Searching Zoological Record at UCR

Searching Zoological Record at UCR

The Zoological Record (Call number Ref QL1 Z65), is the world’s most comprehensive bibliographic reference source for the zoological literature, offering bibliographic citations of any document that has as its central focus the biology of animal and adds something new to the body of knowledge about an animal or group of animals from 1864 (v. 1) to the present. Fossil hominids are included, but the biology of modern humans is not.

Each annual volume of ZR is published in 27 separate sections:

1 Comprehensive Zoology

13A Insecta -- General Insecta & Smaller Orders

2 Protozoa

13B Insecta -- Coleoptera

3 Porifera

13C Insecta -- Diptera

4 Porifera & Archaeocyatha

13D Insecta – Lepidoptera

5 Echinodermata

13E Insecta – Hymenoptera

6A Platyhelminthes, Nematoda &

Smaller Helminth Groups

13F Insecta – Hemiptera

6B Annelida & Miscellaneous Minor Phyla

14 Protochordata

6C Conodonta & Fossil Miscellanea

15 Pisces

7 Brachiopoda

16 Amphibia

8 Bryozoa (Polyzoa)

17 Reptilia

9 Mollusca

18 Aves

10 Crustacea

19 Mammalia

11 Trilobitomorpha

20 List of New Taxonomic Names

12 Arachnida & Smaller Arthropod Groups


How to Find Articles
Begin your search by locating sections of interest and examining their indexes. All examples here are from Section 19 (Mammalia), 1996/1997. Each section of ZR contains five indexes: Author, Subject, Geographical, Palaeontological, and Systematic.

Searching by Author
The Author Index provides full bibliographic information for indexed documents listed alphabetically by the first author's surname. All other indexes will refer you to the bibliographic citations provided here. With the information in the citation you can then determine whether or not the item is in our library. (See the separate handouts: "Guide to the MELVYL® Online System," "Using the MELVYL® System: Finding Journal Articles," and "Using Scotty (UCR Library Catalog").

Author and citation number

  Journal name, volume number and issue, date, pages of article.
This article contains illustrations and is in English.
Hayes, J.P & Shonkwiler, J.S. (2994)
Altitudinal effects on water fluxes of deer mice: a physiological application of structural equation modeling with latent variables.
Physiological Zoology 69(3), May-June 1996: 509-531, illustr. [in English]

Searching by Subject
The Subject Heading Index appears at the beginning of each section volume, before the Author Index (except in Section 20). It provides an alphabetic listing of all the headings in the Subject, Geographical, and Palaeontological Index. Users should try synonyms for search terms since the terms that appear in the main Subject Index are taken from the controlled vocabulary of the Zoological Record thesaurus. ZR uses British spelling and phrasing.

Subject heading and Page number
Altruistic behaviour
Amphibian prey

The Subject Index provides access to the indexed literature via the Detailed Subject headings. It is not organized alphabetically, but in a logical, classified order, thus it is often useful to consult the Subject Heading Index first. Entries appear beneath headings that most specifically reflect the subject concepts expressed in the indexed documents. Precise subject terms and taxonomic names accompany and describe the contents of each citation. Entries include the authors’ names and the citation number, so that full bibliographic information can be found in the Author Index.
Example: To find information on altitude effects on mammals, you would select section 19 (Mammalia) and look for altitude and/or related subjects in the Detailed Subject Index. Turn to the page indicated to find all papers indexed under this subject heading, e.g. in the 1996/1997 volume papers on "altitude" are listed on page 600 for the Detailed Subject Index. Citations are listed by keyword phrases, including geographical and taxonomic categories. Full bibliographic citations for papers of interest can then be found by referring to the citation number in the Author Index. Note that all individual taxonomic or nomenclatural entries are located in the Systematic Index (see Animal Name searching.)

  p. 600
Subject Headings ALTITUDE
Article Keywords Water flux relationships, structural equation modeling, California
Author & Citation Number Peromyscus maniculatus Hayes, J.P, et. al (2994)

Searching the Geographical or Palaeontological Index
The Geographical Index and the Palaeontological Index have the same format as the Subject Index. Entries are listed under geographical headings in the Geographical Index, while entries are listed by geological time period in the Palaeontological Index.
Example: Someone searching for studies on deermice (Peromyscus spp.) in California could look for California in the Detailed Subject Index, then consult the Geographical Index, and finally turn to the citation indicated in the Author Index. Or one may browse through the geographic headings, from broader to narrower, in this case from Nearctic Region through USA to California.
Main Geographical Heading CALIFORNIA

Article Keywords
East and South
Water fluxes, altitude effects, structural equation modeling,

Author & Citation Number
Peromyscus maniculatus Hayes, J.P, et. al (2994)

Searching by Animal Name
The Animal Name Index at the front of the volume (located after the Subject Heading Index and before the Author Index,) provides an alphabetic listing of all headings in the Systematic Index of a particular section. Page numbers to the Systematic Index are given. This index is useful for organism searches by subgeneric rank and above.
Peromyscus 936

The Systematic Index lists entries under taxonomic headings in classified order, from Rodentia to Peromyscus in this example. For complete coverage of a topic, it is useful to supplement this index by consulting the other indexes.

Main heading

Species name
Peromyscus maniculatus

Citation reference
Ion & water relations
Water fluxes, altitude effects, structural equation modeling, California
Hayes, J.P. et al (2994)

Zoological Record Online
and other electronic resources for Zoology
An electronic equivalent (from 1972 through the present) is available through a commercial vendor. Fees may apply. Please consult a reference librarian for more information on searching Zoological Record Online. Other useful online indexes are BIOSIS, available through the MELVYL System, and GeoRef, available both as a gateway database through the MELVYL System and through the Library CD-ROM Network.

Additional Resources
The Zoological Record Search Guide (Ref QL1 Z67 1995), shelved at the end of the ZR can help in determining the correct vocabulary terms.
Please ask at the Reference Desk if you have any questions.
Last modified: 6/2/2003 7:40 PM by by M. Potter

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