CVM Summer Scholar's Research
Research Made Easy: Discover the
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Andrea L. Dinkelman, Assistant Professor
Science & Technology Librarian for the College of Veterinary Medicine and
the Department of Animal Science
2280 Veterinary Medical Library
& 152 Parks Library
Goal of this session:
Provide an overview
of the major literature databases useful in veterinary medicine and life sciences/biomedical
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your Library pin# - Access electronic journals and databases off-campus;
all you need is your ISU ID number and a Library pin number!
- Produced by the National Library
- Indexes the health sciences
and life sciences literature. Also indexes approximately 101 veterinary
- Freely available version of
- Access PubMed via the Veterinary
Medical Library homepage. This link is enabled with the"Get it@ISU"
button.The tool provides a direct link from a database citation to the
full text of the article (if available). You will see small "Get
it@ISU" buttons in most of the Library's major databases. After
clicking on this button, another window will open. If the Library has
electronic access to the full-text, there will be a direct link to the
article. If full-text is not available, click on the link to the ISU Library
Catalog to determine whether the item is available in print. If neither
the full-text or print is available, click on the link to request the
item from Interlibrary Loan.
III. Using PubMed
- For additional information:
- Search Tips
- Recommend using Boolean
operators, AND, OR, NOT. Must be in capital letters!
- Sample Search: diabetes
AND (cats OR dogs)
- Click on author
name for "AbstractPlus" view.
links to full-text and "Get it@ISU"
- Remember to identify
synonyms for the concepts in your search statement.
- For example, (horses
OR equine OR foals) AND (toxicity OR poisoning) AND (pesticides
OR cholinesterase inhibitor) retrieves 150 records!
- horses AND toxicity
AND pesticides retrieves 59 records!
- Limits Tab and Field Tags
- Can limit a search by
various parameters, e.g. dates, language, etc.
- Field tags can be very
useful. For example,
- iowa state university
[AD] AND veterinary medicine
- Complete list of tags
available in the "Help" document. Search "tags"
->Search Field Descriptions and Tags
- Affiliation tag
[AD]; Journal title [TA]; Unique Identifier [PMID]
- MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
- controlled vocabulary
terms that are assigned by indexers. Change to "Citation"
view to see the MeSH terms.
- Other Features
- Journals Database: locate
complete journal titles from abbreviations and vice versa
- Single Citation Matcher:
locate journals with incomplete citations
- My NCBI: can set up
searches to run automatically and have results emailed to you
- PubMed Bookshelf - Includes
many science and biomedical textbooks.
- PubMed vs. PubMed
Central - PubMed Central is a free full-text archive of biomedical
and life sciences journal literature.
IV. CAB Abstracts
- Most comprehensive database
for veterinary medicine, animal science, and agriculture.
- Covers international publications,
conference proceedings, meeting reports, book chapters.
- Coverage: 1910 - present
- Search Tips
- Construct search statements
using: and, or
- Use British spellings;
check the thesaurus for terminology. Examples: leukaemia, odour,
- Can limit search to
"English only" articles.
- Use abbreviations and
complete disease names. Example: prrs or porcine reproductive and
- When you enter one or
more terms, it is searched as a phrase. Example: canine pregnancy
termination does not retrieve any records. Try: (canine or dogs)
and pregnancy and termination
- Note: Our site license
only permits 8 simultaneous users!
V. Web of Science
(part of the Web of Knowledge)
access to the ISI Citation Indexes: Science Citation Index, Social Sciences
Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Citation Index: 6,376 covered scientific journals
subscription goes back to 1945 for the Science Citation Index.
search by topic or do cited reference searching.
- Search Tips
- Use AND, OR
- Example: mad cow disease
OR bse OR bovine spongiform encephalopathy
- Can "Refine Results"
a variety of ways (left-hand sidebar)
- Times cited information:
displays the number of times an article has been cited and links
to the citing articles
- Can search "All databases"
withing the Web of Knowledge simultaneously.
Additional Resources - These
may be useful depending on your research topic and area of interest.
VI. Biosis Previews
(Part of the Web of Knowledge)
VII. Wildlife & Ecology
& Ecology Studies Worldwide is the worlds largest index to literature
on wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians nearly 681, 573
bibliographic records, many include abstracts."
from 1935 to the present.
includes wildlife behavior and management, studies of individual species,
habitat, economics, hunting, parasites, and diseases.
books, conference proceedings, government reports (including those of
U.S. state agencies), theses, dissertations, and grey literature publications
VIII. Food Science & Technology
Abstracts - food safety
as related to food processing
- What: "world's leading
database of information on food science, food technology and nutrition."
Produced by the International Food Information Service (IFIS).
- Coverage: indexes journals,
conference proceedings, patents, books.
- Dates: 1969 - present
- Search tips:
Must click "Login" in the left-hand sidebar.
Quick Search is the default. Date Range default is last 12 months.
Use Advanced Search feature to build more specific searches.
The keywords in FSTA are very different from the descriptors/identifiers
used in CAB Abstracts. Use the keyword selector to identify terms.
IX. Google Scholar
- Access via "Indexes
& Abstracts" for the "Get it@ISU" feature.
- Caution! - Will not
find the most current and up-to-date information in Google Scholar!!
- Can be useful for identifying
other types of scientific literature (conference and reports, proceedings,
X. Research Advice
- For topics related to veterinary
medicine and animal science, CAB Abstracts is the most comprehensive source
- Because of the interdisciplinary
nature of biomedical and scientific research, you will most likely need to
search more than one resource if you are doing a comprehensive literature
- Use the Web of Science to see
who has cited specific research articles. This allows you to search forward
- Do not use Google Scholar or Google
as your sole source of information; it is incomplete!
- VIN (Veterinary Information Network)
- If you find citations to the journal literature in VIN, be sure to check
the e-journals list
and the library
catalog to see whether or not the library has access, online or print.
- Please feel free to contact me
via email or stop by the Veterinary Medical Library!