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How to Search for Alternatives

Do-It-Yourself Searching

Go to the list of databases on the UT Libraries network at http://www.lib.utk.edu/databases/

Research Protocols recommended databases for alternatives searches:

  • Pubmed
  • CAB
  • BIOSIS/Biological Abstracts
  • Web of Science
  • Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide
  • PsycInfo and PsycArticles

Teaching protocol reminder for the do-it-yourself searcher: In addition to searching at least two of the databases above, teaching protocols should also include a search for alternatives in the databases.

If you decide you need training or guides about how to search, see below.

Assisted Searches

UT subject librarians are available to help search for alternatives.

  • Budget 1-2 hours for an assisted search.
  • Come to the search session prepared with an electronic copy of the protocol and a way to save citations and articles found during the search. Check with your librarian for other time-saving tips and how to prepare for the search appointment.

Training to Search for Alternatives

Learn about searching research databases, managing search results, and current awareness. Save time and increase the quality of searches by learning about best practices and research support services from the UT Libraries.


Updated 5/2019