Biological Abstracts

This electronic counterpart of the print Biological Abstracts (BA) (BIOSIS), covers over 5,000 journals in the life sciences; online coverage is from 1990. Major changes in thesaurus terms and usage of these terms was done in 1993; use a keyword search if a thesaurus term is not located. The thesaurus and hierarchical arrangements of concepts are explained in the BIOSIS search guide, (Info Desk Z 695 .1 .B5 B56x). The print Biological Abstracts, from 1926-1995, is available in the general stacks, 2nd floor, west wing (QH 301 .B37).

Select a search option: Quick Search, General Search, or Advanced Search. The initial screen offers the Quick Search option. At the bottom, options are available to select specific time frames for the search.

SEARCHING

Quick Search

  1. In the Quick Search text entry box, type search/topic terms, then click "Search." Use Boolean search operators (and, or, not, or same) to make the search more specific. For example, dinosaur and montana will find items which include both terms. Use the wildcard/truncation (*) to search multiple terms in one search, e.g., dinosaur* will retrieve dinosaur, dinosaurs, dinosaurian, etc. Truncation can only be used with terms of at least 3 characters.
  2. Click Search.

General Search


Search for records within specific fields, such as by topic or author name. Some fields have assigned thesaurus terms; to view these lists, click on the link adjacent to the search box. Every search is added to the Search History table.

How to Do a General Search

  1. Enter search terms in at least one field:
    • Topic/keyword terms - use quotation marks around a phrase and use Boolean operators to link terms. Topic terms can be limited to terms in the title only
    • Author - enter the last name and first or first/second initials*. Use the truncation * as not all citations include the full names of individuals.
    • Chemical and biochemical
    • Source publication
    • Publication year or range of years
    • Address (author affiliation)
  2. Thesaurus term fields:
    • Taxonomic data  
    • Major concepts  
    • Concept code/heading  
  3. To limit the search, scroll down the page and select one or more languages, document types, and/or taxa notes.
  4. Up to 250 characters can be typed in each field box, including search terms and operators.
  5. Click Search.

Advanced Search


Search for records using free text and assigned field tags. Every search is added to the Search History table.

How to Do an Advanced Search

  1. Enter search terms in the box using the field tags as shown in the adjacent box.
  2. Click Search.

Saving a Search History

Save a search history for later use. A saved search history consists of the search queries in the Search History table, along with language and document type selections.

To save a search history, click , and then select Save History at the top of the Search History table. Then follow the instructions on the page to save the history. For more help, click the Help button at the top of the Save Search History page in Biological Abstracts.

To run a search history, click Open Saved History at the top of the Search History table or on the homepage. Then select a history to run.

Viewing and Selecting Records

To view a single full record, click on the title link.

Full text articles are indicated in the results list.

 

If too many results are returned, refine the search by adding additional limits.

To view a list of selected items for the total results, create a marked list from the total results. While viewing a full record, add the record to the marked list by clicking on on the right side of the screen. From the full results list, select records by clicking on the empty boxes next to the record number. Click to add records to the marked list. After records have been added to the marked list, the number of articles added will appear on the screen. Example: after adding four records to the marked list, the message will appear on the right hand side of the total results screen.

To display only the marked records, click on at the top of the screen. Unwanted records may be deselected from the list.

Output

Print, Save, or E-mail records from individual pages of results list or from an individual record. From EACH page of the results list, mark individual items or select all items on a page and follow the options given in the box on the right side of the screen. Records from EACH page of results can be printed/e-mailed/saved. From within the full record of an individual item, follow the same instructions to print/e-mail/save. To select from all results and then print/save/e-email, mark the records of choice and follow the printing instructions below.

Print, Save, or e-mail records from the marked list created from the full list of results. Follow the instructions below.

Printing Records

  1. Go to the Marked List.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to review the list. Deselect the records not of interest to be printed.
  3. (Optional) Select a sort option from the drop-down list. Click Sort.
  4. Under Step 1 at the top of the page, select the bibliographic information to print in addition to the default fields. Default fields are in boldface type. Registered users that are signed in, may define personal default fields. Note: Not all of the fields selected may be available for all records.
  5. Under Step 2, click Format for Print.
  6. Click the Print button.

Saving Records

  1. Go to the Marked List.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to review the list. Deselect the records not of interest to be saved.
  3. (Optional) Select a sort option from the drop-down list. Click Sort.
  4. Under Step 1 at the top of the page, select the bibliographic information to save in addition to the default fields. Default fields are in boldface type. Registered users that are signed in may define personal default fields. Note: Not all of the fields selected may be available for all records.
  5. Under Step 2, select an output format from the drop down list box next to the Save to File button.
  6. Click Save to File to open the File Download dialog box.
  7. Specify a path and file name in the dialog box. When exiting the dialog box, the file is saved in the format specified.

E-Mailing Records

  1. Go to the Marked List.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to review the list. Deselect the records not of interest to be e-mailed.
  3. (Optional) Select a sort option from the drop down list above the marked records. Click Sort.
  4. Under Step 1 at the top of the page, select the bibliographic information to e-mail in addition to the default fields. Default fields are in boldface type. Registered users that are signed in may define personal default fields. Note: Not all of the fields selected may be available for all records.
  5. Under Step 2, in the E-mail records to box, enter a single valid e-mail address (for example, sendtoname@institution.com). The records are e-mailed to this address.
  6. (Optional) In the Return e-mail box, enter a single valid e-mail address (for example, yourname@institution.com). This address displays in the From box in the recipient's e-mail.
  7. (Optional) In the Notes box, enter a note to add to the top of the e-mail message (up to 250 characters).
  8. Click E-mail.

Locating Documents at UWM Libraries

  1. To determine if the UWM Libraries own a specific journal 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.
Biological Abstracts Alerts
  • Sign up to save searches and receive weekly email alerts or citation alerts. Follow the instructions given in the UWM Libraries guide EMAIL ALERT SERVICES, or follow the instructions from the link on the right side of the screen from each full record.

Hints for Searching

Exiting the database:

Click on in the menu bar on the upper right side of the screen to exit the database.

llb: 08/30/2007


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