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EASC 310W: Paleontology

If you need help, please contact Crystal Yin, Librarian at 778.782.3269 or yya192@sfu.ca or Ask a librarian.

Getting started

Finding journal articles

Use the "Where Can I Get This?" links to find the full-text article.

Too many articles?

  • Try adding terms to your search. In some databases, you'll need to type "AND" between the words; in others, such as Web of Science, it's assumed.

  • Exact phrase searching will also narrow your search.

  • If appropriate, use subject searching instead of keywords (in EBSCO databases, look for "Thesaurus" in the top blue bar)

  • Use any relevant limits - limit to review articles, limit to articles published in the last 5 years, etc.  Be wary of limiting to full text as the Library's "Where Can I Get This" function can often lead you to the full text even if not provided by the database itself.

  • Consider using "NOT" to rule out irrelevant articles; e.g. diabetes NOT insipidus.  Use with caution as you may lose some good articles.

Too few articles?

  • Think of any possible synonyms you could use and add them to your search by using "OR" between words. Try thinking of broader synonyms; contraceptive rather than condom, for instance.

  • Use both subject headings and relevant keywords, combined with ORs.

  • Use truncation (aka wildcard searching) - put an asterisk before the end of a word to find all variant endings. E.g. geolog* will find articles using the words geology, geological, geologist, etc.

  • Check the subject headings (in EBSCO databases, look for "Thesaurus" in the top blue bar) to get ideas for other ways your idea might be categorized.

Finding books

Search the library catalogue:

Search tips:

  • Try using the following subject headings (select "Subject" from the drop-down menu):
    • Paleontology
    • Paleobiology
    • Fossils

Sample resources:

Finding a known article

If you have a specific article you're looking for, first try entering the article title in Library Search. If you don't find it there, try searching for the journal title in the library catalogue. For example, to find this article:

Westgate, J. A.; Briggs, N. D.; Stalker, A. M.; Churcher, C. S. (1978, Aug 1). Fission-track age of glass from tephra beds associated with Quaternary vertebrate assemblages in the southern Canadian plains. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, 10(7), 514.

Search for Abstracts with Programs Geological Society of America in the catalogue. You'll see an entry that looks like this:

Then, on the following page, you'll see where you can find it at the library. (Use the library floor plans) Note the date, volume and issue so that you can choose the right volume.

Citation Management Tools

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