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Class Outline

EEB 2245W Evolutionary Biology
Research Instruction

Spring, 2017



  • What are refereed journals? 
  • What is primary literature?
  • Class guide:


Choosing a topic:

Look for sources with broad background information

·         Search any database by a particular journal or review journal (Science, Nature, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, etc.)

·         Look for a classic topic in your textbook, then look for a twist or controversy about it

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

·         Learn about your topic using encyclopedias or other books

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


Find primary research on specific topics:

Biology databases:

·         Biosis – best overall biology database for all topics. 1985+

·         ASFA - marine and freshwater environments  1978+.

·         Zoological Record – premier zoology database  1945+

·         CAB Direct – world agriculture, parasitology  1973+

·         AGRICOLA – US agriculture 1970+

·         PubMed – any topic related to human health 1969+

·         Scopus – multidisciplinary, strong coverage in the sciences. 1996+


Search Essentials 

Identify the main concepts of your search topic


Operators (and, or, not; in Biosis, adj also)

Nesting terms

Field searching – review articles


Locate Journal Articles

Finding Fulltext:

    • UConn Links button
    • EJournal Locator

o         Homer, Library Catalog

o        Interlibrary Loan


Vocabulary Assistance:

  • Subject Guides / Biology  / Info Resources / Books
    • Online dictionaries
    • Online encyclopedias


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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 taxonomic hierarchies from either scientific or common organism names.  At



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·         Combine with Word to help you write papers and bibliographies

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