- McGill users only
- Open access resource
- Free resource
- In-library-use only
- Catalogue record
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
- The best place to look for books on your topic is the Library Catalogue, called McGill WorldCat
- ebooks are also listed in the Library Catalogue (McGill WorldCat), or they may be searched by individual collection/provider. See Library Subject Guides, or the eBooks & Media website for suggestions
- Theses & Dissertations
- Technical reports
- Statistics & data
- Maps & Geospatial Data
- Government Information
Module 3: Search Strategies & 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.
|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.|
Module 4: Getting Your Research Out
- Library's guide on open access
OpenDOAR (directory of open access repositories)
- eScholarship@McGill (McGill's institutional open access repository)
- see the Library's guide on impact measurements for information on journal metrics (e.g. Journal Impact Factor), article metrics (citation counts) and author metrics (such as H-Index)