Strategies for Finding Primary Literature Bio14

Now that you have learned what primary literature is, the next step is to find it by accessing the Tisch Library Research Assistance page.

  1. Open a web page and go to the Tisch Library Homepage
  2. Select Research Assistance.
  3. Connect here to search on your own.

Strategies for Online Databases

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Database Name Biological & Agricultural Index Plus

Search Tips

Feature

Example

Keyword

 

corn

Broaden

Use "or"

Corn or maize

Narrow

Use "and"

Use "not"

Corn and disease

Corn and disease not united states

Limit

By year, record type and language

Truncation

Use "*" to find term variations.

Use "#" to find a single character

Bio* (finds biology, biological, Biologists, etc.)

Wom#n (finds woman, women, Womyn)

Document Delivery

Available through the "Find it at Tufts" button.

E-mail

Choose the E-mail icon to the right of the results screen.

Print

Choose the Print icon to the right of the results screen.

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Database Name Academic One File

Search Tips

Feature

Example

Keyword

Database defaults to Keyword search

Insects or bugs

Broaden

Use "or"

 

Narrow

Use "and"

Use "not"

Insects and flight

Insects not United States

Limit

By date, full text, refereed publications or journal title.

Truncation

Use "*" to find term Variations

Use "?" to find one character

Use "!" to find one or no characters

Brown* (finds browns, browning, browned, brownfields, etc.)

Defen?e (finds defense or defence)

Product! (finds product or products)

Document Delivery

Available through the "Find it at Tufts" button.

E-mail

After marking the items, choose the e-mail delivery option located on the left side navigation bar.

Print

After marking the items, choose the print option located on the left side navigation bar.

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Database Name JSTOR

Search Tips

Feature

Example

Keyword

Use Basic Search

biodiversity

Broaden

Use "OR"

biodiversity OR "biological diversity"

Narrow

Choose "AND" from drop-down menu

biodiversity AND rainforests

Limit

Use Advanced Search and limit by year; articles, reviews, opinion  pieces; groups of journals or individual journals; abstract, title, author

biodiversity AND rainforests. Limit by Botany and Ecology journals

Truncation

Use "?" to search for singular and plural  forms of a word

bird*

Document Delivery

Not needed, this is a full text database

Email

Choose File from Windows Menu Bar, then Send Frame

Print

From Search Results list, choose "Print"

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Database Name Biological Science Collection and Environment Abstracts (via Proquest)

Search Tips

Feature

Example

Keyword

 

butterflies

Broaden

 

butterflies OR Lepidoptera

Narrow

Use "and"
Use "not"

butterflies and migration
butterflies and migration not Mexico

Limit

By year source, subject

 

Truncation

Use "*" to find term Variations

butter*

Document delivery

Available through the "Find it at Tufts" button.

E-mail

Select documents, then choose E-Mail articles from menu bar.

Print

Select documents, then choose Print from menu bar

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Database Name BIOSIS Previews and Science Citation Index Expanded (via ISI, Web of Science)

Search Tips

Feature

Example

Keyword

Use TOPIC search

bioluminescence

Broaden

Use "or"

bioluminescence or chemiluminescent

Narrow

Use "and"

Use "not"

bioluminescence and insects and selection

bioluminescence and insects not bacteria

Limit

By date, language, document types, organisms.

Truncation

Use "*" to find term variations

Use "?" to find a single character

biolumines* (finds bioluminescence, bioluminescent)

Wom?n (finds women, woman, womyn)

Document Delivery

Available through the "Find it at Tufts" button.

E-mail

From the marked records screen, choose the e-mail icon.

Print

From the marked records screen, choose the print icon.

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Database Name Scopus (Elsevier)

Search Tips

Feature

Example

Keyword

Use BASIC search

"Common loon"

Broaden

Use "or"

"Common loon" or "Gavia immer"

Narrow

Use "and"

Use "not"

("Common loon" or "Gavia immer") and habitat

("Common loon" or "Gavia immer") and not Canada

Limit

By data, document type, subject area.

Truncation

Use "*" to find term variations

Use "*" to find a single character

conserv* (finds conserve, conservation)

behavi*r (finds behavior and behaviour)

Document Delivery

Available through the "Find it at Tufts" button.

E-mail

From the results page by clicking on the E-mail icon.

Print

From the results page by clicking on the Print icon.

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Notes:

All databases allow for the following search strategies:

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