BIOL 4278: Seminar in Biology: Find Articles

Find Research Articles

Approach #1 -- OneSearch:

Sample natural language search:
how are frogs affected by the toxicity of herbicides like atrazine

On results screen, add desired filters:

  • availability: peer-reviewed journals
  • resource type: articles


Approach #2 -- Biological Abstracts and other individual subject databases:

Sample searches with keywords, logical operators, & wildcards:
atrazine AND frogs
(atrazine OR herbicides OR pesticides) AND frogs
(herbicides OR pesticides) AND (frogs OR tadpoles) AND toxic*

Select desired limiters on initial search screen or while viewing results. Look for official subject terms, and use them to refine your search if needed.

Find additional choices in the Biological Sciences guide.

For preprints, see:

Tips for finding review articles:

  • Use the literature review document type limiter in Biological Abstracts
  • Look for a review document type in Web of Science search results
  • Look for the terms review or meta-analysis in article titles

In Biological Abstracts:

Shows document type option for literature review

In Web of Science:

Shows document type review in search results

Sample citation:
Kerby JL, Sih A. 2015. Effects of carbaryl on species interactions of the foothill yellow legged frog (Rana boylii) and the Pacific treefrog (Pseudacris regilla). Hydrobiologia. 746(1):255-269.

Use OneSearch to look for a DOI (digital object identifier) or to search for a distinctive "exact phrase" from the article title. Add an author name if needed. Examples:

  • 10.1007/s10750-014-2137-5
  • "effects of carbaryl on species interactions"
  • "effects of carbaryl on species interactions" AND kerby

If an article isn't available online, submit an article request.

A peer-reviewed (or refereed) journal:

  • uses experts from the same subject field or profession as the author to evaluate a manuscript prior to acceptance for publication
  • has articles that report on research studies or provide scholarly analysis of topics
  • may include book reviews, editorials, or other brief items that are not considered scholarly articles
Peer Review in 3 Minutes

(3:15) Explains the academic publishing process for research articles and scholarly journals, including the quality control process of peer review. North Carolina State Univ. Libraries

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Get Full Text for an Article

If a database lacks immediate full text, click Find It @ UHCL in results to check for full text from another source. Follow Available Online links in OneSearch to a resource with full text for UH Clear Lake users as shown below.

Shows Find It at UHCL leading to full text in EBSCOhost PsycARTICLES

If full text is not found, submit an article request.

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