Spotlight On “Opposing Viewpoints In Context”

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One of the many databases that the Union library has access to is Opposing Viewpoints in Context. This database is provided by Gale, which is part of the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).

The home page of Opposing Viewpoints in Context gives users a chance to search for information by entering search terms into the search bar. However, users can explore various topics before researching by scrolling down a bit to see many different areas of interest. These areas allow users to see which research is available in an area of interest and explore various topics.

Information comes to users in a variety of sources, which include: academic journals, newspaper and/or magazine articles, reference materials, videos, and others. But what is most unique about this database is that it provides viewpoint essays for users to read that give information about a topic from both sides of the argument.

Students can access Opposing Viewpoints in Context by scrolling down the list of databases found by clicking the “Databases, E-Books, and Media” link on the library‚Äôs home page. Students will be prompted to sign in with their Union password and username if accessing the database off campus.

Happy researching!

Spotlight On “Film Criticism”

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Film Criticism is the third oldest academic film journal in the United States and an open-access resource where you can download and print its various articles. Through Film Criticism, you can access full-text and peer-reviewed critiques of film experts about different movies, directors, and cinematic themes. Often the articles will also connect films to the real world, focusing on merchandising and cultural impact.

You can also read about TV shows in this journal, like Twin Peaks or Storage Wars. While Film Criticism is aiming at an academic audience, reading the reviews of the latest media could also help you find your next favorite show. If you’d like to be the one writing about entertainment, Film Criticism accepts submissions here.

Look for Film Criticism online or on the library website by searching the “Journals By Title or Subject” tab.

Top 5 Biology Databases

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While biology majors spend a lot of time “in the field,” they also clock hours in the lab and on the internet for extensive research. If you’re looking for articles on anything from butterfly migration patterns to conservation efforts, these databases (all provided by the library) can help you!

ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect holds over 9.5 million articles and chapters on various subjects. This database divides up the different kinds of sciences into categories, making it easier for you to search topics within a broader subject. Popular articles from each category are listed as well- for example, the article “Aluminum in brain tissue in autism” is currently the most popular article under the “Life Sciences” umbrella.

 

BioMed Central

Boasting access to many different scientific journals, BioMed Central provides a wide range of sources. In particular, you will find scores of research on genomes here. Since BioMed Central is open access, its articles are “permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.”

 

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Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (Gale)

This collection gets to the heart of the business and political side of biology. The library website explains more about Environmental Studies and Policy Collection:

Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes magazines and academic journals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

 

General Science Collection (Gale)

Current top searches for the General Science Collection include: Alternative Energy, Cancer, Genetically Modified Organisms, Global Warming, and NASA. For the most up-to-date research and trending topics in science, check out the General Science Collection.

 

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PubMed

While a more medically-focused database, PubMed can be helpful for pre-med biology students. According to its website, “PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.”

 

View the Biology Research Guide for more help.

How To Find Scholarly Articles On Our Website

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Sooner or later a professor will give you a classic assignment- maybe it’s making an annotated bibliography or writing a research paper. Either way, you’ll need to find scholarly articles from reputable sources.

The library provides access to thousands of articles through different databases and journals. To find just the right article for your assignment, you may need to narrow your search.

 

How to find a basic article:

  1. First, head to the library website: http://www.uu.edu/library/.
  2. Click the link on the left of the page that says “Research Guides.”
  3. Pick the appropriate Research Guide for your major or class (English, Engineering, etc.).
  4. Locate the suggested databases on your subject’s Research Guide. Choose a database to get started with and click the link.
  5. Within the database, search for a specific title or author name, or use keywords for your intended subject matter. Put quotation marks around phrases or title names for more accurate results.

 

When you need more specific help…

  1. Check the Databases that the library has listed. Read their descriptions to see which database contains the information that you need (some databases are subject-specific, others are general). When searching through a database, you can usually check a box marked “peer-reviewed” to filter the search for scholarly articles.
  2. Ask a librarian for help by using the Chat function on the library’s home page, or schedule an appointment with a Research Coach for one-on-one coaching.
  3. Click the “Research Tips” link for even more!

 

Finding scholarly articles doesn’t have to be hard! Use the library website for successful research!