Dear Molecular Biology,

By - Research & Instruction Librarian March 31st, 2016

So good to see you!

Thanks for the great discussion defining scholarly journals & for being willing to try the new Poll Everywhere software.  I loved seeing your thoughts and answers up on the big screen!


Here’s the link to the research guide we looked at, which includes sources for finding a topic and those scholarly journals.






Google Scholar? Holler!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 4th, 2016

Google Scholar

What?  A subset of Google that searches for scholarly literature on the web. A mix of full-text, citations and abstracts.


New: Three of the library’s digital collections are now indexed in Google Scholar: JSTOR, Ebsco, and Proquest.


Meaning? When searching Google Scholar, freely available citations, abstracts and full-text are retrieved, AND now, content from the three library providers named above.


“Adolescents and Sleep.” Search results page.  Google Scholar. Web. 02 Feb. 2016.

Quick note: While an exciting and valuable tool, Google Scholar is a non-discerning aggregator, in that it includes questionable and even possibly predatory open-access titles.  When using Google Scholar, consider consulting Beall’s list of “Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers” as well as this guide from Berkley’s Science Center for the Greater Good to help assess the quality of an academic source: “10 Questions to Ask About Scientific Studies.”

For a little look into predatory journal practices, here’s a 2013 New York Times article titled: Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)


Another Quick note:   Retrieval of full-text articles, from these three library providers, using the links in Google Scholar, is only available while on-campus. Off the grounds?  Please log in to and locate the article directly from the named database.

New interface for journal Science

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 21st, 2016

Did you know?  The library purchases a site license to the preeminent journal Science.


This site license provides access to the most current issues and the complete archive (1880 to the present) of the journal.


New for 2016 is an updated interface, allowing for improved presentation on mobile devices and 1-click access to bibliographic references!


Science Homepage.  AAAS. 13 Jan. 2015. Web.

P.S. Quick Vid for A&P

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 22nd, 2015

Here is a quick video describing how to extract scholarly journal content from two of the library’s eJournal collections specific to the Anatomy and Physiology project:


Although crisp on my assorted iDevices, a bit blurry on my PC until about 1:02.  You?

New Trial: Science in Context

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 13th, 2015

Love the Global Issues in Context database? Enjoy GreenR?

For that same all-in-one format (quality background info, news reporting and scientific literature) with a broad science theme, do try Science in Context, from the same parent company, Gale.

The library currently has a free trial (through the end of January) of Science in Context.

Like it? Love it? Leave it? Do tell! 🙂 We’d love to know if you think this is something the library should spend its money on. Ms. Sanborn


“Science in Context.” Gale Trials: Science in Context. Gale Cengage Learning. Web. 12 Jan. 2015. .

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