Both general and subject specific databases work for students researching science topics. Start with whichever sort of database you prefer. If one approach does not work, simply try another.
For any one with the background and/or the motivation, there are also several free, full-text (or partially full text) databases outside of GALILEO that offer a wealth of research articles in the life and physical sciences.
Academic Search Complete is an extensive database that offers magazine and journal articles in a wide variety of fields, including most science topics. Articles from both scholarly publications and general interest magazines mingle together. For help using Academic Search Complete, try Step by Step with Academic Search Complete . Medline is the go-to database for most biology topics. For help searching Medline, there is Step by Step Searching with EBSCO Medline , and to search Medline with the full power of its subject headings there is Step by Step with MeSH or CINAHL Subject Headings.
If you can search Academic Search Complete, you can also search a variety of science databases published or repackaged by EBSCO. These include:
If you need biology articles and have an environmental or non-human centered topic, BIOSIS Citation Index by Web of Science is the database for you. It's intuitive algorithm makes finding what you need easy, though its three full text options make finding the articles a bit more work. This database can locate life science articles others miss, and any one with a strong interest or some subject background in biology and related fields can walk away with satisfying, scholarly articles. And you can learn to search BIOSIS Citation Index Step by Step.
BioMedCentral is a searchable collection of free, full text research (primary literature) journals in biology. molecular biology, physiology, immunology, cell biology, and genetics receive the heaviest coverage. Ecology, evolution, and ethology are still this source's weak spots. To learn more about how to use BioMedCentral, please try Step by Step with BiomedCentral .
Highwire lets uers search articles in a variety of mainly full text science journals. Most articles are in the life sciences with a medicine and physiology emphasis, but the multidisciplinary journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is also part of High Wire. For help searching High Wire, please consult their online help manual. Note: most full text journals on High Wire are under a one year embargo. This means that the current twelve months are unavailable.
Cornell University has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to bring students and researchers free, full text "e-prints" of articles in: physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, and statistics. These articles require extensive subject background and are only for the technically courageous. Ar-Xiv has its own online help manual.