Searching the Biological Literature

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Searching the Biological Literature

  1. 1. Develop your hypothesis based on the lecture or your reading of the chapter of the textbook. You can then search for a peer reviewed article that supports your hypothesis and your experiment.<br />Searching for an article<br />Pre-research: Read assignment. From that assignment, get to know your topic. Look through textbook and assignment and look for keywords. Know what they mean. Write down keywords. If you find a term and do not know what it means, look in:<br /><ul><li>The assigned chapter or glossary of textbook,
  2. 2. a dictionary or encyclopedia of biological terms,
  3. 3. library database Credo Reference: subject “Science” (look under A-Z list of Databases),
  4. 4. Google Books: Subject “science/life sciences/biology/general”</li></ul>Brainstorm keywords. Here are some keywords taken from textbook that might be useful for “Lab 2: Evolution of Populations” assignment:<br />Natural selection<br />Genetic drift<br />Evolution<br />Traits<br />Frequency<br />Population<br />Environment<br />Predation<br />Genetics<br />Population genetics<br />Microevolution<br />Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium<br />Bottleneck effect<br />Gene flow<br />Variation<br />Camouflage<br />Identify resources to find peer reviewed scholarly articles. Search for peer-reviewed articles in:<br /><ul><li>library databases (limit to peer reviewed if you can): Academic Search Premier, Science Direct, Agricola
  5. 5. GoogleScholar</li></ul>Look for research databases suggest above. Go to the library homepage (http://www.framingham.edu/wlibrary) and select the link “A-Z list of Databases”. Below are examples of some general searches in these databases.<br />Here is an example of a search in Academic Search Premier:<br />Here is an example of a search in Science Direct:<br />Here is an example of a search in Agricola:<br />Here is a search in GoogleScholar:<br />Remember go to the GoogleScholar link on the A-Z list of databases on the library homepage. Follow these instructions on how to make Framingham State a preferred library within GoogleScholar. http://whittemorelibrary.wordpress.com/2008/02/16/try-google-scholar/<br />Here is how to search for books in the library catalog:<br />Remember you need your library card to check out books from this and other libraries.<br />If you have a citation and would like to know if article is available online full text, enter title of journal in Full Text Journal Finder (link found on library homepage).<br />If you would like to check if a journal is peer reviewed, go to the A-Z list of Databases and search for the journal in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory.<br />

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