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Microbiology: MBI 201

Best bets for finding info on your topic

These are a handful of databases that I think will be most helpful to you as you search for information about your chosen topic. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about them.

New to searching for literature?

This series of short videos will show you a few useful techniques you can use to improve your literature searches.


Get to Full Text with Find It!

Most literature indexes do not have the actual journal articles included within them.  Instead, these indexes just contain information about the article, e.g. titles, authors, abstract.

When you find an article of interest in an index, click the "Find It" button by that entry to get to the full text.  If we have a subscription, "Find It" will provide a link to the journal article. (Or if we have the print, it will provide a link to the catalog with the location and call number.)

Find It button

(A few databases, like Academic Search Complete, include full text for some articles. These databases may allow you to search only for articles available in full text, but be aware that you are only searching a small portion of the articles we actually subscribe to.)

Using Journal Literature

Most indexes in biology will label at least two different types of research articles:

Primary article: A primary article will directly report the authors' research findings.  The details of experiments they conducted will be reported.  Most primary articles follow the "IMRAD" format familiar to students from writing lab reports: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion.

Review article: This type of article will summarize the research that has been done in a certain research area.  Reviews can be a good entry point into reading on a particular research topic, since some terms will be defined, and important experiments and results discussed.  Web of Science is an excellent database for locating reviews.

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Ginny Boehme

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