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!

eBooks & Research Databases

The InfoTrac databases are often a great place to start.  Everything you find (books, magazine & newspaper articles, pictures, etc.) within these databases have 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.  Here are a few that will be the most helpful:

For a complete list of databases, check out the Library’s Online Resources section and click on Research Databases.

Recommended Web Sites

Hint: when you’re searching Google, trying adding the word “scholarly” after your search terms!
  • Science Research Portal – use this like a “Science Google” – once you do a search, you can limit by date range, type of article, and more!
  •  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.
  • National Institute of Health – this is a list of all the branches/institutes (e.g. Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, General Medical Sciences, etc) – choose the most relevant one and then look for “Education” on their web site)
  • 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.
  • PLOS ONE ~ features reports of original research from the natural sciences, medical research, engineering, as well as the related social sciences and humanities that will contribute to the base of scientific knowledge. Every article that they publish is open-access – freely available online for anyone to use.
  • Science Research Publishing ~ an academic publisher of open access journals. It also publishes academic books and conference proceedings. SCIRP currently has more than 200 open access journals in the areas of science, technology and medicine.
  • 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!