Researching in the Sciences can be a bitdifferent than research you've done in other classes. Most scientific research you use should be recent (within 5 years). Here are a few tips to help you find worthwhile things:
Unless you need to search an individual journal title, you will be using a database to conduct your search. The databases contain numerous (1000s) of individual titles that you can search at one time. The library databases are paid subscriptions and can only be accessed by PA Students, faculty and community.
The following are the recommended databases for your paper/project.
|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. Our archive includes all the results from Scientific American as well as their special publications. There have been several issues devoted to evolution.|
|ScienceDirect||ScienceDirect is a comprehensive scientific database containing article from over 2500 different scientific journal titles in many diverse fields. It can be dificult to search. You can help narrow your search by choosing advanced search and limiting your search parameters to the abstract and title as well as the appropiriate subject field. You will find the more detailed you get, the more accurate your results. We receive the current 5 years of articles in full-text.|
|HighWire Press||Hosted by Stanford University, HighWire Press indexes over 1300 journals in the Sciences. It is recomended that you start a search in the abstract and title fields. Your results will indicate the link to the article and any associated costs. Many of the articles are free. Before paying for any articles, try the journal finder or speak to a librarian.|
|Directory of Open Access Journals||The Directory of Open Access Journals provides a searching for over 2000 open access (i.e. free) journals in scientific and scholarly areas. In order to search for articles, use the link on the left hand side. This databse covers other areas beside Science, but has been fruitful in the past.|
To see a chart of all the databases the OWHL subscribes to, visit the E-Resources A-Z page.