Research Support Services
Subject Specialist Librarian
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.
There are numerous databases to help support your research in earth and planetary sciences. Depending upon your topic and purpose you might want to start with GeoRef (one of largest geosciences databases) or a multidisciplinary database such as Web of Science. There are also more specialized database such as Earthquake Engineering Abstracts if your focus is on seismic studies. If you do not know where to start, Ask a librarian for recommendations.
Indexes journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, and book series in the sciences and more.
Covers the seismic phenomena, geology, and civil infrastructure – Contents include selected technical reports,conference papers, monographs, and journal articles.
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. Search Digital Reports and Publications .
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.
SciTech Connect consolidates the contents of 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.
Library Catalog (formerly Harvest Catalog)
The Library Catalog tells you what the UC Davis library owns, what the call number is, where it is located, and whether or not it is checked out. If there is an electronic version that we subscribe to, the link will be in the catalog.
Use the catalog to locate books, journals, government documents, dissertations, maps, music scores & recordings, movies, and any other materials the library owns.
The MELVYL catalog tells you what all UC campus libraries own, and also searches other institutions. As with the UCD Library Catalog, MELVYL gives records for books, journals, government documents, dissertations, maps, music scores & recordings, movies, and other materials.
MELVYL does index some articles but is not a good option for searching for articles in the sciences.
The REQUEST button: allows you to request items from other institutions (UC and non-UC).
Library catalogs only search catalog entries (author, title, subject indexing, etc) 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)
But you can use Google Books to identify titles you might be interested in.
–Use Google Books to search for phrases or topics you are intereted in (works well for technical terms).
–Then search for the title of the book(s) in the UCD Library Catalog or Melvyl
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.
These are great sources for introductions to a topic, background on a topic, definitions, histories, chronologies, and data.
Available in Print at PSE Library, call no. QE52 .G46 2006
Previous edition published as: AGI data sheets
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.
The UC Davis Library’s Data Management Program provides Drop-In Hours with the GIS Data Curator on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 in the Map Room on the lower level of Shields Library. This time is set aside for any and all questions about spatial data, from simple to complex. Library patrons are always welcome to make an appointment for another time with the GIS Data Curator, Michele Tobias, to discuss spatial data.
UC Davis affiliates can sign up for email lists through the UC Davis Information & Educational Technology’s Sympa list serve manager. The “Geospatial” email list is a widely-used list for UC Davis faculty, students, and staff who work with any type of geospatial data. The list can be used for announcements or questions.
The geospatial industry has a number of established, well-respected, and long running free and open source projects that may suit the needs of researchers and students. The Open Source Geospatial Foundation oversees many of these projects, including QGIS (which runs on Mac, Linux, and Windows).
Software for purchase, including ESRI’s ArcMap suite of software, is available through the UC Davis Information & Educational Technology’s Software page.
The lower level of Shields Library has one GIS workstation that UC Davis students, faculty, researchers, and other staff may to use for a maximum of two hours per day. The workstation room is located near, but outside the Map Room and is open the same hours as the Library. The workstation has the full suite of ArcGIS 10 software.
An 11″ x 17″ color scanner is available for maps and aerial photography.
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.
Tools for Managing Citations
Learn how to use and cite information in your papers and projects.
The campus has a licensed subscription to Endnote, which is a bibliographic manager program that is available as software and as a web-based version. Many people use Endnote because of its compatibility with Microsoft Word. The libraries offer help and classes on Endnote.
Will you be starting a project from scratch that will require your attention for months, even years OR are you continuing a project started by somebody else?
The Data Management Program is here to help make both of these situations less painful. We can help you with
Note: many funding agencies require that you provide open access to your data!