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Welcome to the library research guide for the fields related to earth and planetary sciences! UC Davis Library provides a wealth of subscription and licensed resources that can help students, faculty, and researchers identify articles, proceedings, reports, and books in a print or electronic format. The following guide will point you to a selection of specialized resources to help get you started with your research.
If you would like support from a librarian in conducting research, you can contact:
Feel free to reach out with questions via email, or to schedule a research consultation via Zoom by clicking on the link to ‘Book an Appointment.’
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Resources to help you find, evaluate and use information.
Software to organize and automatically reformat your bibliographies. Compare popular citation management products: EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, and Sciwheel.
Access up to $1,000 per article from the UCD Library toward publishing fees in fully open access journals.
Not all articles or ebooks will be available for download directly from a database. To access full-text articles and ebooks directly from databases (e.g., PubMed, Web of Science) and Google Scholar, click the Get it at UC button. If you are not on campus, be sure to connect to the library VPN to access your article.
Note that Get it at UC e-links can only connect you to material licensed or owned by the library. However, we can borrow material from other libraries, if you put in an Interlibrary Loan request:
QUAKELINE® is a bibliographic database that covers earthquakes, earthquake engineering, natural hazard and disaster mitigation, and related topics.
Beginning with research funded in 2016, all NASA-funded authors and co-authors (both civil servant and non-civil servant) will be required to deposit copies of their peer-reviewed scientific publications and associated data into NASA’s publication repository called NASA PubSpace.
NTRL (National Technical Reports Library) is from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTRL indexes government-sponsored research, development and technical reports and provides full-text access to reports that have been digitized.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center Library hosts an online digital repository of ERDC reports, publications, and more.
NTRS provides access to planetary science-related citations, full-text online documents, and images and videos. The types of information include: conference papers, journal articles, meeting papers, patents, research reports, images, movies, and technical videos – scientific and technical information (STI) created or funded by NASA.
DTIC helps the Department of Defense (DoD) community access pertinent scientific and technical information to meet mission needs more effectively.
A collaborative project to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975.
OSTI’s Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database. Provides free public access to over 230,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991-present and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees.
The materials in this repository include information by and about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Most materials were published by USACE, but some collections contain materials by other government agencies written about USACE.
The database provides access to the publications of the USGS and includes references to U.S. Geological Survey reports and maps published from 1880 to date.
Search the Environmental Protection Agency Web site or search the EPA National Catalog for EPA technical publications and reports.
Science.gov searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
These are great sources for introductions to a topic, background on a topic, definitions, histories, chronologies, and data.
Available in print at PSE Library Reference Collection, call no: QE431.6.P5 P73 1989 Reference
Available online and in print at PSE Library Reference Collection, call no. QC808.8 .G56 1995
Available in Print at PSE Library Reference Collection, Call no. QE372.2 .K54 2002 Reference (2008 23rd edition is on order)
Available online and in print at PSE Library Reference Collection, call no. QE366.8 .M55 1995 Reference
Available online and in print at PSE Library Reference Collection, Call Number: QE433.8 .R63 1995 Reference
Available in print at PSE Library Reference Collection, Call no. QE5 .D54 2008 Reference
Available online and earlier edition (2004) available in print at PSE Library Call no QE515 .T69 2004
Available online and in print at PSE Library Reference Collection, Call no GB450.4 .E533 2005 Reference
Available in Print at PSE Library Reference Collection, Call no QE5 .E514 1992
Available in Print at PSE Library Reference Collection, Call no QE5 .E515 1988 Reference
Available online and in print at PSE Library Reference Collection, Call no. QC884 .E53 2009 Reference
Available online and older edition is available in print at PSE Library Reference Collection, call no. QE501 .E58 1989
Available in Print at PSE Library Reference Collection, call no. QE601 .E53 1987 Reference
Available in Print at PSE Library Reference Collection, Call no QE5 .F33 Reference
Available in print at PSE Library Reference Collection, Call no Z695.1.G43 M84 1995 Reference
Geologic maps can be found in a variety of places at the UCD Library and on the web. They can be found cataloged as individual maps; as supplemental material in books and reports, and journals; and as uncataloged reports. Here are some ways to to locate them.
Individual UCD dissertations and masters theses are cataloged in the Library of Catalog — search for “Dissertations Academic University of California Davis geology”
This page describes how to locate and access UCD titles.
The Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI) database is the authoritative source for finding doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. It also provides access to the full-text of all dissertations from University of California campuses since the late 1990s- See
Current Research @ University of California, Davis
Searches all University of California, Davis dissertations published in the Dissertation Abstracts database.
Dissertations & theses from 31 USA colleges & universities, including Ohio State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and North Carolina State University. This is a small subset of published dissertations & theses, but does include some that are not indexed elsewhere. Use in conjunction with other databases such as Dissertations & Theses and PQDT Open.
OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world.
PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.
You can Ask a librarian for help if you experience any problems accessing a dissertation or thesis in print or online.