Using Databases*

Using Databases…
…to find reliable articles for Biology
 What
databases can we use?
 What
search techniques can we use?
 What
is a peer reviewed article?
 How
do you know if an article is reliable?
A collection of
magazines, newspapers,
academic journals, and
other resources available
online with a subscription
Easy to find reliable
scientific research
Contains more free
than the general Internet
What’s an “academic” source?
 Published
by experts: researchers, universities,
academic societies, professional organizations
 Often
peer-reviewed (“refereed”)
“…highly valued… because they contain articles that
have been screened by an author's peers (people
who work in the same field as the author).”
own database!
Please do NOT share password
with non-IHS students
Username: ihsproquest
Password: irvingt0n
Choose e-library or SIRS
Sort by Source Type
Sort by source type on left
Peer Reviewed Articles:
 In
 In
E-Library, look for purple bar:
SIRS, look under magazines; may need to
Google title of publication (Ex: Journal of
American Pediatrics. Not the article title)
Alameda County Library
Sign up for an e-cardsee link at
• This form does
have some technical
issues. If you have
trouble, see Ms.
McAuley in the library
After you have a card
 Go
 Under the “Research” drop-down menu,
 Choose “A-Z Resources”
 Don’t
search for your topic in this main screen! This is
just a list of databases. You have to choose one
database to search.
How Do I Search in a database?
 Use
strings of KEYWORDS, NOT whole
What effects will global warming have on
people and our environment?
Global warming
Climate change
Narrow or Broaden Results
Limit to FULL TEXT
Narrow by TYPE
Boolean operators: try connecting keywords
using AND, OR, NOT
Scan (quickly look through) results for sources
that seem useful.
Click on the title or “Full Text”
and read!
The next few slides give some examples of
useful databases for science…
EBSCOHost: A good general
Advanced Search:
World Wide Science
 On
the Internet (no card needed)
 Some articles unavailable in full text
Click “Full Text Available” under Topics
Student Research Center
JSTOR (short for Journal
Storage): A great
Advanced Search
Check box: “Only Content I
Can Access”
Search using keywords
IPL (Internet Public Library)
reviewed by
Citing Journal Articles from a
Dolby, Nadine. “Research in Youth Culture.” Social
Work and Society 50.1 (2008): 173-96. ProQuest.
Web. 5 Oct. 2014. <>.
-Name of the database is included.
-If required to include URL, put at end:
-If no pages given: n. pag.
-This is for academic journals only. Other databases
resources like encyclopedia articles should be cited as
whatever they are. The database labels each type of