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Lehigh University Libraries - Library Guides

BIOS 251: Writing and Biological Sciences

Fall 2020

Reference resources

Below are a variety of reference resources. They provide background information before start searching for scholarly articles. Also, as you read scholarly articles, you can turn to these resources to help understand jargon or new concepts.

Below these resources you'll find a box that contains evaluative criteria if you want to use web resources as a source of background information. There is also a box that links to a Wikipedia article that discusses the reliability of Wikipedia. (Is it self-referential?)

Reference/Background Info Sources

Elsevier Reference Works (and books)

There are various ways to search this extensive collection:

  • Click here. You can refine by Domain on the left, or click on the Advanced Search link (center near top)
  • Click here for journal/book searching
  • Use see the Topic Pages:

Magazines, Journals and Newspapers 

(Partial listing--see A to Z Database list and library catalog.)


See the book/ebooks section of this guide.

Evaluating Web Resources

Web resources can be rich sources of information on a topic, but when conducting research, it's important to consider the quality and accuracy of sites you visit on the open web. Use the CRAP test to determine whether a web resource is trustworthy: 



Wikipedia article about the Reliability of Wikipedia.

Also, see items that come up on a Google search on reliability of wikipedia.