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Academic Research: an Overview: Sciences and Technology

Information and resources for doing academic library research and scholarship

Books and Ebooks

Books in the library are arranged alphanumerically in the stacks by Library of Congress classification numbers. The class for sciences is Q.  Major subclasses include mathematics and computer science, in QA; physics, QC; chemistry, QD; biology, QH-QR. Medicine is in class R; technology in class T.


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      Department of Biological and Physical Sciences at NSULA


    Articles of General Interest

Science Databases

Most NSU electronic resources for the sciences fall under the following database categories: Computers; Nursing and Allied Health; and Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Be prepared to use Interlibrary Loan for articles which are not full-text in the databases. The database directories are on the library's mainpage.


Academic Search Complete: a multi-disciplinary database, primarily of scholarly articles, but with some general and popular journals and even video.

Biography in Context: useful in locating information about scientilsts.

Credo: a reference database of articles primarily from specific subject encyclopedias, with some general reference works and brief dictionary entries.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: specific subject reference books.

JSTOR (Journal Storage): an archive of scholarly journals, most of which are full-text.

Project MUSE Although its focus is not science, this database does contain some scientific literature.