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Help for UNow students working to complete their Henrietta Lacks assignment

Scholarly Science Journals in Print

These journals are available in print in Ryan Library and online through some of our databases. The current issue is kept in the Reference Area and all subsequent issues are kept in the Lower Level. Journal titles are arranged alphabetically. Ask a Librarian for help if you can't find the issue you need.

Popular Science Journals and Magazines in Print

These journals are available in print in Ryan Library and online through some of our databases. The current issue is kept in the Reference Area and all subsequent issues are kept in the Lower Level. Journal titles are arranged alphabetically. Ask a Librarian for help if you can't find the issue you need.

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

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Ryan Library Website

You can look for books in the Library's catalog, WorldCat, on the Library's homepage. 

We suggest making a bookmark for the main Ryan Library page.

Science Research Guides

These Research Guides provide more information on how to access science related resources through Ryan Library:

Biology: http://libguides.pointloma.edu/biology

Chemistry: http://libguides.pointloma.edu/chemistry

Kinesiologyhttp://libguides.pointloma.edu/kinesiology

Nursing: http://libguides.pointloma.edu/nursing

Physics & Engineering: http://libguides.pointloma.edu/PHYSICS

Psychology: http://libguides.pointloma.edu/psychology

Ryan Library Biology Databases

 Ryan Library Databases are subscriptions provided to the PLNU community for online access to journal and magazine articles and/or citations.

You will be asked to log in with your PLNU network information to access any of these databases.

The best starting points for students of biology are:

    • MEDLINE with Full Text - full-text access to over 1,450 scholarly journals in medicine, nursing, and other health care-related fields. This database includes content of interest to students in nursing, pre-med, biology, chemistry, education, and more.

    • General Science Full Text -  full text from more than 100 periodicals dating as far back as 1995, in addition to indexing for nearly 300 periodicals dating back to 1984; includes Journal of the History of Biology, Integrative and Comparative Biology, Human Biology, American Zoologist, and Bioscience

    • GreenFILE - includes all aspects of human impact to the environment. GreenFILE's collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Note: limited full text content (about 12,000 records)

  • Academic Search Premier - from EBSCO. This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles; tip: to broaden coverage of environmental issues, go to "Choose Databases" and add GreenFILE to your search

  • OmniFile Full Text Mega - ...another multi-disciplinary database, slightly smaller than Academic Search Premier (full text for 2,500 publications); tip: can be searched simultaneously with Academic Search Premier and other EBSCO database via the "Choose Databases" option

Other good resources for biology are:

  • ScienceDirect - selected full-text scholarly journal articles from the Elsevier publisher

  • Wiley Online - full-text scholarly journal articles in biology and other disciplines
  • Nature - access to selected full-text from 1990 to one year ago through ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Database

Several journals from the American Chemical Society are relevant to biology, including:

Free Biology Articles on the Web

"PLOS Biology is an open-access, peer-reviewed general biology journal published by PLOS, a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. New articles are published online weekly; issues are published monthly."  

   PLOS Biology stands for Public Library of Science, Biology

What's up with Advanced Searching?

Did you know that using the words "and," "or," and "not" with your search terms can help you find more relevant results?  Check out this video that explains this concept called Boolean Logic: