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HuntDon

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I've been reading a ton of elk studies that are produced by fish and game or Universities. What is the best way to find more studies? I've been using google scholar mainly. Also, if anybody has a study that they like, please drop a link. Some of these studies have incredibly useful information. Thanks!
 

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Google Scholar is pretty good for people not affiliated with a university/research institution. Look at the subject headings and keywords used for articles you find relevant and use those to narrow down your future searches. Look at the articles previously found research cites. https://sci-hub.se/ is a way to get around paywalls from publishers.
 

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Email the authors directly, they will send you the article.

Find the authorities in the field, and then ask them who and what to look for. You will find more rabbit trails that bear better feuit that's ay than just blind searching.

Also look at footnotes and citations and then follow them to more info.
 

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Valerius Geist's text,

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Edit: Thanks for the reminder, while I was looking up this image on Amazon I bought a used copy.
 
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When you find a good paper, look at the literature cited in that paper. It often expands on points in that article.

Some of the more generic science or news outlets will report on research, but track down the actual literature. The news nearly always gets it wrong.



State and federal agencies often publish technical papers that never get published in peer reviewed sources. Search for National Park Service, USGS and individual state technical papers or reports. There’s a treasure trove of information to be found there, though it’s a bit harder to come by. If you find an author, contact them for more work they may have written up.
 

mxracer317

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How much more info can you get out of those pubs vs what is already circulating? Serious question.
 

Caseknife

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How much more info can you get out of those pubs vs what is already circulating? Serious question.
A lot of time when an article is quoted in another paper, it is paraphrased info that pertains to the specific subject matter. If you go to the original paper, you get the whole study. It is always better IMO to go to the original source rather than someone else's interpretation. That said, there are probably many articles and papers that have been deemed not worthy of mainstream publishing, but still provide useful information for those looking for more bits of information.

Any research papers on the Starky Experimental Forest are very interesting. I was able to tour Starky in 1989 or so, about a year after it was started. Way before GPS was mainstream. They were tracking elk/predator movement with the LORAN system and could get updates every few hours within 10 meters or so.
 
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