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Basic guides and tools before getting started
Finding books and materials in Addison
Keywords: broad/general terms found anywhere in the record; use as starting point to find information, then move to subject searches based on items returned of interest in your search.
Some keywords to try:
- Disease ecology
- wildlife parasit*
- use * for truncation – searches parasite, parasites, parasitism, etc
- wildlife disease (management or control)
- use of () dictates search must include the first 2 terms, wildlife and disease, and could include either management or control (or both terms, as long as one is present with the first two, a record will be returned).
Subject headings (specific classifications given to materials about their subject area): these are also called "controlled vocabulary" or "index terms" as these are assigned to materials that meet criteria for a specific subject area.
Examples of broader subject headings
- Host-parasite relationships
- Communicable diseases in animals
- Wildlife diseases
Examples of more specific subject headings
- Birds -- Infections.
- Mammals -- Parasites.
- Plant diseases -- Epidemiology.
- Chronic wasting disease -- United States.
A sample of the many useful books and resources available through the library
Examples of books in the collection on evolution of diseases
Examples of books in the collection on specific examples of diseases or species examined
Using databases to find articles
- Biological Abstracts: Covers articles from life sciences research journals published worldwide
- CABDirect: Over 8.3 million records in the life sciences, covering an international scope
- CSA Natural Sciences: CSA Natural Sciences will search across 20 indexes and their subsets in all areas of the natural sciences (biology, ecology, diseases, plant sciences, etc)
- Medline (aka PubMed) comes from a variety of vendors/platforms:
- Web of Science: Includes Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index
- Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide: World's largest index to literature on wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
A few key websites
Although there are many websites available, these will help get you started, and are relatively unbiased.
Additional subject guides to check