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Science Research Guide: Finding Articles & More

A research guide covering all science-related topics, including Biology, Chemistry, the Earth Sciences and Physics.

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login. You may find your myMCC login at Click on Password Reset/Find Username.

Quick Tips and Shortcuts for Database Searching (video 5:19)

Entering Keywords into a Database (video 4:41)

Primary and secondary sources

  • Examples of primary sources in psychology:

‚Äčoriginal research, experiment results, ethnographies, interviews, surveys, data sets

  • Examples of secondary sources in psychology:

Reviews of the literature or literature reviews, critical interpretations of scholarly studies, Journal articles that do not present new research. 

SEE also: 

Empirical research

What is Empirical Research? 

Empirical research is based on observed and measured phenomena and derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief.

 Key characteristics of empirical research:

• Statement about the methodology being used

• Research questions to be answered

• Definition of the group or phenomena being studied

• Process used to study this group or phenomena, including any controls or instruments such as tests or surveys

While reading:
Ask yourself, could I recreate this study and test these results?  Remember, the abstract of the article should provide a description of the methodology.

How to Read a Scholarly Article (2:34 | Western Libraries)

Article Databases

For Biology topics, see also the Nursing/Health Research Guide or BIO-157.

ChemMatters Online, a publication by The American Chemical Society

For Medical Topics

For medical topics, see the Nursing/Health Research Guide:

What is a Scholarly Journal Article?

This brief tutorial was developed by the University of Washington.

Brainstorming for Keywords