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Class Outline

Biology 2245W  Evolutionary Biology

Library Instruction

Spring, 2013

Introduction

  • What are refereed journals? 
  • What is primary literature?

 

Choosing a topic:

Look for sources with broad background information

·         Search any database by a particular journal or review journal (Science, Nature, TREE, Ecology, etc.)

·         Scan popular science sciences magazines such as Bioscience, Scientific American, Discover, etc. or popular websites like www.sciencedaily.com

·         Search for review articles, both for background information and for lists of primary literature on a topic

   Look for classic topics in your textbook

 

Find primary research on specific topics:

Biology databases:

  • Biosis Previews - best overall biology database 1969+
  • ASFA - marine and freshwater environments 1978+
  • CAB Direct - agriculture, parasitology, veterinary science 1973+
  • Agricola - agriculture, US focused 1970+
  • Zoological Record - premier zoology database 1864+
  • PubMed - any topic related to human health or supporting research 1969+


Citation Databases

  • Web of Science -  multidisciplinrary strong science coverage 1994+
  • Scopus - multidisciplinary, strong science coverage 1996+
 
Search Essentials
  1. Identify the main concepts of your search topic
  2. Truncation
  3. Operators (and, or, not)
  4. Nesting terms
  5. Field searching - review articles
  6. Locate the DOI for an article

 

 EXERCISE

 

Locate Journal Articles

Finding Fulltext: UConn Links button     

  • EJournal Locator
  • Homer, Library Catalog
  • Interlibrary Loan

               

Vocabulary & Concept Assistance:

Use the subject guide to fine online:

  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias

 

Writing Assistance

For assistance in writing and editing papers, contact the UConn Writing Center at www.writingcenter.uconn.edu or 860.486.4387

 

Assistance with Scientific Names for Organisms:

Integrated Taxonomic Information System – an authoritative taxonomic information source for plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. A good source for taxonomc hierarchies from either scientific or common organism names.

 

RefWorks - a tool to help you manage citations and write papers

  • import references directly from online databases
  • combine with Word to help you write papers and bibliographies
  • access your personal acccount from any computer connected to the internet
  • free access to all UConn faculty, students and staff

 

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