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Managing Your References and Evaluating Your Sources

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Finding Books

Use a library catalog to find books, journals, magazines, government reports, maps, and other materials owned by the UCB libraries. You can also follow the links on our Electronic Books page, which will take you to Google Books, Open Library, and other electronic book resources categorized by subject.

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OskiCat Quick Guide (PDF)
Most UCB libraries
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  • Restrict your search to a specific library, online items, or available items only.

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Most UCB libraries and many libraries worldwide, plus citations to selected articles
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Electronic Books Links to Google Books, Open Library, and other electronic book resources categorized by subject.
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  • Full text may be available online

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Finding Articles (UCB-only access)

How to connect from off-campus

Search article databases to find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. These databases index articles published in selected journals and magazines, papers presented at conferences, and other sources; most records include citations and abstracts with links to the full text of articles (when available). To access the full text, use the UC-eLinks button. (What's this?)

Core Life Science/Environmental Science
Article Databases
Years Covered Peer-reviewed Content?
Index of scholarly articles on aquatic biology, ecology, fisheries, oceanography, limnology and aquaculture.
1978-present Some

The most comprehensive article database in the biological sciences; indexes over 6000 peer-reviewed journals.
(Guide: HTML | PDF)

1926-present Most
All aspects of environmental issues, including air, land, and water pollution, bacteriology, waste management, water resources and environmental biotechnology.
1981-present Some
Indexes core journals in science, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Allows cited reference searching, which allows you to identify later articles which cite a given author or article.
1901-present Most
Related Article Databases
Years Covered
Peer-reviewed Content?
Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary source for scholarly journal and popular magazine articles; indexes and abstracts articles from more than 10,900 English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese sources. Full text is available for over 5300 journals.
1865-present Some
Access World News
Database of full-text newspaper articles from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources. Covers many California news sources, as well as newspapers from all over the world.
Dates vary; mostly 1980s-present None
PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)
Citations to articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, pamphlets, book chapters and statistical sources in the fields of social and political policy.
1972-present Minimal

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Online Books and Reference Sources (UCB-only access)

ebrary is a collection of nearly 40,000 electronic books in a wide range of subject areas, including many titles related to environmental studies and literature. It contains popular-level books in all categories, as well as some specialized, technical titles. Note: Books are searchable and viewable online; chapters can be downloaded permanently, or the entire book can be downloaded for two weeks.
Downloading, printing and copying in ebrary
Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
The electronic version of the five-volume Encyclopedia of Biodiversity; provides in-depth information on all aspects of biodiversity issues worldwide, including social and policy issues.
Literature Resource Center
Indexes biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers; provides full-text access to Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, and Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language. Entries contain detailed etymological analyses that trace word development through time and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English-language sources.
University of California Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004
Nearly 2000 online titles from the University of California Press, covering a wide range of subjects (including environmental studies, ecology, and California natural history). Note: Books are searchable and viewable online, but cannot be downloaded.
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Suggested Print Resources

California Natural History Guides (series).
Includes titles such as:
California Water by Arthur L. Littleworth & Eric L. Garner. Point Arena, Calif.: Solano Press, 1995.
Major problems in American environmental history: documents and essays edited by Carolyn Merchant. Boston: Wadsworth, 2012.
  • Bioscience Library Reserves HC110.E5 M3 2012

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