Best for biology / ecology
*Tip: Try switching your BIOSIS (or Web of Science) search to All Databases (under Select a database) to search more content.*
Databases with broad coverage in the sciences
Additional specialized databases
Building a search
To most effectively find relevant journal articles in Biosis Previews (and other databases), see instructions (from Bio1B) on how to develop keywords, build a search, and broaden or narrow a search.
For example, if my topic were how koalas are impacted by the frequent and severe fires that result from climate change, my search might be: koala* AND (wildfire* OR fire* OR bushfire*)
Using one good paper to find others
From your search results, you can identify a relevant article and then use the database's tools to help you find more.
For example, here is a relevant 2021 article near the top of my search results:
You can see more recent papers that have cited this paper (6 papers), view this paper's reference list (45 papers), and find similar articles ("View Related Records") using the Citation Network:
When you are starting your research and exploring topics, it can be helpful to find a review paper (also called a literature review). This is a paper that summarizes and synthesizes primary research (research articles) on a topic. You can filter your search results to review papers under the Refine Results menu on the left.