Student Services Librarian
by Ruth Gustafson – December 2, 2020
This guide lists resources for avian science and wildlife biology which are useful for locating literature across a range of topics about birds including: anatomy and physiology, behavior, breeding and reproduction, genetics, and systematics and taxonomy. To access licensed library resources from off-campus, please use the library VPN. Ruth is happy to help if you have questions or need additional assistance.
Searching in a library catalog requires looking for broader topics such as avian or bird or poultry behavior rather than the more specific feeding behavior in crows. Useful subject searches include birds — pictorial works or birds — reproduction or birds — behavior or poultry breeds etc.
CALL NUMBER ranges: QL 670s-690s Ornithology/Birds OR SF 480s-490s Domesticated Birds/Poultry
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional instructions and to receive a postage-paid mailing label.”
The All Subjects Print Reference Collection is on the 2nd floor of Shields Library. There is an extensive selection of PRINT resources on birds in the QL 670-690 call number range. See the area to the left of the white boxed blue R on the bottom left of the 2nd floor map for Shields.
Print reference books may not be checked out but may be photocopied or scanned at the Shields Library copier/printer/scanner machines located on the 1st floor of Shields Library.
Books such as field guides, encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks are located here. Below are selected print titles, including the most extensive book series on birds in the world, the 17-volume Handbook of the Birds of the World
“IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e. those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable).”
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).”
Roughly 5,000 species of animals and 28,000 species of plants are protected by CITES against over-exploitation through international trade. They are listed in the three CITES Appendices. The species are grouped in the Appendices according to how threatened they are by international trade. They include some whole groups, such as primates, cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), sea turtles, parrots, corals, cacti and orchids. But in some cases only a subspecies or geographically separate population of a species (for example the population of just one country) is listed.
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 ASFA or PsycINFO) include a checkbox to limit to “Peer Reviewed” articles. For journals retrieved from other databases, use the online Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory to search by journal title and then look for the black and white striped symbol (referee shirt) indicating the publication is refereed or peer-reviewed.
Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive tool for assessing the importance of research journals in disciplines and subdisciplines.
NOTE that review journals tend to be listed as top ranked titles, pushing rankings for original research titles lower, 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