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Natural Sciences Guide

Welcome to the Natural Sciences Subject Guide.

Audience: CUW undergraduate students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Earth Sciences, and Environmental Sciences

Help Available: please contact librarians with Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)

How to Use: Click a tab to see more about each topic.

APA Citation Style Guide

Course Resources

Bio 358 Padlet

For General Instructions, see: Finding Journal Articles

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases.

Many of the natural sciences journal articles are located in multiple smaller databases, so we recommend using the Advanced Search in Primo which searches most of the databases at once.

Finding Journal Title in Primo

  1. Open  Primo Journal Title Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s Title
  3. Click on the Journal title in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page or open a database link to browse by year or volume.

Click a subject area to see a list of databases:

Browse Print Books in the Library

Library of Congress Call Numbers

  • QC        Physics
  • QD       Chemistry
  • QE       Geology
  • QH      Biology
  • QK      Botany
  • QL      Zoology
  • QR     Microbiology

Search for Ebooks

Lookup Topics

Most Encyclopedias and Dictionaries are located in the short stacks in the center of the Library. Need help? Using Online Encyclopedias

Gale Encyclopedia of ScienceREF Q121 .G35 2008
Aldrich Chemistry: Handbook of Fine ChemicalsREF QD65 .A38  
Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia
REF Q121 .V3 2008
REF QH332 .E56 2004
CRC Handbook of Chemistry & PhysicsREF QD65 .H3

Looking for research studies or grey literature for a literature review? Try one of these.

These websites are great for learning course topics or exploring paper topics.

Background Information


UCLA Science Information Life Cycle – Tutorial highlighting information production and dissemination in the sciences

Trying to determine if an article is peer-reviewed?

  • Click on the journal title in the database to open the journal’s page (you may have to click a more or show all link to see peer-reviewed status):

Journal page in database

  • Check the journal’s website for a description of the editing process. This will also appear inside paper issues or volumes of the journal.

screen shot of editorial guidelines from the journal's website.

Video Tutorials

Click on the video and the CC icon for captions.