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Biological Sciences

  • BIOSIS Previews
    The major index to the biological sciences literature. BIOSIS help guide / Video tutorial
     
  • PubMed
    The world's largest index to the biomedical literature. The link above has UofC info embedded in it, so that records display a UofC "Get Full Text" button for accessing the full article. You may want to bookmark this link.
     
  • Web of Science Core Collection
    WoS operates on the same platform as BIOSIS Previews, but it indexes literature from all science and social science disciplines. Use WoS when you want to find literature from other, non-life sciences disciplines. Web of Science help guide.
     
  • Scopus
    Scopus is a competitor product to Web of Science. Like WoS, it searches the literature in multiple disciplines. Generally speaking, WoS goes further back in time - all the way to the late 1800s, while Scopus may not go further back than the 1990s for many journals. Scopus tends to offer better coverage of social science disciplines. Video tutorial

A subset of Google that only indexes academic journals. Pros: searching is very easy - just like for regular Google. Covers journals in many disciplines. Cons: Limited functionality for filtering results. May include some journals of dubious quality. See below for a screen shot showing how to set up Google Scholar to detect journals that the UofC Library subscribes to. This will allow you to avoid paywalls and access full text.

Click here to access the complete list of  U of C Databases

  • Agricola
    Created by the National Agricultural Library, this database indexes agricultural literature from 1970.
  • CAB Abstracts
    Covers applied life sciences including agriculture, environment, veterinary sciences, and food science and nutrition.
     
  • Encyclopedia of Life Sciences   (Recommended)
    This online encyclopedia is one of the most comprehensive sources in the life sciences. Provides very good background information.
     
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    Online abstracts for dissertations available since July 1980, full text since 1997.

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