Biological & Agricultural Engineering

by Ruth Gustafson – May 20, 2022

Library resources for the field of Biological & Agricultural Engineering

FOR UCD students, faculty, and staff:   Feel free to book an appointment with Ruth for assistance in using these resources or for any questions you may have.   Ruth is continuing with Zoom appointments.  (Exceptions will be made if in-person or phone is the only/best option for the requestor.)

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Off-Campus Access

  • To access licensed library resources from off-campus, please use the library VPN.



Ruth Gustafson

Student Services
Student Services and Researcher Services Librarian


In this Guide:

Agricultural engineering books are mostly in the general Ag (S) call number areas of  S 494.5  or  S 670s but can be in unique areas of focus such as food engineering at TP 370. Biological engineering materials are found in a variety of locations, dependent of the aspect of biology being engineered.  Some resources (particularly in synthetic biology) are classed in  TA 164.

  • 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.
GOOGLE Books                                Google Books Help

Library catalogs only search catalog fields (author, title, subject indexing, more recently table of contents) but not the full text of the book.  Google Books searches full-text of books (only titles that Google has scanned), but you cannot access most of them (because they are still under copyright).

You can use Google Books to identify titles you might be interested in:
–Use Google Books to search for key phrases or topics (works well for technical terms).
–Then search for the title of the book(s) in UC Library Search: UCD Library setting.


Chemistry LibreTexts

The LibreTexts Chemistry Library is the principal hub of the LibreTexts project, a multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop open-access texts to improve postsecondary education at all levels of higher learning.

Use the BOOKSHELVES link to locate info on chemistry topics or the UC Davis link under COURSES   to locate relevant materials.

Engineering LibreTexts


WorldCat Catalog

OCLC catalog: millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide.  Coverage: 1000 A.D. to the present.


ASABE Technical Library Online Books

ASABE  Technical  Library Online Books

ASABE Textbooks


ASABE Monographs


CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering, Volume 1-6        Shields S675 .C54 1999
     CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural Engineering, a.k.a. Commission Internationale du Génie Rural)


ASABE Distinguished Lectures


ASABE Special Publications


Major Online Book Collections

ACS Symposium Series eBooks,   1974-on

UC Davis has the ACS (American Chemical Society) Symposium books online from 1974 on.  Volumes published in 2010 and earlier are also available in print.

To locate a print volume: search the Library Catalog for “ACS Symposium”  then add either the volume number or title you want.

ACS Advances in Chemistry,   1949-1998

Founded in 1949, Advances in Chemistry series was the predecessor to the ACS Symposium Series.

Annual Reviews,   1996-on

Critical reviews covering primary research literature in the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences. Can provide a good overview topics you are not familiar with. Chemical fields covered include: analytical chemistry; biochemistry; physical chemistry; pharmacology and toxicology; and chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Online:  1996 – present.

Tables of Contents only: 1984 – 1995.  Use the library catalog to find these in print.


 International Tables For Crystallography

Theo Hahn;  U. Shmueli;  A. J. C. Wilson (editors).  1984-2012.  Dordrecht, Holland; Boston, U.S.A.  Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, most current volumes availale through Wiley.
Use the link above or this alternate link to access the volumes below.

Volume A1 Symmetry Relations Between Space Groups
Volume B Reciprocal space
Volume C Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Tables
Volume D Physical Properties of Crystals
Volume E Subperiodic Groups
Volume F Crystallography of Biological Macromolecules
Volume G Definition and Exchange of Crystallographic Data


International Tables for X-Ray Crystallography

Norman F.M. Henry & Kathleen Lonsdale (Editors), International Union of Crystallography, Kynoch Press 1969. Freely available via Internet Archive.

Volume 1:  Symmetry Groups    (also in print: QD945 .I55)
Volume 2: Mathematical Tables (also in print: QD945 .I55)
Volume 3: Physical & Chemical Tables (also in print: QD945 .I55)
Volume 4: Revised and supplementary tables to volumes 2 and 3 (print only: QD945 .I55)


RSC eBooks,   1968-on

The RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) ebooks package, includes over 1000 books published since 1968, including the Specialist Periodical Reports series and Tutorial Chemistry Texts.


Springer eBooks,   2005-on

Springer ebooks package includes over 28,000 scholarly books, covering all scientific disciplines.  Books are published in English and German.  Book series in chemistry include:

Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
Advances in Polymer Science
Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science
Structure & Bonding
Topics in Current Chemistry
Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry
Topics in Organometallic Chemistry


Wiley eBooks,   2011-on

Over 1300 ebooks focused on chemistry, physical sciences, biosciences & engineering.  The UC’s purchased all 2011 and 2012 ebooks, including IEEE ebooks (older years on IEEE Xplore platform).

Browse by Subject
Browse by Publication title



Use the resources below to access  encyclopedias and “overviews”, these:

  • can provide focused, highly useful summary of topics, processes and products.
  • can be extremely useful in narrowing your topic, understanding the scope of your inquiry, and/or getting up to speed on a complex topic quickly.


CRCNetBase:  Engineering Handbooks

A large collection of online engineering handbooks, full-text and searchable.   Extremely useful for:

  • expanding your topic,
  • getting a broad overview of your topic, or,
  • getting a highly focused book reference (available as a PDF, and substantially shorter than a typical book).


Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

An online encyclopedia focused on chemical engineering, a very good resource for topics involving manufactured items, materials, or processes used in manufacturing.


Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

Another online encyclopedia focused on chemical engineering, Ullmann’s is also a very good resource for topics involving manufactured items, materials, or processes used in manufacturing.


Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, 2014


Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering, 2011

Print Location:  TP368.2 .E57 2011


Encyclopedia of Biotechnology in Agriculture and Food, 2011

Print Location: : Shields S494.5.B563 E53 2011


Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Technology: a problem solving approach, 2007




        Properties tab, Chemistry Subject Guide

        Handbooks/Properties tab, Chemical Engineering Subject Guide    

Handbooks/Properties tab,  Materials Science Subject Guide    


Large Online Handbook Collections:


AccessEngineering     3 year pilot, through 12/2021.  Send feedback or questions to Cory Craig

AccessEngineering is an engineering reference tool that provides access to a collection of authoritative, regularly updated engineering reference information.  It includes dynamic online features, such as faculty made instructional, videos, calculators, interactive tables and charts, as well as personalization tools allowing users to organize crucial project information.

This large collection includes classic handbooks such as Perry’s Handbook for Chemical Engineers and Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, as well as newer resources, such as Mechatronics in Medicine.


A very large collection of engineering handbooks.  Provides a broad focus on engineering.


Previously licensed McGraw Hill’s Handbooks    (via CDL hosted site)

See AccessEngineering above ­­­­or use the library catalog to access current versions.


Using the Agricultural, Environmental, and Food Literature, 2002


Precision Agriculture Technology for Crop Farming, 2015


Handbook of Food Engineering, Second Edition, 2006



Major Databases

                                                                       Main Databases for Agriculture

CAB Abstracts  [via OVID]

(Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux)
Most comprehensive agricultural literature database with international scope.  Covers agriculture, forestry, human health, management of natural resources, and sustainable development, with particular attention to the needs of developing countries.
Coverage: 1910 – present.

Agricola [via OVID]

Re-focused to mostly U.S coverage of the agricultural literature. Also available via  NAL.
Coverage: 1970 – present.


American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Technical Library

Fully searchable and browsable technical documents published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.  Includes:


Publication Online Print Holdings
Annual Meeting Papers 2001 – present S675 A516 mf11 [microfiche]  1968-2000.
Applied Engineering in Agriculture v.1 (1985) – present S671 A37,  v.2 (1986)-current
ASABE Standards (formerly ASAE) Current S671 A41 Print: 2006-2011.
Biological Engineering Transactions
(formerly Biological Engineering)
v.1 (2008) – present
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health v.1 (1995) – present  S565 J65,  v.1 (1995)-current
Resource Magazine v.15 (2008) – present S671 R47,  v.1 (1994)-current
Transactions of the ASABE
ASAE    v. 1 (1958)  —  v. 48(2005)
ASABE v. 49 (2006)  — present
v.1 (1958) – present  S671 A49:  1907-1935.
 S671 A5:  1958-1962.
 S671 A5:   1963-current.




BIOSIS                                                       Main Database for Biology

Contains citations to items in over 6,000 journals, books, conference proceedings, and technical reports, in all areas of the life sciences and biology, including bioengineering and biotechnology.   Coverage: 1969 – present.


Compendex                                               Main Database for Engineering

The most comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature, containing references to over 5000 engineering journals and conferences. About half the citations (from 2600 journals and conferences) include abstracts and indexing in the records.  Coverage: 1884 – present.


Web of Science                                        Covers All Disciplines

Use Web of Science to find scholarly articles in all disciplines, including chemical engineering and materials science.  This database can also be used to identify articles that cite an author or article that you specify. Coverage: 1900 – present.  Cited Reference Searching:  1900 – present.

Auto-Alert:   Receive an email me when articles are published on your topic
HOW?:  Sign-in to WOS.  Run Search.  Click: Search History (top left). Click: Save History/Create Alert. Name it, specify alert frequency & format, save it.
WOS Help:  Save History/Create Alert

Citation-Alert:   Email me when someone cites article X.
HOW?:  Sign-in to WOS.  Find article, click on title.  Click:  Create Citation Alert (on right)
WOS Help:  Citation Alerts


Scopus                                                        Covers All Disciplines

Scopus indexes, selectively abstracts and provides citation analysis for approximately 20,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 international publishers, as well as 2,600 open access journals, published sets of conference proceedings, trade publications, books, patents (from the USPTO, European Patent Office, Japan Patent office, World Intellectual Property Organization and the UK Intellectual Property Office) and millions of selected web pages. Coverage extends across disciplines in the life and health sciences, the physical sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities.


Options for accessing online journal articles are numerous and evolving.  See below for options.  Help or links to short videos are included.

Note: some of these options rely on new techniques for accessing library subscribed content (and therefore only work for journals where we have a paid online subscription).  Others provide easy access to open access articles or pre-prints, where no subscription is required.

For definitive info on what the UC Davis Library subscribes to:

Use UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog setting (new as of July 2021; now includes the UCD Law Library) or  the  Journals A-Z list

Use Interlibrary Loan:

to request articles  and books  we do not own or subscribe to

1. Google Scholar:    Configure to Show “Get it at UC”

This allows you to easily access articles the UC Davis Library subscribes to online.
NOTE: to access subscribed content from off-campus, you must install and login to the VPN client.

From the Google Scholar Settings page:

Click on Library Links in the left toolbar

Search for and check these options:  (as shown in the image below)

California Digital Library –UC-eLinks
Open WorldCat – Library Search

Click SAVE

Google Scholar configure to show UC-eLinks

Now when you search in Google Scholar: you should see the  UC-eLinks link on the right side of your search results.


1-2.  ADD Google Scholar  Button:

A browser add-on which installs a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page.

Search google for:”Google scholar button [name of your browser]”

EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio)

2. EndNote Click

EndNote Click is a free browser plug-in made by Clarivate (Web of Science).  It uses journal subscription data from our SFX linker (Get it at UC) to locate a legally authorized PDF of the article you are looking for.

Highly recommended. Install it in Chrome or Firefox.

After installing, look for the “View PDF” icon when using your browser to search for articles.  It appears in the lower left of your screen.

Kopernio video, 1 minute


3. Unpaywall:  plug-in

Helps you find open access articles through a Chrome/Firefox browser extension/plug-in and/or searching their open and legal database of open access articles.   Unpaywall harvests millions of free scholarly articles, harvested from over 50,000 publishers and institutional repositories.  Read more about Unpaywall and its integration with UC-eLinks and Web of Science.

After installing, look for the green unlocked padlock when using your browser to search for articles.  It appears in the middle right of your screen.

Unpaywall video, 1 minute


Similar to Unpaywall, the Open Access button provides both Chrome and Firefox extensions/plug-ins, or your can enter DOIs or citation info at the OA website.

Clicking on the extension button from a paywalled article initiates a search for that article and, where available, provides free access. When free access is not found, OA Button can contact the corresponding author directly to help them make a self-archived version available.

Open Access Button video, 1 minute


5. Browzine

BrowZine is a web-based journal engagement platform and mobile app.  It allows you to find, follow, and access library licensed e-journals on any device. BrowZine visually presents the library subscribed  e-journals in a browsable format.

More Info on Browzine at UC Davis

Getting Started with Browzine video, 11 minutes




ALL Journals  (that UC Davis subscribes to):

Use UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog setting (new as of July 2021; now includes the UCD Law Library) to find which journals we subscribe to,  either online or in print.

Online subscriptions:   the catalog will give the link.  NOTE: we sometimes get online content for different years from different sources, R-E-A-D the fine print.
Print subscriptions:     the catalog will give you the call number, location, and indicate whether or not it is checked out.

Journals A-Z List:

Lists  journals that UC Davis has a online or print subscription to.


Google Scholar

You can use Google Scholar to search for journals (or articles).  Google has no way of telling you which online journals UC Davis subscribes to, unless you set your Google Scholar preferences to show UC-eLinks (see ARTICLE PLUG-INS & QUICK ACCESS above).

Google Scholar:  How do you actually GET the articles?

On-Campus:    You should be able to access any online journal that UC Davis subscribes to.
Off-Campus:    You must install the VPN client first, to access online journals UC Davis subscribes to.

No UCD Online Subscription?:  We may have a print subscription.  Check the library catalog .  If we do not have a print or online subscription, you can request articles through Interlibrary Loan.


Consult the following Guide for maintaining your Scholarly Profile/ Professional Identification:

Your Scholarly Profile & Professional Identity


Guides/resources created for library classes taught for the Biological & Agricultural Engineering department are listed here

Grad Seminar: ORCID  Slides
Fall 2019


MENDELEY:   What it is & How to Get Help

Mendeley is citation management software.
Creating an account will give you access to both the web version and the desktop version.


Mendeley: Getting Started Guide


  • getting references into and out of Mendeley
  • using Mendeley with Word
  • Citation Styles, Journal Abbreviations, Managing References, Sharing & Collaborating



ENDNOTE:   What it is & How to Get Help

Endnote is citation management software that allows you to store, manage, and format bibliographic citations, and easily change formatting of citations in Word documents.  Available free to UC Davis students, faculty & staff (campus has a site license).
Two versions are available:

  • Endnote client/desktop:   Requires installation of software, more powerful, best choice for faculty and grad students. 
  • Endnote Online:   Requires online registration.  Usually the best choice for undergraduate students.  


Endnote: Getting Started Guide

Covers (for both versions):

  • getting references into and out of Endnote
  • using Endnote with Word
  • setting up Endnote Libraries, Preferences, Groups, and Journal Abbreviations

Citing the Literature:    Citation Formats & Journal Abbreviations for Physical Sciences & Engineering


Citation Guides:
Commonly used citation styles including: APA, CSE, Chicago, MLA and others.


ACS Style Guide, Chapter 14:
American Chemical Society (ACS) guidelines for citations of all types. See Table 14-2 (pgs 292-293) for common types of references with examples.


ACS Style Guide   An important reference for all chemists. In addition to providing citation guidelines, the ACS Style Guide includes chapters on:

  • Ethics in Scientific Publication
  • Writing Style and Word Usage
  • Peer Review
  • Copyright Basics
  • Electronic Submission of Manuscripts
  • conventions for forumulas, elements, substances, tables, etc.

Print:  Reference: QD8.5 A25 [YEAR]


CASSI Journal Abbreviations:
Use to look up journal abbreviations used in chemistry.


Engineering:  IEEE Citation Reference    5 page PDF
Short & efficient guide to IEEE/engineering citation format.


Engineering:  IEEE Editorial Style Manual    54 page PDF
Citation formats and editorial guidelines for IEEE Transactions, Journals, and Letters.  Includes abbreviations for IEEE publications.