Tutorials: Journal of Animal Science Style
Selected Article Databases
Horses and metabolic syndrome will retrieve more citations than equine metabolic syndrome
2. Use the database's limit to peer-reviewed journals if this option is available.
- Peer-reviewed journal limiters may also be called Academic Journals (e.g., in CAB) or scholarly journals.
- PubMed and Medline do not have a specific limiter for peer-reviewed articles, but you may limit to specific types of scientific studies.
- See this Morris Library video for a discussion of peer-reviewed vs popular articles. See this YouTube video if you want to learn about visual clues to distinguish scholarly articles vs. magazine articles.
- You may also want to see the chart created by Jennifer Horton or the handout that shows the different parts of a scholarly article or magazine article.
3. You may want to read about your topic in a book, e.g., the Merck Veterinary Manual, to find additional search terms. Sometimes books have lists of references that may lead you to good, peer-reviewed sources.
4. If you find a good article for your topic, check the reference list for more sources. Use the Journals database or I-Share to see if we have the journal online or in print. Contact me if you need help locating the full text of an article.
More Search Tips
What is the treatment for laminitis in horses? --> Horses and laminitis and treatment
- Use the word horses rather than equine to expand your search:
Equine encephalitis --> horses and encephalitis
Equine metabolic syndrome --> horses and metabolic syndrome
- Use synonyms to expand your search and connect them with or:
- Link from subjects or descriptors found in article citations to find others.
- Use limits, such as language, publication date, and publication type (e.g., scholarly journals or peer-reviewed journals, review articles).
- Combine searches in Search History.
- Databases produced by the same vendor (for example, CAB, Agricola, and MEDLINE are in EBSCO) may be searched together. The OneSearch box also combines many databases.
- Use truncation symbols if available, e.g. pest* will find pest, pests, or pesticides
- Limit to words in the title or abstract to narrow your search
I-Share @ Morris Library, the library's catalog
Search books, journals, government documents, videos, DVDs, etc. by using the I-Share @ Morris Library catalog
You may limit your search to just SIUC, or if you have a week to ten days, search All I-Share and request that materials be sent to the library.
Try these subject searches:
- Horse breeds
- Horses breeding
- Horses anatomy
- Horses behavior
- Horses management
- Horses diseases
- Horse diseases
- Horses internal medicine
Search I-Share @ Morris Library
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Journal Title Abbreviations
The Journal of Animal Science references format uses standard ISO journal title abbreviations with periods after each part of the abbreviated title. For example, Journal of Animal Science would be abbreviated as J. Anim. Sci. One word titles (e.g., Nature or Theriogenology) are not abbreviated. Some journal citation databases use abbreviations in the citations, but some do not. The sources listed below may contain this information.
If you have any problems locating the correct abbreviation for a journal title, please let me know.
Natural Sciences Librarian