: 1996-present
Factiva ( [Restricted] VPN
Factiva provides access to global news and business information, including local newspapers, same-day newswires, company reports, and media programs. Provides company information including market data and competitors. Includes full-text of the Wall Street Journal. Coverage in more than 20 languages.
Global Financial Data (
Global Financial Data contains long runs of historical data (over 6,000 series) on security markets and macroeconomic trends for more than 200 countries. Includes Long-Term Financial, Interest Rate, United States Daily Stock Market, Global Stock Market, Total Return, Annual Data, and Dow Jones Industrial Average Intraday. Includes an online encyclopedia that describes the database. (UC Davis canceled this resource effective 1 January 2011. Please contact Adam Siegel [] with any questions.)

Subject Guides

The Library's Subject Guides are an easy way to identify databases and other resources geared to a particular subject area. access them from the Library Home page.
Business and Economics (
Maintained by bibliographer Adam Siegel; lists databases and guides for business economics, management.
Newspapers & Current Events (
The library subscribes to an impressive array of news and newspaper resources.
Statistics and Data (
maintained by bibliographer Marcia Meister, an extensive list of database, web sites and guides to statistics in a wide variety of subject areas.
Technical Reports - Selected Bibliographic and Full Text Databases (
Government-contracted technical report literature is a rich resource. technical reports are seldom listed in standard catalogs and databases. This page, maintained by Marcia Meister, lists specialized databases from government agencies such as the Department of Energy, nasa, and the Department of Defense.