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BIO 280 - Research Methods

This research guide identifies select resources to aid you in developing a literature review for BIO 280.

Key Resources

Key Resources


The resources in this guide will primarily identify journal articles, especially peer-reviewed, research-based articles.


As you scan search results, be attentive to keywords in titles and subject headings (in PubMed/Medline) that may yield additional terms by which you should search.  When you identify a relevant article be sure to review carefully the sources cited by that article for other articles or for terminology that may help you refine your search and your topic. In Google Scholar pay special attention to the "Cited by" links and the resources those yield. 


Don't hesitate to contact Dan Bowell, University Librarian, or another librarian at the Ask desk if you have trouble finding useful articles.


Here's Dan’s contact information: or 765-998-5241.


Find Articles

Introduction to Discovery Tools

These discovery tools are the primary means of finding journal articles relevant to your research topic.  Some of these tools are “databases” that have full-text journals associated with them.  PubMed (or MEDLINE) is an extensive index but does not directly have full-text articles associated with it. However, PubMed Central (to which you get access via PubMed) provides many journal articles that are “open access” -- and available in full-text.  MEDLINE has some linked full-text articles available.

Google Scholar provides URLs to many full-text articles that have been made available through "open access" -- often by the author(s) or publisher.



Essential Discovery Tools

Primary Databases

Additional Discovery Tools

About These Resources

About These Resources

Essential Discovery Tools

PubMed is the primary database for discovering indexed journal articles in the health sciences and many areas of the life sciences.

- It has a sophisticated vocabulary for subject headings -- called MESH
- Allows for search term truncation (*)
- You can create a (free) personal account that allows more capabilities -- Visit "My NCBI" to create account or associate an existing Gmail account, etc.  With an account, citations and searches can be saved, emailed, exported, etc.
- Within Advanced Search, use the search builder to select from and build upon a previous search
- See link for “free full-text” -- in the left margin 


- Immense breadth of coverage -- many peer-reviewed journal sources covered than PubMed
​- No assigned "subject headings" -- or "controlled vocabulary"; searches all words in an article (including title, abstract, etc.)
- “Cited by” can be very useful for identifying important and related literature
- Direct linkage to some full-text via Zondervan Library and to many more articles available via “open access” -- see the URLs in the right margin
- Permits limited “boolean” searching (“OR” or "-": not)
Note: “Settings” and “Library Links” (enter Taylor University and check boxes to identify full-text via Zondervan Library)


- Available from Zondervan's A-Z Database List  
- Allows “field” searching (like PubMed but with EBSCOhost interface)
- Allows search term truncation (*)
- Some linked full-text is available (occasionally providing articles not available via Google Scholar or PubMed's "free full-text"
- Use "subject headings" to expand or refine your searching (similar to PubMed)


More Resources

Additional Resources

Journal Finder

Journal Finder

The Journal Finder is the essential tool for determining journals available in print or online through Zondervan. Please note that you search Journal Finder with the TITLE OF THE JOURNAL not the title of the article.

The Journal Finder is also linked from the Library's home page -- left margin:

Finding journals at the IU Ruth Lilly Medical Library

 IU Ruth Lilly Medical Library

Explore whether the IU Ruth Lilly Medical Library has a specific journal through this link.

Explore whether full-text might be linked from Google Scholar

Searching for Full-Text Articles on Google Scholar 

Google Scholar Search

Through a movement called "open access," an increasing number of freely accessible scholarly articles are linked from Google Scholar including some that may not be identified as full-text via PubMed. Before placing an interlibrary loan request for an article, check to see if it might be linked via Google Scholar.

To explore full-text availability via Google Scholar try searching the first several words of the article title -- enough words to target the article --  putting them within quotation marks ("....") so that the exact phrase is searched. Adding an author(s) last names outside of the title words in quotation will further focus the search.

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