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Biology 116: Principles of Biology: Find Primary Sources: Scholarly Journal Articles

This guide brings together library resources needed by students completing assignments for Biology 116

First Choice Science Article Databases

Search engines for finding scholarly articles and, in some cases, book chapters, proceedings, reports, and more.  Use "Find it @ WVU" button to link to full-text or request through Interlibrary Loan.  

Scientific Papers

Your textbook provides details about how to read a scientific paper.  Here is another source, a tutorial from Michael Fosmire of Purdue University Libraries.

Search Tips

Search strategy tips

  • Use the advanced search whenever available.
  • To find out more about the article, read the abstract.
  • Use Find It @ WVU to retrieve the articles not in full text.
  • Why use more than one article database? Because extent of literature coverage varies.

bioRxiv The Preprint Server for Biology is a free online archive and distribution service fro unpublished preprints in the life sciences.  Authors make their finding immediately available and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before submission to journals.   

Additional Article Databases

Not finding what you need?  Try these additional article databases.