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University Now: Internet Research

Help for UNow students working to complete their Henrietta Lacks assignment

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

Advanced Internet Searching

Google is indeed your friend, but try these specialized tools for different, and probably more scholarly, results. - searches 200 million pages of "authoritative U.S. government science information"
JURN - searches millions of free, open access scholarly articles, chapters, and theses

Google Advanced Scholar Search - Search for scholarly articles.
Google Advanced Book Search - Search for books on your topic.

Recommended Biology Websites

Here are some examples of helpful biology internet resources.  Place the cursor over the link for web site's content discription.  If you have suggestions for additional links, please contact Frank Quinn.

Evaluating Websites

Consider Quality...

These principles of web source evalution are drawn from The St. Martin's Handbook8th edition (p. 218-219):


Does the site/document have an author? What are the author's credentials? Why should you trust this author as an expert? 


Who sponsors or publishes the source? What evidence demonstrates that the sponsor/publisher is credible? What purpose/perspective does the sponsor seem to promote?


How recently was the information posted or modified? Could it be outdated or obsolete?


How do you know that the information itself is trustworthy? Are there links to other sites/sources to support factual claims?

Searching Smarter

Smart Searching Using Google






 Find information from a certain site


 Find definitions for a word



 Find only one kind of file



 Eliminate results with particular words

 college protests -vietnam


 Find an exact word (no plurals/synonyms)

 “generation exploit

 “multiple words

 Find a group of words in exact order

 “No Child Left Behind


Navigating Your Results


 Find a certain word on the page

 Hold down Control or Command key and  press letter F: A box appears. Enter the  word you’re searching for.

Recommended Physics Websites

Here you will find some useful websites for this subject area.  Place the cursor over the link for the web site's content discription.  If you have suggestions for additional links, please contact your librarian!