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Biology: BIOL 2060: Scholarly or Academic Sources

This guide is designed to help students access credible information related to Biology.

Microbiology: Scholarly or Academic Sources

Scholarly Sources article iconScholarly or academic sources have often gone through a peer review process and are considered by most to be very trustworthy sources. You most often will find scholarly sources published in academic journals or in scholarly books, like those published by university publishers (e.g. Oxford University Press).

More information and links for finding scholarly sources are available below.

Library Databases

Need help? Use this guide to get started: Introduction to Using Science Direct.

Open Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be an excellent tool for accessing academic journal articles on the open web. However, not all articles are freely available. Follow these tips to help you utilize Google Scholar more fully and find free articles.

Tip #1: Link Google Scholar to the SLCC Library. Select the icon with the three horizontal lines and then choose "Settings" and "Library links." Type "Salt Lake Community College Libraries" into the search bar, tick the box next to it, and choose "Save." You can look for links from the Google Scholar search results to the Library's resources on the right side of your results list; this link will say "Check For Full Text."

Tip #2: Use the "Unpaywall" extension. If you use Google Chrome as your preferred browser, try adding the free Chrome extension Unpaywall. It will show you a green, unlocked icon when there is a legal, full-text version of the article you want available. This extension is not compatible with the Library's databases.

If you do find an article on Google Scholar which you would like but do not have free access to, please contact a librarian.

Journals or Organizational Websites

Scholarly Books

Need Help?

Contact the Science, Mathematics and Engineering liaison librarian: Amy.Scheelke@slcc.edu. You may also schedule a 30-minute library consultation with Amy.