If you’re about to tackle a science research paper, here are some online reference books (eBooks), databases, and web sites that should help you out!
For a complete list of databases, check out the Library’s Online Resources section and click on Research Databases.
- Everything you find (books, magazine & newspaper articles, pictures, etc.) within InfoTrac’s Science in Context database has the citations done for you! Log in with your InfoTrac password, then sign in at the top with your GAFE account so you can highlight, annotate, and save your articles to Google drive.
- Search our eBooks in the Gale Virtual Reference Library – again, all the citations are done for you and you can log in to your GAFE account to annotate/save the articles!
- Science Research Portal – use this advanced search (like searching a database)
- Science.ca ~ features biographies of Canadian scientists, experiments, lists of Canadian science web sites, and more. Click on the Reference link for a list of resources.
- Science.gov ~ a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results
- NOVA ~ from PBS; the highest rated science series on television and the most watched documentary series on American public television.
- Public Library of Science ~ a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization whose mission is to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Every article that they publish is open-access – freely available online for anyone to use.
- Scientific American ~ remember that we have the Scientific American magazine in the library too! Click on The Sciences as a starting point.
- Discover magazine ~ remember that we have the Discover magazine in the library too!
- advanced Research Notes Worksheet for organizing info~ use this worksheet to collect and organize your research notes. It will make it easier to write your paper later AND keep an accurate list of your sources for your Works Cited
- Works Cited & Parenthetical referencing:
- Citation Maker (APA)
- parenthetical reference & works cited cheat sheet – APA ~ examples of what citations and parenthetical references should look like for a variety of types of sources
- How to include & cite tables and figures – APA
For more details about APA referencing, check out Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (APA) or the new APA Reference Manual (Writing with Style 808.06615 SZU).
- Step-by-Step Guide to Searching InfoTrac
- Evaluating resources using the CRAAP test
- Plagiarism Pitfalls~ it is CRUCIAL for you to properly track, reference, and cite your sources. This handout is a reminder of what to watch out for to avoid unintentionally plagiarizing your papers.
- How to Create an Annotated Works Cited (PowerPoint)