Search Strategies & Skills
Finding Articles in Odum Library
Databases are the best way to search for research articles on your topic.
Odum Library's Biology Subject Guide lists select databases
Evaluating Your Sources
What is a primary research article?
A primary research article reports on the original research and findings of the authors. Primary research articles have the following sections:
What is a secondary research article?
A secondary research article reviews, summarizes, and discusses topics of interest. The research is not original, rather the authors look at other existing research articles on the topic. Secondary articles are useful for learning about a topic of interest and gaining a better understanding at the overall scope or limitations of the research on that topic.
What is a peer-reviewed journal?
Some databases allow you to limit your search to Peer Reviewed or Refereed articles. Often, you can click on the Journal title and get information about the journal in a database, including if it is peer-reviewed.
You can also check to see if a journal is peer-reviewed using Ulrich’s, a directory of all journals, magazines, news, and any other periodically-released resource. Type the journal title in the search box (leave off A, The, An, etc. at the start of the tile) and either hit "Enter" or click on the search button (green magnifying glass).
Find your title in the search results and click on it to see the record. Look for “Refereed” and “Yes.” If you do not see “Refereed” in the Basic Description column, it is not. Refereed is the same as peer-reviewed.
Locating bound & current print journals in Odum Library
Bound periodicals are located on the 1st floor of Odum Library. Current periodicals are located on the 1st floor of Odum Library. Don't forget to lift up the shelf if you are looking for previous months' issues.
Use ILL- Odum Express to request articles, or books, not owned by Odum Library.
Finding Books in Odum Library
Search GIL-Find for books, theses, dissertations & government documents.
Demonstrates searching for books in the online catalog
When you find a book in the online catalog, note the location and the complete call number. Odum Library uses Library of Congress call numbers.
Requesting Books & Articles not Available at Odum Library
GIL Express is a service that allows you to borrow items as available from University System of Georgia (USG) Libraries through placing an online request in the GIL Universal Catalog or on site when visiting one of the USG libraries.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to request books and articles that Odum Library does not have.
Careers in Biology
Search GIL-Find@VSU for books in Odum Library on Biology -- Vocational Guidance:
Click on GIL-Find@VSU
Type Biology -- Vocational Guidance in the search box
Select Subject from the drop menu
Click the Find button
Asking for Help
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