Important Databases for Collaborative Conservation
Below are the top ranked and most commonly used databases for this subject area. They are in ranked order, with databases of most interest at the top of the list. The databases include science and social science areas. Most, but not all, of the articles in these databases are scholarly/peer reviewed. For a complete list of databases, see the Find Electronic Resources & Databases page.
Databases can be used to find articles like this:
Designing payments for environmental services in theory & practice; Engel & Pagiola; 2008; Ecological Economics 65(4): 663-674
Good Search Strategies Make a Difference
Searching in the research databases can be a bit tricky. If you keep a few tips in mind, you will create better search strategies.
Boolean logic or boolean searching (named after George Boole) uses logical words/terms (and or not) to combine words or terms.
Truncation symbols, usually the asterik * symbol, give you extra searching options for the endings of words.
Wildcard symbols, usually the question mark ? symbol, replaces a letter or letters in the middle of a word.
Phrase searching, to keep words together as a phrase, you usually use the quote marks around the phrase "words together"
One example: I am looking for articles about collaborative conservation or adaptive management in grasslands.
Search terms: "collaborative conservation" OR "adaptive managment"
Why use those terms and symbols? quotes around words keeps them together as a phrase, OR means look for either the phrase collaborative conservation OR adaptive management.
Why add AND? putting in AND grassland* tells the computer ALSO SEARCH for the word grassland then anything with that stem, so grassland* searches grassland OR grasslands
Alternatives? If you don't find enough articles with the search above, you can expand and include other words. You could search grassland* OR rangeland*
humpback chub AND colorado: articles must have the words humpback chub and also the word colorado
humpback chub OR gila cypha: articles may have EITHER the words humpback chub OR gila cypha
IT is always a good idea to search for both the common name and the scientific name for an animal, plant, organism, etc.
dolphins NOT Miami: articles must have the word dolphins but CAN NOT have the word Miami (NOT is very powerful, be careful how it is used in your searches.)
wol* searches for wolf, wolves, wolverine
agricultur* searches for agriculture, agriculturally, agricultural
wom?n searches for woman or women
col?r searches for color or colour
"global warming" keeps the words together so articles must have these two words side-by-side, global warming
Searching for Articles in a Specific Journal
Sometimes you may want to search for articles on a topic or subject, but also limit by journal. For example, you may just want articles about food webs in the journal: Ecological Monographs.
The search example below is from CAB Abstracts. To limit your search to journal articles from the journal: Ecological Monographs, you type in the journal name then in the right hand box, select SO Source
In Web of Science, the search looks very similar