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LIBRARY GUIDE TO BIO 4970 - Scientific Inquiry and Communication

Course Readings
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Available as e-book -- Only 6 students can simultaneously access the ebook so DO NOT download it!
    • Click the 'EBSCOhost Ebooks' link to access the e-book
  • Print book is available to check out for 2 hours (at the Service Desk in Kresge Library)
  • Check your public library for print copies -- OU students can check out books at the Rochester Hills Public Library using their Grizz Card. The public library in your city may also have copies. 
Writing Science by Joshua Schimel
  • Available as e-book
    • Click the 'EBSCOhost Ebooks' link to access the e-book
  • Print book is available to chekc out for 2 hours (at the Service Desk in Kresge Library)
Finding Articles
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
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
Dictionary of Biology (Penguin)

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Popular Scientific News Sources
Library Contact
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Joanna Thielen
Assistant Professor
jthielen@oakland.edu
248.370.2477

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

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Interlibrary Loan

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

RefWorks

Refworks

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

Writing Help

Writing Resources for Students
Find in-depth information about the mechanics of writing, MLA/APA citations, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

Writing Center
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