Research Tips & Tutorials

Starting Your Research

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Electronic Resources


Finding Scientific Information


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Article Indexes

Web of Science

Most used multidisciplinary database where everything is from peer-reviewed sources.

Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide

All aspects of wildlife and wildlife management are covered in this one comprehensive volume. Includes many agency publications


A full-text electronic journal collection with coverage from the early 1900s to the 2000s (and sometimes longer).

Science Direct

Includes over 2,500 full-text journals and 11,000 books. Includes current information on life sciences and physical sciences.


Covers international science and technology research. Supports peer-reviewed literature citations.

Fish & Fisheries Worldwide

Contains citations and abstracts on fish and related literature covering disciplines such as aquaculture, ichthylogy, and fisheries. Includes many agency publications

Google Scholar

Multidisciplinary scholarly search engine. Covers peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and articles, from academic publishers and professional societies.

Digital Dissertations

Doctoral dissertations and some masters' theses from almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities; 1997-present full-text, citations & abstracts earlier years.


Digital Commons Repositories

Refer to our Digital Commons page for more repositories.