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LIbrary Resources

Popular Science Publications

The resources listed below are not scholarly journals.

They are "popular" science publications and podcasts, good for getting a big picture

on the most recent science topics.

 Browse the most current issue by clicking the year on the right side of the screen or click "search within publication" to search on a topic. Leave the journal information in the top search box and add a topic search in the next box down.

  • New Scientist
    Browse the most current issue by clicking the year on the right side of the screen or click "search within publication" to search on a topic. Leave the journal information in the top search box and add a topic search in the next box down.

  • New York Times - Science
    Each Tuesday, the New York Times publishes its Science section--filled with science news from biology and astrophysics to environment and health, stories big and small. Also check Science topics index.

  • Science and Medicine Podcasts by NPR

NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. 

Visitors can browse more than 500 individual topics, grouped into 12 main sections (listed under the top navigational menu), covering: the medical sciences and health; physical sciences and technology; biological sciences and the environment; and social sciences, business and education. Headlines and summaries of relevant news stories are provided on each topic page. Stories are posted daily with links to sources and relevant journal citations (where available) are included at the end of each post.

  • Science News
    Browse the most current issue by clicking the year on the right side of the screen or click "search within publication" to search on a topic. Leave the journal information in the top search box and add a topic search in the next box down.

  • Scientific American

Scientific American publishes in-depth feature articles, timely news stories, expert opinion and commentary, podcasts, videos, multimedia, photo features and other forms of storytelling, by journalists, scientists, scholars, policy makers and people with lived experience of scientific or social issues.

Newspaper Databases

Includes full-text articles from 600 U.S. newspapers and over 700 international newspapers. Coverage varies, some newspapers going back as far as 1977.

  • America's Newspapers
    Provides full-text articles from the electronic editions of record for more than 600 U.S. newspapers.

  • Newspaper Source
    Full-text and transcripts for more than 240 newspapers and other sources, including USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Times (London), CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, O'Reilly Factor, National Public Radio, etc.

General Biology Databases

General Databases

TIP: To search this database together with, say, OmniFile and Health Source databases, click Choose Databases link, checkbox the ones you want, click OK, enter search terms > search.
Multidisciplinary database providing access to 8,500+ full-text periodicals, including 7,300+ peer-reviewed journals. Also offers indexing/abstracts for 12,500+ journals. Includes business, education, social sciences, humanities, science, & engineering.

Multi-disciplinary database includes general science and applied science & technology, plus social sciences, business, education, and humanities. This can be searched simultaneously with Academic Search Complete and other EBSCO databases.

Biology Databases (via Library Subscription)

Indexes and abstracts articles at least one column in length from over 200 popular, professional, and scholarly English language periodicals in the sciences, including physical anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, environmental sciences, and more. Fulltext of articles are available from about 75 of these periodicals. Indexing goes back to 1984. Abstracts began in March 1993. Fulltext availability varies title to title, but may go back to 1995. Updated daily.

TIP: In the left-hand sidebar of the results, you can refine your results. Citations, abstracts, and some full-text to ~ 5,900 of the world's leading scholarly science and technical journals. 1993-present.

Other Databases with Biology Information (via Library Subscription)


Materials relating to all aspects of agriculture, including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), 1970-present.

Environmental Science

Multidisciplinary database covers all areas of pollution as well as bacteriology, ecology, toxicology, risk assessment, environmental engineering, environmental biotechnology, waste management, and water resources. 1981-present.

Environmental topics in science, international studies, business, law, and politics. Full texts and abstracts. Sources include refereed journals, newspapers, magazines, videos, podcasts, images, case studies, and portals for 160+ nations with an interactive map.

Experimental Science

Demonstrates scientific techniques and experiments through high-quality, peer-reviewed videos from top research institutions.

Current holdings: The Science Education section includes General Laboratory Techniques

        Basic Methods in Cellular & Molecular Biology

        Model Organisms 1 (yeast, Drosophila, C. elegans)

        Model Organisms 2 (mouse, zebrafish, chick)

Medical Science

Indexing, abstracts and full-text of around 600 journals covering nursing and allied health subjects.

Includes MedLine. The National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database. It includes such topics as microbiology, delivery of health care, nutrition, pharmacology, and environment health. 1966-present. Click here for our PubMed Quick Guide.

Suggested Journals (via Library Subscription)

Since its inception in 1867, the American Naturalist has maintained its position as one of the world's premier peer-reviewed publications in ecology, evolution, and behavior research.

The Biological Journal of the Linnean Society is a direct descendent of the oldest biological journal in the world, which published the epoch-making papers on evolution by Darwin and Wallace. The Journal specializes in evolution in the broadest sense and covers all taxonomic groups in all five kingdoms. It  covers all methods used to study evolution, whether whole-organism or molecular, practical or theoretical.

Current Biology is a general journal that publishes original research across all areas of biology together with an extensive and varied set of editorial sections. A primary aim is to foster communication across fields of biology, both by publishing important findings of general interest from diverse fields and through highly accessible editorial articles that explicitly aim to inform non-specialists.

PNAS is one of the world's most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,800 research papers annually. Established in 1914, PNAS publishes cutting-edge research, science news, commentaries, reviews, perspectives, colloquium papers, and actions of the National Academy of Sciences. The journal's content spans the biological, physical, and social science and is global in scope. Nearly half of all accepted papers come from authors outside the United States.