This guide was created to help you do research for your APSC 350 course. Here you'll find databases and search strategies. If you're having any trouble finding what you're looking for, you can make a research appointment with myself or any research librarian, chat us, come up to the desk and ask a question, or send us an email.
In the sciences, we have access to two different kinds of search engines:
Subject Databases. Companies like EBSCO and ProQuest work with thousands of publishers to index their articles and put them into subject databases and specialized subject databases like PubMed focus on particular areas like the biomedical literature. PRO: More article records, more sophisticated searching available because of indexing CON: Some records do not have full text.
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.