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NSC 495-Researching your topic in Human Biology: Scholarly Sources--Peer Reviewed Scientific Articles


 PubMed   (finding scientific articles)

  1. Put in simple but specific search terms, not long phrases.
  2. Your search term can be a researcher's name. 
  3. Always check the date of the articles you retrieve to make sure you are getting the most recent research.
  4. Look first for Review articles.  This will provide summary and background to help you understand the field.  You can refine your search to just Review articles on the left hand side of your page of search results. 
  5. This is an abstract database, not full text.  To find the full text or articles, look for green spartan buttons indicating electronic version is available through MSU.  If this doesn't work, try the Find Text @MSU link next to it.   These only appear if you access PubMed through this guide or the MSU Libraries site. 

Tutorial Online:   We have created a short video that demonstrates how to find the full text in PubMed

Starting with a Citation

If you find a reference in the back of one of your books, you can either:

1.  Type the article title into PubMed and use that way to get to the full text.  Will not work if article is not in PubMed. 

2.  Look up the journal title (not article title) on the Libraries e-journals list:   find the cited date, volume, year, and page numbers to drill down to the exact article. 


Biology Librarian and Health Sciences Coordinator

Michigan State University