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Journals & Databases: Research Help & Tips

Research guide linking to subscription and open-access journals and databases, by type and content.

Research Help

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Research assistance. Our librarians offer reference services to SDZWA staff and volunteers. Please submit a request by phone (760-747-8702 x5736) or email.

Research tips and tutorials. Want to make your literature searches easier and more productive? The information below can help!

Disclaimer: This site is maintained by the SDZWA Library for the use of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance staff and volunteers. Although we make every attempt to provide accurate information, some of the resources and links may become outdated. If you have suggestions for updates or additional resources, we welcome your feedback.

How to Find Books and Articles on the Library's Website

The Research Process

Are you looking for reliable information on a topic? Do you need to present it in a written report? Here are some useful guidelines.

Google Search Tips

Reliable Information Sources

What information sources can you trust? Anyone can publish anything online! These sites give clear guidelines.


General San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library Copyright Notice
Most material available on the internet is protected by copyright law, including both freely available resources and subscription databases available through the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library. Copyright applies even when a statement of copyright is not clearly visible on a website or other resource. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library upholds and abides by United States copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code), including sections 107 and 108 governing fair use and reproduction by libraries and archives. Patrons using library resources—including copiers, scanners, and printers—are responsible for any infringements to copyright law.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


Warning: Predatory Publishers

Peer-reviewed (scholarly) journals are the gold standard for reliable information. But the recent rise of predatory publishers is leading to confusion (Bohannon 2013).

Predatory publication editors accept articles indiscriminately without rigorous reviews or fact-checking. Their typical business model is to print a range of open-access journals that collect publication fees from authors.

Before you publish in or cite a journal, it's wise to review the Think.Check.Submit. guidelines and check Cabell's whitelist:

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