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Biology: Articles

Welcome to the research guide for Biology. The resources below are a great place to start your research.

Search Specific Databases

Try searching Databases A-Z (hightlighted) for specific databases. 

Recommended Databases

Academic Search Complete
This multi-disciplinary database provides access to more than 4600 journal titles.

JSTOR
Great for historical research, this database provides full-text access to hundreds of journals. Articles published within the last 5 years are typically not available in this database.

ProQuest Research Library
This multi-disciplinary database provides access to more than 5000 journal titles from 1971 to present day.

ProQuest Biology Journals ProQuest Biology Journals coves many different biology topics, including biochemistry, botany, zoology, environmental studies, microbiology, cytology, and biophysics. More than 325 titles are available full text.

MEDLINE Developed and maintained by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE is the most comprehensive and authoritative database for information on medicine, nursing, health, "pre-clinical sciences, and much more." Contains links to selected full-text sources available with the EBSCO family of databases.

OneSearch Articles


 

 

Use OneSearch to search across all library resources.  Narrow your results to articles by using the options in the "Refine my Results" bar on the left.

In the "Format" section, select "Articles" (this option will give you magazine, newspaper, and peer-reviewed journal articles) or "Newspaper Articles" (this option will give you only newspaper articles).  For more information on the difference between these types of articles, see our Scholarly vs. Popular Sources guide.

Database Search Tips

  • When searching for names or multi-word phrases, use quotes around the terms. This tells the database you want to find articles with those two words together as a phrase.
    • For example: "Chicano movement"
  • Use "AND" to search for two or more concepts together.
    • For example: "Chicano movement" AND California
  • Use "OR" to search for alternate or related terms.
    • For example: "social movements" OR "social change"

Peer-Reviewed vs. Popular

For your assignments, you may be asked to use "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" articles.  These are articles written and reviewed by experts in their discipline. Most databases will have ways to filter or limit searches to these types of articles.

Other types of articles you may find in our databases include newspaper articles, magazine articles, and sometimes conference papers and dissertations.

For more information on article types, see our Scholarly vs. Popular Sources guide.

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