Student Services and Researcher Services Librarian
by Ruth Gustafson – May 20, 2022
Wildlife Biology and Conservation Search Terms
The UC Davis Library online catalog uses Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Each library subject database — such as BIOSIS Previews or Zoological Record — also uses subject lists that can help you precisely search your topic including conducting searches by taxanomic categories.
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.)
This guide was developed for the Spring UCD annual conferences by the student chapter of The Wildlife Society.
The U.S. Government Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a comprehensive resource on Career opportunities and statistics titled Occupational Outlook Handbook. See the link below.
Shields and Carlson Health Sciences libraries have selected print and online resources for those interested in animal-related careers. See the Library Catalogs box below this one for some search tips.
Some associations/societies supporting wildlife/conservation biology research and field work are local, others are regional, many are U.S. and several are international in scope. Below are websites with extensive listings of associations.
Top U.S. Conservation Organizations (from conservationcareers.com)
A curated list compiled from over 5,000 jobs from a for-profit conservation career company in the UK.
Wildlife Protection Organizations (from Cause IQ)
Data mining compilation from tax-exempt non-profits filings of Form 990 or 990PF with the IRS. “There are 11,169 wildlife protection organizations in the United States. Combined, these wildlife protection organizations employ 12,353 people, earn more than $2 billion in revenue each year, and have assets of $3 billion.”
Ruth Gustafson collects materials to support ALL animal-related research with the exception of Veterinary Medicine. Disciplines supported in Biological/Agricultural areas include animal behavior, animal anatomy & physiology, animal ecology, animal nutrition, animal taxonomy & systematics. Resources in BioAg tend to be located in four call number areas on the 3rd floor of Shields Library: QL – Zoology ; SF — Animal Agriculture ; SH — Fisheries & Aquaculture ; SK – Wildlife and Hunting. Marine Biology materials may additionally be located on the 2nd floor Shields in the GC area.
The Carlson Health Sciences library collects materials to support VetMed which are classed in the SF area. NOTE: This is the only VetMed library collection in the UC system.
Searching in a library catalog requires looking for broader topics such as wildlife genetics or salmon behavior rather than the more specific coyote DNA sequencing or salmon spawning behavior.
For locating career information: 1) You may BROWSE by a discipline and look for the subheading “vocational guidance” e.g. animal specialists — vocational guidance ; conservation of natural resources — vocational guidance ; ecology — vocational guidance ; environmental sciences — vocational guidance ; fisheries — vocational guidance ; wildlife conservationists — vocational guidance ; wildlife management — vocational guidance . 2) For some areas you can combine subject keywords such as, for wildlife-related careers ANY FIELD (KEYWORD) wildlife* vocational which brings up a variety of titles.
As an wildlife researcher, you will be required to present your research to a variety of audiences. Search the subject phrase communication in science for materials on making scientific presentations. Also, the UCD Libraries selectively buy materials on writing in the sciences. Browsable subject headings that bring up these types of publications include: Biology — Authorship; Communication of technical information; Life sciences — Authorship; Proposal writing in biology; Proposal writing for grants; Proposal writing for research; Report writing; Technical writing ; Visual communication in science
NEED a PRINT ONLY ITEM AND CANNOT COME TO CAMPUS? We’ll ship it to you! The UCD Libraries have a COVID-time-only shipping service in place. Just click on the INTERLIBRARY REQUEST link from the item you need and we’ll mail the whole item to you. Make sure you have your correct address listed, when prompted.
ONLY NEED a chapter or an article from a PRINT ONLY ITEM? Scanning service available for all UCD affiliates. Use the same INTERLIBRARY REQUEST link but make a note of the specific chapter/article you need and include as much info as you can, especially page number, if available.
Due dates will become active with start of Fall Quarter. “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 email@example.com for additional instructions and to receive a postage-paid mailing label.”
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).”
Extensive Multidisciplinary and Multiformat Resources
DOAJ : Directory of Open Access Journals
Administrated by: Lund University, Sweden
The DOAJ “was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with 300 open access journals and today contains ca. 9000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.” This directory is a “community-curated list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material.”
PQDT Open : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Administrated by: ProQuest LLC
Subset of ProQuest’s database which includes materials which “authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as open access.”
OpenDOAR : The Directory of Open Access Repositories
Administrated by: University of Nottingham, UK.
OpenDOAR is an “authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories.”
Administrated by: University of California and powered by the California Digital Library
This UC platform hosts OA content by the university’s researchers and “provides Open-Access scholarly publishing services to
the University of California and delivers a dynamic research platform to scholars worldwide.”
Administrated by: U.S. Universities/Libraries and large international organizations such as the Internet Archive
HathiTrust is a portal to materials converted through massive digitization projects and is a “partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. … The primary community that HathiTrust serves is the members (faculty, students, and users) of its partner libraries, but the materials in HathiTrust are available to all to the extent permitted by law and contracts, providing the published record as a public good to users around the world.” For U.S. publications, anything earlier than 1923 is considered no longer under copyright and should be freely accessible. HathiTrust was launched “in 2008 as a collaboration of the universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (now the Big Ten Academic Alliance) and the University of California system to establish a repository to archive and share their digitized collections.”
Administrated by: Internet Archive
Massive digital projects and archived materials from around the world.