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Multi-disciplinary database of peer-reviewed research literature
Please note: there are problems with the Scopus service. Full-text links and exports to some citation managers are not working. A workaround to get the full text is to copy and paste the article title into ONE SEARCH on the library home page, and you'll be able to access the full text.
It's where the researcher published their findings first.
(i.e., the primary place the data is found).
In science, it's usually a journal article
outlining methodology, data, results, conclusions.
It will always have a Literature Cited section.
It is the researcher's own words,
not summarize by anyone else.
It is found in scholarly journals
such as Animal Behaviour, American Journal of Physics
Secondary (review) articles summarize other people's primary literature articles. These are a good place to start to understand a topic. Examples are the Annual Reviews series, many books in the sciences, or any article that has the word "review" in the title.
Newspaper articles, including publications such as Newsweek or Science News, are NOT primary, peer-reviewed literature. Natural History and Smithsonian are secondary literature (reviews), although scientific in scope. News articles can help inform you of broader and current information.
Found an article? Now what?
Most databases provide a link directly to the article if we have access.
You may be given an option to connect to the Journal Title in CBBcat to check if we have access (paper or electronic)..
If we do not have the title, try searching the Article Title in Google Scholar.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is always an option if you have enough time (turnaround can vary from same day to a week or more ).
We have thousands of electronic journals.
Sometimes the links to journals change, the article you need is outside our subscription years, you are asked for a password, or some other problem occurs with access.