Online research resources

Here are a selection of available online resources. We also have a handout describing some of these more fully.

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.