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A Quick Reference Guide to Online Bio-Ag Resources at Purdue

 

From the Libraries homepage:  http://oldsite.lib.purdue.edu/.  Click on "Articles & Databases", then select Databases by Subject. **Note:  Access to many of these databases is limited to Purdue students, faculty, and staff.

Find a Journal Index according to its...
     Subject matter (Agricultural, Biological, Medical, etc.)
     Type of materials indexed (most current, general, multidisciplinary, includes full text,etc.)
Locate Biological & Agricultural Books...
Locate Biological / Agricultural Information on the Web...
Summary of Features in Various Databases...

If you need to locate articles on...

Use this Database....

Agricultural aspects

Agricola; CAB Abstracts; FSTA (Food Sci & Technol Abstr), Biological & Agricultural Index; GeoRef; Web of Science

Biological aspects

Biological Abstracts & Biological Abstracts RRM; Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts; Biological & Agricultural Index;  Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management; Medline; Web of Science

Educational aspects

ERIC

Engineering aspects

Compendex; Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management; INSPEC; Applied Science & Technology Index [These include many environmental, soil, pollution, biotechnology topics]

Sociological, psychological aspects

PsycINFO; SocioFile; Social Sciences Index; Web of Science

Medical aspects

Medline; CINAHL; International Pharmaceutical AbstractsHealthSource

General "magazine" articles as well as some scientific journals.

Academic Search; Masterfile; ProQuest; ArticleFirst

Most current information

Current Contents; Web of Science

Financial/business aspects

Look at the Management & Economic Library's homepage for guides to these resources

 

If you need this kind of article....

Use this database...

General "magazine" articles as well as some scientific journals.

Academic Search; Masterfile; ProQuest; ArticleFirst

Most current information

Current Contents; Web of Science

Multidisciplinary resources

Academic Search; Masterfile; ArticleFirst; Current Contents; ProQuest; Web of Science

Newspaper articles

Lexis-Nexis; Newspaper Source; Dow Jones Interactive; NewsBank NewsFile

Full-text for some articles

ProQuest; Academic Search; Masterfile; Lexis-Nexis

 

If you need to locate biological / agricultural books...

Use this resource...

Locally

Purdue University Libraries Catalog

Worldwide

WorldCat, Books in Print, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

 

If you need to locate biological / agricultural information on the web...

Use one of these resources...

Search Engines

Alltheweb
Altavista
Hotbot
Northernlight
IxQuick

Subject-categorized resources

Yahoo!

Summary of Features in Various Databases...

Search Engine  Database(s)

Trun-
ca-
tion
Symbol

Boolean
Operators

To Search for a Phrase

Select articles and Email, Print, or Save to a Disk

Includes Abstracts

Has Links to the Purdue Online Catalog

Auto- Alerts *
(SDIs)

Has Links to the Full Text

OVID Interface
Agricola

ERIC

CINAHL

Compendex

Current Contents

Medline

PsychINFO

SocioFile

$

and
or
not
()

firstword
nextword

yes

yes

yes

yes*

no

WilsonWeb Interface
Biological & Agricultural Index

Applied Science & Technology Index

*

and
or
not
()

firstword
nextword

yes

BioAg: no

ASTI: yes

yes

no

no

Web of Science
(= Science Citation Index) and Web of Science Proceedings

*

and
or
not
()

firstword
nextword

yes

yes

no

no

some links to fulltext

ProQuest Research Library

?

and
or
and not
()

"firstword nextword"

yes

for newer articles, 
yes

no

no

many full text articles

FirstSearch Interface
ArticleFirst

WorldCat


(retrieve s 
plurals, only)

and
not
or
()
note: limit of two "or's" per search

firstword
w1
nextword
("w1" means "within one word of")

yes

no

no

no

no

EBSCOHost Interface
Academic Search

MasterFILE

Encyclopedia of Animals

 HealthSource

*

and
or
not
()

firstword
nextword

yes

yes
(very brief summaries)

no

no

many full text articles in Academic Search and Masterfile

Purdue Libraries Online Catalog
via THOR, the Purdue Libraries Web Site.

?
(in a keyword or assisted search)

AND
OR
NOT
()
(in a keyword search)

"firstword
nextword"
(in a keyword search)

yes

-

-

-

Has links to the e- journals to which Purdue sub-
scribes

WebSPIRS Interface
Biological Abstracts

Books in Print

CAB Abstracts

GeoRef

FSTA

*

and
or
not
()

firstword
nextword

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

CSA Interface (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)
Environmental Sciences 

& Pollution Management
Database

ASFA (Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts)

*

 and
or
not
()

firstword
nextword

yes

yes

yes

no

no

Web Search Engines
AltaVista,
AllTheWeb,
HotBot,
Northern Light

Yahoo

IxQuick
(MetaSearch)

*

When placed in front of a word:
" +" means "and",
" -" means "not"

"firstword
nextword"

Use quotes to denote a phrase.

 

-

-

-

-

-

* Auto-alerts (SDI) are searches that you create and that will be run automatically each time the database is updated (weekly, quarterly, etc.), generating an email to you with new matches.  Usually folks create these in the Current Contents database, since Current Contents is updated weekly and is multidisciplinary in scope.