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Animal Science Research Guide: Finding Journal Articles

Resources for conducting research in animal science. Last updated: 8/13/18.


Below are a number of databases that are used in animal science. Use these to search for journal articles related to your topic. If you need assistance with searching and using these resources please contact Andrea Kepsel, Animal Science Librarian, at

I have the citation for an article, how do I find the full text?

The easiest way to locate a journal is to do a title search in the MSU Libraries' online catalog.

Requesting a Copy of a Print Article

The MSU Libraries provides free document delivery for MSU faculty, staff, and students. Copies of non-electronic journal articles and individual book chapters are provided, at no cost, for personal research.

Is my article from a peer-reviewed journal?

There are many things to look for when determining if an article is from a peer-reviewed journal or not. The database Ulrichsweb can be used to quickly check if a journal is considered scholarly, but remember it is just a tool and you should still examine the journal closely if you are not familiar with it.

Note: Only 5 simultaneous users are allowed at a time. If you are receiving an error message when trying to access Ulrichsweb, wait a few minutes and try again.

To check if a journal is considered scholarly, enter the journal title (not the article title) in the search box. Click on the title from the results list and look for "Academic / Scholarly" in the Content Type field. If there are a number of journals with a similar title you may need to use the ISSN number to find the correct one.

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