by Erik Davis Fausak – January 4, 2022

Humanity’s relationship with animals is unique and deep, understanding our relationship with animals in terms of society, psychology, and welfare is the essence of Anthrozoology.  It is about the human-animal bond.  This subject takes a wide range of multidisciplinary approaches to understand humanity’s relationship with animals.  This discipline has also been referred to as human-animal studies.

Byam Shaw, “Who Knoweth the Spirit of Man…”, retrieved 1/15/19 from

Based on the tale of Gelert

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Finding metrics about the articles like in midterms is not very difficult.  Certain databases readily provide citation information about articles.  Publisher websites often provide similar information, as well.  Ultimately, the value of a paper is considered how much it is read and used.  A manner of doing this is by identifying how often the article you are looking at has been cited by other authors in other articles.


Databases that make finding article citation information pretty easy:

Ebsco Databases (Academic Search Complete or CINAHL) utilize a resource called PlumX that identify many features about an article, such as how often it has been cited (which is the primary tool in evaluating an article’s effectiveness), viewed, or shared

Proquest Databases (PsycInfo and PsycArticles)  show you the frequency of article citations in the search results:

Web of Science Databases (Web of Science Core Collection and Zoological Record) also readily show you the frequency of article citation in your search results:


Scopus also has readily found article metrics once you select the record of interest (it has its own metrics and incorporates PlumX):


Databases that are more limited in identifying article metrics:


Project Muse

Cab Direct



but no worries, you can often get the metric information from the publisher:



or cut and paste the title into Google Scholar:


Caveat:  different databases have different ways of measuring article citations, so be aware that Google Scholar will not give the same citation information as Web of Science.



Not all information is equal on the internet.  Please employ the following strategies when examining web pages:


Corroboration:  does the information on the website match information you see on other web sites?  Does it match the information you see in articles and textbooks?  When comparing one website to other information sources and websites, it becomes quickly apparent which ones may be questionable.


When beginning to evaluate websites, utilization of the CRAAP test is a good idea. Keep in mind, who is making website content and why.