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Selected Resources for Graduate Students in Botany, Plant Sciences : Literature Searching

Browse this guide to identify library resources to support your research and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Digital Collections, Data, Imagery

Literature searching

undefinedAs a researcher at UW-Madison, you now have access to a true wealth of information! We subscribe to thousands of journals, hundreds of databases, and maintain a vast print collection. This page will help you search for articles and journals in your research area and locate the full-text. Do not be stopped by paywalls! If you are unable to find the article in our collections, we can almost always get you a copy through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Please contact us if you need assistance. We can help you to construct efficient searches, set alerts, find full text of articles and identify journals in which to publish. AskSEL@library.wisc.edu

Selecting and Searching Databases by Subject or Type

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You can access databases from the library home page (library.wisc.edu). Use the dropdown menu at the Catalog button to navigate to Databases

There are several ways to browse and to select databases: 

1) Search by the title of the database (for example, 'EconLit').

2) Use the Browse by Subject/Type page to discover databases that index literature on your research topic.

3) Visit the Top 10 Databases page to quickly access a selection of popularly-used databases. 

 

Consider the databases listed, below, for conducting your search of the research literature.

Getting Full Text Articles & Book Chapters

Follow    (Find It button) or the "Find It at UW Madison" link in most databases to:

  • access online full text (when available)
  • see if the journal or book is available in print (Library Catalog)
  • request a free pdf of the article or book chapter if full text is not available online (Request a Copy)

If you already have a citation, use this Citation Search to search for your article.

Citation Managers

undefinedCitation Managers such as  EndNote, EndNote Basic, Mendeley, or Zotero are software tools for managing your citations.  Citation Managers will help you:

  • Create and organize a personal research database
  • Download citations from online databases
  • Format bibliographies and citations in papers
  • Share your citations with others