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ABI 50A: Animal Biology Lab

How to Access the Full Text of an Article

Find Articles via Subject Databases

"Get it at UC" Button

Get it at UC button icon Most databases provide a description of articles and other resources to help you find what you need by searching through the indexed literature within their website. Included as part of the item record is the “Get it at UC”  button. Clicking this button will direct you to a copy of the full text of the article. 

Interlibrary Loan Request

If we do not own a journal or book, you can submit an interlibrary loan (ILL) request to have the book or article (e)mailed to you for free from another UC library. Learn more about how to request books or articles.

How to Choose a Database

In deciding which database(s) to use, it is helpful to note:

  • Who: Who is authoring these publications? Are these scholarly, popular, or industry sources?
  • What: What can I find in the database? (e.g. articles, conference proceedings, data)
  • When: When does coverage begin? How well is historical literature covered? Does it include articles published in the last year?
  • Where: What is the geographical scope of the coverage? Does that match your research interest?

NOTE:  Your database comparison table distributed in the class (and also to be available from your Canvas class site) helps with locating the above criteria for four of the key databases for finding animal-related literature:   BIOSIS Previews, ASFA, PubMed & Zoological Record.

Recommended Subject Databases:

Fish Project - Key Databases

Search BIOSIS Previews or ASFA for the basic biology of fish or their parasites including:  anatomy and physiology, behavior, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, nutrition and feeding, reproduction, and taxonomy and systematics.

FishBase is an excellent resource for family/taxonomic information on fish.

Search PubMed for veterinary literature on the parasites of fish.

Identify Peer-Reviewed Articles

A peer-reviewed source is an article that has been reviewed by several other experts in the field before being published  in order to ensure its quality. This 2 minute video describes the peer review process

How do I Know if an Article is Peer-Reviewed?

Look for limits/filters

Many databases allow you to specify that you want to search only in “peer-reviewed” or “refereed” sources.

Visit the journal’s webpage

Search online for your journal’s title. Sections like “about this journal” or “editorial policies” generally mention whether the journal is peer-reviewed/refereed.

Check a directory 

Use the Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory to find key information about a journal, including whether it has a peer-review process.