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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases

  • Academic Search Premier: An multidisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.
  • Academic OneFile: A database that offers access to full-text articles from popular and peer-reviewed sources from journals in a variety of disciplines.
  • Nursing Reference Center: Access to thousands of full-text documents from clinical resources, including information on anatomy and physiology.

If you're researching a controversial subject, you might try a database that includes articles written specifically for students.

  • Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects.
  • Issues and Controversies: Presents both sides of the argument in essays that analyze controversial and current topics.

FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

  • Credo Reference Online: Access to more than 600 reference books, including general and specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries for overviews on topics

If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Biology QH
Botany QK
Zoology QL
Human Anatomy QM
Physiology QP
Microbiology QR

You also might try these reference books:

  • Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia: A set of two volumes providing information on scientific terms and concepts Ref Q 121 .V3 2002
  • Science Dictionary: Offers concise definitions of terms used in a wide range of sciences Ref Q 123 .A5178 2005
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology: A 20-volume set that offers more than 7,000 entries on scientific and technological developments and concepts Ref Q 121 .M3 2007
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics: A five-volume set offering articles on central issues in bioethics and scientific study Ref QH 332 .E52 2004
  • Grizimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia: A 17-volume set of descriptions of a wide variety of animals, organized by species and an index Ref QL 7 .G7813 2004
  • Gray’s Anatomy: A definitive work on the human body that has been central to science and medicine for more than 150 years Ref QM 23 .2 G73 2005
  • Oxford Dictionary of Biology: Explains key concepts and terms used in biology in concise entries Ref QH 13 .D53 2004
  • Oxford Dictionary of Zoology: Provides brief information on central concepts and terms used in zoology Ref QL 9 .C66 2003

FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

Although these websites are likely to be accurate, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.

Treesearch: More than 39,000 full-text, scholarly articles produced by researchers for the US Forest Service.
The Complete Works of Charles Darwin: Features all of his books as well as handwritten notes, journals and more.
Tree of Life Web Project: Offers essays and illustrations to describe the characteristics and physical structure of plants and animals and includes lists of related references.
Cellupedia: An interactive source that provides fundamental and advanced information on cells designed as a self-paced tutorial.

FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:

  • Science 
  • Nature 
  • Audubon
  • Scientific American
  • New Scientist
  • Science News

CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF] It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style: [PDF] The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!


Published Mar 8, 2013 (Updated Apr 25, 2014)


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