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Research and Review Articles

Research articles (sometimes called "primary literature") are the reporting of original research.  Hallmarks of a research article include methodology, results, and discussion sections.

Review articles are a report of past research articles and do not include original research. These do not include original experiments or data. Think of these as more of a survey of current knowledge. 

Search for Forest Ecology Articles

By clicking on one of these titles, you will be searching across different scholarly journals for articles related to your topic.  Many of these will have references to the articles of titles listed in the "Useful Journals Sample List" box. 

Concepts or Ideas: Help

Useful Journals Sample List

You can search within one of these titles by clicking on the name, then looking for the "WCU Online Access" link. 

You may have more than one option for accessing articles within this journal.  You can click on any option as long as it has the years in which you are interested.

Once you click on an access link, you can either browse or search (look for wording somewhere on the page that indicates you can search within the publication) for articles.  If you get stuck, use the orange Ask Us chat box on the right side of this page!

Writing Scientific Proposals

Below are some helpful websites from other universities about approaching the creation of a research proposal.  I've selected just a few for you to look at but if you want to view more, go to Google and type in:  how to write a scientific proposal

Also take a look at the books at the bottom of the page for much more in-depth guidance on approaching scientific writing.  Many of these have online access.  The title Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences is available as a reserve book (that means you must come to the library to obtain it) but we should have an e-copy of it soon.



Citations using the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style

Setting up Google Scholar

If you are using Google Scholar (GS) - particularly if you are using it from off campus - you'll want to connect it with Hunter Library's resources.  That means that when you search, GS will include full text options from Hunter library for you.  Once you get that set up, here's what it looks like:

So how do you set this up?  Follow these steps!

  1. Go to Google Scholar and look for the three vertical lines in the top left corner.
  2. This opens an options menu in Google Scholar.
  3. Select "Settings" (it's the one with the gear icon).
  4. Look for "Library links" in the list of options in the top left corner.
  5. Type in Western Carolina University to search for Hunter Library.
  6. Check the box next to Western Carolina University - FullText@WesternCarolinaU.
  7. Click the Save button.

And that's it, you will now be linked to many of the library's holdings in Google Scholar.  You can then click on "FullText@WesternCarolinaU" when it appears next to a citation and be taken to WCU's access to the content.  If you are off campus, you will be asked to login.

But wait!  What if you find something in GS that doesn't have the find full text option?  You'll want to double check our access by going to the library's homepage and searching for the journal title using the "Journals" box. If you don't find we have access there, then you will need to request a copy through interlibrary loan.