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A guide for students in biology. After using this guide, students will be able to locate resources that are needed for their field of study.

What Is a Database?

The Library databases listed here are collections of journal articles searchable by author, title, keywords, subject indexing terms, and sometimes every word in the articles.  They may contain or link to the full text of the articles, or they may only contain abstracts of the articles.

TIP: Many times a keyword search will give sufficient results.  If not, look at a few relevant article titles, abstracts, and keywords or descriptors.  They often suggest other good words to use in your search.  Also look for "Find more like this" options in the database (although not all databases offer this).

Multidisciplinary Databases

These are general academic databases that include some biology but may contain less technical information than the key databases. The first of the following three databases may be the most useful one for non-science majors writing on a science topic. 

Dissertations & Theses

All Biology Databases

To view all biology databases, please go to A-Z Databases on the library's website.

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