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BIO 100 - Introduction to Biology General: Articles

This guide provides access to resources recommended for research in Biology.

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Search Tips

When searching for scientific articles, it is important to keep the following in mind:

  • Always spell your disease correctly
  • Use the scientific name as well as the common name when searching
  • Use the tools of the database to help you
    • Instead of keywords, use subject searching
    • Disease subjects usually have "subdivisions"
    • Limit your searches to full-text
  • ASK A librarian for help

Finding Articles for your Term Project

When book information is too broad and general, articles in electronic databases can provide more narrow, subject-specific information.

The following are excellent first-stop databases for nearly any research topic.

Getting Started

Science in Context Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Scientific American Online Scientific American is a scientific magazine specializing in articles that bridge knowledge between professional scientists and the public. This database carries the full-text of Scientific American back to 1993. Simply enter your disease and explore the hits.
SCIENCE Science is the premier American magazine for cutting edge commentary, research, and news in the sciences. Published weekly, it covers all areas of medicine and science. For best results, use the advanced search button at the top of the screen and limit the timeline for your search as the database offers full text coverage going back to 1880.
Research Library (PROQUEST) Another great general resource, it features a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, and important magazines.
Academic Search Elite Academic Search Elite is a rich resource spanning a broad stretch of academic subjects with thousands of full-text journals and abstracted and indexed journals.


To see a chart of all the databases the OWHL subscribes to, visit the E-Resources A-Z page.


Finding Newspaper Articles

  1. National Papers-- Well reputed national type papers often will discuss and unpack scientific breakthroughs and experiments.  You can use the Internet to help you find these articles.  Two well-known newspapers are listed below:
  2. Newspaper Source -- A database containing articles from hundreds of local and national papers. 
  3. Google Search -- Use Google to search for newspaper articles by searching for your topics in Google and adding the name of your local/hometown paper.