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Analysis of Scientific Literature: Choosing Seach Options

Databases to Consider

Weighing Options


  • curated list of journals
  • more paid full text
  • easy links to Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • more search limit options
  • cite, email, and save options
  • requires OCU login if off-campus

Academic Search Complete (as a single database search)

  • article "times cited in database" with links
  • all the EBSCOhost features

Google Scholar

  • option to choose OCU library for most paid content
  • use anywhere (and after graduation)
  • article citation counts
  • interlibrary loan is harder
  • fewer search limits


  • curated list of journals
  • just full text scholarly journals
  • requires OCU login if off-campus
  • most articles at least 5 years old

Biological Abstracts

  • high prestige curated list of journals/articles
  • good experience if you are planning to go to graduate school
  • our access ends with 2017

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