ABI 187: Animal Biology Seminar

by Ruth Gustafson, Erik Davis Fausak – May 23, 2022

FACULTY:  Bob Kimsey — rbkimsey@ucdavis.edu

Use the resources on this guide to find relevant sources for your UCD animal researcher mentor research.

Animal-Related Library Collections:  UC Davis has the most extensive organismal animal research library collections in the University of California Library system. The UCD Library supports the UCD departments and faculty of:

as well as the only School of Veterinary Medicine in the University of California. Graduate level collections also support the Center for Population Biology, and graduate programs in Animal Behavior, Animal Biology, and Avian Sciences.   UCD also has the only Primate Center in the UC system and many researchers there are faculty in departments or schools listed above or in the Evolutionary Wing of the Anthropology department, College of Letters & Science.

For areas of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, there is a searchable researcher profile tool, Pure.  The Office of Research can also be a useful resource to identify different Organized Research Units.  If you already have a researcher in mind, utilizing the UC Davis Directory is a great way to find out more about the researcher.

Ruth Gustafson

Student Services
Student Services and Researcher Services Librarian



In this Guide:

Ruth Gustafson collects materials to support ALL animal-related research with the exception of Veterinary Medicine. Disciplines supported in Biological/Agricultural areas include animal behavior, animal anatomy & physiology, animal ecology, animal nutrition, animal taxonomy & systematics.  Resources in BioAg areas (3rd floor Shields Library) 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 Science 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.

The U.S. Government Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a comprehensive resource on Career opportunities and statistics titled Occupational Outlook Handbook.   See the link below.

Shields and Carlson Health Sciences libraries have selected print and online resources for those interested in animal-related careers.   See the Library Catalogs box below this one for some search tips.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook [Bureau of Labor Statistics]

    “The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) provides information on what workers do; the work environment; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; the job outlook; similar occupations; and sources of additional information, for 334 occupational profiles covering about 84 percent of the jobs in the economy.

    The OOH is broken up into clusters of similar occupations … to find an occupation, browse the occupation groups … on the left-hand side of the homepage, or use the A-Z Index if you know the specific occupation. [Also] … search for occupations by using the selector drop-down menus on the OOH homepage. Select by pay range, entry-level education, on-the-job training, projected number of new jobs, or projected growth rate. [For a] … specific occupation you are interested in, you may enter a job title into the “Search Handbook” box at the top.”
    OOH FAQs

Note that the UCD Library has many books on proposal writing. Browse the subject heading PROPOSAL WRITING IN RESEARCH to see the various resources.

For locating career information:

1) You may BROWSE by a discipline and look for the subheading “vocational guidance” e.g. agriculture — vocational guidance ; ecology — vocational guidance ; environmental sciences — vocational guidance ; medicine — vocational guidance ; psychology — vocational guidance ; science — vocational guidance ; veterinary medicine — vocational guidance .

2) For some areas you can combine subject keywords such as, for animal-related careers  KEYWORD Subject Words “animal vocational” which brings up a variety of titles.

NOTE: Books from Carlson Health Sciences Library can be delivered to Shields Library by clicking on book title link, Sign In (UCD Login/Kerberos pass phrase) then scrolling up to click on the and clicking on the Request link.  Choose Shields Library and your book will be ready (checked out) for you at the long HOLD shelf in Shields across from the Shields Circulation (Check out) desk.
  • UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog setting
    Replacing UCD Library Catalog on July 27, 2021, the new UC Library Search includes all of the UC library collections.   This setting is specifically for the UC Davis libraries including (for the first time) the holdings of the Law Library. If you Sign in (on top right corner) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you are prompted with your loan period, can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.

NEED a PRINT ONLY ITEM AND CANNOT COME TO CAMPUS?  We’ll ship it to you!  The UCD Libraries have a COVID-time-only shipping service in place.   Just click on the INTERLIBRARY REQUEST link from the item you need and we’ll mail the whole item to you.  Make sure you have your correct address listed, when prompted.

ONLY NEED a chapter or an article from a PRINT ONLY ITEM?  Scanning service available for all UCD affiliates.  Use the same INTERLIBRARY REQUEST link but make a note of the specific chapter/article you need and include as much info as you can, especially page number, if available.

Due dates will become active with start of Fall Quarter.  “If you are in the [UCD] area and would like to return materials, you can deposit returns via the remote book drops or at Shields or Blaisdell Medical Library. Materials may also be mailed back at no cost to you. Contact shieldsinterloan@ucdavis.edu for additional instructions and to receive a postage-paid mailing label.”

  • Understanding Call Numbers

    Author: Library Instruction Services, Shields Library

    Library of Congress Classification is used for all of the UCD libraries except the health sciences libraries (which use NLM — National Library of Medicine — classification). Learn about how books are arranged in the UCD libraries with this guide.

    Date: 2004

Subject Guides

There is a subject guide matching nearly every department at the UC Davis campus.  Find the Subject Guide which best matches your major!  This browsable list is organized by broad disciplinary categories:  General & Multidisciplinary Resources, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Biological Sciences, Engineering & Transportation, Government Information, Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences