Animal Behavior Abstracts

Animal Behavior Abstracts provides indexes journals and significant papers in animal behavior and related fields. Providing abstracts of journal articles from over 200 journals, this is an adjunct resource to Biological Abstracts and Biological and Agricultural Index. The index covers only the most recent few years.

Accessing Animal Behavior Abstracts:

Select the "Find Articles: Resources A-Z" link on the UWM Libraries home page, select "A," scroll down, and select Animal Behavior Abstracts.


Quick Search

  1. Enter a single word or multiple words in the text box. Individual words can be truncated to retrieve related terms, e.g., migrat* will retrieve migrate, migratory, migration, etc. Multiple words entered into the text box as a phrase will be searched as an exact phrase.
  2. If searching for multiple concepts, combine the words or phrases by using the Boolean terms "and", "or", "not," or "near."
  3. If desired, limit the search by specifying a date range using the drop down menu. The default range is from earliest material through the current year.
  4. Click the Search button.
Advanced Search
  1. Click on from the bar.
  2. The Advanced Search allows for increased search capability. Search up to three words in each line of a search strategy with a combination of three sets of terms within specific fields of the record - combine terms and fields. Enter a single or multiple words in the text boxes. Choose Anywhere to search for the words in all fields of a record. If desired, choose a specific field of a record to limit the search (Abstract, Author, Descriptors, Title, Source, Keywords, etc.). ALERT: Within each set, terms typed in any of the three text boxes are combined with an or operator only. Additional search lines can be added.
  3. To search an author's name, use the last name first name or last name first-second initials (e.g., smith john or sutherland wj) as name entries vary.
  4. Combine sets of terms: use the drop down menu of operators, and, or, or not.
  5. Searches can be limited to a specific date range, to journal articles only, English language, or to the latest update. The latest update refers to the records most recently added to the database.
  6. Under "Show" use the drop down menu to display results in a specific format. Options include short (title, author, source, and brief annotation), full, or full -- omit refs. The default is short. Full records and abstracts can be displayed from the citation in the results list.
  7. Click the Search button.


Results List

The list of results will show basic citation information for articles, books or chapters within books, dissertations, and other resources indexed; click on View Record to see the complete field information, including any extended abstract available and assigned descriptors (subject terms).

Within the Results List, limit the citations to peer reviewed.

Locating Documents at UWM Libraries

  1. To determine if the UWM Libraries own a specific journal or book cited in the results list or has the full text of the journal available in another online resource, click at the bottom of the citation.
  2. If the journal is available full text in an online resource, select the database of choice from the options given and follow the instructions to locate the article.
  3. If the journal is not available full text in an online resource, follow the link to the UWM Libraries to check for print holdings. Locate the call number and holdings in the PantherCat record.
  4. If a title does not appear in the libraries' catalog nor is available full text online, request the journals through Interlibrary Loan and the books through UW System borrowing or Interlibrary Loan.

Click on on the top bar for other useful search tools:

This option allows previous search strategies, i.e., terms and subjects searched, to be combined without re-entering all the terms, to obtain more precise search results.
The Command Search function allows the combination of keyword, author, publication year, title terms, etc., by typing a combination of field codes, terms, and boolean operators in a line. Examples of field codes include: (KW=) keyword and (AU=) author. A complete list of field codes can be found in the drop down menu choices of an Advanced Search or under "Help."
An example of a command search would be:
        py=(2003 or 2004) and au=hayes and kw=habitat



  1. To print multiple records, mark each record selected.
  2. Click the Save/Print/Email Records button.
  3. Choose a specific format in which the records will be printed. Options include: short (title, author, source), full, or full without refs. If this is not selected, the default display is full record.
  4. Click the Print button.
  5. Click the browser print icon or select File � Print from the browser menu to proceed with printing.
  1. To download multiple records to disk, mark each record selected
  2. Click the Save/Print/Email Records button.
  3. Citations can be saved in several formats: the default format is PC.
  4. Click the Save button. Choose File--Save As from the browser menu, then choose a:\ drive from the drop down menu.
  5. Click Ok.


  1. To email multiple records, mark each record selected.
  2. Click the Save/Print/Email Records button.
  3. Fill in the email address where the citations should be sent. The 'from' email address can be the same as the address entered in the 'to' address box.
  4. Click the Email button after both email addresses have been entered.


Users can set up a profile to receive "alerts" on new research done. Follow the instructions given in the database; for general information, the UWM Libraries guide "EMAIL ALERT SERVICES" may be useful.

For additional information, click on "Help & Support" or request assistance at the Ask a Librarian Desk.

NOTE: journals are indexed differently. CORE journals are indexed cover-to-cover (all articles in each issue are included); PRIORITY journals are indexed with more than 50% of the articles covered; SELECTIVE journals are indexed with less than 50% of the articles covered.


To exit Animal Behavior Abstracts, click Home on the web browser.

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