These are not normal times, but my colleagues at W&M Libraries and I will do everything we can to help you complete your research project. If the full text of an article is not immediately available to you online, you can request it through interlibrary loan. We will do our best to find an electronic version for you. You can also use the IM chat box on this page to contact a librarian, or set up a research consultation.
In the sciences, we have access to two different kinds of search engines:
1. Publisher Aggregates. Publishers of scientific journals tend to specialize in that area, so you can search for your topic in a particular publisher and be pretty sure you'll be looking mostly at scholarly, scientific articles. PRO: Articles will be full text (dates depend on our subscription). CON: Searching is usually limited to keywords.
2. Subject Databases. Companies like EBSCO and ProQuest work with thousands of publishers to index their articles and put them into subject databases. PRO: More article records, more sophisticated searching available because of indexing CON: Some records do not have full text.