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Find an article here:
Academic Search Premier
- Good for its mix of popular, news and scholarly articles. You have to exercise your critical evaluation skills to help determine what's what. (Do NOT rely solely on their limit to peer-reviewed feature--it is not reliable.)
- IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) provides full text access to world technical literature in engineering, computer science, electronics, and more. We have full-text access to many of the journals, but not the conference proceedings.
- Interdisciplinary science database, a heavily-used source for science literature. Highly recommended.
- National Library of Medicine database for medical sciences
Please note that we do not have access to the journal Advances in Space Research. You can request any article that we do not have access to through Inter-Library Loan and receive it in 3-5 days.
This worksheet will help you develop keyword searches that get results.
Find a bookin UOWorldCat (UO Libraries and beyond)
A few book search tips:
- Use less specific terms than when searching for articles. E.g., use broad subject terms such as space flight and human factors.
- UO WorldCat searches for articles, and many other formats besides books. To limit to books, click on book under format on the left side.
- You may get better results if you do a Subject Heading search for a broad term. To do a search by Subject, go to Advanced Search. You also can click on the subject heading links at the bottom of the full record display for a book that you like, to get more like it.
- Some titles of interest might be:
Bad Astronomy: misconceptions and misuses revealed, from astrology to the moon landing 'hoax' SCI QB44.3 .P58 2002
Biological and medical research in space: an overview of life sciences research in microgravity SCI QH327 .B535 1996
Biology in space and life on earth : effects of spaceflight on biological systems SCI QH327 .B545 2007
The scientific exploration of Mars SCI QB641 .T285 2010
Space and life: an introduction to space biology and medicine SCI QH327 .P5213 2004
Spacefaring: the human dimension SCI TL1500 .H37 2001
How to read a scientific journal article
Atlas of the Solar System SCI REF QB501 .M687 1983
The Biomedical Engineering Handbook SCI REF R856.15 .B56 1995
Dictionary of Biomedical Sciences SCI REF R121 . G623 2002
Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics (4 vols) SCI REF QB14 .E534 2001
Encyclopedia of the Solar System SCI REFQB501 .E53 2007
The Solar System (3 vols) SCI REF QB501 .S625 1998
(* = You must be on campus, or an authorized UO user if off campus, to access)
*Encyclopedia of Mathematical Physics
- More than you probably want to know on black holes, Hawking Radiation, and much more.
- This online collection includes a few scientific and medical encyclopedias. You can search the whole collection.
- An overview of space life sciences missions, payloads and experiments developed and/or managed by NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Kennedy Space Center.
- Online dictionaries and other reference books in all subjects, including biology, medicine physics and astronomy. There is even a Dictionary of Space Exploration!
- Do the articles have identified authors? Are the authors' credentials and affiliations available? Do the articles have references or bibliographies? If so, are there differences in the kinds of references given?
- Wikipedia is a very handy, free Internet source, but it is not necessarily reliable. For a humorous demonstration of this phenomenon, watch this excerpt of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. (Some improvements have been made to Wikipedia security since this was aired.)
UO Libraries Guide to Citing Sources in Research PapersUsing Scientific Literature in Biology Courses
- This was developed specifically for Earlham College biology students by Sara Penhale, but it is a very useful guide. It includes helpful information on primary vs. secondary literature and when to use one or the other, and general advice about when to cite, and avoiding plagiarism..
Articles for your in-class exercise:
Article #2 click on the PDF Full Text link to the left
This web page contains a wealth of information on evaluating information sources both in print and on the Web: Critical Evaluation of Information Sources
To determine whether a particular periodical (magazine, journal) is scholarly (peer-reviewed, refereed) or popular, see these pages: