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Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Research Guide: Find Articles

A guide to information resources and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries' services for students and faculty in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Searching CAB Abstracts & PubMed

CAB Abstracts is the most comprehensive database for veterinary medicine, animal science, and agriculture. CAB Abstracts indexes many U.S. and international publications, conference proceedings, and book chapters. The coverage is from 1910 to the present.

Quick Tips

  1. Can use Boolean operators: and, or, not. For example, (cats or dogs) and diabetes (Note: The Boolean operators do not need to be capitalized.)
  2. Use quotation marks if you're searching for an exact phrase, "animal behaviour".
  3. Sometimes it can be helpful to truncate a search term. Use the asterisk. For example, cataract* will retrieve records with the following words:
    • cataracts
    • cataractogenesis
    • cataractous
  4. Because CAB Abstracts is produced in the UK, include British and American spellings (e.g. leukaemia, odour, oestrogens, haematology).
  5. After you've done a search, you might choose to "refine" or "limit" your search (e.g. English-only articles). The "refinements" are on the left-hand side of the results screen.
  6. Pay attention to the descriptors that are found in the citation record. Use the descriptors as search terms.

PubMed indexes the health sciences/life sciences literature. It also indexes approximately 101 veterinary medicine journals. The coverage is from the 1950s to the present.

Remember, PubMed does NOT index EVERY journal important to veterinary medicine. For example, Applied Animal Behavior Science, Bovine Practitioner, The Pig Journal, & the Journal of Swine Health & Production are NOT indexed by PubMed.

Quick Tips

  1. Link to PubMed via the library website for linkage to full-text via the WebBridge button.
  2. Capitalize Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT).
  3. Use "Limits" if appropriate (e.g. timeframe, language, etc.).
  4. Remember to identify synonyms for the concepts in your search statement. You may use abbreviations and complete disease names as search terms. For example, (RSV OR respiratory syncytial virus) AND (sheep OR lambs).
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Demo: Using Boolean operators

Online Indexes

Additional Resources

Undergraduate Students: Searching for articles?

Additional Information about PubMed & CONSULTANT

Guide to PubMed for Veterinarians:  Provides search tips and and a list of the veterinary medicine journals indexed in PubMed. Last revised: 3/20/2015.

CONSULTANT: Provides search tips. Last revised: 4/2010.

Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine Resources

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis in Animal Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

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