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CAB Abstracts for Agriculture and Applied Life Sciences Research
Diseases are moving across the world. Pests move across the world. And so the literature will need to keep up with that and move across the world as well. CABI was created to cover the world's literature and to document it and make it available to scientists. And it's vital that we actually, that we collect this information and collate it and make it available because it's relevant to all of us.
There is so much information out there. You search Google for, even a sophisticated or even a complex thing, you get hundreds of thousands or millions of results. And it's hard to pull out what is the most relevant and what is good information, what is bad information. And using CAB Abstracts is a good way to filter out a lot of the unhelpful information, inaccurate information. And there's no irrelevant information in CAB Abstracts when you're doing a life sciences search.
The advantage of using CAB Abstracts is the information that is focused on our user group, which is defined by the subject area of agriculture and related subjects. So that if they're doing a search, the results that they get are highly relevant. The reason why it's relevant is because of the metadata that's attached to CAB Abstracts.
These days everything is an international issue. We see diseases moving across the world quickly. We see plant pests moving around the world quickly. And by using CAB Abstracts as a research database, our users are able to get a full picture of an international issue, including locally published information when it first comes out. CAB Abstracts currently has over 10 million records. It covers across the scope of applied life sciences. So it includes agriculture, veterinary science and animal science, environment, natural resources, human nutrition much more.
Using CAB Abstracts enables the user to see where the information came from. Know that it's relevant to their, what they're looking at. And it saves them so much time going through information when they're committing their research. It's a full-time job keeping up with that, with the changes. With the new journals, with the new research institutes, and with the new subjects that they're researching. But that's what we do at CABI. We work harder to keeping up with that and collecting information so that everybody can find out what is going on in this subject area around the world.
I see it as a practical tool. I see a positive change as a result of research on CAB Abstracts.