This page offers ideas for how and where to search for research sources in the Milne Library. Scroll down to find databases full of articles and search tips that are tailored to your subject.
Contact the library's Reference Desk to help find a source, or set up a consultation with a Reference & Instruction Librarian for an hour-long research session. For more information, visit the Get Library Help page.
Databases are searchable online catalogs for research materials like scholarly journals and articles, books, primary source materials (such as letters, maps, datasets, or photographs), and video and audio materials. Milne Library's databases are all listed at A-Z Databases.
For best results, use Advanced Search options. Try combining a few keywords about the topic, such as the name of a region or country AND a Biology-related term to find scholarly articles.
Look for "filter" options in your search results that let you choose specific types of sources. You can filter for a publication date range, for example, if you need a recent article. If you are looking for a certain kind of research material -- like a full-text article, a book, or an audio file -- you can often filter for type, too. Look for a peer-reviewed option if you need to filter for that specific type of scholarly material.
Databases are searchable online catalogs for research materials like scholarly journals and articles, books, and video and audio materials. Milne Library's databases are all listed at A-Z Databases.
Specialized subject databases (like those listed below) may contain articles not found in "Search Everything" or general databases.
To look for print books in the Milne Library, search the online catalog. Navigate to the library homepage and click on 'Advanced Search.' Then enter your search terms.
How do you find biology subjects in the stacks, as we call our library shelves? Academic libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system to organizes our books by subjects. If you know the LCC call numbers for Biology-related topics, you can find that area of the stacks and browse to your heart's content. But where to start?
Go to Q to browse for Science books:
Other locations to browse:
Reference sources--like encyclopedias and dictionaries--provide an overview or summary of your topic and are ideal to be used when starting research. Print reference resources are currently located on in Milne Library on the 1st floor and in the sub-basement.
There are many open access book collections available freely on the internet. Here are a few great collections:
There are two ways to find eBooks from the library's collections. One method is to search in the Milne Library catalog. Navigate to the library homepage and click on 'Advanced Search.' Then enter your search terms.
The second method is to search each Milne Library's eBook databases (in case something in a database is not showing up in our catalog). All eBook databases are available in the A-Z Database list, and here are some best bets:
The ILLiad system enables current SUNY Oneonta students, faculty, and staff to obtain academic and intellectual materials from other libraries. Your ILLiad account will allow you to: