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Writing in the Biological Sciences - Oakland Campus

This guide is designed primarily for students who are relatively new to reading, writing for, and finding literature in the biological sciences.

Discovering Articles

Databases that list and describe individual articles that have been published in the biological literature (indexing databases) are good sources of information for your work. Those listed here can help you identify relevant peer-reviewed and scholarly literature.


Search Engines

Search engines search broadly across the web. Remember that links to full text will only work if the article is freely available or the ULS has access to the article and you are searching through the Pitt network or have logged in through Pitt Passport.


PittCat PittCat is the main searching tool for all of the materials owned by the University Library System (ULS), including articles, books, ebooks, journal articles, ejournals, audio and video, digital images, government documents, microfilm and movies.

Do We Own It?

Research databases often list articles from more sources than the library owns. If you already have a reference to a specific article, or a database record does not link to the full text of an article, how can you find out if the article is available?

Request Material in PittCat

You can request material through PittCat using Get It, even for material that we do not own. You must be signed in and then click on the item you need. Options within the item:

If you have any questions about this, please contact us so we can work with you to try and get the material you need.