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Biol 385 - Major's Colloquium: Finding Good Articles

This guide will help you through the steps you need to take to complete your complex science issue assignment

Articles & Databases

Library databases index articles which are published in scholarly journals, newspapers, and magazines. You can use these databases to find out what articles exist and where they were published.

Biological Abstracts help document: (external link

Don't Know the Journal Title?

If you do not know the Journal Title, search in the following databases using the information you know:

Searching Tips

  • Truncate the end of search terms with multiple stems using (*).  Example: Typing epidemi* will search for epidemiology, epidemiological, and epidemic at once.
  • Use the magenta 'FULL TEXT' button to access the article.
  • Keep your keywords simple. If you use a lot and don't get results, try using fewer.
  • Use authors' last names.
  • Use the advanced search to limit keywords to look for authors, journal titles, etc.

Article Not Available?

Use Interlibrary Loan. Fill out an article request form and we'll see if we can find it for you somewhere else.

  • Be aware that requests can take up to a week.
  • Keep in mind that very new articles (published in August or September) may not be avaiable for a few months.