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BIO 141/142 & NAS 150, 161/162 (Online): Academic Search Complete

This guide complements the live webinar required for your course by introducing useful resources for BIO 141/142, NAS 150 & 161/162 course assignments. Direct questions or comments to

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is a great all purpose database to find more information about your topic. It offers thousands of magazines and journals, including scholarly articles. Log in to this database using your myNOVA user name and password.

Keep it Simple With a Keyword Search

Keyword Search:

For a more indepth explanation of searching, please click on the "Articles" tab above or here and go to the "Search Tips" box.

Select the most important 2-3 keywords. These are terms related to your topic. For instance, let's say your argument essay debates if global warming is affecting people in the tropics. Your keywords could be:

global warming, people, tropics


Academic Search Complete

Citation Tool:

Each article within this database has a citation tool . Here is how you find it:

1. Click the link to the article.

2. In the right hand column, click the Cite link.

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3. Scroll down in the Citation Format box to select the correct citation style for your course. ENG 111 uses MLA.

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4. Copy and paste the citation into your document or export it to a bibliographic management software program using the link located at the bottom of the Citation Format box. Remember to check the citation for errors after you have copied it. 

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