Getting Better Results with CAB Abstracts

CSES, HORT, AECT, PLPA, HESC Agriculture Librarian

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Necia Parker Gibson
Mullins Library 220N

Email is the best way to contact me.

I've set my office phone to forward to my cell phone. We'll see how that works.

I'm working from home starting 3/16/2020 until further notice. Email or use the text number below. If you want me, particularly, ask for me.

Text a librarian: 479-385-0803

For students, faculty, and staff I will:
Answer your questions via email, phone or Skype or Facetime (until we are back to face to face).
Recommend databases for your topic.
Meet individually to work out your topic or discuss research strategies.

For faculty, I will:
Provide in-person library instruction tailored to your class, or tailored research guides to your class, with some lead time.

Meet with your students individually or in small groups.
Track down tricky citations. Purchase books and other materials, as funds allow.

I do consultations via email, Skype or Facetime (as well as face to face, when we can again).
Email me for an appointment.

CAB Abstracts' thesaurus and subject lists

CAB Abstracts has a thesaurus that yields subject terms, and 'indexes' that are lists of corporate authors, journal titles, and geographic terms. CAB Abstracts does not include an author name index, but you may search by an author's name and add topics to the search, such as Oliver in the author field and palmer amaranth in 'all text'.

It is a good idea to check to see that you are using the best terms for your topic. The thesaurus also lists variations on terminology-- broader terms are larger in scope; narrower terms are more limited. "Use" means that is the preferred term to use-- UF or "used for" means that the first term is used by preference.

For example, in their listing, it shows: abalone farming USE abalone culture

Some are a bit surprising, such as

There are lots of these notes for scientific names that have changed over time, such as

Some other resources