UWP 101: Project to Meet Your Goals

by Melissa Browne – April 15, 2022

Welcome! Use the resources on this library guide to find sources for your Annotated Bibliography and your Genre Analysis.

For a comprehensive listing of search tools, visit the UC Davis Library website.


Melissa Browne

Student Services Librarian



In this Guide:

Consider these questions as you begin your information research:

1. Topic/Research Question: What do you already know? What do you want to investigate?

2. Five Sources: What types of information would inform your thinking?

Types of Sources: Research Tool:
Ebooks, Books & Book Chapters UC Davis Library Catalog
Scholarly Journal Articles (academic audience) Databases (via Subject Guides)
Magazine and Newspaper Articles (general audience) Databases (via Subject Guides)

Government Publications, University (Department) Websites, Videos Commercial Search Engines, e.g. Google, DuckDuckGo, YouTube


3. Search: What has been published in credible sources?

4. Analyze/Refine: Revision is part of the research (and writing) process!

Career Resources

Graduate and Professional Schools


Search the UC Davis Library Catalog for books and ebooks:

Books (and book chapters) can be incredibly helpful sources for framing and contextualizing your topic.

KEYWORDS (Any Field)

Examples: “graduate school” AND (applic* OR admission*), <your profession> AND “vocational guidance, e.g. “data science” AND “vocational guidance”, “urban ecology” AND “climate change”, “city planning” AND “climate change”

Past examples: bitcoin OR blockchain, “study abroad”, music AND (emotion* OR “psychological effect”), spacex, “diabetes mellitus” AND nursing, eczema, “healthcare disparities”, “virtual reality” AND (marketing OR commerce OR business)


Examples: Universities and colleges — Graduate work, Automobiles – Design and construction, Automobiles – Technological innovations

Past examples: Cryptocurrencies, Psychology – Vocational guidance, Art portfolios, Fetus – Ultrasonic imaging, Social sciences – Research – Statistical methods, Stage management


  • Make sure you are logged into the library’s VPN to access ebooks
  • If a book is not available online, note the call number, e.g. LC212.52 .H45 2016 and consult a Library Map to determine its location. To check out a book, go to the Circulation Desk (Shields Library 1st floor)
  • Use the “sign in” option within the Library Catalog and enter your UC Davis Login details to see details about loan periods and requesting titles

SEE ALSO: Health Sciences eBooks


If you are doing your research from off-campus, follow the instructions to set up the library’s VPN (virtual private network), Pulse Secure, so you can access journal articles, books and book chapters.

  • Login to Pulse Secure with your UC Davis Kerberos ID and Duo two-factor authentication
  • Check your Connection by accessing this article from the journal Computers in Human Behavior, about email communication strategies and team dynamics

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Use the Library’s Subject Guides to identify relevant databases to search for articles:



See also: Multidisciplinary Resources

Past Examples:



  • Use an Advanced Google Search
    • “this exact word or phrase” >> your genre, e.g. blog, instructional brochure, literature review
    • “any of these words” >> template model sample example