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Resources for Database Users

Resources for Database Users

Our resource area for database users offers a variety of CABI database user guides, arranged according to search interface, and product.  The files can be viewed online, by clicking on the link, or they can be downloaded and saved locally. CABI's training service also provides remote webinar sessions and on-site training courses for all subscription customers. For further information contact your CABI sales representative or email our training team on

Register for our free webinars!

We have a schedule of online webinars to help our customers operate our products and learn various features and functionality across a range of platforms. These sessions focus on the best ways to conduct various common workflows and tasks faced by academics and researchers.

We will be hosting more webinars later on in the year, so watch this space!


Please click the below link to access a wide range of CABI user guides and training videos. Each userguide is available in PDF format for download and most training videos are hosted on CABI's YouTube channel. Please feel free to use, download and link to these resources via your institutions systems or intranet.

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If you are unable to join us for one of our training webinars, no problem! Please see below for a list of recorded webinars.


CAB Abstracts on CAB Direct - TO VIEW CLICK HERE

Recorded 24th January 2018


Global Health on CAB Direct - including comparison to PubMed - TO VIEW CLICK HERE

Recorded 28th March 2018


Nutrition and Food Science - TO VIEW CLICK HERE

Recorded 15th March 2018


VetMed Resource - TO VIEW CLICK HERE

Recorded 14th March 2018


Leisure Tourism - TO VIEW CLICK HERE

Recorded 14th March 2018


Animal Health & Production Compendium - TO VIEW CLICK HERE

Recorded 15th February 2018


Crop Protection Compendium - TO VIEW CLICK HERE

Recorded 15th February 2018


Identifying systematic reviews can sometimes be quite difficult. So, to make this process easier we've put together some useful resources to help you with your systematic reviews on CABI's databases.


Filter for systematic reviews and meta-analyses for CAB Abstracts and Global Health on the OVID platform

This document offers guidance for subscribers to CAB Abstracts and Global Health databases on the OVID SP platform. Download PDF


Field tags in Global Health compared to PubMed Download PDF


Subject Codes List

This list will be useful to anyone searching CAB Abstracts, Global Health or any of the associated database subset products, including the various Internet Resources.

All database records include a searchable Subject Codes field.  The Subject Code field is used to code for broad subject areas within the database and, as such, can be a useful search tool when combined with other keywords and codes.  The Subject Code field is also used to code for specific types of full text content, and can be used to identify non-database, full text content such as journal articles, reviews or CAB eBooks.  The two character codes are searched using the appropriate field tag, as in the following examples:

CAB Direct: sc:0f
OvidSP: 0C.SS.
SilverPlatter: 3R in SC

Download PDF


These codes are very useful for searching on more more complex subjects that are hard to define in database searches. Download the CABICODES list,

Basic search techniques

This brief guide is independent of any individual search interface and covers the structure of an electronic database, search profile creation and the use of Boolean Operators for combining search results to build "complex" search strategies.

PDF - Powerpoint

To help our global customer base we have started to create support materials in foreign languages. Please click on the links below to view each relevant resource.


Training videos

Aquaculture Compendium

Aquaculture Compendium training videos
Training videos

Invasive Species Compendium (ISC)

ISC training videos
Training videos

Crop Protection Compendium (CPC)

CPC training videos