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ZO 544: Mammalogy
Librarian: Carol Vreeland
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 mammalogy, 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
NCSU 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 Computing Resources'
Unity/Eos Help Page.
The databases that index articles about mammalogy are listed below.
Use one or more of the databases to search for references to journal
articles. These references 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; search for the
journal title (not the title of the article).
Use the Journals List to locate
electronic versions of the journal that you need.
Articles not available via the Journals List may still be obtained
through the Tripsaver service.
Agriculture and Life Sciences databases.
To search one of these databases, go to Databases (http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/searchcollection/databases/).
Then select a subject-- Example: Zoology. You'll see a long
list of databases from which to choose.
AGRICOLA (via EBSCOhost) (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.
Use the Journals Indexed in AGRICOLA (JIA) database (http://www.nal.usda.gov/catalog/jia.shtml) 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
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 also combines
the content from Biological Abstracts and Biological Abstracts/RRM.
Coverage: 1969-present. Updated weekly.
CAB Abstracts (via EBSCOhost) (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.
Abstracts Archive (via EBSCOhost) (NCSU only)
Combines 17 printed abstract journals produced between 1910 and 1972 into a single
Biological Sciences subfiles,
including Animal Behavior Abstracts and Ecology Abstracts. (NCSU
Animal Behavior Abstracts covers significant papers relevant
to animal behavior, with subjects ranging from neurophysiology
to behavioral ecology, from genetics to applied ethology. Coverage:
1982- present. Updated: monthly.
Ecology Abstracts covers current ecology research on subjects
ranging from habitats to food chains, from erosion to land reclamation.
The focus is on "how organisms of all kinds--microbes, plants,
and animals--interact with their environments and with other organisms."
Coverage: 1982-present. Updated: monthly.
Other relevant databases might include Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries
Abstracts, Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management, Oceanic
Fish and Fisheries Worldwide (NCSU only)
Indexing and abstracts to worldwide fish and fish-related literature.
Includes journal articles, books, pamphlets, conference proceedings,
government reports, theses, and dissertations. Includes the database
equivalent of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's print Fisheries
Review plus other fisheries databases. Coverage: 1971- present.
& Ecology Studies Worldwide. Also known as Wildlife Worldwide.
Comprehensive index to the world literature on mammals, birds,
reptiles, and amphibians. Covers studies of individual species
to specific habitat types, hunting, economics, wildlife behavior,
management techniques, etc. Includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service's Wildlife Review databases and other wildlife databases.
Coverage: 1971- present (full); 1935-1970 (selective). Updated:
Record (NCSU only)
Provides the most comprehensive coverage of worldwide animal
literature. Over 6,500 international journals, review annuals,
monographs, meeting proceedings, books and reports are monitored
for inclusion. All major areas of zoology are represented,
including: behavior, ecology, evolution, habitat, nutrition,
parasitology, reproduction, taxonomy, and zoogeography. Coverage:
1978-present. Updated monthly.
Blackwell Synergy is the online journals service from Blackwell
Publishing. Readers can "search for relevant articles, read
abstracts for free, print the full-text of subscribed to articles,
download citations, and make connections to other relevant research
through reference linking." Coverage: Varies by title.
Includes access to the journal Ethology, as well as
Conference Papers Index
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
A multidisciplinary table of contents database, updated nightly,
indexing articles in over 17,000 journals. Coverage: Fall 1988-
Also available: an automated alerting service that delivers the table
of contents of periodicals of interest directly to your e-mail
box. The alert service also allows users to create search strategies
for their favorite topics. Weekly alerts on the latest articles
published on the specified topics are delivered to the user's
"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.
NTIS (National Technical Information Service) (available through
Engineering Village 2) (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 5,900 major journals
across 150 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.
Web of Science v. 7 Quick Reference Card
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
Satellite Shelving Facility. Sometimes, the catalog
record will state that the book or journal you need is located at
the NCSU Libraries' Satellite Shelving Facility. You can request
the item(s) by logging on to the Tripsaver request system and filling out a Satellite Request Form. (Go to the Reference Desk for assistance.) Many
requested items can be delivered the same day as requested. See
Requesting Materials for details.
Even if the library does not have a subscription to a particular
journal, you may be able to access the journal electronically.
Use the Journals List to find specific
electronic journals by title.
|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 vaccin
such as vaccine vaccines vaccination vaccinating vaccinated
|AND narrows your search
||lung cancer and
|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 term prevention.
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