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Terrestrial Vegetation of the United States: Finding articles

Designed to provide information sources and search ideas for students in Plant Ecology, 21:120:370:01

Searching indexes for article citations

The terms you identified to locate books in the Online Catalog may be used to search for journal articles. When you find relevant articles, look for the subject headings that have been assigned to the article for more possibilities to search. The following journal indexes have plant ecology related content.

  • Agricola (1979+ )     A database focusing on agriculture from the National Agricultural Library.  Help available from the search screen.
  • BIOSIS Previews (1990+ )  Provides comprehensive coverage of the discipline of biological sciences.  Help available from the search screen.  Vendor also has an introductory training video available at
  • CAB Abstracts (1973+ )  Comprehensive database covering the applied life sciences including agriculture, plant science and environmental science.  CABI offers a series of resource guides at
  • Proquest Environmental Science Collection (1967+ )  Collection contains environmental science related full-text articles to provide comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences drawn from over 10,000 serial.  Includes citations drawn from Ecology Abstracts and Environmental  Sciences and Pollution Management.  Help available from search screen.

You might also try keyword searches on ScienceDirect (1995+ ) or Web of Science (1994+ )

Finding articles in pdf/fulltext

Four ways to find full text in html or pdf

1.  The article is linked to full text from the citation in the database.  You may see “Full text” in the citation or the Adobe Acrobat pdf symbol.

2.  Click on to perform a quick search of the library catalog which includes records of all journal holdings owned by the University Libraries.  You will be connected immediately to the article or to an intermediate screen.  By clicking on “Search the library catalog by Title,” you can verify that electronic access is not available.  You may also discover that print holdings are held in Dana which may influence your decision to check the shelf or request an electronic copy of the article.

3.  Search the library catalog directly to find information about all journal holdings including their extent and their format.

  • Click on “Journals," the third tab from the left in the quick search box with the gray background to find the journals owned by the University Libraries.  Enter the title you want to know more about and then click on Search.  The default is “Journal title begins with.”  "Journal title keyword" is also available in the pull-down menu.  The journal title is often labeled “Source” in article citations.
  • Look at the journal record.  Following the bibliographic description, you may see the identifier: “Electronic Access.”  The coverage dates will be included in the link so you’ll know in advance whether your article will be included.  When you open the link, you will see a list of volumes, issues and dates.  Use the information from your citation to connect to the article.

4.  Consult the list of electronic journals which may be searched by title or browsed by subject area.  (

When your article isn't available at Rutgers...

 When the University Libraries doesn’t own a journal title you want, you may request a copy of the article for delivery to your desktop.  This process takes 1 to 2 days.  Start your request by going to the University Libraries home page and clicking on “Delivery and Interlibrary Loan.”  On the next screen, you’ll notice that the fifth choice, “Use Interlibrary Loan and Article Delivery Services for materials not in the Rutgers University Libraries collections,” is the one you want.  By clicking on the link, you will be ready to sign in to the requesting software.  If the requesting process is new to you, more information is described in the following brief tutorial.

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