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Introduction to resources for biology at Georgia Tech

Scholarly sources for Biology research

Scholarly sources, which are normally published in journals, as book chapters, or in conference proceedings, usually cover specific topics at a fairly deep level. In Biology, scholarly sources are usually journal or research articles. Many research articles you will read concern a single experiment, case study, or point of data gathering on a topic. Review articles, which are less common, summarize the current research on a topic. 

From this page you can 

  • See recommended databases for Biology, where you can search for articles by title, author or topic.
  • Access journals in Biology, to browse recent issues and see what scholars are discussing there. Journals publish research on a single or closely related topics.  
  • Navigate OpenAthens for off-campus database, journal, and research articles.
  • Learn how to read a research article.

What is a database and why use one

What is a scholarly database? 

A scholarly database organizes the best quality, most relevant information for a field or discipline in one place so it can be searched. Because there is so much scholarly research and so many different fields, databases specialize in which kinds of information or tools they provide. 

Why use a scholarly database? 

Scholarly databases take into account the important publications and research methods of a field or discipline. The database helps you make choices about which articles you want to see - by subject, dates of publication, overall topic, and more. Google and Google Scholar, while vast, do no quality control on the content they provide or give you good tools to narrow your focus. 

Recommended databases for Biology

Use the tutorials for Biology databases page to learn the basics of the following resources. 

Taylor and Francis is a great way to discover research on Biology topics. After you search your topic, use the filters on the side of the results to narrow to most recent 10 years of research.

Web of Science is a powerful scientific database. Use the filters on the side of your search results to find review articles, which will summarize current research. The filters on the top of the results will help you find the most relevant, mostly recently published, or the most heavily cited articles. Heavily cited articles are usually important works on a topic. 

MEDLINE is a database focused on human subjects research. It covers medical and health topics. Use the filters next to the results to view only the most recent 10 years of research. 

Find additional databases on our A-Z Databases page. Or search for articles by author, title or topic through Articles+ in the Library Catalog. 

Find top Biology journals

Anatomy of an article