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Databases are grouped into subject areas. The Animal & Vet Science databases will be particularly useful for your study.
Key databases for Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Databases index peer review journals article, conference proceeding and book chapters. They can be multidisciplinary or subject specific. Library journal databases will either provide the full-text for an article or will link you through Primo to the full-text of the article.
Useful databases to search for Animal and Veterinary Science include
A bibliographic database produced by CAB International (CABI), available on the Ovid platform in various date packages. This one is the full package, with coverage back to 1910. Covers agriculture; animal & vet sciences; environmental sciences; health, food, and nutrition; leisure & tourism; microbiology & parasitology; and plant sciences. Includes some material in full-text.
Originally a citation-only database, the database now includes full-text content which was previously only available through a separate subscription. There are tens of thousands of full-text documents available including journal articles, reports, and conference papers. To display results that are directly available in full-text in this database, you need to use the limiter for Ovid Full Text Available, which you can get by clicking on the button for Additional Limits.
The Ovid search interface for CAB Abstracts includes a "Map term to subject heading" tick-box, which you can use to check for and search by authorised subject headings.
A multi-subject abstract and citation database of research literature. Known for its citation-tracking and bibliometric features.
Scopus is an abstract and citation database of research literature which offers coverage of more than 22,000 journals, and more than 150,000 books, from more than 5,000 publishers. There are nearly 70 million records and 1.4 billion cited references. Most records date since 1996 but Scopus has recently added records dated from 1970 - 1995.
Scopus does not include the full-text of articles, but, in a results list, you can click on the Find it [at] CSU link below each record to search for the full article in another database.
Subject coverage includes:
* Life Sciences (agricultural and biological sciences; biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology; immunology and microbiology; neuroscience; pharmacology, toxicology and pharmaceutics; multidisciplinary).
* Health Sciences (medicine; dentistry; nursing; veterinary; health professions).
* Physical Sciences (chemical engineering; chemistry; computer science; earth and planetary science; energy; engineering; environmental science; materials science; mathematics; physics and astronomy).
* Social Sciences & Humanities (arts and humanities; business, management and accounting; decision sciences; economics, econometrics, and finance; psychology; social sciences).
Scopus has a number of specialised features relating to bibliometrics which are mainly used by higher degree researchers. But one feature that might have wider application is the ability to use the View Cited By function to find articles that cite your selected articles(s). You can also sort your results list by citation count.
A collection of 6 citation databases and 2 chemical indexes available from Thomson Reuters. These databases can be searched in any combination or individually. A feature of the citation databases is that you can use them to find citing articles (ie articles that have cited a specific reference).
The databases are: * Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED): 1900-present
* Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI): 1900-present
* Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI): 1975-present
* Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S) --1990-present
* Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH) --1990-present.
* Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) - 2015-present
The indexes are: * Current Chemical Reactions (CCR-EXPANDED) --1985-present (includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840)
* Index Chemicus (IC) --1993-present.
Once in the Web of Science Core Collection, you can search these databases together or individually. To specify an individual database, or a combination of databases, click on the More Settings link below the search box, and tick or untick the boxes.
You can search for articles by a range of criteria. Most of the articles in this databases don't have the full-text attached, but you can use the Find it [at] CSU button, situated beneath each record, to locate full-text in another online database or in a campus library print holding.
The Web of Science Core Collectionis available in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science interface, where you can choose a different Web of Science database - Current Contents Connect, KCI-Korean Journal Database, MEDLINE, Russian Science Citation Index, or the SciELO Citation Index - or search across "All Databases. You can change to a different database by clicking on the drop-down arrow beside Web of Science Core Collection in the main tab-bar of the Web of Science screen.
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how to search ovid databases
In one of the databases listed try typing in some of the keywords you identified in your topic analysis exercise (i.e. horse racing AND ethics)
Did you get less results than Primo Search and Google Scholar? Being a sciencedatabase, they should be more relevant to your topic.
Look at the HTML and PDF links to access the full text of the article.
If you cannot find the full text click on the button to check if the article is available elsewhere.