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WRI 340: Writing To, As, and About Animals: Journals + Databases

This guide supports Eric Ekstrand's WRI 340 course, "Writing To, As, and About Animals"

Search Tips

Good searching can shorten your research time significantly. Here are some tips from the pros:

  • Use quotation marks around a phrase to inform the search engine to look for exactly the phrase you enter- for example "habitat fragmentation" or "maternal separation".

  • When searching for a keyword with multiple variations (ex. "aggression", "aggressive") use the root form of the word and add an asterisk (*). This means using aggressi* will retrieve items that have all variations-- "aggression", "aggressive", etc.

  • Be specific: A search for canine* and "social structure" or "behavioral ecology" is much better than one for "pack behavior"

  • Use the built-in database filters to focus your results- most interfaces let you limit by publication date, subject, format and more

  • Finally, ZSR Librarians are here to help you find the best sources for your research assignment!

Library Databases

Animal Behavior & Cognition:


Literature & Literary Commentary:

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