Neuroscience & Behavior

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Guide to Finding
the Best Resources

Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in neuroscience & behavior.

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation.

Personal Librarian:
Lois Coleman
306C Lehman Hall

Reference Sources

Finding Scientific Literature, including Articles, Conference Papers, and Preprints

  • Animal Behavior Abstracts
    Provides access to the literature on animal behavior, with subjects ranging from neurophysiology to behavioral ecology, from genetics to applied ethology.
  • Biological Abstracts
    Provides access to the literature in biology and the life sciences.
  • Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
    A compilation of protocols for molecular biology experimental procedures.
  • Google Scholar
    Only finds scholarly materials - articles, books and citations - but searches full text, and will often find too many irrelevant articles.  Go to Settings and enable "Library Links" for Columbia University - this will make the Columbia e-Link show up in the results list so that you can easily go to the full text.
  • JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments
    The world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal.
  • PubMed
    Provides access to over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s.
  • PsycINFO
    Indexes the literature of psychology and related fields.
  • PubMed
    Database from the National Library of Medicine containing citations to articles in Medline (see Medline, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?), additional life science journals, and the integrated molecular biology databases included in the National Center for Biotechnology Information retrieval system (including DNA and protein sequences, 3-D protein structure data, and assemblies of complete genomes)
  • ScienceDirect
    Abstracts and full text of articles in the sciences, technology, medicine and social sciences.
  • Scopus
    Excellent source for citation searching or finding original articles in physics.
  • Web of Science
    Scholarly articles in all disciplines. This database offers many ways of analysing citation counts, trends in numbers of citations over time, most influential journals, etc.

Finding Books

  • CLIO
    Online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries, including Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library.
  • NYS Psychiatric Institute Library
    One of the largest psychiatric libraries in the nation.
  • WorldCat
    Searches libraries worldwide

Citing Your Sources

  • APA Style from the American Psychological Association
  • APA Style from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab
  • CSE-Style Documentation.  Lunsford, A.  2015.  Bedford/St. Martin's Student Site for The Everyday Writer.
  • Citation Management. Barnard Library Guides to citation styles, citation management software, and avoiding plagiarism

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