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Searching Databases with Ebooks, Journal and Magazine Articles
(To log into our databases off-campus you'll need to use your email or Canvas login.)
Click on the OneSearch icon for the search entry box page to find a wide range of articles from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers and reference sources, e-books & other documents, plus print books available in the library.
Click the “Search” icon to begin a search.
To search for more than one "concept", click on Advanced Search next to the Search box in next page.
In the first search box, type the search word(s) for the first concept related to your topic. Type an OR between synonymous words for the same concept, e.g. paleo OR caveman. Use an * to search for multiple words from the same root, e.g. paleo* will find articles with the words: paleo or paleodiet. Use quote marks (“ ”) around search phrases (multiple words that should be searched together), e.g. “child development.”
In the second search box, type the search word(s) for the second concept related to your topic.
Click on the menu dropdown arrow next to "Keyword" on the right of the search boxes and select "SU (Subject)."
When the results page is displayed, click on an article title to see detailed information and a summary of the article.
To search for multiple concepts: - use ORs between words for the same concept, - use quotes (" ") around phrases. - Google does not use the *
To limit to a specific domain, use site: in front of the domain name (no spaces)
site:.edu will limit a search to just .edu sites site:.edu OR site:.gov will limit a search to either .edu or .gov sites -site:.com will exclude.com sites
Example: balsaminaceae “active ingredient” site:edu or site:ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
One of the world's leading scientific journals, published weekly. Issues from 1997 to present.
How to Read and Write a Scientific Study Article
An introduction to the organization and content of a primary scientific research article from the Writing Center at University of Colorado Denver.
This tutorial will discuss how to read a scientific article, how to find the main points of the article, and how to take effective notes. -- from University of Minnesota Libraries.
Google Scholar [scholar.google.com] is different from Google. Google searches public web content - if your instructor says not to use Google, they probably mean they don't want you to use content from the public web. Google Scholar, however, searches journal and conference papers, theses and dissertations, academic books, pre-prints, abstracts, technical reports and other scholarly literature.
When on-campus, Google Scholar will automatically display links for access to the full text of search results.
When you are off-campus, you will new to set up Google Scholar to find articles available to you through the library databases. Go to https://scholar.google.com/ or Google “google scholar”
Click on the three bars in the upper-left hand of the screen
Click on “Settings” and then “Library Links”
Type “Skyline College” in the search field, click the box to the left at Skylines College’s name and save.
The American Society for Microbiology provides a free database of articles from its 10 journals, including full text from January 1998 to the present and abstracts only from January 1992 to December 1997. (How to use the ASM journals database.)
Affiliated to Stanford University, HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of high impact, peer-reviewed content, with 1742 journals and over 7 million full text articles from over 130 scholarly publishers. HighWire-hosted publishers have collectively made over 2 million articles free.
Archive of free full-text biomedical and life sciences journal articles at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes 44 peer-reviewed journals that cover the core chemical sciences including related fields such as biology, biophysics, energy and environment, engineering, materials, medicine and physics.