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Science Communication: Databases and journals

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Welcome to the Science Communication guide!  In this guide you will find information resources for your Science Communication major. Click on the tabs above, or the In this Guide links to navigate.

This guide contains some useful links about science communication, as well as general sources of scientific information.

Basic communication and research skills

The University provides some general tutorials and information to develop your communication and research skills.

CARS is an online unit that is compulsory for all commencing undergraduate students and is a very good introduction to basic research, academic writing and other communication skills. Note: you will not be able to do the official quiz unless you are a commencing undergraduate student, but there are activities built-in to the tutorials.

ScoReS builds upon CaRS, and is designed specifically for science students. It is not compulsory, however you can enrol yourself in the content and quiz. It is highly recommended that you do this. It builds upon skills covered in CaRS, with a more science-based focus. You can find instructions on how to enrol yourself in SCoReS here.

Useful scientific literature databases

A basic search for books, journal articles and other information can be done using OneSearch, but the databases listed below will provide more search functions and results specific to science, including journal articles and book chapters.

For a complete list of all databases held at UWA, go to Find Databases on the Library's Guide page.

Avoiding plagiarism

Plagiarism is taking the work of others and representing it as your own.

You don’t have to buy your assignment from the internet or deliberately copy text into your assignment to plagiarise. It can happen by accident!

Always acknowledge your source whenever you:

  • Quote or paraphrase someone else’s spoken or written words
  • Refer to someone else’s ideas, opinions or theories

Always reference properly and thoroughly.

This applies to books, articles, images, statistics, diagrams etc.

The University of Western Australia takes a strong position on plagiarism.


There are strong penalties for plagiarisism, even if you do it by accident.


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