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BIOL 100: Thomson: Finding Scientific Research

Finding Scientific Research Online

When you're looking for scientific articles from the Library, you can

1. Browse a specific online journal like those listed in the next box, "Top Journals for Biology."

2. You can also use keywords representing your topic to search a specialized library article database for science, such as: 

  • Access Science (start here for overviews & background research)
  • ProQuest Science Journals Database
  • Science in Context
  • PubMed (citations and some full text articles) or PMC:PubMed Central (full text only)
  • Medline
  • Health Source
  • Links for each database appear below

3. Not sure which database to use? Ask a Librarian!

Make a Research Appointment for more help. 

Access Science

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AccessScience is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. An award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, it offers links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers. With these and other online features, AccessScience is continually expanding the ways it can demonstrate and explain core, trustworthy scientific information in a way that inspires and guides users to deeper knowledge.

Science in Context

MEDLINE database

Top Journals for BIOL 230

Top Journals for Biology

Cell  Full-text available for 1974-present (one year embargo for open access). 

Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC)  Full-text available 1997-2011.  Articles must be a least a year old for full-text access.

Nature  Full-text available 1990-present (one year embargo) in ProQuest Science Journals

Science  Full-text available in JSTOR 1880-2009

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Full-text available in JSTOR 1915-2009

See also the Public Library Of Science:  Biology for other full-text articles from open-access biology journals.

ProQuest Science Journals Database


Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition database