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Biol 250 -- Scientific Writing

FInding Journal Articles and more

Ways to Find Journal Articles
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1. Use Library Databases

The Library subscribes to many databases that have or link to scholarly articles

♦  Some article databases, such as Academic Search Ultimate, index articles in magazines
   and newspapers as well as articles in scholarly journals,
   but offer ways to l
imit your search results to scholarly journals.

♦  Like Academic Search Ultimate,  Web of Science is multidisciplinary, but indexes only scholarly
    journals as well as books and conference proceedings.

♦  Discipline-specific databases, such as BIOSIS, PubMed, CABAbstracts, Zoological Record, and SciFinder
   take a broader view of scholarly/professional literature and also index publications types such as
   dissertations, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, and technical reports.
   Most of these databases will allow you to
limit your results to only journal articles.

2. Use Google Scholar

Indexes a variety of publication types including scholarly journal articles.

Does not have a way to limit results to only scholarly journals, so pay attention to what you have retrieved.

3. Use a Known Item 

 Look backwards in the literature by looking up references from the works cited section.

 Look forward in the literature by seeing who cited an item. Web of Science databases, Google Scholar, and some other databases and publisher websites give you Cited By references.

Web of Science Databases

May be searched individually or select All Databases from the search form.
Web of Science databases provide cited/citing reference searching: navigate forward and backward through the literature from a specific article.

   Web of Science Core Collection
   Multidisciplinary & very current.
   Citations from ~8,500 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world.

   BIOSIS Citation Index
   Citations with abstracts to worldwide biological and medical literature.
   Content from journals, meetings, patents, and books.

   MEDLINE Web of Science interface to the National Library of Medicine's biomedical literature database

PubMed (this is the Library's link to PubMed)
U.S. National Library of Medicine database with citations to biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

The most comprehensive discovery tool for chemistry and related sciences.
Madden Library's SciFInder Guide

Citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports in the
field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines.

Academic Search Ultimate [EBSCO]
Index to news, magazines, and scholarly journals in a wide variety of subjects.
  ♦ Limit your search to scholarly journals by checking the box: Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals


All Databases A-Z

Databases by Subject (Discipline)


Google Scholar (with Fresno State library access links)
Peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.  Also includes patents.