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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
CABI: CAB Abstracts & Global Health
Comprehensive database that covers: agriculture; animal and veterinary sciences; human health, food and nutrition; microbiology and parasitology; plant sciences. It is the most comprehensive database for veterinary medicine and agriculture. Includes many international publications. Coverage: 1910 - present.
Provides access to human and veterinary medicine journals and many other life sciences journals.
Covers 7,000 diseases of 8 species. Avian is the only exotic covered. Provided by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Web of Science Core Collection
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)
Scopus is a database of peer-reviewed literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, with substantial international coverage. With coverage extending back to the mid-1800s, Scopus currently includes more than 29,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers (including open access journals), as well as conference proceedings, trade publications, book series, and patent records from 5 patent offices: US Patent & Trademark Office, European Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, World Intellectual Property Organization and the UK Intellectual Property Office. Includes cited reference searching from 1996 to the present and smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
Covers agricultural economics, animal culture and welfare, biotechnology, human ecology, soil science, and veterinary medicine. AGRICOLA indexes articles, books, theses and patents dated 1970 to the present. Produced by the National Agricultural Library. Coverage: 1970 - 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.
BIOSIS Citation Index
The BIOSIS Citation Index includes the Biological Abstracts and BIOSIS Previews databases. It includes around 6000 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. Use the "Cited Reference Search" tab on top of screen to search for lists of articles citing your reference. Includes cited reference searching. Coverage : 1926-present.
Fish, Fisheries & Aquatic Biodiversity Worldwide
Covers all aspects of ichthyology and fisheries, and related aspects of aquaculture. Major topics include culture and propagation, genetics and behavior, natural history, parasites and diseases, and fisheries management.
Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program, National Library of Medicine. A cluster of databases on toxicology data and literature (including TOXLINE) and hazardous chemicals.
Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide
Covers wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, from 1935 and earlier to present. Coverage includes wildlife behavior and management, studies of individual species, habitat, economics, hunting, parasites, and diseases.
Indexes journal articles, review annuals, monographs, meeting proceedings, and reports published internationally in zoological literature, including these areas: anatomy, behavior, ecology, life history, morphology, physiology, reproduction, systematics, zoogeography, and more. Coverage: 1978-2010.
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 & CONSULTANT
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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