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Biological Sciences: Journal Articles and Databases

A guide to research resources in the biological sciences from USC-Columbia's Thomas Cooper Library

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The databases below will get you started with your research.  For a complete listing of journal article databases, visit our Articles and Databases page.

Need to find full text? Look for full text to articles in PDF or HTML format.  If it is not available, click the Full Text Finder button to automatically search our other holdings.

Have a citation? If you have an article in mind, search for the title of the journal it is in with our Locate Online Journals by Title.

Need something we don't have? If we do not have access to an article, request it through Interlibrary Loan and have it delivered directly to your e-mail account.

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Biology databases from the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library.  Or, research any of our other 400+ databases by clicking here.

Primary Sources in the Sciences

Primary sources in the sciences are different than in the humanities or social sciences.  In the sciences, the focus is on research.  Primary sources are written by the scientists who performed the experiments - these articles include original research data.  Secondary sources summarize or compare research in a particular area.

So how can you tell if a science article is a primary source?  Primary research articles will include sections about:

  • Methodology -  explains how the experiment was conducted
  • Results - details what happened and providing raw data sets (often as tables or graphs)
  • Conclusions - connects the results with theories and other research
  • References - to previous research or theories that influenced the research