Getting started: Finding Relevant Sources in Marine Science

Tackling a new topic?

Try looking for a review article first.  Review articles attempt to summarize the state of research on a scientific topic.  While lengthy & not generally including the very latest research, review articles can be a great way to start to get a handle on a topic. 

Don't overlook the literature cited at the end of the review - the bibliography contains a wealth of information about the key discoveries & main researchers in the field. 

Most databases will allow you to limit your search to include only review articles or literature reviews. You could also try searching through a reference work like an encyclopedia for introductory information to a new topic.

For other introductory information, try these databases:

Getting Started: Finding Primary Research

For articles describing primary research using scientific methods, written by experts in the field or scientists, try these databases to start: