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Veterinary - Research Databases: Searching in VetMed Resource

Basic and advanced searching in VetMed Resource

Basic searching

1. The search box on the VetMed Resource homepage is a basic keyword search box. To limit a search to a particular topic, either choose the topic from the links below the header or select the topic from the dropdown box next to the search box.


2. If you wish to limit your search to a particular type(s) of resource at the start of your search, use the Filter by type dropdown menu next to the search box.


3. The default search sort is relevance; change the sort option within the refine results column.


4. Refine results by author, geographical location, item type, language, organism, and subject topics in the Refine results column to the right of the results. To see all the options in a particular facet, click the "More results" link under that facet.


5. If datasheets are returned in your results, a Datasheet filter column will appear below the refine results column. Use the datasheet filters to refine results by datasheet type, domain, kingdom, class, phylum, and genus.


Advanced searching

1. To search within specific fields and to combine field searches, click the Advanced bibliographic search link.


2. Choose the search field by clicking the dropdown menu to the right of the search box in which you have entered the search terms. To combine different search fields, use the Boolean connector drop down menu to the left of the search boxes.


3. Limit by publication date, language, and document type below the advanced search boxes. In the "Show" area, select all results to see all available resources or select only results where CABI hosts the full text in order to limit to full text available through the database.


Search Options


VetMed Resource allows the use of the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT in searching.


Boolean operator AND

Use AND to include two or more search terms; results of these Boolean searches will include all the search terms.  

Example: the search "patellar luxation" AND dogs will yield article results that contain both the phrase patellar luxation and the term dogs.


Boolean operator OR

Use OR to find results that include one or the other search term, as well as both search terms.

Example: the search inguinal hernia OR perineal hernia will yield article results about either inguinal or perineal hernias, as well as articles about both types of hernia.


Boolean operator NOT

Use NOT to exclude a term from your search results.

Example: the search umbilical hernia NOT dogs will yield article results that include the terms umbilical hernia that do not include the term dogs.

Phrase searching

By placing quotation marks around a phrase, your search results will be limited to those results that include the exact phrase specified in the quotations. 

Including quotations in a phrase search will often yield fewer results.

Example: To find articles that include the specific phrase caprine arthritis encephalitis, use the search "caprine arthritis encephalitis".  Without quotations the search yields 1,209 results, with quotations, the search yields 1,192 results.



Use parentheses to compound searches.

Example: the search (inguinal hernia OR perineal hernia) AND dogs yields article results that include the terms inguinal hernia and/or the terms perineal hernia and also the term dogs.


Asterisk *

Use an asterisk symbol (*) to represent any group of characters.

Example: the search microb* yields results for the terms microbe, microbial, microbiota, microbiome, microbiologists, microbiology, etc. 


Question mark ?

Use a question mark symbol (?) to represent a single character.

Example: the search organi?ation yields results for the terms organization and organisation.

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