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Biology Summer Research 2021: Databases

Welcome to Summer Research 2021!

This LibGuide will give you an introduction to literature resources you can use during your summer research. 

Caroline Gilson, the science librarian, will also be a good human resource.  She has an office in the Prevo Science Library.

Caroline is happy to meet for a research consultation: set up an appointment by emailing


  1. F. Gilardelli, S. Sgorbati, S. Armiraglio, S. Citterio & R. Gentili (2016) Assigning plant communities to a successional phase: Time trends in abandoned limestone quarries, Plant Biosystems - An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology, 150:4, 799-808, DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2015.1011722
CutlerN. 2010. Long-term primary succession: a comparison of non-spatial and spatially explicit inferential techniques. Plant Ecol208(1): 123136. 10.1007/s11258-009-9692-2

Starting Points for Research

Search Tips

Limits/Filters: Common limiters/filters are language, publication dates, article type, publication type, age groups.

Truncation symbol, [an asterisk (*), dollar sign ($), or plus sign (+), etc.], with the root/stem of a word broadens your search to include various wording endings:

child*=child or children or childhood

Wildcard symbol may also be used to replace a single character to include different spellings:

wom?n for women or woman

(Databases use different symbols so check the searching help.)

Phrase searching:  Enclose phrases in double quotation marks to search for that specific phrase (in the order that you typed them): e.g., "heart attack" "health care reform"

Find It and Interlibrary Loan

The Find It Button:  When you click on the DePauw "Find It" button within a database (to locate an article), you will be redirected to a web page that searches for print and online access to the journal you are seeking.  If there's no match for the article you are seeking, you can make and Interlibrary Loan (ILL request).


ILL Requests:  Interlibrary Loan is up and running for books and articles!

Misc. Resources

Try These Out: Emerging (Free) Search Tools

Semantic Scholar  (and a blog post describing how it works)


SciELO   Scientific Electronic Library Online, and consists of Open Access journal content from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, and South Africa.