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How to Interpret a Scientific Paper

Understanding a peer-reviewed article can be a daunting task. Watch this video from UML's very own Lori Weeden, from the Environmental Science Department, to get a grasp on reading scientific papers. 


Useful citation resources: Whether you just need one citation or you are writing a 50 page thesis, these sites are invaluable resources when citing sources. 

Purdue OWL: Research and citation

EasyBib: Bibliography generator

Turnitin: Plagiarism checker 

RefWorks: Research tool

Where do I Start my Research?

Just starting your research and not sure where to begin? Check out this Beginning Research LibGuide, which offers information on databases, interlibrary loans, plagiarism, citation and other online resources. 
database is a collection of information on a website organized so you conduct a search (by keyword, title, author, etc). The UML Library provides free access to a multitude of databases for students which have sources that include journal articles, books, conference papers, maps, government reports, etc.
It's a good place to start to look for articles, books, etc. Especially peer-reviewed articles from academic journals (for example, American Physical Society). To clarify, a database can be used to search for journals, which contain peer-reviewed articles, vital to references when writing a thesis or doing research.
Some databases provide full-text and some don't.  If the database you're searching doesn't include full-text, use: 

Physics Journals and Databases

Begin by searching UMass Lowell's Library Catalog

The results will show both what UML has available and what nearby institutions have available. You can confine your search by journal if you are looking for a specific title, for example Andean Geology, or by article title, topic or author. Select the journal or article to view your options for availability.

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