BIOL 100: Survey of Biology (Bodas)

This guide is for students in Kanchan Bodas' sections of Biology 100. Use this guide for your biology research projects.

Finding magazine articles in library databases

Holman library database collections:

Use ProQuest and Academic Search Complete to search for magazine articles on your topic.

Remember to limit to only magazine articles by checking the appropriate boxes by source or document type or by narrowing to source type after you search.

You can also limit your search to a specific magazine. In ProQuest change your search field to Publication Title. In Academic Search Complete, enter the title at Publication:


To search for articles, enter your keywords. Try one at a time, slowly building a search for relevant articles.

Films on Demand streaming video database

Use the library's Films on Demand database to find loads of great short educational films in the sciences.  

Holman Library Primo One Search - find books, articles, videos, and more

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Use Primo One Search to:

  • Search for books, CDs, videos and articles in Holman Library
  • Get an overview of information on a subject
  • Track down citations

Be sure to use limiters to help you find what you're looking for.

  • Note Source Type on left - SHOW MORE opens the link to books, images and more!

This sample search on "green tea" in the image below found over 79,508 books, articles, videos. Use "Advanced Search" to add additional search options. The "Filter My Results" options on the left let you sort by type (books, videos, articles), location (library items), and date. 

Primo One Search on 'green tea'

Why magazines & news media?

Why magazines?

When you search the library's multidisciplinary periodical databases, most articles in your results are either from a newspaper, magazine, or journal.

You are required to find four articles or educational videos in total for your assignment. I suggest the following resources for magazine articles and films.

Why use magazine articles?

  • Magazine articles are written for a general audience and explore current issues of interest in some depth.

  • Specialty magazines, such as Scientific American, are a great source of accessible, credible science news. 

Why educational videos? 

Like magazine articles, educational videos and video journalism reflect current news and analysis.

Created for the general public, they are accessible and informative.