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Biology: Subject Guide: Finding Articles

Journal Abbreviations

Search & Citation Alerts

Search Alerts notify you by e-mail when a stored search retrieves new results on a daily, weekly or monthly basis (depending on the database). Generally, one performs a search and then saves the search to create the alert. Although not all databases have alerts, those that do (e.g. Web of Science) usually allow you to set up different kinds of search alerts.

Author Citation Alert - receive a notification each time the author's work has been cited in a database.

Finding Articles: Databases

Locating a Particular Article

If you know the citation or partial citation for an article and need to find the article:

Option 1 

  • Use PubMed Single Citation Matcher.
  • Click on Single Citation Matcher in the middle of the page under PubMed Tools.
  • Fill in all the information you have and click Go. Specifically journal title, year, and first page.
  • Note: this can be used for partial citations, but only works for journals indexed by PubMed.

Option 2

  • Use the Citation Linker.
  • Fill in with as much information as you have, specifically journal title, article title, year, and page numbers.
  • Check the dates of the journal to see if we have the volume of the journal.
  • If we don't have it in either format, request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

Option 3

  • Use the Journal search box on the library home page.
  • On the search result list, it will show both the electronic version and the print version if available.
  • Check the dates of the journal to see if we have the volume of the journal.
  • If we don't have it in either format, request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

Finding Dissertations, Conference Papers, and Proceedings

Not all scientific information is published in journals. If you're looking for everything written on a topic, especially recent developments, check these sources to find conference papers, meeting proceedings, and dissertations.