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Overview of animal and poultry sciences

Use this guide to perform background research to refine a research topic, confirm terminology, find biological descriptions of animals, and get a general understanding before finding books and articles to support a research project.

Getting started with academic research | Overview of animal science | Recommended databases | Early literature

  • Animal Health and Production Compendium from CABI

        Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International
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    Animal Health and Production Compendium from CABI

    Animal Health and Production Compendium (AHPC) provides detailed information on agricultural and biological sciences. It contains datasheets (HTML and PDF) on livestock and the diseases that affect them, datasheets on food safety and quality, and datasheets on countries' statistical data on animal and economic production. It also provides PDF and HTML full-text documents on all aspects of food animals as well as an index to citations for agricultural publications and nearly 2,000 images. A geographic database contains country distribution data for diseases and breeds for use with GIS software. 1910s-present.  

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  • AnimalBase

    This resource is freely accessible


    AnimalBase provides copyright-free open access to zoological works and provides manually verified lists of names of zoological genera and species. It includes digitized books and journal articles, most from prior to 1900, in their original language. Documents display as scanned images; many can be downloaded as PDFs. You can also search or browse by species, genus, or family. 350 BCE-present.

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  • Biological Sciences encyclopedias from Oxford Reference Online

        Oxford Reference
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    Biological Sciences encyclopedias from Oxford Reference Online

    Search or browse across 13 subject encyclopedias and dictionaries with over 80,000 entries. References are linked via Get VText.  

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