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BIOL 360: Evolution: Find Articles

Additional Bio Databases

What's a secondary source?

In secondary sources, authors analyze and interpret primary source materials. 

Secondary sources can be scholarly or popular.  Scholarly sources (sometimes called "academic" or "peer-reviewed" sources) are written by and for experts and typically include bibliographies and citations.  Popular sources are written for a general, non-expert audience and can be authored by anyone.

Key Scientific Database: Biology Collection

Biology Collection is our broadest biology database, and is a great place to start your research! It includes Biological Sciences, Medline, Zoological Record, BioOne abstracts, and more. Includes both full text and abstract-only articles.Click here to search Biology Collection!

Searching Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be a powerful search tool, but is has strengths (cited reference searching, breadth of coverage in the natural sciences) and weaknesses (inconsistency and inaccuracy, lack of coverage in humanities, etc). See below for tips about using Google Scholar to do cited reference searching.

Google Scholar Cited Reference Search

Another useful feature of Google Scholar is its ability to allow for easily finding articles which have cited an article that you have found. 

Step 1: When looking at search results, check for the 'Cited by X' link underneath each result. That will tell you how many subsequent articles (that Google Scholar is aware of...it's not 100% comprehensive! This is a ballpark figure) have cited this particular article.

  • Step 2: Click that link, and you will be taken to a new set of results, all of which have cited the original article, which will still be listed at the top of the page.