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Natural Sciences

Welcome to the Natural Sciences Guide.

Audience: CUAA undergraduate students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science courses

Help Available: Contact your librarian with Ask a Librarian, call 734-995-7454, or stop by the reference desk on-campus.

How to Use: Click a tab to learn more.

APA 7th Edition Style Guide


Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

ACS Web Editions online access to 39 full-text journals published by the American Chemical Society.

Biological Sciences Database Topics include biological chemistry, biophysics, botany, microbiology, environmental studies and zoology.

Science Database (ProQuest) Research support for both the applied and general sciences.

Science Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson) (EBSCOhost) Including Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, General Science Full Text and other renowned science content. Complete coverage of scientific research in biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, genetics, health and medicine, optical and neural computing, physics, robotics and more.

GreenFILE (EBSCOhost) Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment. Includes scholarly, government and general-interest titles on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).

For General Instructions: Finding Journal Articles

Many of the natural sciences journal articles are located in multiple smaller databases, so we recommend using the Advanced Search in Primo which searches most of the databases at once.

Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo

  1. Open  E-Journals Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s Title.
  3. Click on the Journal in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.

Trying To Determine If An Article Is Published In A  Peer- Reviewed Journal?

  1. Click on the journal’s title in the database record to open the journal’s page (you may have to click a more or show all link to see peer-reviewed status):

Journal page in database

2. Check the journal’s website for a description of the editing process. This will also appear inside a paper issues or volumes of the journal.

editorial guidelines from the journal's website.


Search for books and ebooks in Primo.


For General instructions: Finding Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers

QC Physics
QD Chemistry
QE Geology
QH Biology
QK Botany
QL Zoology
QR Microbiology


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

The Cassell Dictionary of ChemistryREF QD5 .H347 1998
International Encyclopedia of Science & TechnologyMain Stacks Q121. I48
Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia
REF Q121 .V3 1968
Grzimek’s Animal Life EncyclopediaREF QL3 .G7183

Background Information

Research Search Tools

Looking for research studies or grey literature for a literature review? Try one of these.


UCLA Science Information Life Cycle – Tutorial highlighting information production and dissemination in the sciences

Video Tutorials

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