Biology Research Guide
Before beginning your research, good to know:
- Use library website links to find journal articles.
Googling “PubMed” will not give you many full text articles,
nor will Googling “JSTOR” if you are off campus.
- Click or “Check Lake Forest College” to get articles that are not in full text in a database.
- Interlibrary loaned articles are often received within hours of requests made Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., but may take a day or two, and can take up to 2 weeks.
“Primary” articles are written by those who performed the original research.
Web of Science is the recommended database to search for biology articles.
With Web of Science you will search
- Science Citation Index & Social Sciences Citation Index: 2000 to present
- Medline: 1950 to present
- Current Contents: 1998 to present
Note: Most articles found in all of these other databases can be found by just searching Web of Science.
- Google Scholar
- PubMed —Note: Web of Science also searches PubMed and Medline content.
BioOne — for research on organisms or the environment; full-text articles from smaller publishers not always included in Google Scholar, Web of Science and other databases.
GreenFILE — for research on the environment
- JSTOR— full-text, selected, scholarly journals; mostly articles published at least 2 years ago.
Other, general databases:
- Cite articles
Find books in our library
- On the library home page at lfc.edu/library, search for books by keyword, title, author, or subject.
- On the right side of your search results, click links to “Narrow Your Search” by Topic, Language, etc.
- Books that you can take out of the library have a Location of “General Collection — Lower Level.”
- Books can be found on the shelves by call numbers. For example:
Natural History and Conservation QH 1 - QH 199 Biology (General) QH 300 - QH 700 Evolution QH 359 - QH 425 Genetics QH 426 - QH 470 Botany QK Zoology QL Human Anatomy QM Medicine and Health (General) R Public Health and Medicine RA Neuroscience RC 321 - RC 571 Plant Culture SB Forestry SD
- Ask at the Circulation/Reference Desk if you need help locating a book.
- E-books: Search the library catalog, then, on the right, under Location, choose EBooks.
Find books in other I-Share libraries
- Search the I-Share catalog.
If you do not have an I-Share account:
- Create an account in I-Share
- Your “Borrower ID” is the 14-digit barcode number from your College ID. It begins 210110…. Do not include the little “a” at the beginning and end of the number
- Follow the steps below to request books (sometimes media can be requested as well)
Once you have an I-Share account:
- Log in to I-Share
- When you find something you’d like to request, click “Request 1st Available”
- You will not be able to request e-books
- You will receive an email when your item is ready for pickup at the library
- Items generally arrive within 3-4 business days
- Items can be checked out for 4 weeks and renewed 3 times (6 times for faculty)
- Items will be held for 2 weeks. After that they are returned to the lending library
Get books from non-I-Share libraries
- If no I-Share libraries have the book you need, search the WorldCat catalog and/or ask a librarian for help.
- Only non-I-Share book requests will be filled using ILLiad links from WorldCat.
- Books from non-I-Share libraries often cannot be renewed and have short loan periods.
- BiologyBrowser.org (see Guide to Animal Names)
- CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) U.S. Government
- ION: Index to Organism Names
- ITIS.gov (Integrated Taxonomic Information System) Find the Latin or common name for an organism.
- World Health Organization (WHO) United Nations
- Wildflower Center
Cite articles, chapters, books, and websites
APA Citation Style
EndNote Web is a bibliographic citation manager which can be used to save and organize your references, create a bibliography in the citation style of your choice, and help generate in-text citations or footnotes with the accompanying bibliography. See Tips for EndNote Web
»Note: Change your Google Scholar Settings to export article references to EndNote Web:
- On Scholar Settings, under “Bibliography manager,” select “Show links to import citations into” EndNote.
- Click the blue “Save” button.
- College Statement on Plagiarism
Find and Cite Images
For help with research or citation:
- Go to the Reference Desk in the library or call 847-735-5074 during these times:
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.; 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Saturday: CLOSEDSunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Ask a librarian anytime.
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