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This guide will assist Biology students in finding primary source material for their classes.
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Writing Center at Jackson State

  • Writing Center
    The Writing Center (located in the JSCC Library building)is available to you to go over your lab reports and to make sure that you are following the APA Guidelines for the primary source articles that you find.

Interlibrary Loan

  • Interlibrary Loan  
    The purpose of Interlibrary Loan is to obtain materials that are not owned by the Jackson State Library and that can be obtained from other libraries. The service is offered to faculty, students and staff of Jackson State.

    To reciprocate, the JSCC Library also lends materials to other libraries.

    To request materials or more information regarding Jackson State's Interlibrary Loan policy, please contact Scott Cohen (731-2615) You can also email him at
    Please give him as much information about the article or book that you can (author, title of journal or book, date of issue of journal, volume number, etc.)

Finding Scholarly Primary Source Journal Articles dealing with General Biology topics in the JSCC Library

Remember that you can access these databases from off-campus.  You will be asked for your username and password. when you click on a database from off-campus. (Your Netlogon that you use for elearn, for logging on to campus computers, etc.)

  • Academic OneFile
    "Academic OneFile is a source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Contains full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily."

    GOOD SEARCH TERMS IN THIS DATABASE MIGHT BE: height and genetics or height differences and men or height differences and women
  • Academic Search Elite
    Great source for finding scientific journals.

  • General Science Full-Text
    Easy-to-use and designed specifically for students and non-specialists, General Science Full Text is the first place to look for answers to science-related questions. This database features full text, plus the graphs, charts, diagrams, photos, and illustrations that convey an abundance of scientific information.


    stature and genetics or stature and heredity
    Find primary sources in older biology journals.
  • Public Library of Science: Biology
    "Public Library of Science is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource"

Using the JSCC Library resources from off-campus

All the JSCC Library electronic resources are available off-campus.  You will be asked for your your username and password (your Netlogon)


Contact Information

Sarah Allen, Adjunct Faculty in Biology, and Scott Cohen, Library Director are coordinating this assignment. 

Sarah Allen ( and Scott Cohen (


APA style

Finding Primary Source Material using Google Scholar


Key Words for Searching

You will be looking for articles dealing with the differences in height between men and women.

In the library databases, you will need to search using keywords:  Here are some suggested keywords.

Height and Genetics

height and gender

stature and men and women

stature and gender

stature and genetics  or stature and heredity

Height and men and women

Height and Differences and men and women

Physiology and differences and height and stature

boys and girls and height

females and males and height


Sample topics for Searching for Primary Sources

In Academic OneFile, you might try:

Global Warming

Carbon Emissions

In Academic Search Elite, you might try:

Global Warming

Protein and Immunity

Carbohydrate and Metabolism

Starch blockers

In General Science Full Text, you might try:

Nitrogen and Agriculture

JSTOR -  In this database, you might try: 


Public Library of Science- In this database, you might try:





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