Database Help

**Currently, the Science Primary Literature Database is being moved from one site/software (Dadabik) to another (WordPress). The Dadabik site will be the location for the full Database until the transfer is complete.**

The Science Primary Literature database is composed of two files:

*Student Database — provides access to journal articles, book chapters, and some images that have been found useful by college and university undergraduate science students.

The publications included in the Student Database have been both:

  • used and cited by multiple students
  • highly cited in the scientific literature

*Featured Database — provides access to journal articles/primary literature that have been identified through the Strategian Science blog.

Each record in the database in the WordPress site indicates from which database that record comes.

Searching the database:

*The WordPress site can be searched from a single box on the home page.

Terms and phrases typed into that box are combined in a Boolean OR relationship, and the search results are listed by relevancy.

*There are two ways to search the full Database via Dadabik:

Quick Search — the top box searches a description of the content of the publication (includes information typically found in the abstract, subject headings, and title fields).  The bottom box is provided if you happen to have the exact title of a needed publication.

The Boolean AND and OR operators can be used within the search boxes by typing the operators in capitol letters; for example —

climate change AND stress (will search for all records that contain the phrase “climate change” AND a variant of the word “stress”)

climate change OR stress (will search for all records that contain either the phrase “climate change” OR a variant of the word “stress”)

Two or more words together will be searched as a phrase (example, climate change, global warming, pathogenic bacteria).

The operator AND provides a more focused search than the operator OR.

The two boxes are connected in a Boolean AND relationship.

Search — allows searching of a range of additional information including author name, publication year, and the journal or book title.

The Boolean AND and OR operators can be used within and between the search boxes.

Questions or comments?  Please let me know (engelk@grinnell.edu).