Resources for independent research

Here is a guide to the sources on this page and more: ASSET Research Resources Student Handout (pdf)

This slide illustrates an overview of the independent study process (ppt)

General Resources

  • Google Scholar allows simple searching for academic papers in all fields.
  • JSTOR is subscription-based and allows advanced searches for academic papers and books.
  • The Public Library of Science is a non-profit organization that aims to accelerate the pace of science and discovery by making peer-reviewed articles available for free.
  • PubMed has more than 26 million citations for biomedical research. It has advanced search options and filters to find freely available papers.
  • Worldcat is a collection of library resources from around the world.
  • BioMed Central is a free source for peer-reviewed journals, over 290 of them, ranging from basic biological research through pathology and to other, specialized topics.
  • For New York state residents, NovelNY  (the New York Online Electronic Library) is available. If your computer’s IP address indicates you are in NY, the site will be immediately available. Otherwise you’ll need to provide a driver’s license number or library card number to log in.

Science Resources

  • EurekAlert is a curated source for information about research advances in science, medicine, health, and technology.
  • National Science Digital Library is a National Science Foundation sponsored site providing digitized material for science education at all levels.
  • is a portal to science information from multiple agencies of the U.S. government.

Social Science Resources

Student Journals

  • The National High School Journal of Science is a free, online, student-run and peer-reviewed research journal that is targeted towards high school students.
  • The Journal of Experimental Secondary Science is a professionally reviewed academic journal which exclusively publishes original research articles written by high school students.
  • The Finger Lakes Journal of Secondary Science is a free and open journal dedicated to providing an authentic science experience to middle and high school students.
  • The Journal of Emerging Investigators is an open-access journal that publishes original research in the biological and physical sciences that is written by middle and high school students. JEI provides students, under the guidance of a teacher or advisor, the opportunity to submit and gain feedback on original research and to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.