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Writing 3030: Writing in Science and Society

Fall 2013



You'll find many answers to research questions below, but for more help, contact your science librarians!

Barb Losoff, barbara.losoff@colorado.edu

Rebecca Kuglitsch, rebecca.kuglitsch@colorado.edu

Need immediate research assistance? Stop by the Norlin Research Desk, call 303-492-7521, use one of our Ask Us services (including IM!), or try our extensive How do I... series.


For help with writing, be sure to check out the Writing Center, too!


  • Articles: General
  • Articles: By Subject
  • Finding Full Text
  • Citing and References

From the library's main page, look for the 'Find' menu in the upper left corner and click the first option, Articles, to get to the Find Articles and More page. If you have a database in mind, you can search for it, but you can also browse by subject area.


For good, broad starting places or if you don’t know which database to start with, go to the General and Interdisciplinary databases. A few particularly useful options include:


  • ProQuest Central
    Content coverage includes scholarly and popular articles on the life sciences, environmental and aquatic sciences, computer sciences, materials science and engineering, aerospace, social sciences, and humanities. Especially strong newspaper coverage.
  • Academic Search Premier
    This multi-disciplinary database has good coverage of the sciences, especially of popular science content.
  • Web of Science or Web of Knowledge
    Web of Science indexes the top tier journals (highest impact)in many fields, so it is an ideal starting point for scientific scholarly research.
    Full-text search and access to full text articles on covering many subject areas, from the sciences to sociology and history of science.
  • Google Scholar
    Broadly searches the scholarly literature.


You'll also want to look at article databases that match your subject. Below you'll find a few that may be especially helpful, but you'll find even more arranged by subject at find articles and more.


  • Biological Sciences
    Covers all aspects of biology, from ecology to molecular biology
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
    A database specializing in scholarly articles on the environment.
  • Engineering Village Two
    1884 to present. All aspects of engineering including Biotechnology.
  • PsychInfo
    All aspects of psychology including medicine and psychiatry.
  • PubMed
    1967 to present, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, expanded coverage of the life sciences than Medline.
  • SPORTDiscus
    All aspects of sports science, physical fitness and recreation sports.

Are you off campus?

From the library homepage, look at the right hand Quick Links menu and select Off-Campus Access (VPN), and follow OIT's instructions to install the VPN. You'll get the most consistently good results with Network Connect rather than the Web VPN. If you need help, contact OIT (303-735-HELP).


Finding Articles that are owned by CU

  • If you're in a database, look for the 'Find it at CU' logo button. Just click the button, and a new page will open, letting you know if we have the article online or in print. If we don't there is a direct link to the interlibrary loan form.
  • If you have an article citation from a book or paper, enter the citation details into the Article Finder. Or simply search the title of the journal in Chinook, check whether we have the dates you need, and keep browsing down to the article you'd like.
  • PASCAL (CU’s off-site storage facility in Denver)
    If you're looking for a journal articles in print and it's in PASCAL, we'll scan and send the article to you on 24 hour turn around. Scanned copies should be under 50 pages.

Finding Articles and Books not owned by CU


Use Interlibrary Loan.
This service is free of charge. PDFs of articles are sent to your email address. You can also request books that we don’t own through Prospector and Interlibrary Loan.

  • ILLiad
    Traditional borrowing from other institutions, 2 week or less delivery of copies (paper or electronic) of articles, dissertations, books, etc., are sent at no cost to you.
  • Prospector
    This is your best first choice for borrowing books CU doesn't own. Prospector requests usually arrive in 3-5 days.


When do I cite?!

The library's How do I Cite page is a good place to start. It gives general guide lines for when to cite.


Isn't there something electronic that will make citing easier?


The library supports several tools that will help you manage your literature research, cite, and create bibliographies really efficiently.


  • RefWorks: an online cloud-based tool to create personalized folders of citations from which you can create bibliographies & format papers in hundreds of different citation styles in seconds.
  • Zotero: an open source tool that works as a plugin with Firefox. Your folders of citations exist on your computer, and you can back them up to the internet cloud. Quickly creates bibliographies and formats papers in many citations styles.


No matter what tool you use, always check with your instructor about which citation style they want you to use!