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Animal Studies

A library resource guide for researchers interested in the inter-disciplinary study of animals.

Database Search Tips

Tips for better search results in databases

This usage works on most databases, but check 'Help' sections for supported search syntax. 


(using operators: AND, OR, NOT) 

  • animal AND human 

    • searches for occurrences of both words within scope defined

  • cat OR dog

    • searches for one or all, but both are not required

  • canine NOT dog

    • searches for occurrences of the word ‘canine’ without use of the word ‘dog’

  • (therapy NOT physical) AND animal

    • searches for occurrences of the word ‘therapy’ without use of the word ‘physical,’ then also requires the word ‘animal’


  • "art*"

    • searches for art, arts, artistic, artful, etc.


  • "m?n"

    • searches for man and men

General databases

General databases contain content from a variety of subject areas and publication types.  This will allow you to look at your research from a wide perspective.  Be sure to use the search refinements each database may offer including: date, document type, and source type. 

Subject Specific databases

Unlike the general databases, subject-specific databases generally focus solely on journal articles as a publication type and do not have a broad, multidisciplinary approach.  This list contains links to a few of the core databases in a variety of subject areas.  For deeper research into a specific subject area, consult the research guide for that area or contact the subject librarian.