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Science/Medical/Biology/Chemistry: Articles

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.

Google Search

Google search 

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)   will limit a search to just .edu sites OR   will limit a search to either .edu or .gov sites  will exclude .com sites

Example: balsaminaceae “active ingredient” site:edu or

To limit to PDF format, use filetype:pdf

Example: “water contamination” “health effects filetype:pdf


Journals/Databases Subscribed by Skyline College (requires Library Card number to access)

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

Google Scholar [] 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 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.

Open Access Journals