Tips for Finding Articles about Toxicology
Not every database indexes the same items or journals, even OneSearch or GoogleScholar. For a complete search, use more than one database.
Databases produced by the same vendor (for example, Biological Abstracts, Zoological Record, Web of Science) may be searched together.
Use Boolean searches. Connect your search terms and phrases with and, or, and not.
Use near synonyms and connect with OR:
- Use the common name and scientific name of an organism, e.g., Sander vitreus or walleye or Stizostedion vitreum
- Use CAS Registry Numbers to locate information about specific chemicals (Use ChemIDplus in TOXNET to find CAS numbers).
- Use group names of chemicals or chemical symbols or brand names as well as common names (e.g., organochlorines or DDT or toxaphene or aldrin)
Use Thesaurus or MeSH or “Suggest” or “Map” functions to search subject headings if available.
Link from subjects or descriptors found in articles to find others.
Use keywords: detection, biosensing, analysis, isolation, monitoring, etc.
If available, use author indexes to search for publications by the same person
Use limits, such as language, publication date, and publication type (e.g., scholarly journals or peer-reviewed journals).
Combine searches in Search History.
Use truncation symbols if available, e.g. detect* will find detect or detection, bioav* will find bioavailable or bioavailability
Locating print and full text articles
If you are searching a database, use the Find Full Text links in citations to see if Morris Library has the article online. If the menu says that we do not have the article online, either check the I-Share databases to see if we have the print journal using the links provided, or go to the bottom of the menu to do a Google Scholar search for open access materials.
If you have an article citation and you are not in a database:
Use I-Share@Morris Library to find print and electronic journals
Use the Journals search (click on the link on the library's home page) to locate electronic journals
If Morris Library doesn't have the print or full text journal, order the article using Interlibrary Loan.
Class Presentation 2-9-2015
This is a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation used in class on February 9, 2015.
Choose databases that match your topic (read the descriptions below or contact me for suggestions). When searching for a specific organism, use both common and scientific names. Use subject headings (descriptors) if available. Use the CAS registry number if you are having difficulty locating information about a specific chemical.
Natural Sciences Librarian