Welcome to the BIOL 4140 Ornithology Library Guide.
Avoid running around the Library 'like a chicken with its head cut off'. Use this guide to find the best resources in ornithology. If you need a refresher on how to search scholarly databases, check out the Searching Tips or the Library Skills Tutorials. You'll be as 'wise as an owl' after reading the tutorials and using the resources on this page. Use the "On This Page..." menu to the left to navigate your way through the resources on this page.
"Have you heard? 'Bird' is the word..." - but not always. It could be 'avian' or 'prothonotory warbler' or 'Passerculus sandwichensis'. Below you'll find tips on how to brainstorm keywords and develop search strategies. You will find more tips in the Library Skills Tutorials.
Keyword searching - With a keyword search you look for a word, no matter where that word appears. If you like, you canspecify that the word be in a particular field (e.g. the title, author, or subject), but it can be in any position (beginning, middle, or end).
Concept 1: Song OR vocalization OR call OR sound OR dialect
Concept 2: Savannah Sparrow OR Passerculus sandwichensis OR Ipswich Sparrow (subspecies) OR
Passerculus sandwichenesis princeps (subspecies) OR Emerizidae (family)
Concept 3: Southwestern Ontario OR London OR Ontario or Canada or Canadian or North America(n)
Narrowing your results
Getting the Full-Text
Sometimes the database you are searching also provides full text journals. In this case you may see below or next to the citation a 'Full-Text' or PDF link to the article.
If you do not see a Full-Text link, this does not always mean we don't have the article. It may be available from another source. In this case, to determine if Trent has the full-text of an article, click on the GetIt!Trent icon. This icon can be seen near each citation in a database.
Note: If you see the notation below a citation, “ Trent Library does not have this journal”, please ignore as it is not always accurate. GetIt! Trent will be able to better tell you if we have the journal.
If an article is not available, you can request an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) through RACER. Keep in mind articles via ILL are not available overnight, so this service is only useful if you have enough time to receive the article before your project is due. We recommend that you allow 7-10 days. For more information and to register for an account please go to the RACER web site.
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