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Sources for Biology Research Articles
Academic Search Premier
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
PubMed is the premier index to medical literature. It is a free resource developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed provides free access to MEDLINE, links to full-text articles found in PubMed Central or at publisher websites, and other related resources. PubMed also provides Clinical Queries search filters, and Special Queries pages.
ScienceDirect is a website which provides subscription-based access to a large database of scientific and medical research. It hosts over 12 million pieces of content from 3,500 academic journals and 34,000 e-books. The journals are grouped into four main sections: Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities. Article abstracts are freely available, but BC3 does not have a subscription to the database, so you will need to request the full text of articles using the BC3 Library's Request an Article form.
SciFinder is a research discovery applications for chemistry. Use it to research topics and find information on substances and reactions.
First-time users need to complete a SciFinder Registration Form before being able to use the database.
Resource for Background/Introductory Information and Current Events
Use news magazines, trade magazines, newspapers, and current topics databases to find timely information on your topic.
The official journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Publishes overviews of current research in biology, essays, and discussion on education, public policy, history, and the conceptual underpinnings of the biological sciences. Free articles available in every issue.
New York Times
BC3 students and employees can sign up for free access to the New York Times through Butler County Community College's NYT Academic Pass Subscription.
1. Go to http://www.accessnyt.com
2. Search for Butler County Community College from the list of institutions
3. You MUST use your BC3 email when setting up your NYT account
4. You will need to re-register for the NYT annually
Facts on File Today's Science
Bridges the gap between the science learned in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today. Updated weekly and containing thousands of links to a 15-year back-file, Today’s Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.
CQ Researcher provides reports on issue topics, some of which are related to biology research topics.
Facts on File Issues and Controversies
Issues & Controversies provides articles on issue topics, some of which are related to biology research topics.
Reference Databases are
A great place to start your research
Provide definitions, introductory information, facts, vocabulary/keywords, names
Preferred over Wikipedia by your instructors
Include citations for your bibliography!
Collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks
Credo Reference provides Topic Pages, which offer background information on a particular topic that can give you an easy starting point and pathways for further research; Access to hundreds of in-depth subject encyclopedias and handbooks covering every major subject from Accounting to Art History and Shakespeare to Einstein; and Mind Maps that visually show relationships between topics and keywords.
Provides full-text online access to a range of reference works published by Salem Press in the areas of health, history, literature, and science
Gale Virtual Reference Library
This is currently a collection of four online reference resources: Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness, Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Posthumanism: The Future of Homo Sapiens, and the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture.
These resources will help you become more familiar with different topics as you select a topic to research.
Sections of books can be very helpful in discovering more about a subject. Search the BC3 Library Catalog for both print and ebooks, or search for ebooks in our two collections.
BC3 Library Catalog
This catalog lists all of the books, DVDs, CDs, journals and other resources available at the BC3 Library on the Butler campus.
Ebook Central is a collection of academic eBooks from leading publishers. It covers the arts, business, education, health & medicine, history, law, literature & language, religion & philosophy, science & technology and the social sciences.
Collection of academic online books covering a wide range of subjects.
Rediscovering Biology: Molecular to Global Perspectives
This is a video course comprised of 13 half-hour video programs, course guide, and website.
The Secret Language of Trees
The BC3 Library has both print and electronic books for biological study and research. Print books and some of the ebooks are listed in the BC3 Library Catalog where you will find Dewey call numbers to locate books on the shelves (lower level of the library) and links to connect you to e-books. E-books can also be searched separately in our two e-book collections: e-Book Central by Proquest and e-Book Collection by EBSCO.
Browsing the Stacks
You will find Biology books numbered 500-599, Dewey's science section. shelving system on the lower level. It is subdivided as follows.
540 Chemistry & Allied Sciences
550 Earth sciences & geology
560 Fossils & prehistoric life
590 Animals (Zoology)
BC3 Library Catalog
Biology Websites, Podcasts, Online Resources
HHMI Biology Interactive
Real science, real stories, and real data to engage students in exploring the living world.
A monthly podcast discussing a recently published BioScience article. Episodes delves into the underlying research, giving unique insight into the author's work. Hosted by James Verdier, Senior Editor of BioScience magazine.
The Academic Article
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