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Science and Technology Sources - Handouts: Step by Step with BIOSIS Citation Index

Here you can find the handouts and instructions for using many of the library's Science and Technology databases as well as Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology.

Step by Step with BIOSIS

Step by Step with BIOSIS Citation Index

BIOSIS Citation Index is the gateway to primary, life science literature on both human and non-human centered topics. Though BIOSIS Citation Index is sophisticated, journal articles that fit your topic and a high percentage of linked full text offerings, make it a worthwhile choice. Here is how to use it step by step:

1) From the library web page (, select B in the alphabet just below the big search box.

2) Scroll down to BIOSIS Citation Index and click it.

3) Most life science topics start with two concepts, for example sterile males to control aedes mosquitoes becomes sterile male AND Aedes . Aedes is the Latin name for a genus of disease-causing mosquito. A Boolean Search in BIOSIS for sterile male technique with Aedes mosquitoes.

4) Enter your search in BIOSIS' big search box.

5) Below the box, set the dates in the scroll box to eliminate older articles.

6) Then click the big, blue button to launch your search.

The BIOSIS searchbox ready to go but the scroll box not set for current dates yet

BIOSIS presents articles with avaiablility icons in groups of ten (10) 7) BIOSIS presents articles in groups of ten (10)
8) To improve your results, switch the scroll box at the top of the results page to Relevance.

9) Use the scroll bar to move among groups of articles, and the arrows at the bottom of the result list to move between pages.

10) To learn more about an article click its blue title.
BIOSIS amazing scroll box Arranging articles by relevance in BIOSIS. Note the scroll box
Arranging articles by relevance in BIOSIS. Note the scroll box 11) About half of BIOSIS are linked full text, and there are a variety of full text options.

12) Full Text from Publisher means either Science Direct, to which Georgia State University subscribes, or open access articles elsewhere. Click that box to retrieve the article.

13) Because Science Direct and PLOS are publisher web sites, you will need to cite these articles as scholarly article on the web rather than GALILEO articles if you use MLA at Perimeter College. Consult the Cite Your Sources Guide Page for more information.

14) An article that just offers View Abstract often also hides full text. Click its Blue Title.

15) Then copy and paste the DOI into the resolving box at DOI Resolver web site.

16) About half the time (or more) the DOI will resolve into a full text article in one of the library's eJournals.

Following a DOI from a BIOSIS article

17) If there is an article you really want, and you have a few days, interlibrary loan is always an option.

18) Nearly all BIOSIS full text articles are PDF, and they print more easily in Edge, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari rather than Edge.