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CAB Abstracts is your source for research in agriculture, animal health, and food science.
In this tutorial you will learn about:
CAB Abstracts includes journal articles, conference proceeding, books, and trade publications.
You'll use CAB Abstracts to find recent journal articles about growing food in American cities to help improve food security.
Let's start with some keywords.
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Yikes! That's nearly 800 results. Let's see how CAB Abstracts translated your search.
How did CAB interpret your search?
Let's try again. On the top left of your screen is a button labeled Search. Click that to return to your original search screen.
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We've reduced our results set by about half, but so many of these articles are about other countries.
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This is much better, but the original scenario specified: You will use CAB Abstracts to find recent journal articles about growing food in American cities to help improve food security.
We have our main concepts of urban agriculture, food security, and USA. What do we do to add our other criteria?
Let's try that:
On the left side of the screen are several options for filtering results.
Yes! Success at last. Now we have a manageable list of recent articles that should be fairly focused on our topic.
Urban agriculture: long-term strategy or impossible dream?: Lessons from Prospect Farm in Brooklyn, New York
to read a short abstract (summary) of the article.
That abstract looked good; now do we get the whole thing?
If the library subscribes to the journal in electronic format, this will take you directly to the full-text.
Does USU Library subscribe to this journal in electronic format?
If the library does not subscribe to the journal in electronic format, you will be prompted to check our print collections.
If we don't have it at all, you may request it through Interlibrary Services.
Congratulations! You have now completed the tutorial.
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