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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

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 a topic.

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 Title.

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 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.

CAB Abstracts Archive (via EBSCOhost) (NCSU only)
Combines 17 printed abstract journals produced between 1910 and 1972 into a single database.

Biological Sciences subfiles, including Animal Behavior Abstracts and Ecology Abstracts. (NCSU only)

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 Abstracts.

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. Updated: quarterly.

Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide. Also known as Wildlife Worldwide. (NCSU only)

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: quarterly.

Zoological 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.

Other databases.

Blackwell Synergy (NCSU only)

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 others.

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 150-word abstracts.

IngentaConnect (NCSU only)

A multidisciplinary table of contents database, updated nightly, indexing articles in over 17,000 journals. Coverage: Fall 1988- present.

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 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.

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.

Science 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. Updated weekly.

Web of Science v. 7 Quick Reference Card

(http://scientific.thomson.com/media/scpdf/wos7_0805_qrc.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).

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.

Search Tips

To search by keyword Type the words or phrases you wish to begin your search and press [Enter]
lung cancer [Enter]
Retrieves records with the phrase lung cancer
To truncate terms
(wildcard searching)
Type the word you wish to search followed by an asterisk (*)
vaccin* [Enter]
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.
Set searching #1 and #2 [Enter]
Note: May not work in all databases. Does not work in WWW search engines.
Retrieves records that contain both a term from set #1 and a term from set #2.
Nesting (Aids or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and prevention [Enter]
Note: Used when set searching
isn't available.
Retrieves records that contain
either the term aids or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and the term prevention.

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