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Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 6,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,100 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 10,100 journals and a total of more than 10,600 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 journals.

Major Multidisciplinary Databases

Biomedical/Genomics Databases

General Biology & Related Areas Databases

Journal Databases

What are the Types of Serial Publications?

Scholarly / Academic / Peer-reviewed / Refereed

  • Written by: experts and researchers in the academic or professional community
  • Audience: experts and researchers in the academic or professional community, including students
  • Content: research and current thinking on a subject area
  • Articles: are in-depth, covering case studies or report research. May include book reviews
  • Advertising & images: contain no advertising or non essential images
  • References: formal, often lengthy

A publication (journal or conference paper) is considered to be peer reviewed or refereed if its articles go through an official editorial process that involves review and approval by the author's peers (people who are experts in the same subject area) and are of a suitable standard.   Most (but not all) scholarly publications are peer reviewed.  If you have a journal in hard copy (print), the inside cover of the journal will state if the journal is peer reviewed.  If the journal is electronically available, it will often state that it is peer reviewed or refereed on the homepage or in the guide for contributors sections.


Trade / Professional

  • Written by: practitioners, or journalists/writers with subject expertise
  • Audience: people in a particular trade or profession
  • Content: discussion of current events and matters specific to that industry or profession
  • Articles: shorter, cover a wide range of topics. May include book reviews
  • Advertising & images: contain photos, advertisements and graphics
  • References: informal, often short, in some cases references may not be provided
  • Current Awareness: provide news and trends in subject areas, often giving good background information, and product or services reviews

Popular / General Interest

  • Written by: journalists or writers who may have some subject expertise
  • Audience: a general, non-academic audience
  • Content: discussion of the ideas or current issues of society or a sector of society
  • Articles: shorter, cover a wide range of topics. May include book reviews
  • Advertising & images: photos, advertisements and graphics
  • References: informal, often short, in some cases references may not be provided

Biological Sciences Librarian

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Fred Stoss
Contact:
105 Lockwood Memorial Library
716-645-1337
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