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Journal Locator

Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.

Beyond the DNL

Can't find what you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan!

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
  • You will be notified by e-mail when your items arrive.

Request materials online via:

Selected Databases

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.

  • Biology Journals
    Provides access to scholarly articles in all the biological sciences, including botany, environmental studies, cytology, and zoology.
  • BIOSIS Previews
    Available through the Web of Knowledge database, this resource contains citations to life sciences articles, with content from Biological Abstracts. Use for cited reference searching to locate articles cited in previously published works.
  • Web of Science
    Web of Science searches Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Biosis Previews, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
    Coverage: 1970 - Present. Updated: Weekly.
  • Environment Complete
    Offers comprehensive coverage in areas such as agriculture, environmental technology, ecosystem ecology, marine science, pollution and waste management, renewable energy, and urban planning. Includes journals and monographs, many of which are in full text.
  • Science in Context  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Science in Context contains articles from full text academic journals, science-related magazines and newspapers, multimedia records including pictures, and illustrations. A wide variety of subjects are covered, including earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography. Contains audio and video clips and images. Updated: Regularly.
  • PubMed
    PubMed Central includes citations and abstracts to the journal literature in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other medical related fields. Citations may include links to full text.
  • JSTOR Global Plants  Icon
    Database featuring more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other materials used in the study of botany, ecology, and plant sciences. Contains reference books and primary sources such as collectors’ correspondence and diaries, paintings, drawings, and photographs.
  • All Databases for Biology. . .

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
("global warming " OR "climate change") AND penguin*
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Databases are basically just search engines for articles on specific subjects.


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