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Articles, Books, the Web and More

Library databases, including Biological Abstracts, Medline with Full Text, Academic Search Complete, and PsycInfo are a major source of high quality information on primate behavior and related topics. These include descriptions of of articles published in biology research journals, medical journals, psychology journals, and magazines and journals in related fields that provide some of the most dependable and up-to-date information available.

The library's collection of books provides longer works, especially on established practices in the field.

The open web can also provide useful and high quality information, although each new website should be examined carefully to verify the authority of the author, the point of view or bias of the sponsor, and the quality of the information.

Reference books and bibliographies provide additional useful information. Check out the "More" tab for links to reliable academic reference resources in print and online. The bibliographies at the end of reference and journal articles are another good source of additional recommended resources on a topic.

Many of the sources linked in this guide are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn.

Use the tabs above for more detailed instructions.

Questions? Ideas for additional resources?

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vswinney@okcu.edu or 405-208-5072

General Search

The most current research reports on primate behavior will be found in journal articles. EBSCOhost includes several useful databases. Type a search in the box or click on the links to search them individually and control your searches more.

The search box works best for searching a broad base with a very specific question.

Choose a database

Biological Abstracts is the premier database in biology. Because of its hierarchical structure, search for (primates not homindae) to limit to non-human primates.

Medline with Full Text is the most comprehensive database of articles on medicine available.

Academic Search Complete is a general database that includes many articles related to biology, science, and medicine.

PsycInfo is the premier database in psychology and includes research on non-human primate behavior as well as human psychology.

SocIndex may also be a useful database, since it covers anthropology journals which include articles on non-human primate behavior.

Older Journal Articles

JSTOR includes the Ecology and Botany collection of full text journals in the life sciences as well as journals on anthropology that include articles on non-human primate behavior. All of these articles are full text, but recent issues are seldom included. (Most articles are not included until 3 to 5 years after publication.)

Get Complete Articles

Most of the library's collection of journals is online. You will be able to click on PDF (or sometimes HTML) links in the databases and read, save, email, or print complete articles.

However, a few journals that are not available online are available in the library's collection. Any time you find information about an article that doesn't include a link to the full text (even if you found the information somewhere other than a library database), you can use the library's journals list to find out if we have the journal for the date you need. You will need the title of the journal or magazine (often listed as "source" or italicized, or underlined) and the date and page numbers of the article you want.

A complete list of journals related to biology and life sciences can be found in the journals list.

We can request any of the articles we don't own through Interlibrary Loan. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks. If you can't wait, you may also have the option of purchasing full text access one article at a time directly from the publisher's web site.

Browsing by Title

The library has access to several journals that are specifically related to the field of primate behavior. You can browse these journals online with the links below. You can also set up alerts and receive notifications and links when new articles are published.

Print and Online Books

Search the Library Catalog using the search box above. The catalog includes all of the books and videos in the library's physical collection and online titles through Ebrary.

Search Ebrary for online books the library owns.

Browse The National Academies Press for free online versions of reports from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. You can browse topics or use the search box to find books by key word.

Search WorldCat to find books in the collections of most of the world's libraries. Use the "borrow this time from another library" link to request a copy of anything you find. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks.

Browse the Shelves

Browsing the shelves is another good option. Books are arranged by Dewey Decimal numbers:

Dewey Decimal Numbers for Biology
500 Natural sciences & mathematics
570 Life sciences
576 Genetics & evolution
577 Ecology
590 Animals (Zoology)
599 Mammals
599.8 Primates

Locations for biology materials
1st floor Reference
3rd floor Circulating Collection
5th floor Oversize Collection (for items too tall for regular shelves)
basement storage Historic Circulating Materials

Print Reference Books

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia  (R 590.3 G929tE) is a great source for an overview of knowledge on animals and includes photos, basic behavior information, and a bibliography for each animal. Volume 14 covers primates.

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