Clinical and research searching on the wild side: Exploring the veterinary literature

Kristine M. Alpi, Elizabeth Stringer, Ryan S. DeVoe, Michael Stoskopf

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Zoological medicine furthers the health and wellbeing of captive and free-ranging wild animals. Effective information retrieval of the zoological medicine literature demands searching multiple databases, conference proceedings, and organization websites using a wide variety of keywords and controlled vocabulary. Veterinarians, residents, students, and the librarians who serve them must have patience for multiple search iterations to capture the majority of the available knowledge. The complexities of thorough literature searches are more difficult for nondomestic animal clinical cases and research reviews as demonstrated by three search requests involving poisonous snakes, a gorilla, and spiders. Expanding and better disseminating the knowledgebase of zoological medicine will make veterinary searching easier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-177
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences


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