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Biology: Articles

Guide by Elizabeth Dellavedova. Direct comments to

Article Databases

Here are a few places you can find articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Remember that you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).

Additional Article Databases

Here are some databases that focus on more specific aspects of environmental science:

Periodical Types

Articles are published in periodicals, which is any type of publication published at a regular interval (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Periodical types include magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals which:

  • Provide detailed information about a specific aspect of a topic.
  • Report on events, issues, or scholarly research.
  • Are good sources for current or recent information.

Magazines, journals and newspapers typically do NOT provide a summary or overview of a topic.

More information on finding scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

Search Tips

Select the most important 2-3 ideas related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new word or idea; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.

human AND genetics

Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in a specific order.

"genetic engineering" AND human

Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one word.  Using gene* as a search term will include results that refer to gene, genes, genetic, and genetics.


Why can't I just use Google?

This video by Yavapai College Library in Prescott, Arizona demonstrates the different types of information found in Google versus library databases. 

Click the  icon located in the bottom right corner to watch the video in fullscreen mode.