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BSC3931 Cottrell-Yongye Main: Articles

A research guide for Dr. Cottrell-Yongye biology students.

Science Databases

Database Login for Students

The database login screen looks like this.

Your Borrower ID is your student ID.

Your PIN is your 4-digit birthdate (MMDD).

Find Specific Journals

Did you know? You can search all the databases to see if we carry a specific journal title. After logging in, click on A-Z Journals on the database list page to search for journals by title.

Find a journal

Once you find the journal you need, click on the Find It icon. The database that contains the journal will open and you can search within that journal title there. Find original sources by looking at the references in another book or article, look up the journal title in A-Z Journals.

Scholarly versus Popular

Scholarly articles are:

in-depth |  written by experts   validated with technical language, abstracts, literature reviews, methodologies, tables, graphs, and conclusions |  reviewed by experts | given a bibliography

Popular articles are:

brief overviews of topics |  written by journalists |  easily read by most people |  illustrated with colorful photographs or pictures reviewed by editors | not given a bibliography

When to Use Databases

Databases contain online versions of newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and book chapters. Since you access databases online, many people think they are websites. They are NOT websites.You must login to gain access to databases because they are proprietary resources leased for use by IRSC students and employees. 

When searching databases, you can be more specific with your keywords for a more precise list of results. You can search within the title, abstract, or full text of the item. The hardest part of searching databases is knowing which one to choose. The IRSC list of databases offers brief information about each resource. You can also search for databases by subject to help you more easily select appropriate databases.