Journal Articles: Biology

The most current research on any academic topic is usually found in journal articles.

Step 1
Use article databases (indexes) to find articles on a particular topic

Article Databases are available through the Library's website for both on-campus and off-campus access. Off-campus users will be prompted for their UPEI username and password. Note that in addition to providing  article citations, some of the databases include the fulltext of articles.

Databases pertinent to biology include:

Academic Search Complete
Provides fulltext for more than 8,500 journals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals and indexing and abstracts for over 12,500 journals from a variety of disciplines, including general science.

Agricola (1970- )
Produced by the National Agricultural Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this free database indexes journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports concerning agriculture and related fields. 

Provides fulltext coverage for over 160 bioscience research journals through its three collections. BioOne.1 contains 87 titles, BioOne.2 contains 67 titles and the Open Access Collection contains 10 titles.

CAB Abstracts (1973- )
CAB Abstracts provides coverage for the applied life sciences, agriculture, and veterinary science.

PubMed (1950’s- )
Includes MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, and OLDMEDLINE. Also includes links to the integrated molecular biology databases in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Entrez retrieval system.

Provides fulltext to peer-reviewed journals from Elsevier Science, including a large number of journals in the life sciences. Search all the journals by keyword or browse the journals by title or by subject category.

Produced by Chemical Abstracts Service, SciFinder is the major index of the chemical literature. It is searchable by chemical structure, chemical name, CAS Registry Number, molecular formula, chemical reaction, research topic, author name, company name, and CA abstract number or patent number.

The Searchable Ornithological Research Archive (SORA) is an open access e-journal archive of nine major ornithological journals including titles, such as, The AUK (1884-1999), The CondorStudies in Avian Biology (1978-1999), and The Wilson Bulletin (1899-1999).

This union Catalogue of the 12 departmental libraries of Fisheries and Oceans Canada contains records for both published and unpublished literature including books, serials and reports on fisheries, aquatic sciences, and nautical sciences.

Step 2
Locate the specific articles.

To find the article, you need to determine if the Library has the journal containing the article.

Most of our databases contain a GetIt@UPEI link for each of the search results.

Use this link to:

  • determine if the article is available online or in a print journal
  • request the article through Interlibrary Loan if the article is not available

If you do not have the link, follow the same procedure, as above, by using the links from the Library web page

Print journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the Upper Level. Those in microfilm or microfiche format are located in Special Collections on the Main Level.

Please contact the Library’s Information Desk, 566-0696, for assistance.

Compiled by: Dawn Hooper, B.Sc., M.L.S.
Data & Research Services Librarian
Phone: (902) 566-0453
Date Revised: Fall 2015