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Open Access Journals (no passwords needed)

PubMed Central: full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine. Over 4 million articles are archived here.


Listing of open access journals (Wikipedia)

Using Google Scholar

General Science Database (need off-campus password)

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One of the Gale databases that include reference books and periodicals (academic journals, magazines, and newspapers) along with a section on experiments. The journal Nature is included. A good starting point to identify a topic and to gather keywords and names of investigators for a Google Scholar search. Be sure to look closely at the Academic Journals.

Here is a listing of topics.  Here is listing of very, very basic science experimentsThis listing is more sophisticated.

Scholarly Databases (need off-campus passwords)

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Listing of All of the School's Databases


peer-reviewed articles from almost 2,000 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences; no current articles

full-text articles from more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 are available for over 100 journals

peer-reviewed articles covering psychiatry, medical ethics, mental processes, and child and adolescent psychology; (click on “full-text” for best results)

Gathering Your Keywords (Search Terms)

Keyword searching is how you typically search Google Scholar, Google, and library databases.  Think of important words or phrases (put quotation marks around the phrase) and type them in and see what happens.

If you're new to the subject, it may be helpful to pick up the terminology from secondary sources, such as a Wikipedia article or a general article from a library database. (A better keyword for "overweight" in a Google Scholar search might be "pediatric hyperalimentation".)

It's important for you to be systematic. Perhaps you want to start by keeping a written list of keywords. You'll notice that as you read articles or abstracts, you'll find addition keywords. Always look at the references at the end of a article for new keywords.