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Literature Search Strategies. Resources and approaches at UMW. Finding an article of interest. Go to the databases Databases See different “Subject Areas” Biology OR Environmental Science OR Geography. Finding an article of interest. Biology most useful Agricultural Sciences

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literature search strategies

Literature Search Strategies

Resources and approaches at

UMW

finding an article of interest
Finding an article of interest
  • Go to the databases
  • Databases

See different “Subject Areas”

  • Biology OR
  • Environmental Science OR
  • Geography
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Finding an article of interest
  • Biology most useful
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Annual Reviews
    • Aquatic Sciences
    • Biological and Agricultural Index
    • Biological and Medical Sciences
    • BioOne
    • Environmental Sciences
    • General Science Full Text
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Finding an article of interest
  • See “Annual Reviews”
  • Databases
  • Databases Alphabetically by Name
  • A
  • Annual Reviews
word searches
Word searches
  • Boolean operators
    • And
    • Or
    • Not
  • Phrases and wildcards
    • “xyz abe”
    • organism* or communit* or commun*
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Word searches
  • Where is it searching? and stuff
    • title
    • keyword
    • abstract
    • full text
    • author
finding an article
Finding an article
  • Journal or periodical title is key
    • Hubbell, S.P., R.B. Foster, S.T. O’Brien…. 1999. Light-gap disturbances, recruitment limitation, and tree diversity in a neotropical forest. Science 283: 554 – 557.
  • 4 places to look
    • Simpson Library holdings
    • Online full text sources
    • VIVA
    • Interlibrary loan
finding an article1
Finding an article
  • www.library.umw.edu
  • Basic Search
  • Browse for ________ as a Title of Periodical
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Finding an article
  • www.library.umw.edu
  • Full-text Databases
  • Full Text Electronic Journals Holding List
  • Several ways to find title
  • Title begins with … OR
  • By first letter of title
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Finding an article
  • www.library.umw.edu
  • Databases
  • VIVA (bottom of top section)
  • Electronic Collections
  • Online Journal Locator
  • Search a variety of ways
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Finding an article
  • Interlibrary loan
one article leads to many
One article leads to many…
  • One good journal article
  • Read and highlight interesting references
    • Find those articles
    • Search databases for authors’ names
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