This guide is designed to help students learn how to use K-State Libraries' many resources for studying and learning biology.

Library Research Guide

What is a database?

Library databases are collections of descriptions of research resources such as articles, books, dissertations, and reports. Some databases focus on a specific discipline; others are multi-disciplinary.

Tips for Searching in Databases

Databases usually have the following features. Look for icons and menu items with these names above and to the left of your search results.

  • search by fields (ex. author, title, publication, subject) - If you don't see these, look for an "advanced search" link
  • sort by (ex. date, relevance, times cited) - Sorting by times cited is a good way to find the most important research on a topic
  • filter by (ex. resource type, subject, date) - The subject filter is a great place to find keywords to narrow your search

You may need to create an account to use these features

  • cite/save/export - Use a citation manager if you are working with different databases
  • research alerts - Setting an alert for a specific search will help you keep up with the newest research

JoVE - Journal of Visualized Experiments

JoVE is a unique resource with several different collections of video content. K-State subscribes to the biology education collection.

Select research in the navigation menu. K-State subscribes to Bioengineering, biology, immunology and infection, medicine, and immunologyWe also subscribe to subjects in JoVE Video Core Collection (under Research on the navigation menu) where you'll find videos of scientists performing experiments in detail that will allow viewers to replicate the experiment.

The search box at the top of any of these links will get results from all subject areas.

Note: We do not have access to videos in other areas but they will appear in your search.