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BIO181 General Biology (Majors): Search Library and Open Databases for Articles


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Citing Sources

Use the National Library of Medicine style to cite sources for this class (BIO181).

Search Library Resources

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The library subscribes to dozens of databases. Most are indexes to and full-text articles from magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers. Other types of databases include libraries of streaming videos, electronic books, entries from reference books, and business and legal resources.

Search eBooks

Search for Video


All    Streaming    DVD/Blu-Ray/VHS   

Search a Specific Streaming Video Database

Or look through our licensed Kanopy films

Search the Library Catalog for books and DVDs available at the SCC Library, including course reserve materials.

You can search for specific titles, authors, or keywords in the box below:

Search Open Source Databases

PubMed is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals.  Many of the articles are available in full text for no cost.

PLOS (Public Library of Science) "is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication" (PLOS website)

Searching Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly information published as articles, books, theses and court opinions. Whereas the standard Google search engine finds links to Web pages, Google Scholar results are citations for articles that are not necessarily available for free on the Web.

Google's description of Google Scholar

Use the same type of keyword search in Google Scholar that you use with the standard Google search engine. In the left column of the results page you can choose to change the display from a relevant sort to a date sort; you can also limit the results by date range.

Google's search tips

Google Scholar is not a database with full-text articles and books; when you click on a search result, you are usually taken to a page that offers options for paid access. If Google has identified Web sites that offer free access to the resource, you will find a link to the Web site or PDF file in the right column.

Fortunately you can link your Google Scholar search to SCC Library's databases, which will significantly increase the number of search results that give you free full-text articles. Instructions for linking to SCC Library from Google Scholar.

Google Scholar Search

In Google Scholar, go to Settings--Library Links and search for Scottsdale Community College. Add and save SCC to your settings to find Library information via Google Scholar:

Google Scholar Library Links