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A library research guide for Biology.

How Do I Get Articles From Google Scholar?

Google Scholar settings

Use Google Scholar? Make it more effective by linking it to the Library's journal subscriptions!

Go to Google Scholar; Click on Settings, then Library Links; type in "Sonoma State University," check the box and save. Your search results will now include a FindIt@SSU link. Click on FindIt for full-text articles at SSU Library.

Biology: Core Databases

These resources are the First Stop for biology research articles:

Biology: Additional Databases

Quick Search - Journal Title


Search OneSearch for books, media, articles, primary sources, newspapers, journals, and more. Selecting CSU+ will allow you to search across all CSU libraries and request items we don't have.

Open Access Journals

More and more scholarly journals are being published through open access sources. Open access journals provide FREE access to scholarly articles.

What is Impact Factor?

Impact factor is a statistical measure of a journal's influence on the greater research community. Generally speaking, it is the average number of times a journal's articles are cited over a two-year period. Impact factor is used to inform library decisions about which journals to purchase; to evaluate researchers; and to help researchers decide which journals to submit articles to. For more information about impact factor, check out the following select links:

The Thompson Reuters Impact Factor

SJR Scientific Journal Rankings / Electrical & Electronic Engineering 2011

ScienceDaily news article (November 2012)

High Impact Journals

The following select biology journals had high ranking Impact Factors in the 2011 SJR report. The links will take you to the online resources available through the SSU Library.

Annual Review of Plant Biology

Quarterly Review of Biology

Journal of Human Evolution

Plant and Cell Physiology