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NRC 100 Environment and Society

Fish ecology and conservation assignment

Getting the article

UMLinks  The UMLinks button 

- shows where the full text of your article is online if the libraries have it

- or, shows library catalog listing if we might have it in paper

- or helps request it via Interlibrary Loan.

RefWorks Citation Manager

RefWorks helps you:

  • Track & organize citations
  • Format bibliographies
  • Write papers with citations 

 RefWorks Login (new version) 

Create a new account (new version)

(Old version RefWorks login)  

RefWorks help: 

Migrating a "legacy" RefWorks account

Directions for adding citations from an old RefWorks account to a new account:

1. Create a new account. - you must use your UMass email account for this account.
     This is a completely different account, not one linked to your old account!

2. Once you are in your new account, import your references by clicking on the + button on the menu bar.

   a. Select Import References

   b. Select RefWorks under Import from another reference manager

You'll be prompted to log into your old account, and they'll take care of the rest.  The time it takes depends on the size of your collection and your network speed.

Best article databases for fish ecology & conservation

For the Fish assignment, these 2 have more popular press articles, along with scientific/scholarly ones.

  • GREENR: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources. It groups information by type of publicatione.g., academic journal articles, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, encyclopedia entries, etc.
  • Environment Index - for articles from scientific, legal, and popular journals, 1950s- present.

More mostly scientific literature for fisheries:

Aquatic Science Collection
Journal articles, book chapters, reports, and conference proceedings published in the field of aquatic science, some in full text, 1965-present.

Broad coverage of "applied biology" including aquaculture and fisheries. Incluldes journal articles, book chapters, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports. 1970-present.

CAB Abstracts
Indexes journal articles and other material on applied biology, including fisheries, from the British Commonwealth
Agricultural Bureaux. 1910 forward.

Other useful databases, specific to general:

Zoological Record - Animal research from 1864 forward.
BIOSIS Citation Index - Biology research from 1969 forward.
Biological and Agricultural Index - Research literature from 1984 forward.
Web of Science; Science Citation Abstracts - High impact research in all sciences from 1900 forward. Search by "cited reference."

Tips for effective searching

Find articles in databases in the box above

Tips to find species info

1. Search both common and scientific names.

Scientific articles may use one, the other, or both

Connect them with OR - for example:

      Brook trout or Salvelinus fontinalis

Using or makes the results set bigger.

2. To find habitat or life history info, link terms using AND:

      (Brook trout or Salvelinus fontinalis) and
          (habitat or life history)

Using and makes the results set smaller.

The parentheses ( ) makes the logic work.  If you don't understand how, please ask!

3. Use a wildcard, e.g. the asterisk (*),  question mark (?) or dollar sign ($) to widen your search. Each platform has its own rules. 

     In EBSCO databases, fish* will find anything starting with F-I-S-H
      including fish, fished, fishing, fisher, fisheries, etc.

Some platforms, including Google/Google Scholar, do this automatically (without a symbol).

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