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SURF Guide to Bioscience Resources: Articles

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Article databases

Databases grouped by subject:

GENERAL

Primary subjects: All. Broad in scope, each of these resources links to citing articles for every result.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Primary subjects: biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical biology, computational biology, genetics, immunology, integrative biology, microbial biology, molecular and cell biology, neuroscience, nutritional science, public and environmental health

Primary subjects: ecology, environmental sciences, evolutionary biology, integrative biology, organismal biology, plant biology

Primary subjects: ecology, environmental science and policy, plant biology

Primary subjects: neuroscience and psychology

EARTH AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Primary subjects: bioengineering and mechanical engineering

Primary subjects: earth sciences, geology, geophysics

Article discovery tips

Citation linker

Search and citation alerts

Search alerts are automatic notifications whenever a new article that matches the terms of a particular search is added to a database.

Citation alerts are automatic notifications whenever a new article that cites a specific original article is added to a database.

Many databases enable search alerts: on the results page look for a "create alert," "search alert" or an "alert" button or link. The databases listed below also enable citation alerts:

A. Search alerts in Google Scholar:

  1. From the results page click the Create alert icon in the left-hand menu:

Google Scholar create alert icon

  1. On the next page provide your preferred e-mail address (it does not have to be your Berkeley e-mail), and then click the Create alert button:

Google Scholar create alert page

B. Citation alerts in Google Scholar:

  1. From the results page click the Cited by link for an article of interest:

Google Scholar cited by link

  1. From the page listing the citing articles, click the Create alert icon in the left-hand menu:

Google Scholar citation alert

  1. Follow the instructions in A. 2. above for setting up an alert.

Search and citation alerts can be set up similarly in the following databases:

Review article sources