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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: If you need help finding resources, 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 (6th ed.)

Course Resources

Bio 358 Padlet

For General Instructions see: Finding Journal Articles

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).

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 Articles By Journal Title in Primo

  1. Open  Primo Journal Title Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s TitlePrimo Journal Title Search Box
  3. Click on the Journal title in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.

Search Inside this journal search box

ACS Web Editions
online access to 39 full text journals published by the American Chemical Society.

Biology Database (ProQuest)
Journal articles. Topics include biological chemistry, biophysics, botany, microbiology, environmental studies and zoology.

Health & Life Sciences Collection (Science Direct)
Over 1000 journal titles in the Health and Life Sciences subject areas including: Agriculture & Biological Sciences; Immunology & Microbiology;  Environmental Sciences; Biochemistry; Genetics & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience; and Veterinary Science & Medicine.

Science Database (ProQuest)
Research support for both the applied and general sciences.

Science Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson) (EBSCOhost)
Including all of the full-text content from Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, General Science Full Text and other renowned science content. Complete coverage of scientific research in biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, genetics, health and medicine, optical and neural computing, physics, robotics and so much more.

Science Video Collection (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Includes short 1-5 min video clips discussing subjects such as environmental research, weather, and space phenomena.

A research discovery tool that allows you to explore the CAS databases containing literature from biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more. NOTE: THIS SITE REQUIRES EACH USER TO REGISTER AND SET UP A LOGIN/PASSWORD. USERS MUST REGISTER WITH THEIR CUW.EDU EMAIL ADDRESS. SciFinder registration page.

Science Reference Center (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Comprehensive research database which contains encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Environmental Sciences

GreenFILE (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink)
Well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Gale in Context: Environmental Studies (Gale)
Provides news, overview information, video, commentaries, primary source documents, and statistics in research areas, such as energy systems, healthcare, food, climate change, population, and economic development.


Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)
Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

1,000+ full-text scholarly journals are articles on a wide variety of subjects.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases Tutorial


Print Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers

QC        Physics

QD       Chemistry

QE       Geology

QH      Biology

QK      Botany

QL      Zoology

QR     Microbiology


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

Reference Books 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.

Global Science Gateway
Search science research from countries around the world

DOE Pages (Dept. of Energy)
Scholarly journal articles from DOE projects

Citeseerx (Computer Science)
Digital library and search engine for computer and information science

Scitation (Physics)
News, comment, analysis and research in the Physical Sciences

BioMed Central
Collection of Open Access journals in science, technology, engineering and medicine

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

Background Information

National Science Foundation
Find current news and research reports on past and current projects, and research guidelines.     

Office of Science and Technical Information
Science, technology, and engineering research information funded by U.S. Department of Energy

Search tool for federal science information, research & development

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -Water Topics
Guide to Managing, conserving and restoring WI water resources

Encyclopedia of Life
Online Encyclopedia for a wide variety of  animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria

USDA Plants Database
Standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Largest collection of free chemical information, including chemical and physical properties, biological effects, safety and toxicity information, patents & datasets


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

Trying to determine if an article is published in a  peer- reviewed journal?

  1. Click on the journal title in the database record 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

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

editorial guidelines from the journal's website.

Video Tutorials

Click on the video and the CC icon for captions. 


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