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Biology: Web Resources

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

Web Resources

There are many excellent open web resources that you may wish you use to supplement the Library's digital and physical resources. These include open-access journals, freely available databases, organizations' websites, and more. Explore the links below to help find and utilize these sources. 

When looking for sources, especially on the open web, don't forget to evaluate them for credibility. Learn how by reading the "Evaluating Websites" box at the bottom of this page.

Open Access or Government Databases

Use databases freely available online to find biology sources and as a supplement to the Library's databases.

Open Access Biology Journals

Use freely available, open access journals to find scholarly sources and supplement sources found via the Library's databases.

Evaluating Websites

When doing research on the web it is really important to evaluate the source.  There are many different methods of deciding if a source is credible, an easy evaluation phrase to remember is The CRAAP Test:

CURRENCY
timeliness of the information

RELEVANCE
importance of the information for your needs

AUTHORITY
source of the information

ACCURACY
reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content

PURPOSE
reason the information exists

NOTE: It's not always this simple.  Ask about Lateral Reading.

Professional Associations

Additional Websites

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More Places to Search

Note: Did you know you can link Google Scholar to the 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 is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to connect and share papers. Links to ResearchGate PDFs may appear in your Google Scholar results. Note: You must sign up with a free account to use ResearchGate.

Trying to Get Access to a Specific Article?

If you are looking for a specific article and you hit a paywall, please do not pay for access! Try these methods to find what you need:

  • Search for the article by title in the Library's OneSearch.
  • Search for the publication in the Library's journal Publication Finder.
  • Submit an inter-library loan request using Illiad. See the instructions on the "Books" tab of this guide for more instructions.
  • Ask a librarian. They're whizzes at finding information! You can contact the Science, Mathematics and Engineering liaison librarian Amy Scheelke at Amy.Scheelke@slcc.edu.

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.