Writing 3030: Writing in Science and Society
You'll find many answers to research questions below, but for more help, contact your science librarians!
- Rebecca Kuglitsch
Schedule a research consultation
- Jorge Ricardo López-McKnight, firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- 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.
- Academic Search Premier
This multi-disciplinary database has good coverage of the sciences, especially of popular science content from reputable magazines.
- 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.
- Google Scholar
Broadly searches the scholarly literature, including full text of articles. Great for finding specific materials and methods.
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.
- ProQuest Biological Science Collection
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.
All aspects of psychology including medicine and psychiatry.
1967 to present, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Great for any medical topic, including physical therapy.
All aspects of sports science, physical therapy & fitness, and recreation sports.
Are you off campus?
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.
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.
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. Zoterois 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!