SUNY Broome Library Fall 2020 COVID-19 Update

Quick Tips:

Library home page (

  • 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:

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:

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

Databases for Primary Literature/Scholarly Articles/Peer-reviewed Academic Journal Articles

From the library homepage, click either the “articles by subject” or “search for articles by topic areas” links. Then, under “databases by subject”, click “Science”.  Recommended databases are:

Citation Guides


Download the BIO298 Guide to finding Primary and Secondary Articles

A. Hollister
01/28/2019, 02/11/2020