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On this page:
- Finding Background Information
- Finding Books
- Finding Articles
- Finding (good!) Websites
- Obtaining items not held at McGill Library
Try a library subject guide for recommendations of subject-specific background sources (e.g. dictionaries, encyclopedias) sources on your topic.
The best place to look for books on your topic is the Library Catalogue:
The best place to look for articles on your topic is an Article Database:
Recommended multidisciplinary article databases:
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
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.
Recommended subject-specific article databases:
- Ecology Abstracts: 1982 to present
Indexes current ecology research across a wide range of disciplines, focusing on how organisms of all kinds - microbes, plants and animals - interact with their environments and with other organisms. Included are relevant papers on evolutionary biology, economics, and systems analysis as they relate to ecosystems or the environment.
- Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide: 1935 to present
The world's largest index to literature on wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
- 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.
See library subject guides for more recommendations of article databases for your topic.
|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 with either petroleum OR oil in the title or abstract; 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.|
Criteria for evaluating websites:
Examples of some helpful websites:
- Trees Insects and Diseases of Canda's Forests: a database of Canadian species - some helpful identification info and other facts included (from Natural Resources Canada)
- PLANTS database: from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (description states: "standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories")
McGill students and staff may order articles and books not available at McGill using COLOMBO.