Student Services Librarian
by Ruth Gustafson – December 2, 2020
Coastal and Marine Science Publications and Search Terms
Top publications in coastal and marine science, where you might find interesting topics, are the journals Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Fish and Fisheries, ICES Journal of Marine Science , Limnology and Oceanography, Marine Ecology and Progress Series (MEPS), Oceanography and Marine Biology (Annual Review), and Progress in Oceanography (this is an Elsevier journal, <2019 issues have perpetual access but no current access due to UC-wide Elsevier contract cancellation from Jan 2019) .
The UC Davis Library online catalog uses Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Each library subject database — such as BIOSIS Previews or Zoological Record — also uses subject lists that can help you precisely search your topic.
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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 coastal/marine science and animal-related careers. See the Library Catalogs box below this one for some search tips.
Searching in a library catalog requires looking for broader topics such as fish genetics or salmon aquaculture rather than the more specific salmon AHR genes or ecological risk of salmon aquaculture.
For locating career information you will need to look under more general science areas:
1) BROWSE by a discipline and look for the subheading “vocational guidance” e.g. ecology — vocational guidance ; environmental sciences — vocational guidance ; marine sciences — 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.
JEDI searching – try the following subject headings: minorites in science ; women in science
The UCD Libraries selectively buy materials on writing but more generally in the biological sciences. Browsable subject headings that bring up these types of publications include:
Biology — Authorship ; Communication of technical information ; Life sciences — Authorship ; Medical writing ; Proposal writing in biology ; Proposal writing for grants ; Proposal writing for medicine ; Proposal writing for research ; Report writing ; Scientific illustration ; Technical writing ; Visual communication in science
SPECIAL NOTE: Temporary online access is available for some print-only UCD materials. Look for the gray elephant icon with the link label “Full Text Available at HathiTrust.” Also note that the “Physical copy is Library Use Only”. Follow the HathiTrust link and LOGIN using your UCD credentials.
COVID TIME DUE DATES EXTENSION: For any items “checked out, due dates are being extended indefinitely. 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 email@example.com for additional instructions and to receive a postage-paid mailing label.”
Clarivate Analytics 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. Typical review series may have the following words in their title: Advances in … ; Annual Review of …; Critical Reviews in … ; Current Opinion in … ; Expert Reviews in … ; International Review of … ; Progress in … ; Trends in …
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)
•Impact Factors in Wikipedia: validity, manipulation, and misuse of Impact Factors
•Using JCR Wisely
In addition, the “IUCN Red List also includes information on plants and animals that are categorized as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild; on taxa that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information (i.e., are Data Deficient); and on plants and animals that are either close to meeting the threatened thresholds or that would be threatened were it not for an ongoing taxon-specific conservation programme (i.e., are Near Threatened).”