Library home page (http://www.sunybroome.edu/library)
- Books: Search for books on the “books/media” tab. The Biology books are on the second floor of the library, near the recycling bins.
- Articles: Search for articles on the “articles” tab. (If you are off-campus, it will ask you for your MyCollege login information.)
- Interlibrary loan: If we don’t have the book or article you need, we will borrow it from another library for you. For free. Books can take up to a week to get here; articles take 2-3 days.
- Help: https://sunybroome.info/library/help
Get Started: find a "hot" biology topic
The popular press (magazines and newspapers) covers mostly 'hot' science topics. Find a topic or learn more about your topic:
- Opposing Viewpoints - look under "Science, Technology and Ethics", "Energy and Environmentalism", or "Health and Medicine"
- EurekAlert! (AAAS) (also has job postings: http://www.sciencemag.org/careers)
- NIH Research Matters - if you find a citation for a scholarly article that you want, search by title in MEDLINE
- Google News - Science
- TED Talks
- Discover magazine online
- Scientific American online
Types of Sources
|Primary Sources||Secondary Sources|
|First-hand sources||Second-hand sources|
|Original work of art or literature||Analysis, critique or interpretation|
|Diaries, letters, interviews||Biographies|
|Research published by the researchers||Research summarized in a newspaper or magazine|
Tips to finding a good secondary article:
- Pick your secondary article first.
- The best secondary articles will have a list of cited works. These are often the primary research articles. You can search by title in Primo
- The next best secondary article will mention a researcher, and the journal they have published in. You can find the primary article in Primo or in our citation look up tool.
- Try to avoid secondary articles that only give you the researchers name.
Links to Secondary Literature and Science-based, Popular-press periodicals and magazines
- Scientific American - usually has a list of works cited
- Scientific American Mind
- The Scientist
- Science (Some scholarly articles)
- Search for a particular journal or magazine: https://sunybroome.info/library/journals-and-magazines
Databases for Primary Literature/Scholarly Articles/Peer-reviewed Academic Journal Articles
- Primo - Search for articles (and books) in multiple databases. Use the advanced search to search for an author and the topic they studied.
- Science Direct - ~95% scholarly, scientific articles.
- Environment Complete - covers ecosystem ecology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, etc
- Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
- GreenFile - covers aspects of human impact to the environment
- Medline - medical research
- APA style guide: https://sunybroome.info/library/guides/apa-style-guide
- Citation Fox: http://library.albany.edu/cfox