This is a guest post by Ellen Sexton, John Jay Librarian.
You have a brilliant idea to test in the lab; but has someone already done it? Or something similar? A quick search of the literature can inform your work. Scientists publish their best research reports as articles in journals. Here are three tools to make finding articles on your area of interest a bit easier:
1. A Better Google Scholar
If you like using Google Scholar at home, but are getting frustrated with pay-walls obstructing your access to articles, try using the link from the Library home page which goes through our proxy server and looks like this: http://ez.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/login?url=http://scholar.google.com Then your results will include links to whatever the library subscribes to: