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A guide to Biochemistry resources in UVic Libraries

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Google Scholar Search

Database Tutorials

There are several tutorials that can help you search PubMed. If you prefer a handout, you can download an easy step-by-step guide here


View our top journals from your tablet. BrowZine is a new application for libraries that lets you browse, read and monitor scholarly journals from your tablet using your UVic credentials (Netlink ID). You can even create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals, or be alerted when new editions of journals are published. BrowZine is currently available for iPads, Android tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets.

Get if for free at: Once installed, open the app and in the search box type in University of Victoria.

For more information, see the FAQ: What is BrowZine?

Journal Collections

Useful Databases

Use these databases to find articles about your topic.

PubMed Tutorials

  • PubMed tutorials
    This page has a list of tutorials published by the National Library of Medicine. .
  • .Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice
    This is tutorial created for clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals to develop a clinical question using the PICO framework.
  • PubMed Advanced Search Builder
    This tutorial will demonstrate how to use PubMed's Advanced Search features to refine your search with the example of a publication date range; and find journal and author names using the autocomplete feature.


How do I know if a journal is peer-reviewed?

What is Peer-Review?

Peer-reviewed articles have been evaluated by several researchers or subject specialist in the academic community prior to accepting it for publication. Also known as scholarly or refereed.

Verify that a journal is peer reviewed (refereed) by looking up the journal title in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

Remember that there may be content in peer reviewed journals which is not peer reviewed.  These may be book reviews, letters, or front and back matter.  In most cases, though, the research articles within will be peer reviewed. Consult a librarian if you're not sure.

Scholarly vs. Popular

"Scholarly" or "popular" are terms used to describe a source's content, purpose, audience, appearance, citations and more. Popular sources are useful for getting ideas for a topic or for background and anecdotal information. Watch the video below to find out more about Scholarly vs. popular sources:

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