• Scientific Literature Research

    After conducting experiments, scientists publish their results in a standard format so other scientists can see the results as well as test the veracity of the experiment.
    The format of a scientific paper differs from most of the sources you have used so far in your schooling. Some features you will be seeing include an abstract, results, methodologies, conclusion, and references sections.
    You will be reading from scholarly (or academic) journals. The articles you will read will be written by the scientists who conducted the experiments. The most sought-after place to publish is in a "peer-reviewed journal." These journals have editorial boards of experts who must approve your article before it is published.
    To prepare for your assignment, first read this article on How to Read Scientific Papers.
    • Locate an article using Gale's General Science Collection. Please read all of the instructions before proceeding. You may email Ms. Finlayson or Mr. Grisanti if you have any questions. (Do not expect an immediate response!)
    • Use the graphic organizer to help you closely read your article.

    Go to Subscription Databases on the Library Home Page. (Remember to sign in to the library home page to get the list of subscription database passwords if it does not open automatically when you go to the database. A new link of Subscription Database Passwords will appear under the Subscription Databases link.)

    Scroll to  2. Gale.

    Locate Academic OneFile and General OneFile.

    You will be brought to a list of databases.


    Look for this icon:

    General Science Collection General Science Collection
    A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.

    Use Advanced Search (orange tab):

    See sample below - you only need to fill in the boxes shown: subject or keyword and limiters.

    Advanced Search
    limit results:

    On the next page, make sure that ACADEMIC JOURNALS is selected from the Your Results menu on the left. (It should be since Peer-Reviewed is synonymous with scholarly or academic journal!)
    When you open the article, go to Tools and select View PDF Pages. (This makes it easier to read and/or print, and easier to see the sections needed for your graphic organizer.)
    Even though your graphic organizer focuses on key sections, read the whole article!
    Return to the article's HTML page and scroll to the bottom. Note the Source Citation and send it to Mr. Grisanti.
    Read the article several times. As you go along, be prepared to be stumped by unfamiliar terms and references. Make notes about these and how you managed your understanding and comprehension. What strategies are you going to employ to get through an unfamiliar text?