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LIBRARY GUIDE TO BIO 3351 - Animal Behavior Lab

Finding Primary Literature
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Web of Science

Web of Science contains publications related to the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It’s an excellent database for comprehensive and interdisciplinary searches.

  • Publication types: journal articles, books/book chapters, reviews, conference proceedings, abstracts, data papers, editorials, news articles
  • Contains over 66 million items
  • Coverage years = 1900 to present
Hints for searching for articles
  • Use quotation marks to search for phrases 
    • Example search: "polar bear" AND behavior
  • Use truncation (*) to search for multiple forms of a word 
    • Example search: using the keyword behavio* searches for behavior, behaviour, behaviors, behaviorally, etc. 
  • Try adding the scientific name of your species
    • Example search: (chimpanzee OR "pan troglodytes") AND behavior
    • This finds articles that containing both chimpanzee and behavior or both pan troglodytes and behavior
  • Brainstorm all of the common names of your species and add them as keywords 
    • For example, the African penguin is also called Cape penguin, South African penguin, black footed penguin and jackass penguin
    • Example search: ("African penguin" OR "Spheniscus demersus" OR "Cape penguin") AND behavior

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

Not sure if a journal is a scholarly, peer-reviewed source? Ulrich’s can tell you!

Ulrich’s contains over 300,000 periodicals of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, and newsletters.
Search by the name of the journal. On the search results page, if there's a yellow star next to the journal name, then it's a peer reviewed journal.

Conquering scientific terminology
These online reference sources are a good place to find short and easy to read summaries on topics related to animal behavior. 

Dictionary of Zoo Biology and Animal Management

Animal Behavior Desk Reference

Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia

rinceton Encyclopedia of Mammals
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Kristine Condic

Office: 236 Kresge Library
Contact me at: salomon@oakland.edu



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