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So I'm just a lay person who likes to read about human biology/medical research but I dislike reading what so and so thinks of certain studies from pop articles. I like reading them for myself and I was just wondering which peer reviewed databases are the most reliable and accessable in your guys opinions? I think researchgate is pretty good but I find navigating around the sign up inconvenient since you have to be working with a relevant company to join. I hope I worded this specific enough thank you all who answer much appreciated!

Pubmed is the major database for biomedical research articles. Especially if you know what you're looking for, it should be easy to find.

Google scholar will also compile things that are not peer-reviewed journal articles. Sometimes that's useful (e.g. PhD theses) but you will have to be a little careful.

Google Scholar is good, since it searches all kinds of databases and gives you different options to view full articles. If you use Mendeley and get Mendeley Desktop, you can import articles that you like and it will often suggest other articles you might like as well. I know what you mean about the pop articles, they're often misleading ;)

A Guide to Biology Research: Research Databases

1. Search in the appropriate Research Databases using subject terms for your topic.

2. If the article you want is not available in full text in the database or the link is broken, search for the journal title in the A-Z Journal List.

3. If CSU doesn't subscribe to that journal in print or online format (i.e. it is not in our Journal List), you may request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Off Campus Access

When you are off campus and you select a link to an online resource from the Woodward Library website, you will be prompted to provide your Last name (username) and "A number" (password) to login.

If you have problems accessing resources from off campus, please call the Library&rsquos Access Services Desk at 931-221-7978 or Ask a Librarian.

Major Science Databases

Reaxys is the Web-based successor to the Crossfire system (ended 2011) and provides information about millions of chemical structures, reactions, and properties.
Reaxys merges the content from three major data sources:
The definitive source of information on the structures, reactions, and properties of organic carbon compounds, drawn from the journal literature back to the 18th century.

The definitive source of information on structures and properties of inorganic and metal-organic compounds, drawn from the journal and patent literature back to the early 19th century.

Patent Chemistry Database
A file of organic chemistry information drawn from selected English-language chemical patents (US, WO, EP, 1976- ). Additional historical (1869-1980) patent coverage comes from the Beilstein and Gmelin files.

NOTE: SciFinderⁿ requires that users have an individual, free account on the site. To register, please visit the SciFinder registration page. Additional login information is available directly from the CAS as a PDF.
Like its online predecessor, SciFinder (and its print equivalent, Chemical Abstracts), SciFinderⁿ is a core chemistry research and discovery tool for finding chemical substances, reactions, journal articles, and patent records. Two new elements make SciFinderⁿ particularly valuable:

- PatentPak—helps scientists evaluate the relevance of patents by making it easy to navigate quickly to specific substances referenced in the text of a patent
- MethodsNow—enables immediate access to millions of synthetic protocols (i.e., step-by-step synthetic methods)

With its additional functionality, SciFinderⁿ provides information and data faster and more comprehensively than SciFinder did, widening the search landscape and possibly increasing research productivity and impact.

Major Multidisciplinary Databases

Scholarly / Academic / Peer-reviewed / Refereed

  • Written by: experts and researchers in the academic or professional community
  • Audience: experts and researchers in the academic or professional community, including students
  • Content: research and current thinking on a subject area
  • Articles: are in-depth, covering case studies or report research. May include book reviews
  • Advertising & images: contain no advertising or non essential images
  • References: formal, often lengthy

A publication (journal or conference paper) is considered to be peer reviewed or refereed if its articles go through an official editorial process that involves review and approval by the author's peers (people who are experts in the same subject area) and are of a suitable standard. Most (but not all) scholarly publications are peer reviewed. If you have a journal in hard copy (print), the inside cover of the journal will state if the journal is peer reviewed. If the journal is electronically available, it will often state that it is peer reviewed or refereed on the homepage or in the guide for contributors sections.

Is this journal legitimate?

In the last 10 years, scholarly publishing has been plagued by explosive growth of bogus scientific journals, sometimes called "predatory journals."

Library databases will screen out these fake journals for you, but if you are picking something from the public internet, you need to add an extra step to your research. You need to make sure the article you are looking at comes from a genuine peer-reviewed journal.

There is a library database called Cabell's that lists predatory journals: Cabell's Predatory Reports. Go to this database and type in the name of the journal you found on the web. If you find the journal in this database, you should not use the article in your research.


Wolfram|Alpha is an amazing computational search engine. Although not a database by itself, all results returned are sourced and students can access original data. For example, it can be used to re-create the queries in the sample IA above [HDI – Tuberculosis].

It’s great for gene data, climate, socioeconomics, nutrition, species and so much more.

I have a subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro Educator, from which you can download datasets and set practice questions in mathematics. It will also accept data for analysis, including t-tests.

Biology Databases

Here is a list of databases that might help you in your research you can access the databases and read detailed descriptions of them on the library's Database page.

Agricultural Periodicals from the Northeastern U.S., 1789-1879

Agricultural Periodicals from the Southern, Midwestern, and Western U.S., 1800-1878

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

Science & Technology Collection

ScienceDirect Freedom Collection

Scientific Periodicals, 1771-1901

Web of Science Core Collection

List of academic databases and search engines

This article contains a representative list of notable databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles. Databases and search engines differ substantially in terms of coverage and retrieval qualities. [1] Users need to account for qualities and limitations of databases and search engines, especially those searching systematically for records such as in systematic reviews or meta-analyses. [2] As the distinction between a database and a search engine is unclear for these complex document retrieval systems, see:

  • the general list of search engines for all-purpose search engines that can be used for academic purposes
  • the article about bibliographic databases for information about databases giving bibliographic information about finding books and journal articles.

The terms "free", "subscription", and "free & subscription" will refer to the availability of the website as well as the journal articles used. Furthermore, some programs are only partly free (for example, accessing abstracts or a small number of items), whereas complete access is prohibited (login or institutional subscription required).

The "Size" column denotes the number of documents (articles, publications, datasets, preprints) rather than the number of citations or references. The database itself should be the primary source of statistics, and if it is not accessible, the independent estimates released as journal papers should be. Notably, Google Scholar does not offer such detail, but the database's size has been calculated. [2]

BIO 150: Foundations of Biology Lab

How do I find articles for my research?

If your instructor has asked you to find a peer reviewed, scholarly, or refereed article, the easiest way is through the the subject specific library databases.

Below are databases that are subject specific. Use the filters while searching to broaden or narrow your article search.

Want to learn more about what makes an article peer reviewed, scholarly or refereed? Check out the Types of Sources page.

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