Research Resources

coral-list admin jch at
Tue Apr 11 10:26:16 EDT 2000

Greetings, Students,

 	I know many of you may be quite a distance from a library and
other information resources, and thus it is occasionally helpful to ask
for help in locating research materials.  However, for the rest of you,
please take note of the following paragraph from the coral-list Welcome
Message, then see some links below:

"3) Please conduct as much preliminary research into a topic
        as possible before posting a query to the list. (In
        other words, you shouldn't expect others to do your
        research for you.) Please consider:

        o  Your librarian (an extremely valuable resource)
        o  The CHAMP Literature Abstracts area at the CHAMP Web site
        o  The CHAMP Online Researcher's Directory
                (i.e., search for your topic, ask the
                experts directly)
        o  The CHAMP (and other) Web sites' links page(s)

  But please *do* avail yourself of the list when you've exhausted
        other sources."

The CHAMP Web site is


I would imagine that most modern libraries have access to Aquatic Sciences
and Fisheries Abstracts (see "Cambridge" link, below), Sea Grant
Information Center (, and similar online
databases, and would be only too happy to help you, especially if you are
a PhD student who is by now well versed in research methods and can help
them refine your research topic.

If your librarian does not have specialized database accounts, here are
some resources for them (or you?) to consider subscribing to:

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

First Search:

For more basic questions by non-research folks, the Encyclopedia
Britannica has a good quick bunch of basic answers:

For the most up-to-date texts on basic coral biology, your graduate
advisor would be the best resource, or you can find the most recent texts
through your librarian's vast resources (e.g., "Books in Print").

I hope this helps.


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