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BIOS 107: Biology I: Databases

This Research Guide will help you find library resources in the biological sciences, including articles from scientific journals. It will also help you to identify the components of an original research article and other useful information.

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

Magazines

  • 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

Library Databases with biology articles from journals and books (login required)

Library Databases with articles about controversial issues (login required)

Open Access Journal Collections (no login, all are free)