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BIOL 4164 - Mammalogy - Demastes: Find Articles

Guide for locating research on specific mammals. Tips on where to search and how to search.

In-Class Questions

When considering the 2 provided articles, think about & discuss:

1. Who or what were the subjects of study?

2. What data set was used/analyzed?

3. What were the researchers wearing when they gathered data?

4. What were the overall findings/results?

 

When considering the 1 article we're going to focus on, think about & discuss:

1. Who are the authors? What do we know (or can we Google) about them?

2. Where was this published? What do know (or can we Google) about it?

3. How current is it?

4. What further research is suggested?

5. How would we find more like this?

General Databases (Interdisciplinary)

Species Search Tips

Try both common and scientific names.
Scientific name lookup: Catalogue of Life
Use quotation marks around logical phrases, such as scientific names (ex. ursus maritimus)

Biology-Focused Databases

Web of Science (Thomsen Reuters)

Cross-disciplinary database that combines several search tools, including Biological Abstracts, Zoological Record, Science Citation Index, and more. Plays well with EndNote Web.

PubMed (the original)

Very strong in biomedical research.  Use advanced search and try limiting to Title/Abstract.  This link provides the Find it! @ UNI when off campus.

MEDLINE (PubMed via Web of Knowledge/Science)

This version of PubMed works very well with EndNote Web.  Though it Includes Topic, Title, and MeSH search options there is no searching by Abstract. This link provides the Find it! @ UNI when off campus.

JSTOR

Another database for locating more historical biological research (back to ~ 1840).  You may wish to "narrow by discipline."  If you want to limit by subject area, when you first arrive at JSTOR, scroll down the page and check on or more of the following boxes:

SpringerLink  (Springer)

This large science database provides access to many Springer journal articles from 1997 - present.  Use the "Advanced Search" option which hides under the "gear" icon to the right of the search box. 

Background (use sparingly)

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Journal Abbreviations

Many citations you see for scholarly articles will include journal abbreviations. Google abbreviations to determine what they stand for. Also try:

Evaluate Journals