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LIBRARY GUIDE TO BIO 3000 - Biology and Society

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Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Web of Science

Web of Science contains publications related to the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It’s an excellent database for comprehensive and interdisciplinary searches.

  • Publication types: journal articles, books/book chapters, reviews, conference proceedings, abstracts, data papers, editorials, news articles
  • Contains over 66 million items
  • Coverage years = 1900 to present

Unrestricted Resource PubMed (MEDLINE)

PubMed is a free online interface provided by the National Library of Medicine to search MEDLINE, which focuses on biomedical literature.

  • Publication types:  journal articles, books/book chapters, reviews, conference proceedings, abstracts, datasets, editorials, news articles
  • Contains over 28 million items
  • Coverage years = 1946 to present

It’s free to search so you can use it after leaving OU (but you may not be able to access the full text of the items you find in PubMed).

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Biological & Agricultural Index Plus

As the name implies, this database focuses on biology, ecology, forestry, and agriculture.

  • Publication types: journal articles, reviews, magazine articles, trade publications
  • Contains over 500,000 items
  • Coverage years = 1983 to present

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Opposing Viewpoints in Context
This database explores opposing sides of many important issues; but your chosen topic may not be covered.
This database includes pro/con viewpoints, reference, newspaper, magazine and academic journal articles, statistics, videos, and images.
For BIO 3000, the ‘Energy and Environmentalism,’ ‘Health and Medicine,’ and ‘Science, Technology and Ethics’ sections will be the most relevant to look through.
Popular Scientific News Sources
Is an article is scholarly or popular?
Look for these characteristics: 
  • Abstract - Scholarly articles will have a short abstract summarizing the whole article
  • Methods section - Scholarly articles will have this section that tells exactly HOW the research was conducted
  • References section - Scholarly articles will always list other articles in a References section
  • Level of language used - Popular articles are written at an 8th grade reading level and are meant for the general public. Scholarly articles are written using high-level discipline specific language and are meant for scientists with advanced degrees. 
When in doubt, ask Joanna, Biological Sciences Librarian! 
Library Contact
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Joanna Thielen
Assistant Professor

Office Hours: Tues 1-2 and Wed 10-11
Office: Kresge Library 245

Book an appointment with Joanna

Or email her if her appts don't work for your schedule. 


Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan
You may request materials we don't have and we'll borrow them from another library for you.

Stuck on difficult terminology?
These online reference sources are a good place to find short and easy to read summaries on biological and medical topics.

Medical Terms
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary

Dictionary of Medical Terms 

Biological Terms
Penguin Dictionary of Biology

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology


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