When starting research on your chosen topic, you can do a keyword search in the Research & Discover quick search bar on the library homepage. This will provide you with resources from across our library catalog, e-journals, and databases. You can refine your search results using the limiters on the left side of the results page.
Alternatively, you can visit scientific journals and databases directly. This approach is useful if you're not quite sure what you want to research yet, and you'd like to browse a curated selection of science articles.
Don't cite an article you don't understand.
The purpose of citing articles in your work is to provide evidence supporting the points you make in your argument. How can you make sure your argument is sound if you don't know whether your premises are true? You can't.
Allow your audience to meet you at your level of understanding. Find articles that clearly relate to the points you are making in your paper or presentation.
When browsing articles, don't try to read them from beginning to end. The most effective way to read an academic article is to start by reading the abstract, then the keywords (if listed), then the conclusion. Once you've done this, you can evaluate whether it contains information that will be relevant to your argument. If you've determined that it does, then you can go back and read the article from the beginning to see how the authors got to their conclusions.
Read these two resources to learn how to efficiently read a scientific article: