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Links to resources for conducting Biology research at Okanagan College, and tips on how to use them. This guide also links to course-specific research strategy guides for some OC Biology courses.

Searching for articles

This page includes links to the most important research databases used to find articles for Biology research, and to related resources.


Use of most of the sources listed on this page is restricted to Okanagan College students. If you are working from off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your myOkanagan username and password.

OCtopus (Library Search Engine)


Search OCtopus: Find Books, Articles, & More!

OCtopus article search tips

Too many results? 

. Use the Peer Reviewed limiter on the left of your results screen.


. Choose the limiter of a specialised biology database on the bottom left of your results screen, [you may have to click Show more

select Science Direct or GreenFile  


. Add an extra term or phrase in the search box, to focus your search results further : to your professional area eg. add term "ecology" or to focus to a type of article eg. add term "review: "systematic review"

. Select the Advanced search option and search each concept on a separate line.

. Use the drop down 'select a field' limiter and search by Subject.


Doing in-depth research?  Identify and search Biology specific article databases listed below

Best Bets

To find database(s) relevant to your topic(s) in biology, go the Library's suite of Biology databases by clicking this link A-Z Databases: Biology

Best bets (in alphabetical order)

Other useful databases


To see if the Library has a particular electronic journal, browse Biology e-journals available at OC Library,

or search the OC e-journals database linked as  E-Journals and More  from top menu bar of any OCtopus search result screen.


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