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BIOL 360 - Population Genetics & Evolution

Advantages and disadvantages to using different search methods

Resource Advantage Disadvantage
Library home page search box

Searches most of the library's databases at once.

Great tool for limiting to scholarly sources, specific date ranges, subject areas, etc.

Results for scholarly items includes book reviews, editorials, and other things that can't be used for assignments.
Journal databases

Everything in these resources comes from scholarly publications.

Some journal databases include an option to search for only research articles and review articles.

Search is limited to only what the database contains (about 2,500 journals in ScienceDirect, for example).
Google Scholar

Searches a lot of stuff (including a lot of what the library has access to and much that we don't provide, such as open source articles).

It shows what the library has access to and links you to it (but only if you click on the Google Scholar link on the library's website).

Filtering is pretty much limited to publication date and keywords.

Can't limit the search to primary or secondary articles; you have to open each article to determine what kind of article it is.


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