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The databases below can be accessed on-campus or off-campus using your MUNet Username (typically your last name followed by a number or numbers) and MUNet password as verification. These resources are not freely available to just anyone-- they are specifically provided to you as Marshall University students. To access them, you can either click on the green database names below, or, you can view the entire library database list at https://libguides.marshall.edu/az.php.
(Reminder: if you are signing in for the first time today, and/or are signing in off-campus, you will be asked to enter your MUNet Username and password.)
In some library databases, there is an option to narrow your search results to peer-reviewed only. These are scholarly sources that have undergone an extra level of authenticity by being approved regarding the content: Is the research up-do-date? Is it contributing something to the field? Is it presenting all sides? If not, is it at least acknowledging the lack? Are the structure and citations correctly formatted?
ScienceDirect Database (link below) - you may notice there is no way to narrow your search results to peer-reviewed in the ScienceDirect database. That is because all of the articles contained in ScienceDirect are already peer-reviewed.
Expert tip: look for any options to narrow down your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed only. Typically, this option is located on the left side, the right side of a search page, or at the top or bottom. Sometimes, you will need to look for and click on the Advanced Search option to find this. Sometimes, though, it is simply not available as an option.
Full-text Database versus Index or Abstracts
GeoRef (link below) is a database that is listed as an index, meaning sometimes there are no full-text versions of the articles, only abstracts or citation information. These types of databases act as a portal for discovering articles on a given topic, and there will be links such as "Access Full Text" or "Find Full Text" (if the full text is available, there will be a "Download PDF" option). Sometimes, these full text links will open a different database in a new window. Once there, you may need to search for the title of the article you are looking for. Oceanic Abstracts(link below) is very similar in that the database has very few full text options and primarily provides the abstracts only, allowing you to discover published materials without always having immediate access to the full text. It is also similar to GeoRef in that many of the entries to provide links to access the full text in another MU Library-owned database,
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals. (NOTE: Replaces Academic Search Premier)
Contains over 25% of the world's science, technology and medicine full-text and bibliographic information in both books and journal formats. More than 2,000 authoritative titles. The collection includes high-impact-factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Online tutorials show how to customize searches, save search results, and create alerts.
Environmental Science Database is a cross-disciplinary resource of full-text content of global literature across this field and related disciplines. It provides the most complete collection of resources available to support research and learning in environmental science and related fields. Content is selected from several specialist topic resources in disciplines such as engineering, biotechnology, bacteriology, atmospheric science, ecology, and biology.
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records. Provided by the WV Library Commission.
The GeoRef database, established by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) in 1966, provides access to the most comprehensive geoscience literature of the world. GeoRef contains millions of references to geoscience maps, serial, and non-serial literature. The database includes references to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey. Master's theses and doctoral dissertations from US and Canadian universities are also covered. Coverage for North American resources starts in 1669, whereas worldwide coverage starts in 1933.
McGraw Hill is extending free access to core STEM articles on their online science platform, AccessScience, through June 15. View open-access articles within the following key disciplines:
Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering and Design.
This database contains bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library. Coverage for AGRICOLA dates back to 1970 and includes more than 4.8 million citations. The citations are comprised of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports related to agriculture.
This database is focused exclusively on worldwide technical literature pertaining to the marine and brackish-water environment. It focuses on marine biology and physical oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, non-living resources, meteorology and geology, plus environmental, technological, and legislative topics.
The EBSCO ebook collection consists of more than 200,000 items from Academic, Business, Clinical, Community College, Engineering, History, Public Library, Religion, and University Press collections. How to access e-books.
Thousands of e-books in this multi-disciplinary collection. Most e-books can be downloaded to portable devices.
Credible content from authoritative, scholarly sources. Ebook Central delivers, with breadth and depth of ebooks from scholarly sources, including University Presses and other top publishers. Our Ebrary Business & Economics - Legacy Collection now resides on this platform. How to access e-books.
Credible content from authoritative, scholarly sources. Ebook Central delivers, with breadth and depth of ebooks from scholarly sources, including University Presses and other top publishers. Our Ebrary Business & Economics - Legacy Collection now resides on this platform.
To help support researchers during the COVID-19 situation, GSA has made all of their e-books freely available on GeoScienceWorld. Access will remain open through the remainder of the semester, ending on 30 June.