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If you're writing a research paper about a topic related to biology, consult this guide for suggestions on where to look for sources, how to evaluate scholarly vs. popular, and how to cite sources.

  • Home - New researcher? Start here.
  • Books
  • Articles - Suggestions on where to search for peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles
  • Reference Sources - Encyclopedias, handooks, and more.
  • Multimedia - Video and web-based resources.
  • Cite it! - Resources for citing and referencing.
  • More - More research help

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    Department of Biology at Middlebury College

    Middlebury College Libraries

    These are widely-used research databases in biology:

    • Scopus  Icon
      Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Its content falls most heavily in the physical and life sciences, but it also covers social sciences and humanities literature.
    • SciFinder Scholar  

      1908-current. Chemical Abstracts via SciFinder Scholar is a comprehensive index to pure and applied chemistry literature including journal articles and structure information. It is accessible to Middlebury users from any on-campus or off-campus computer.  Before using SciFinder (Web version) for the first time, you must create an account from an on-campus computer.

      To create a SciFinder account: Click the blue circled "i" above for more instructions

    • PubMed Central  Icon
      PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
    • Academic OneFile  Icon
      Interdisciplinary index covering over 10,000 scholarly and popular journals and magazines.
    • AccessScience  Icon
      Provides authoritative information for non-specialists on a wide variety of science-related topics.

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