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ANS 002: Animal Science, Introduction to | Table of Contents
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UC Davis Animal-Related Library Collections
FACULTY: Jim Murray — firstname.lastname@example.org
Searching in a library catalog requires looking for broader topics such as domesticated animal behavior or farm animal behavior rather than the more specific post-natal maternal behavior in cattle. Useful subject searches by type of animal include cattle reproduction or sheep reproduction or cattle behavior or sheep behavior etc.
Building Search Term Lists & other Searching Tips
Searching library literature databases often requires including synonomous terms, if there is not a specific subject or thesaurus term from your database.
CONCEPT A CONCEPT B CONCEPT C CONCEPT D CONCEPT D CONCEPT E
pre-natal post-natal maternal behav* cattle goat
pre-birth parturition mother ethology cow doe
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Combine your synonyms with OR, such as
maternal OR mother OR dam ....
Concepts that you wish to cross or intersect, combine using AND
parturition AND maternal AND cattle AND behavior
MORE than one spelling possibility or want to pick up plurals? Use a wildcard, such as the asterisk (*) at the end of words ...(this same wildcard is used in CAB Abstracts and BIOSIS Previews)
partur* AND maternal AND cattle* AND behav*
Peer-Reviewed Journal Databases
A process through which manuscripts submitted to a journal are evaluated for quality -- by one or more subject experts in addition to the editor -- before being accepted for publication.
ProQuest article databases (such as PsycINFO) include a checkbox to limit to "Peer Reviewed" articles. For journals retrieved from other databases, use the online Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to locate your journal and then look for the black symbol indicating the publication is "Refereed".
Library literature databases assist one in looking for very specific topics such as post-natal maternal behavior in sheep.
Some library databases covering animal topics range from agriculture databases with domesticated animal information (CAB Abstracts and Agricola) to very broad databases which include animal behavior research (PsycINFO & BIOSIS Previews).
NOTE: For ANS 2 Paper Assignment I, use the CAB Abstracts database (excellent for cattle, sheep and goat studies); for Paper Assignment II, use the BIOSIS Previews database (excellent for lab animal studies, especially of mice and rats).