How to use CAB Direct

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How to use CAB Direct

  1. 1. CAB Abstracts
  2. 2. How can I access CAB AbstractsCAB Abstracts can be accessed from the Jotello F Soga Library’s ◦ “The Virtual Library in your office” ( http://www.library.up.ac.za/vet/virtlib) ◦ The complete list of databases of the University of Pretoria (http:// www.library.up.ac.za/eresources/eresourcesaz.ht )
  3. 3. Start from Jotello F Soga Library website:www.library.up.ac.za/vet Click on Veterinary databases
  4. 4. Scroll down on thedisplayed list and click on CAB Abstracts
  5. 5. Supply yourstudent/personnel number and PIN
  6. 6. Starting page of CAB Abstracts.Click on Establish a new session
  7. 7. How to construct a search Plan your search strategy before you start your search ◦ Formulate your information need e.g. Stress factors in dairy cattle in South Africa ◦ Select the important keywords from this sentence e.g. stress, dairy, cattle , South Africa ◦ Always think of all the synonyms of words or terms e.g. (dairy or milk), (cattle or bovine or cow or cows) ◦ Combine your terms with and e.g. (dairy or milk) and (cattle or bovine or cow or cows) and “south africa” Keep your search simple. Remember your Boolean operators (and, or, not). Keep in mind the different American and English spelling. Two (or more) terms that are always used together, in the same order, can be use as a term. (e.g. “babesia canis” and treatment)
  8. 8. Boolean operators AND Use AND to retrieve records containing both search terms: all terms must be included in the record. Use AND to narrow your search and retrieve fewer records. Example: elephants AND lions retrieve records containing both the keywords.   OR Use OR to retrieve records containing either or both search terms. Use OR to broaden your search and retrieve a greater number of records. Use OR for synonyms or spelling variations. Remember always to put your terms in brackets when using "or" e.g. (dog or dog or canine)  Example 1: milk OR dairy retrieves records containing either milk or dairy, or both the keywords. Example 3: behavior OR behaviour   NOT Use NOT to exclude certain items from your search. Caution: It is easy to exclude relevant terms; use the NOT operator with care! Example 1: “dog” not “tick” (will retrieve all articles containing the word dog, but will exclude all articles containing the word tick)
  9. 9. Type your search terms in thedisplayed window – remember about Boolean search operators Select a field to search
  10. 10. The results of your search
  11. 11. Repeat a search with asecond search term
  12. 12. The results of the second search To combine the searches click on Search History
  13. 13. Select the sets you wish to combine andchoose and/or
  14. 14. The results of thecombining process.Click on the numberof results to view the complete list
  15. 15. The results of the combined sets
  16. 16. The number ofresults / page can be changed
  17. 17. To view the fullrecord click on the title of the article
  18. 18. The full record Article title Authors Journal information AbstractAuthor’s e-mail address Full text access
  19. 19. The Full text article
  20. 20. Results can be refined with the help of Subject areas, Documenttypes, Publication years, Source titles etc.
  21. 21. Selectedresults canbe e-mailed and /or printed.
  22. 22. Click “Print this page” to print the selected results
  23. 23. Complete thispage to send results by e- mail
  24. 24. Selected results canbe exportedto Refworks
  25. 25. Should you evercome across this page click on“Continue to this website”
  26. 26. Login to Refworks to export yourresults into yourRefworks folders
  27. 27. Please takenote of this message
  28. 28. If you wish you can register yourself onCAB Abstracts. Click on “SearchHistory/Create alerts”
  29. 29. Why Register? As a registered user, you can: ◦ Save searches to our server that you can later open when you resume your research. ◦ Set up search history alerts. The alert automatically searches the latest update to the database, and then sends the results to you by e-mail. ◦ Set up citation alerts whereby you are notified by e-mail whenever an article on your Citation Alerts list has been cited by a new article. This feature requires a subscription to Web of Science. ◦ Create and maintain custom journal lists that you frequently read. This feature requires a subscription to Current Contents Connect.
  30. 30. Click onRegister
  31. 31. Supply your e-mail address asrequested and click on “Continue” . Complete the next page as well
  32. 32. From now on you will be able to Savesearches and Create Alerts
  33. 33. A saved search
  34. 34. CAB Abstracts canbe accessed fromyour mobile device
  35. 35. The mobile site
  36. 36. Supply keywords(remember Boolean operators). Click on “Search”
  37. 37. The results page.Selected references canbe exported to Refworks or e-mailed. Results can be refined
  38. 38. Results can be refined
  39. 39. Pleasefeel free to contact the library if you have any suggestions or questions

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