Start here to find the most cited articles on your topic! The articles searched in Web of Science cover 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings. You'll find current and retrospective coverage.
BioOne is a global, not-for-profit collaboration bringing together scientific societies, publishers, and libraries to provide access to critical, peer-reviewed research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.
Biological & Agricultural Index Plus is a bibliographic database that indexes English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere. The database includes abstracts and full text coverage for selected journals. Periodical coverage includes a wide range of scientific journals, from popular to professional, that pertain to biology and agriculture. About 45 percent of the focus is on agriculture.
If you need to get more background information on your topic start here first! Trusted reference works in GVRL include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and subject specific encyclopedias for many subjects. Use this instead of Wikipedia.
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The purpose of reading, understanding, and synthesizing articles is that through that process you will learn that material. Your instructors will know if you Googled the information, and copied it into your work. Not only will your work be incorrect, but that is plagiarism. By going through the process of searching and reading articles you learn. What is the difference between Googling and using a Database?
Databases contain authoritative information written by experts.
Web pages are written by anyone, not always experts.
The articles in the databases contain facts that have been verified as much as possible.
Web pages do not always contain facts that are verified. Often they are opinions or ads.
Some databases have citation tools that will help you cite the information.
Web pages can be difficult to cite as there is often limited information.
Databases will save you time by finding valid information faster than a web search.
Web pages are difficult to sift through to locate one that suits your needs.
Popular Vs. Scholarly Articles
Popular Magazine Articles
Scholarly Journal Articles
Usually freelance journalists
Experts in the field
Yes, several citations up to several pages
Monthly/several times a year/once a year
Several pages up to several dozen pages
Fewer; Subject-specific ads
Connect search terms with Boolean operators (AND/OR/NOT): brain AND (cancer OR neoplasm)
Search phrases using quotation marks: "cell biology"
Use asterisk to search for multiple word endings: biolog* will find biology, biologist, biologists, biological