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Longview - Microbiology Research Guide

This page provides resources for the study of microbiology. Related course: BIOL 208.

Find Microbiology Articles

These databases are available both on and off campus.  To access them off campus, you must login through MYMCCKC on the college website.

What is a database, and why should I use them?

We currently subscribe to many electronic resources. These electronic resources, or databases, provide access to online books, journal articles, dissertations, newspapers, and other materials such as images or sound recordings.

How do I find electronic resources at the Library? 

  • Here is a list of the library's databases. 
  • The databases are only accessible through MCC's network (on campus), so they are not freely available to the public. However, you can access them off-campus via myMCC or Blackboard.

‚ÄčWhy should I use the materials in these electronic resources for my research?

  • Many of the databases focus on indexing or providing access to core academic journals. These journals are well respected within the academic community and are peer-reviewed to ensure the quality of the research included within the publication. Most of these journals are published by reputable publishers or university presses.

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

Scholarly Articles (Journals)

  • Are written by scholars, researchers, faculty, and academics within a chosen field.
  • Use scholarly or technical language.
  • Are research based – contain a methodology used to conduct the research and the results of the research.
  • Are often REFEREED or PEER REVIEWED (it has gone through a process of review by a panel of experts in that specific field of study).
  • Contain full citations and a list of references for sources.
  • Book reviews and editorials are not considered scholarly articles, even when found in scholarly journals.

Popular Articles (Magazines)

  • You could buy in a grocery store.
  • Often report current events or SUMMARIZE research.
  • Use language easily understood by general readers.
  • Sources may be quoted, but rarely give bibliographies or full references.
  • Tend to be shorter than journal articles. 
 
Points to remember:
  • Both magazines and journal articles can be good sources for your work.
  • Often a combination of the two will be most appropriate for undergraduate research.