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Find Books on Your Topic

Find books written about your topic. You can use books available in the UW Libraries and other libraries around the world. Some possible searches:
  • Salmon OR anadromous fish
  • Salmon restoration
  • The Columbia River
  • The Skagit River
  • Elwha River
  • Fraser River AND B.C.
  • Klamath River AND Oregon
  • Environmental Impact Statement

Search library selected Salmon resources

Search these catalogs to find books:

  • UW Libraries Catalog

  • UW WorldCat
    Search this to find books located in the UW Libraries, including the UW Law Library, 30 other academic libraries in Washington State and Oregon, and beyond.

  • OCLC WorldCat [UW Restricted]
    Search this to find books held in libraries around the world.

    You can borrow books from most libraries for free using the UW Libraries Interlibrary Loan service.

Keep in mind that many print resources for this class will be found outside of the Natural Sciences Library. Consider the resources available at Fisheries/Oceanography Library, Government Publications, Gallagher Law Library, and Suzzallo.

Familiarize yourselves with the following subject pages and corresponding librarians:

Political Science and Public Affairs



Government Publications

Environmental Sciences



Finding Journal Articles

Use these databases to find articles about your topic:

  • If the full text of the article is not available in the database, search the UW Libraries Catalog for the title of the journal to see if we have it available online or in print in the library.

  • If the journal is not available online or in print,get a copy of the article for free through Interlibrary Loan.
      • Science Citation Index - (Web of Science) Web of Science includes Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), 1965-present; Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), 1975-present; and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI), 1975-present. - UW restricted
        A multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts and cited references, covering 5,300 major journals in a wide variety of science fields

      • Access World News - UW restricted
        Washington state, U.S., and international newspapers

      • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management - UW restricted
        Multidisciplinary database providing comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences.

      • Aquatic sciences & fisheries abstracts ASFA - (CSA) - UW restricted
        Covers all aspects of marine, brackish, and freshwater environments including biology; ecology; fisheries; aquaculture; oceanography; limnology; resources and commerce; pollution; biotechnology; marine technology and engineering.

      • BioOne Indexes and Abstracts - - UW restricted
        Full texts of research journals focused on the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences

      • BIOS0S previews - (1969+) - UW restricted
        Provides worldwide coverage of life sciences literature, with emphasis on research papers from primary biological and biomedical journals.

      • Ecolex
        An information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP. The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature

      • Engineering village 2 - - UW restricted
        Citations with abstracts to worldwide literature in engineering and technology, excluding patents.

      • Geobase - - UW restricted
        Contains bibliographic citations covering earth science, ecology, geography, environment, and marine science.

      • GeoRef - - UW restricted
        Provides access to the geoscience literature of the world. Database contains citations and abstracts to journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses; covers the geology of North America from 1693 to the present and the geology of the rest of the world from 1933 to the present; includes references to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey.

      • Hein online- - UW restricted
        Digitized legal journals and reviews

      • LexisNexis Academic - - UW restricted
        Extensive array of full-text news (newspapers, wire services, transcripts and newsletters), business literature, industry and company information, legal, biographical, and reference resources

      • LexisNexis Congressional - - UW restricted
        Provides daily updated information, including full text of bills starting in 1989, public laws starting in 1988, committee reports starting in 1990, House and Senate documents starting in 1995, Congressional Record starting in 1985, Federal Register starting in 1980, National Journal starting in 1977 and other government information
      • NTIS - - UW restricted
        Indexes and abstracts U.S. government-sponsored research, development, and engineering reports and analyses distributed by the National Technical Information Service.

      • PAIS International - (CSA) - UW restricted
        Provides indexing to a selective list of books, articles and government reports relating to public and social policy issues.

        A comprehensive digital library of public policy research containing over 20,000 documents. Join today and upload your own research and customize your user experience

        Searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.

      • Science
        S earches science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources made available by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy. Science Accelerator was developed and is made available by OSTI as a free public service.

      • Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide - - UW restricted
        Contains bibliographic records on animal and bird species, wildlife management issues, diseases, game and hunting, Central and South American fauna; includes journals, monographs, conference publications, theses, and field studies.

      • But is it Peer-Reviewed? Check Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

      • Search other databases listed on subject pages related to your topic

      Check the Official Websites for Groups or Organizations

      Government Info and International Organizations

      Find information published by governments and international organizations related to your topic.

      UW Libraries and Departmental Salmon Resources

      Digital Collections: Salmon in the Northwest

      Fisheries and Oceanography Library: Salmon Subject Guide, Resources on Dams and Fish

      School of Aquatic & Fishery Science: Collections

      Indexes to Administrative Records for Pacific Salmon



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      • Research 101 -- An introduction to research.
      • Google Scholar - Tips for using Google scholar to search for UW Resources

      Created by: Lori Tschirhart
      Last modified: July 17, 2009 (tschirhart)