Some individual journal articles may be found using SEARCH, but for a thorough search for articles on your specific topic, perform your search in an appropriate Biotechnology database. These databases are designed to provide thorough, quality coverage in specific subject areas.
Some databases will provide links to the full text of articles, others will provide only the abstract or summary. In many cases you can link to the full text by clicking from the record. If the Library subscribes to the title you will be offered the full text.
You can access the databases, through the library database page, on or off campus, using your Authcate.
Google Scholar can also be a useful discovery tool, though caution should be used. If you use GS by linking from our database page and set the Scholar Preferences to search Monash, you can have the 'Check for full text' option to access our holdings. GS Settings can also be set so the Bibliography Manager will show links to allow import of the citations to EndNote.
To search databases effectively, you need to consider a 'search strategy'. The databases work best if you identify keywords and use these rather than 'natural language' sentences:
climate change OR global warming
carbon dioxide OR CO2
For more comprehensive instruction see tab 'Searching effectively'
Databases provide access to the contents of journal articles, conference papers, these, patents and other information sources. They form the basis of, or add greater depth to your research. Most of databases provide links to full text sources where the library holds a subscription. Content not available in full text online may be held in the library in hard copy.
Databases allow keyword searching of article titles, abstracts, and subject headings / descriptors.
Full-text journal collections allow keyword searching of articles, abstracts, subject headings/descriptors, and the full-text of articles as well.