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ENT 402: Forest Entomology Information Resources
Librarian: Mohan Ramaswamy
Finding Journal Articles
If a topic is too current or too specific to be covered by a handbook,
encyclopedia, or book, it may be discussed in journal articles, research
reports, or conference papers. Access to this literature has traditionally
been through indexing and abstracting services. There is no universal
index that covers all the published information in forest entomology,
so at times you may have to consult several sources.
Electronic databases provide comprehensive searching of indexes or
articles via the computer. Searching these databases is faster and
often more complete since subject terms can be combined to locate
To search these databases, use the Information System workstations
located in the D.H. Hill Library or the Natural Resources Library.
Many of these databases can be searched from off campus via the
Libraries Proxy Server. You will need a Unity account to login.
Unity computing accounts (or Eos accounts for Engineering students)
are automatically generated for all students, faculty and staff at
NC State. If you do not know what your Unity login is, go to NCSU
Unity/Eos Help Page.
The databases that index articles about forest entomology are listed
below. Use one or more of the databases to search for references to
journal articles. These articles may include a summary or abstract
of the article, but they do not usually have the full text of the
article. To read the journal articles you have identified, use the
NCSU Libraries catalog to find out if the NCSU Libraries has the journal.
Agriculture and Life Sciences databases.
To search one of these databases, go to the NCSU Libraries Web site's Databases list. Then select a subject--Example: Entomology.
You'll see a long list of databases from which to choose.
(via EBSCO) (NCSU only)
Agriculture and related literature indexed by the National
Agricultural Library (NAL). Indexes journals, books, theses,
patents, software, audiovisual materials, technical reports,
and agricultural experiment station reports held by the NAL.
Coverage: 1970- present. Updated quarterly.
Use the Journals Indexed in AGRICOLA to find the full title for the journal abbreviation found in AGRICOLA.
Note: you must include punctuation marks in your search. For
example, to find out if Ecol. entomol. is indexed in
AGRICOLA, search for Ecol. entomol. (not Ecol entomol)
in Abbreviated Title.
Note: AGRICOLA is also available to the public at the National
Agricultural Library's (NAL) Web Gateway (http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/).
BIOSIS Previews (Biological Abstracts) (NCSU only)
Issued as a part of the ISI Web of Knowledge, the database covers original research reports and reviews in biological and biomedical areas. Coverage includes traditional areas of biology such as botany, zoology, and microbiology, as well as related fields such as biomedical, agriculture, pharmacology, and ecology. Also included are interdisciplinary fields such as medicine, biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, and biotechnology. The database covers content summaries, books, meeting abstracts, papers, and posters. BIOSIS Previews combines the content from Biological Abstracts and Biological Abstracts/RRM. Coverage: 1969-present. Updated weekly.
CAB Abstracts (EBSCO) (NCSU only)
- Worldwide index to agriculture, forestry, and allied disciplines,
including animal and human nutrition. From the Centre for Agriculture & Biosciences International. Coverage: 1972- present. Updated
CAB Abstracts Archive (via EBSCOhost) (NCSU only)
Combines 17 printed abstract journals produced between 1910 and 1972 into a single database.
Entomology Abstracts (NCSU only)
Coverage: 1982-present. All recent research reports of direct relevance to entomology are assembled here, with coverage including insects, arachnids, myriapods, onychophorans, and terrestrial isopods. The journal provides an important source of information on geographic distribution ... nomenclature ... new species, and more.
Zoological Record (NCSU only)
Provides the most comprehensive index of the worldwide zoological literature, including journals,
books, and conference proceedings. Coverage: 1978- present.
Conference Papers Index (available through Cambridge Scientific
Abstracts) (NCSU only)
Conference Papers Index "provides citations to papers and
poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings around
the world. Subject emphasis since 1995 has been in the life sciences,
environmental sciences and the aquatic sciences, while older material
also covers physics, engineering and materials science."
Coverage: 1982- present. Updated bimonthly.
Dissertations & Theses (via ProQuest) (NCSU only)
Includes citations for over 2.3 million dissertations and theses from around the world, ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts; master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts.
database and research e-mail alert service (NCSU only)
IngentaConnect is a multidisciplinary table of contents database, updated nightly.
The alerting service (for subscribers only) delivers the table of contents of periodicals of interest directly to your e-mail box. Users can also create search strategies for their favorite topics; weekly alerts on the latest articles published on the specified topics are delivered to the user's e-mail address.
- "Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields" of the humanities, social sciences, and biological sciences. Coverage varies for each title.
Select (from the bottom of the search page) one or more disciplines to search--for example, Ecology, Botany, Population Studies. Then type in your search terms at the top.
NCSU Scholarly Publications Repository
Search by author or department for published articles, books,
or patents. Coverage: 1997-present.
NTIS (National Technical Information Service) (NCSU only)
Indexes the technical report literature.
The NTIS database "is the preeminent resource for accessing
the latest U.S. government-sponsored research and worldwide scientific,
technical, engineering, and business-related information...Additionally,
information is available from international government departments
and other international organizations, including those from Canada,
Japan, the former Soviet Union, Western and Eastern European countries."
Coverage: 1964- present. Updated biweekly.
Citation Index Expanded (via Web of Science) (NCSU only)
A multidisciplinary database that covers 3,330 major journals
across 100 scientific disciplines. Indexes cited references of
the articles in the database so you can search by cited author,
cited patent or cited paper. This allows you to trace a particular
research topic in the scientific literature. Coverage: 1900- present.
of Science Quick Reference Card (http://science.thomsonreuters.com/m/pdfs/mgr/webofscienceqrc.pdf )
Database features and search tips.
Please note that the NCSU Libraries will not have some of the journals
indexed by these databases. To see if we have the journal you need,
use the NCSU Libraries catalog
to search for the journal title (not the title of the article).
|To search by keyword
||Type the words or phrases you wish to begin your search and
lung cancer [Enter]
|Retrieves records with the phrase lung cancer
|To truncate terms
|Type the word you wish to search followed by an asterisk (*)
Note: The truncation symbol varies depending
on the search software.
|Retrieves records with terms beginning with virus such as vaccine
vaccines vaccination vaccinating vaccinated
|AND narrows your search
||lung cancer and prevention
|Retrieves any record that contains both the phrase lung
cancer and the term prevention.
|OR broadens your search
||aids or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [Enter]
||Retrieves any record that contains either the term aids
or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
||#1 and #2 [Enter]
Note: May not work in all databases. Does not work in WWW search
|Retrieves records that contain both a term from set
#1 and a term from set #2.
||(Aids or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and prevention
Note: Used when set searching
|Retrieves records that contain
either the term
aids or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and the
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