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ENSC321: Biodiversity & Conservation: Search for Articles

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Selecting a database

  • The databases on this page are recommended for searching for scholarly & peer-reviewed articles on the taxa you are researching  
  • Not every database will offer sources on your topic  


  • general science database, but includes other disciplines
  • good for most taxa
  • Able to limit to primary and secondary sources


  • U.S. Department of Agriculture scholarly search
  • Offers a fair amount on invasive species, plants, animals, etc.,

  • Includes a number of Nature journals, but also medical and genetic
  • You can search individual journals or search the entire database
  • Articles are labeled in search results as primary and secondary sources

Michigan Fisheries Research Group

  • grey literature, not peer reviewed
  • primary coverage is fish and other aquatic life


  • Ability to search by common or taxonomic name
  • Provides full taxonomic information as well as links to outside sources for further information

Those below are good for all taxa but non-discipline specific so they won't have limits for primary and secondary sources, only scholarly vs. popular limits

  • Google Scholar
  • ProQuest Central
  • Academic Search Elite
  • Fox Hunt (includes books as well as articles, be sure to limit to scholarly & peer-reviewed to limit to just articles)

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