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Academic Search Ultimate
This is a multidisciplinary collection of articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers and other sources.
Database of peer-reviewed journal articles. Full text is not included, but Article Linker provides access to full-text articles when available.
Need the PDF/full-text?
Use Article Linker to search for full-text across all databases. If the article isn't available, choose Request via ILLiad or use interlibrary services to request a copy from another library.
Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide
This database includes a global perspective on wild mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Agricultural & Environmental Science Database
This database includes the AGRICOLA, TOXLINE, ESPM (Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) databases and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications.
Multidisciplinary journal collection, including the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.
Multidisciplinary scholarly search engine. Covers peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities, and other scholarly organizations. Includes links to USU resources when on campus.
Using Google Scholar?
Sync your Google account with USU. This will get you past paywalls for articles USU subscribes to by having you login with your A# and password.
The Merrill-Cazier Library at USU subscribes to Lean Library, a browser plug-in that alerts you when online content is available through the library while you are doing your research both on and off-campus. Lean Library works no matter how you do your research.
Academics can be under a lot of pressure to publish. In response, a trend called predatory publishing has arisen- these publishers do what they can to exploit the hard work of researchers. You can read some more information in this predatory publishing guide from Iowa State.
- Consult The Directory of Open Access Journals to verify the credibility of open access journals
- Consult Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to learn more about the publications you are citing
Reading the Scientific Literature
Help for Statewide Campus/Online Students
As a USU Statewide or Online student, you can access all of the library's databases, articles, and e-books from home or anywhere with Internet. To access library resources from the USU Libraries website, a research guide (like this!), or your Canvas course, you will be prompted to enter your A number and password. For more information on how to order physical books, get research help, and other time-saving tips, visit the Library Services for Statewide and Online Users website.