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Veterinary Sciences Guide: Finding Resources

Resources for assisting students, teachers and researchers for the school of Veterinary Sciences

Resources for finding information

Use the resources below to find books, journal articles and more.

One Search

One Search is a way of searching all the library's resources - books and ebooks, journals and journal articles, multimedia and more. You can find the One Search search box on the home page of the library website. You can jump right in and start searching or consult our One Search guide for tips on basic, advanced, browse and journal searching, and saving results.

Veterinary science eBooks

Browse collections of veterinary science related eBooks through the links below, or use One Search to find specific books by title or keywords, including print books.

Veterinary science databases

Google Scholar with Find It @ JCU

Google Scholar
 

Tips on searching for information

Use the tips below to get better search results.

Analysing your topic

The first thing to consider when searching is what you need to find. To do this, you should define your topic.

  • unpack your assignment topic to identify task, content, limiting and context words
  • consider if there are any synonyms or related concepts that may be relevant
Keyword veterinary science dog
Synonym/Related term veterinary medicine canine
Synonym/Related term animal health canis

See more about identifying keywords and synonyms.

Need help with defining a term or topic? Use the sources below.

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Building your search strategy

Use a search strategy to find information more effectively and efficiently by:

Combining keywords

AND, OR and NOT are known as Boolean operators.

Modifying keywords

When modifying keywords, consider using:

  • phrase searching

  • truncation

  • wildcards

See more about developing your search strategy

Video Tutorials for Finding Articles

 

The following video of a Sample PsycINFO Search on ProQuest shows how to combine keyword searches with the Thesaurus to conduct a search. Note the look and feel of the database may be different but the functionality is the same.

Evaluating results

When evaluating your results, you should consider the following questions.

  • What is the intended audience?

  • Is the content biased?

  • What's the source's authority? Is it peer-reviewed?

  • How accurate is it?

  • How current is the information?

You can also use the Cornell Method Template to critically read and analyse the information contained in the articles you find in your results.

 

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