June 25, 2010

In the Spotlight - Sources for Wildlife Disease Literature

USGS National Wildlife Health Center’s Searchable Publications

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) makes almost 1000 publications authored by staff members available to search on their web site. This collection includes USGS/NBS/FWS series publications, articles in peer-reviewed science journals, chapters in books, fact sheets, and other documents. In addition, papers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bear River Field Station in Utah and the work of Dr. Wayne Jensen, a pioneer in botulism research, can be found.

Nearly 400 of these publications, especially those published in recent years, are also available as PDF documents accessible through their database. Paper reprints of articles are available free of charge from NWHC.

Another Source for Wildlife Disease Literature – The Wildlife Disease News Digest

The Wildlife Disease Information Node has been providing publication citations since 2007 through the Wildlife Disease News Digest. Recently, we created a new segment within the Digest, the Wildlife Disease Journal Digest, which once a week brings together a listing of newly released wildlife disease publications.

Using the open-source citation reference manager, Connotea (http://www.connotea.org) all these articles are indexed and cataloged. Begin searching the Digest's archived publications collection here.

Some of the cool features that Connotea offers include:
  • A growing collection of wildlife disease related publications. Currently there are over 1,200 articles within the Wildlife Disease Information Node’s collection.
  • Ability to search the collection by keywords.
  • Capacity for exporting the entire collection into a number of local reference managers (e.g. EndNote or BibTeX).
  • RSS users can monitor our publications feed for recently added records to our collection. You may also limit your notification to specific keywords, according to your research interests. Subscribe to our publications feed here.

Other Literature Source Recommendations for Digest Readers?

Know of other useful sources for staying abreast of journal publications that Digest readers might be interested in? Please send the title and link to us at wdin@usgs.gov, and we will share it with your colleagues on the Digest.