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BIOL 126 Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

Database Strategy

  • The databases on this page have peer reviewed articles, but not everything in the databases are peer reviewed. When in doubt, ask.
  • Find two or three databases that are best for your topic. More than one database is important.
    • For example, with Web of Science (choose All Databases) and Google Scholar, you are searching at least four different databases, and two of them will speak the language of your discipline (Biosis and Zoological Record).

Other Resources

Searching Tips


How can you SORT your results? Look at the options!

Sort by TIMES CITED to find keystone / foundational papers for your topic.

How can you FILTER? Can you choose just the peer review articles? Or just review articles (easier to read)?

See what keywords are assigned to each search result. Use these to refine your search terms.


Use the references cited to find more relevant articles. 

If you see the same author name over and over, search by that author name. 

How do your search terms match the terms in the papers? Are there any changes you should make to your search terms?

UCeLinks for Getting Full text and Interlibrary Loan

Connect From Your Computer

For access to e-books, online journals, databases: 

  • For Off-Campus Access - Use the Campus VPN 
  • For On-Campus Wireless Access - Use eduroam (note: Cruznet no longer works for access to library resources.)

Find Open Access versions of paywalled articles with the Unpaywall browser app.

Find subscribed access with the Nomad browser app.