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This guide helps point BTEC 170 students towards information strategies and sources that will help them complete their presentation assignment.
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Getting the Information You Need

Books, articles from journals, newspapers, and magazines, and other items can be obtained for you free of charge by the Harrisburg University Librarian. In the case of electronic copies of articles, you can have your information within 2-4 days.  Books take longer to ship from the lending library.  

Contact the Librarian at with the information about the item you need.  The Librarian will locate a copy for you and notify you when it arrives. 

Find Background Information

Use these resources to find background, textbook-like information on a topic. 

  • AccessScience
    Online full-text version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. Each encyclopedia article ends with a bibliography that lists books and articles you can use for more information.

Find Journal Articles: Begin Your Search

Searching these databases will lead to many articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers that are not available on the free Internet.  Many of them will link you to full-text articles in the database, but remember: The University Librarian can get a copy of almost any article or book that you need. 

You can PowerSearch all these databases at once!

  • Academic Search Complete
    Magazine, journal, and newspaper articles in all subject areas. Full text for many articles.
  • ACS Web Editions
    Peer-reviewed journals published by the American Chemical Society. Full text.
  • ASM Journals
    Peer-reviewed journals published by the American Society of Microbiology. Full text.
  • ScienceDirect
    Peer-reviewed journal articles in the physical and life sciences, engineering, and business.

Find Journal Articles: Refine Your Search

These databases are more subject-specific than the ones in the box above. Use these databases to search for biotechnology-related information in the literature of fields such as medicine, environmental studies, business, agriculture, and other fields. 

You can PowerSearch all these databases at once!

  • Agricola
    Use this database if your search is related to biotechnology and agriculture/farming.
  • Business Source Premier
    Use this database if you need information on the business of biotechnology. Magazines and journals in all areas of business. Company profiles, industry and market research reports, and SWOT analyses. Full text.
  • Environment Complete
    Indexes the literature of environmental studies. Full text.
    Complete digitized archives of core scholarly journals in scientific disciplines such as botany, aquatic sciences, cell biology, and ecology. Use this database if you need to find historic (pre mid-1990s) information in the sciences.
    The world's most comprehensive index of information in medicine, plus nursing, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Use if your search is related to biotechnology and health/medicine.
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
    If your topic gives rise to ethical questions, this database leads you to pro and con arguments written by experts.

Find Books

The Harrisburg University Library's book collection will be ready for use in March.  Meanwhile, you may search for books on any topic by using WorldCat.  Most of the items that you can find on WorldCat can be obtained for you by the University Librarian through interlibrary loan.  Contact the University Librarian at to request an item. 

  • WorldCat
    Search thousands of libraries across the country, and the world.

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