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MyResearch (Agriculture, environmental sciences & nutrition)

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This guide provides access to links to resources referred to throughout the MyResearch Graduate Seminar Series for graduate and post-doctoral students at the Macdonald Campus Library

Module 1: EndNote Essentials

Module 2: Graduate Research Toolkit

Finding Books and eBooks

Other sources:

Module 3: Search Strategies and Techniques

The best place to search for scholarly articles on your topic is an article database

Recommended multidisciplinary article databases:

  • Scopus: A science and social sciences database that is capable of backward and forward ciation linking and includes citation counts.
  • Web of Science: 1900 to the present. Includes three citation indexes: Science, Arts and Humanities, and Social Science. The Science Citation Index covers a range scientific & technical disciplines, such as biology, agiculture, chemistry, environmental science, biotechnology, physics and veterinary science.

Examples of recommended subject-specific article databases:

  • PubMed:PubMed provides free access to MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database covering medicine, including veterinary medicine, and the life sciences.
  • CAB Abstracts: 1973 to the present. A bibliographic database compiled by CAB INTERNATIONAL. It covers the significant research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, aspects of human health, human nutrition, animal health, and the management and conservation of natural resources.
  • BIOSIS Previews: 1969 to the present. Encompasses the entire field of life sciences and provides comprehensive coverage of the world's published biological and biomedical research, including traditional areas of biology, such as botany, zoology and microbiology, as well as experimental, clinical and veterinary medicine, biotechnology, environmental studies, and agriculture.
  • Compendex: 1884 to the present, all aspects of engineering.
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Management Database: Comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences including, for example, bacteriology, toxicology and toxic emission, environmental biotechnology, and energy resources. This database also includes Pollution Abstracts, Toxline, and Water Resources Abstracts.

See library subject guides for more recommendations of subject-specific article databases appropriate for your discipline.

Search tips:

Boolean operator AND e.g. insect AND migration: will retrieve articles containing both words; this will decrease your search results
Boolean operator OR e.g. migration OR dispersal: will retrieve articles containing either (or both) words petroleum OR oil, this will increase your search results
Parentheses (...) e.g. insect AND (migration OR dispersal): will retrieve articles with insect AND migration or articles with insect AND dispersal
Phrase searching “___” e.g. "global warming": will retrieve articles containing the phrase global warming
Truncation */? e.g. dispers*: will retrieve articles containing the words disperse, disperses, dispersing, dispersal, etc.


Table of content alert is best when you want to see all of the articles published in a particular journal or particular set of journals. To sign up for TOC alerts for individual journal titles, visit the journal webpage and create an account. You can then set up the alerts for your chosen journals.

You can also sign up for TOC alerts through the journal publisher's website. Many publishers publish more than one journal, so you can receive table of contents for many journals with just one account. The links to many major biomedical journal publishers are included below.

Examples of journal publishers:

Module 4: Getting Your Research Out



Open access

Impact measurements


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