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General Biology II

Finding and Choosing a Research Article

The challenge when looking for a research article to present on will likely be picking from the wide variety of options. To help you I've selected some great, science-centric news sites for you to look at first. News articles from these sites report largely on published research. Browse the sites for research that interests you.

These news articles also usually include the citation for the published research article that they report on. Use the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or the citation in our Citation Lookup Tool to find the article in question in our library subscriptions. If we don't have a subscription, use our InterLibrary Loan Document Delivery service (accessible using the long request link in the Citation Lookup Tool) to get an electronic copy for free.

Remember that these news article are not suitable for your presentation, they are popular press articles, not primary research that your project requires. If you have trouble finding the research article referred to in a news article, contact Robin.

You can also search the Article Databases below for a research article on a particular topic but be sure to check that any article is new enough and conforms to the project guidelines.


Updated several times a day with breaking news and feature articles, seven days a week, the site covers discoveries in all fields of the physical, biological, earth and applied sciences. Stories are integrated with photographs and illustrations, links to journals and academic studies, related research and topics, encyclopedia articles, and videos, to provide a wealth of relevant information on almost every science topic imaginable – from astrophysics to zoology.

Nature News
Science news from the Nature Publishing Group.

Science News
This award-winning biweekly news magazine covers important and emerging research in all fields of science. It publishes concise, accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists. Published by Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education.

 Article Databases

PubMed was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). It was developed in conjunction with publishers of biomedical literature as a search tool for accessing literature citations and linking to full-text journals at web sites of participating publishers. Click for downloadable instructions.

Biological Abstracts (Thomson Scientific / ISI Web Services)
Biological Abstracts is a comprehensive database that directs you to information covered in life sciences journals. Coverage begins 1969 to present.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Scholar search tips

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