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BIO 260: Introduction to Research in Biology: Databases

Library Databases

Visit the "Electronic Resources" tab on the Biology subject research guide to view a complete list of all available databases that specifically cover material in this area.  Search the library databases to find peer-reviewed journal articles on a particular topic. 

Tips for searching in Library Databases:

  • Start the initial search process with 2-3 keywords.  Review the results and pull out a handful articles that are most relevant to your topic.  Scan those articles for additional keywords or terminology that you might use to expand your search.
  • Sort your search results by Date Newest so the most current information on a subject is at the top of your results.
  • Use the "Cited by" or "Cited References" features contained in many library databases to view a list of resources that have cited the particular article currently being viewed in their own work or are contained within the Reference list of the current article being viewed.
  • Do not limit your search to just one database.  Instead look at a variety of databases both subject specific and interdisciplinary to make sure you are viewing the full scope of literature published on your topic.

Academic Search Complete

JSTOR

PubMed

Other Databases