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BIOS 240: Microbiology: Databases

Use this research guide to find library resources for BIOS240 - Microbiology.

Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria

Know Your Sources

Scholarly Journals

  • Articles are written by authorities in the field
  • Articles undergo a peer review process before acceptance for publication
  • Authors of articles always cite their sources
  • Example: New England Journal of Medicine


  • Intended for a general audience
  • Articles are written by staff reporters
  • Articles are heavily illustrated, generally with photographs
  • No peer review process
  • Articles usually do not have references or a bibliography
  • Example: Newsweek, Time, National Geographic

Database Resources for Biology

Knovel - Technical encyclopedias and handbooks in full-text. Useful charts and graphs are included.

PLOS Biology- an international, peer-reviewed publication covering the biological sciences.

EBSCOHost - Index to general academic journals and newspapers. Many articles are full-text.

ProQuest Science and Technology - Index to science & technology academic journals, magazines and newspapers. Many articles are full-text.

To log into a database from home, click on the database link and when prompted, enter your NCC Student ID # and your MyNCC password.

Independent vs. Dependent Variables

This short video is a great introduction to Independent and Dependent variables!