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BIOS 105: Contemporary Biology: Databases


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
  • Examples: New England Journal of Medicine, Science


  • 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
  • Examples: Time, National Geographic, Scientific American

Databases for Controversial Issues


  • To access databases from off campus, enter your username NCC credentials.
  • To ensure the articles are current, specify the date range for the last 2 years.

Database Resources for Biology

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

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

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

JSTOR - Contains full text articles from periodicals covering the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.


Remember:  To log into a database from home, click on the database link and when prompted, enter your NCC credentials