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Finding Information in Databases
LSCS Libraries offer dozens of databases covering all of the major disciplines. You can search for a database by subject, or enter a specific database through our alphabetical list.
- Some databases contain only peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles.
- Many databases contain scholarly journal articles as well as popular articles from magazines and newspapers.
- Some databases are subject-specific and others are multidisciplinary
- Choosing the right databases and the right types of articles is easy and, if you have questions, we can show you how.
Regardless of the type of information, the issue of credibility is paramount. How do we determine if information is credible? Credible information is highly important and asking questions of the content you read is an essential skill. Check out the Evaluate Information box to see how we do it.
On this page is a hyperlinked listing of recommended databases. Academic Search Complete is wide in subject coverage and information types. ASC allows researchers to limit search results by scholarly or peer-reviewed only. Scholarly content is published in journals directly from scholars and researchers following a peer-review and editorial process. Depending on the database, you may see scholarly articles referred to as "peer-reviewed" or "referred". Many open access sources found on the internet have no guarantee that peer reviews have occurred. We have evaluated a list of open access resources in the Finding Information box. These reputable sources were selected to give you a wider scope for your information search. If you have any doubt about an article, keep looking or consult with your librarian or instructor.
Sometimes Google Scholar can help you access scholarly content. Be careful if you decide to use this resource. The guide that is hyperlinked will show you how to use Google Scholar to tap into accessible sources inside Google Scholar.
Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database
The Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database includes the renowned Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Oceanic Abstracts, and Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA). It provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications. The database includes specialized, editorially-curated A&I resources studying the critical issues affecting Earth’s air, land, and water environments.
SciTech Premium Collection
Full-text from an international collection of scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more.
This comprehensive resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.
Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
This full-text, weekly multidisciplinary scientific journal publishes original peer-reviewed research and noteworthy science news (1997 to the present).
Complete historical full text of all issues of peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields.
Science & Technology Collection
Over 800 full-text journals; topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, chemistry, computing, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology.
NOAA Deep Sea Coral Data Portal
Access deep-sea coral and sponge data, images, and technical reports.The mission of this data collection is to conserve and manage deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems
ReefBase: Global Database
This source maps coral reefs around the world and identifies threats and impacts to coral reefs.
GulfBase is a searchable database of people, places, projects, events and organizations in the Gulf of Mexico.
NOAA Ocean Explorer
This site is dedicated to learning more about ocean exploration and how science, modern technology, and engineering practices facilitate exploration and discovery.
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
NCCOS delivers research based ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources
Ecological Marine Units Explorer
The interactive map allows you to zoom and pan and interact with the oceanographic data by clicking on the map
Water World: Guide to the 7 Seas
This resource aggregates information sources on the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Arctic Oceans, Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico
The official magazine of The Oceanography Society. It contains peer-reviewed articles that chronicle all aspects of ocean science and its applications.
Gale in Context: Science
Articles, experiments, videos, and podcasts on the most significant science topics of today. Contains magazine as well as academic journal and news articles.
This resource searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.
Accessing the Databases
Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list! To access the databases from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode from the back of your student ID.
Google Scholar Guide
Google Scholar is another search tool for locating scholarly content. This guide will explain how to adjust the settings to find links to LSC content and use GS in more depth.
Click on this link to start Google Scholar
Critically evaluate information you find on the Internet. Consider the 5 W's:
- Who wrote the web pages and are they an authority?
- What is the purpose of the site. Look to the domain for a clue about purpose (.gov,.com, .edu)
- When was the site created and updated? Current?
- Where does the information come from? (publisher or sponsor)
- Why is this information useful - is it relevant to my research?