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CAB Abstracts for Veterinary Medicine: Search Tips

Evaluating the literature

It isn't enough to just find journal articles, you also need to evaluate each article and identify it's strengths and weaknesses.

For more in depth information:

Citation management

Simplify your life! Use one of these citation management programs to organize your references and PDFs.

Search Strategically

Searching for information is an iterative process. Revision is your friend!

  1. Define the question you are trying to answer.
  2. Build your search strategy.
  3. Perform your search.
  4. Analyze your search results.
  5. Revise your search strategy.
  6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 as necessary.

Search process

Search Conceptually

To better organize your search and help ensure good results, search conceptually.

  1. Break your research question into its individual concepts.
  2. List any alternate terms and spellings for each concept.
  3. Use these concepts and terms to build your search.


individual concepts

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