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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.
- Can use Boolean operators: and, or, not. For example, (cats or dogs) and diabetes (Note: The Boolean operators do not need to be capitalized.)
- Use quotation marks if you're searching for an exact phrase, "animal behaviour".
- Sometimes it can be helpful to truncate a search term. Use the asterisk. For example, cataract* will retrieve records with the following words:
- Because CAB Abstracts is produced in the UK, include British and American spellings (e.g. leukaemia, odour, oestrogens, haematology).
- 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.
- 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.
- Link to PubMed via the library website for linkage to full-text via the WebBridge button.
- Capitalize Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT).
- Use "Limits" if appropriate (e.g. timeframe, language, etc.).
- 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).
Demo: Using Boolean operators
Covers 7,000 diseases of 8 species. Avian is the only exotic covered. Provided by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
CABI: CAB Abstracts and Global Health, 1910- (via Web of Science)
CAB Abstracts and Global Health, from CABI (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International), covers international research in agriculture and all related applied life sciences and public health. Included are millions of citations, full-text articles, news items and reports across the applied life sciences.
Provides access to human and veterinary medicine journals and many other life sciences journals.
Scopus is a database of thousands of peer-reviewed journals covering the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, health and medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus also includes patent records, books, and conference proceedings, and full-text is often available. The “shared reference” link offers you more sources related to your search, thus broadening the scope of your research.
Web of Science Core Collection, 1900-
Why search? Find out how many times articles have been cited. Consists of 5 searchable databases: Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present), indexing 5,300 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines; Social Sciences Citation Index (1900-present); Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975-present); Book Citation Index-Science (2005-present); Book Citation Index-Social Sciences & Humanities (2005-present)
Animal Welfare Information Center
The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is mandated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to provide information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition.
Agricola (via ProQuest)
Covers all agricultural subjects, including food and human nutrition, agricultural engineering and technology, and earth and environmental sciences. (Index and Abstracts)
BIOSIS Citation Index (via Web of Science)
The BIOSIS Citation Index covers thousands of journals, conference proceedings, books, & technical reports in all aspects of the life sciences including developmental biology, organismal biology, ecology, molecular and cell biology, pharmacology, genetics, neurosciences, and psychology. BIOSIS Citation Index includes Biological Abstracts.
Fish, Fisheries & Aquatic Biodiversity Worldwide (EBSCO)
Fish, Fisheries & Aquatic Biodiversity Worldwide includes research in ichthyology, fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic biology. Also included is the Aquatic Biology, Aquaculture, & Fisheries Resources database, as well as some of the world’s major fish and fisheries databases like FISHLIT, Aquatic Biology Citations, Fishing Industry Research Index, and the Fisheries Review. Coverage spans 1971 to the present.
TOXNET is a publicly available government resource that provides access to a group of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related information. It includes HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank), CCRIS (Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Info System), TRI (Toxic Release Inventory), TOXLINE (journal articles about toxic substances), and other related databases. TOXNET features TOXMAP, maps depicting toxic chemical locations across the United States.
Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide (via EBSCO)
The Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide database covers literature on wild mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Most of the records in this database are from Wildlife Review Abstracts, formerly Wildlife Review, which until 1996 was a print publication produced by the U.S. National Biological Service. Major topic areas include studies of individual species, habitat types, hunting, economics, wildlife behavior, management techniques, diseases, ecotourism, zoology, taxonomy, and much more. Coverage spans 1935 to the present.
Zoological Record (via Ovid) 1978-2010
Zoological Record is a continuing database of animal biology, paleobiology, and zoology. It is a leading taxonomic reference and has long acted as an unofficial register of animal names. The broad scope of coverage ranges from biodiversity and the environment to taxonomy and veterinary sciences.
Undergraduate Students: Searching for articles?
Academic Search Premier
Covering a wide range of popular magazines and scholarly journals, Academic Search Premier is a first choice for finding full-text articles on most topics.
Additional Information about PubMed
Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine Resources
VetSRev is a freely accessible online database of citations for systematic reviews of relevance to veterinary medicine and science. The systematic reviews in VetSRev are found by searches of the PubMed and CAB Abstracts databases using specialised search filters, as well as alerts and contact with authors.
BestBETs for Vets
BET stands for Best Evidence Topic. BETs are simple reviews of the current best evidence available to answer very common and specific clinical questions.
"PICO.vet is designed to help veterinary clinicians, researchers, librarians and others build a well-structured and focused clinical question that interactively searches the biomedical literature. "
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis in Animal Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
Zoonoses and Public Health (June 2014)
Special issue of Zoonoses and Public Health, Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis in Animal Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. All articles are open-access.
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