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Natural Sciences

A general guide to information resources in the sciences

Welcome to the Natural Sciences Library Guide

 

How to use this guide:

This guide provides resources that may be helpful for natural science classes.

  • To find our databases or to look for an article click START YOUR RESEARCH.
  • To go to the library homepage for more information and resources, click LIBRARY HOME.
  • To see special resources for Natural Sciences students, KEEP SCROLLING.
  • To find information on citations and plagiarism, click CITING.

Databases Related to the Natural Sciences


Browse Natural Science Journals


Browse an alphabetical list of subject-related journals available through Park University Library.

Understanding Terms:

Peer-reviewed, Empirical, & Qualitative vs Quantitative

Need some help with these frequently-used terms?


Peer-reviewed

Peer-reviewed journals (often called "scholarly" or "academic" journals) contain original research articles.

These articles have been reviewed by other scholars in the field - the authors' academic peers. The reviewers work to ensure the integrity and quality of the research being reported upon.


Empirical

Empirical articles are based on experimentation or observation. In other words, they describe the results of research. Peer-reviewed articles usually describe empirical research.


Qualitative vs Quantitative Research

Peer-reviewed articles may describe either qualitative or quantitative research.

Qualitative research tries to understand who, what, how, when, and why. It explores the nature of something. Typical approaches include observation, interviews, and focus groups.

Quantitative research describes how much or how often. It relies on statistics and variables to prove or disprove something.

Here's a short video describing the difference.


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