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Zoological Record is the world's oldest continuing database of animal biology. It is considered the world's leading taxonomic reference, and with coverage back to 1864, has long acted as the world's unofficial register of animal names. The broad scope of coverage ranges from biodiversity and the environment to taxonomy and veterinary sciences. Covers over 5,000 journals, plus many other sources of information including books, reports, and meetings.

Additional Zoological Record resources are available, such as Biology Browser and the Index to Organism Names, are digital resources to help in developing search strategies. The Biology Browser provides links for the life sciences information community, and the Index to Organism Names is the world's largest online database of scientific organism names. Thompson Reuters, the database producer, also provides various online training guides available.

Searching Zoological Record’s hierarchical Thesaurus. The Zoological Record has a unique feature showing the relationship of special index terms in context to other related terms. On the search screen, click on the drop down arrow beside the field box on the right and change the category to Subject Descriptors, then click on the “Select from Thesaurus” link. This takes one to the Zoological Record's Thesaurus Search page, where you may enter a systematic name in the search box and click the Find button. A hierarchical list of terms is generated that assist in identifying related or more broadly or narrowly defined terms and concepts. Click on the h to view the hierarchy or click on the T to view the thesaurus details (scope note [definition], if there is one). Click the + icon to expand and view hierarchical terms. This feature allows you to expand or contract and select additional search terms. Additional help is available from the producer's web site.

Right AND Left Truncation: Right-hand truncation puts an asterisk (*) at the right side of the word stem, e.g. “biochem*” retrieves biochemical, biochemically, biochemistry. Left-hand truncation places the asterisk (*) on the left side of the word stem, e.g. “*degradation” retrieves degradation, phytodegradation, biodegradation, etc. Both left and right truncation can be used simultaneously; i.e., *degrad*.

Dates Covered

Online coverage is from 2008 to the present.

Print Counterpart

Zoological Record started as a print publication in 1864 by the Zoological Society of London, as The Record of Zoological Literature, and changed its name to the Zoological Record in 1870. From 1980 to 2004, the ZR was published by BIOSIS, and from 2004 to the present it has been published by Thomson Reuters. UB's print holdings are incomplete: v.7 (1870)-v.42 (1905), v.53 (1916)-v.112 (1975), v.114 (1977)-v.122 (1985), and are located in the Libraries Annex under the Library of Congress Call Number, QL1 .Z9.

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