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BIOL 365: Research Methods in Biology

Recommended databases for Science research

Search Tips

Quotation Marks " "

Use double quotation marks to find words in the exact order (i.e. "public administration", "health care", etc.), that is to search those words as a phrase.

Asterisk *

Truncation is represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an *, for example: manag* will search for manage, manages, managing, manager, management.

AND, OR and NOT

Use the Boolean search operators are AND, OR and NOT to create a very broad or very narrow search.

  • AND combines search terms so that each search result contains all of the terms. For example, business AND writing finds articles that contain both business and writing.
  • OR combines search terms so that each search result contains at least one of the terms. For example, college OR university finds results that contain either college or university.
  • NOT excludes terms so that each search result does not contain any of the terms that follow it. For example, communication NOT business finds results that contain communication but not business. 

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Watch our Smart Searching - Tips & Tricks video tutorial on YouTube

 

Finding and choosing databases

The types of materials available from our Library databases are plentiful and varied. They include: articles (peer reviewed, news, magazines), book reviews, e-books, statistics, reports, films and more.

Go to our A-Z Databases list to find access links to all our library databases and to other helpful resources or explore other pages on this guide to find recommended databases for your research needs for this course.