Databases for Primate Conservation

  • Databases can help you to trace journal articles and other publications in your subject area. Some databases give you direct access to e-journal articles.  Other databases will provide you with a list of references to then follow up separately. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password. If you would like further help with using these databases or finding sources for your assignments, contact your Primate Conservation Librarian, Jo Akers, email

    Key databases for Primate Conservation 

    • PrimateLit - covers the literature on nonhuman primates published between 1940 to 2010; includes links to journal articles and references to books, technical reports, dissertations, and book chapters.
    • Web of science - a multidisciplinary database that is particularly useful for primate conservation and related subjects (guide to searching Web of Science). The default settings search the Web of Science Core Collection; select All Databases to include BIOSIS Citation Index (a large life sciences database). Web of Science includes links to online journal articles. 

    Other useful databases

    Academic Search Complete - a multi-disciplinary database which includes primate conservation journals. 
    Box of Broadcasts (BoB)
    This service gives you access to thousands of TV programmes, including documentaries on primates and conservation issues.  It allows you to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. On the database choose Archive to search for programmes. You can also search for playlists and create your own.
    Google Scholar
     contains bibliographic records and sometimes links to an external website where you may, or may not, be able to get the full text of the information source through Oxford Brookes University Library subscriptions. Google Scholar does not have the advanced features of some bibliographic databases (like Web of Knowledge) but you may use the Advanced Scholar Search to restrict your results to the information sources that are most relevant to your topic.  Guide: How to use Google Scholar - includes how to set up Google Scholar to link more effectively to Oxford Brookes University Library subscriptions.
    International bibliography of the social sciences
     - includes bibliographical references and abstracts (from journals) covering aspects of primate conservation.
     - an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of academic journals including zoology, ecology and environmental science. JSTOR does not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old but is useful for older journal articles.
    - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings in variety of subject areas.

    News sources - links to a number of online news databases.