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Veterinary Technology : Articles

Guide by Eliza Selander. Direct comments to jcombs@nvcc.edu.

Article Databases

Here are a few places you can find articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. From off campus you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).

Search Tips

Select the most important 2-3 terms related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new term; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.

arthritis AND horses

Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in that specific order.

"equine arthritis" AND horses

Use the asterisk (*) to find multiple endings of one word. Using horse* as a search term will include results that refer to horse and horses.
"equine arthritis" AND horse*

Why can't I just use Google?

This video by Yavapai College Library in Prescott, Arizona demonstrates the different types of information found in Google versus library databases. 

Click the  icon located in the bottom right corner to watch the video in fullscreen mode.

Additional Resources

You can also find articles within the eJournal Veterinary Clinics of North America. From off campus you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).

JAVMA - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

On-campus access only.

JAVMA - Published twice monthly, this peer-reviewed, general scientific journal provides reports of clinical research, feature articles, and regular columns of interest to veterinarians in private and public practice.

Search Strategy:

  1. Select the Advanced Search link to search by keywords.
  2. Limit your search to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association publication.
  3. On the Search Results page, order your results by date.

Periodical Types

Articles are published in periodicals, which is any type of publication published at a regular interval (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Periodical types include magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals. 

Magazines, journals, and newspapers:

  • Provide detailed information about a specific aspect of a topic.
     
  • Report on events, issues, or scholarly research.
     
  • Are good sources for current or recent information.

Magazines, journals and newspapers typically do NOT provide a summary or overview of a topic.

More information on finding scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.