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Biology Library Instruction Handout: September 2010

  1. 1. LIBRARY INFORMATION COMMON Finding Research Articles BIOLOGY - SEPTEMBER 2010Finding Research ArticlesFind Scholarly Articles with Article DatabasesBiological & Agricultural Index ProQuest Science Journals Science Direct CREDO ReferenceOnline journals – some full-text articles are available freely on the Internet. For example: Journal of Cell Biology (http://jcb.rupress.org/) Journal of Cell Science (http://jcs.biologists.org/) Refer to the CRAAP test when evaluating Web sites and Web-based information. (See other side of this handout.)Search Term TipsSearch terms are important. What are your main concepts? Are you using appropriate scientific terminology? Ifyou aren’t getting good results, reassess your search terms, keywords, or ask your instructor for help.Consider: Singular vs. plural Correct spelling/ alternate spellings Scientific vs. common terms Combining terms using AND, OR, NOT Synonyms, e.g. acidity or pH level? Phrases (Google) vs. keywords (databases)Some Science & Biology Journals available through the LibraryProQuest Science Journals (database) Academic Search Complete (database) American Scientist Science News Nature Biochemistry and Cell Biology New Scientist Canadian Journal of Microbiology Science Bioscience Perspectives in Biology and Medicine Plant Physiology 1Created by: Julie Anne Kent, September 2010
  2. 2. CRAAP Test When you search for information, youre going to find lots of it. . . but is it accurate and reliable? You will have to determine thisfor yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to determine if the information you have isreliable. Please keep in mind that the following list is not static or complete. Different criteria will be more or less importantdepending on your situation or need. Is your web site credible and useful, or is it a bunch of . . .?! (Meriam Library California StateUniversity, 2009)Indicates criteria for Web only Currency: The timeliness of the information. Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs. • When was the information published or posted? • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your • Has the information been revised or updated? question? • Is the information current or out-of date for your topic? • Who is the intended audience? Are the links functional? • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)? • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use? • Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper? Authority: The source of the information. Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor? informational content. • Are the authors credentials or organizational affiliations • Where does the information come from? given? • Is the information supported by evidence? • What are the authors credentials or oganizational • Has the information been reviewed or refereed? affiliations given? • Can you verify any of the information in another source or • What are the authors qualifications to write on the topic? from personal knowledge? • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of address? emotion? Does the URL reveal anything about the author or • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors? source? examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net Purpose: The reason the information exists. Meriam Library California State University, Chico, (2009). • What is the purpose of the information? to inform? Retrieved from teach? sell? entertain? persuade? http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear? • Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda? • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial? • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases? POSSIBLE KEYWORDS FOR ARTICLE SEARCHING membrane fluidity membranes environmental stress plasma membrane membrane lipids membranes ethanol cytoplasmic membrane membrane stability membranes pH phospholipid bilayer membrane structure membranes cations / anions erythrocyte membrane membrane function membranes solvents mitochondrial membrane membrane permeability membranes pressure chloroplast membrane membrane hydrophobic membranes halotolerance integral proteins membrane hydrophilic temperature peripheral proteins beta vulgaris Julie Anne Kent, September 2010

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