This list includes websites that may be useful if your topic relates to any of these website's specific content area.
|Identify your key concepts and related terms.||
Example: I am interested in the relationship between agricultural production and heavy metals
|Select appropriate search tools and/or sites.||
Databases > See all databases > e.g. Science (Environmental) > Science (Environmental) databases
|Construct a search. Start with keyword searching. Could be simple or using AND/Or (Boolean Operators). Join similar terms with OR. Join dissimilar terms with AND||
agriculture AND ("heavy metals" OR selenium OR mercury OR cadmium OR lead)
|Skim citation and abstract information to determine the usefulness of the source. Viewing an introduction or conclusion can be helpful too.||Sometimes a snippet is available on the results lists. You may have to click on the article titles, or click on a preview to see the abstract.|
|Revise search as needed. Too many or too few results? Is this a suitable search tool? Am I retrieving relevant results?||irrigation AND "heavy metals"|
|Consider searching for certain terms in specific fields. e.g. Title field||
mercury OR cadmium (Title) AND irrigation (All Fields)
|Use options to Limit or Refine e.g. by Date or Document type (original research articles, review articles ...)||e.g. Science Direct > Advanced Search > Journals tab > has a Limit by Document Type section|
|Find a highly relevant article and look for "Related Articles".||e.g. on full record in Science Direct, see "Related Articles" box at right|
|View bibliographies for references to other resources or organizations. Search for the known item or known organization.||e.g. I found a reference in an article called "Bioavailability of Heavy Metals in Soil" to an ebook called Alternatives for Groundwater Cleanup.|
|Search for variations of a word using a truncation symbol (*) at the end of the terms.||e.g. metal* will search for metal, metals, metallic, metalorganic, etc.|
|Look for a phrase, using quotation marks " ".||e.g. "agricultural irrigation", "critical zone"|
Already have a citation for a book or article? Try the following:
Search in Melvyl.
Search in Google Scholar, especially for article titles.
If a journal article, check to see if we have the journal for that year. Use e-Journals tab in QuickSearch.
Sample Citation: Ch(r)isti, Y. 2007. "Biodiesel from microalgae." Biotechnol Adv. 25:294-306.
Sample Citation (missing article title): Zhang, Y., Lynd, L.R. Biotechnol. & Bioeng. 88, 797 (2004).
How would we go about finding these?
Look for pdfs or html icons to access full-text immediately.
Click the UC-eLinks button to access full-text. You may be taken directly to the article, or you may be prompted to click on another hyperlink.
If the UC-eLinks does not offer an online option, use Request to order through Interlibrary Loan. Note: If the item is a book chapter, search in the Melvyl catalog first in case we have a print version.
If you Request an item (article, book etc.) your Library account is your UCMnetID.
Research & Academics > Citing Sources > RefWorks
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Process for Exporting Citations to RefWorks:
See if a book etc. you are using is located in Melvyl. Find it. Click on the title. Click on Cite/Export. Select a citation style and copy & paste.