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LIBRARY GUIDE TO BIO 4970 - Scientific Inquiry and Communication

Finding Articles
Unrestricted Resource PubMed (MEDLINE)
PubMed is a free online database provided by the National Library of Medicine to search MEDLINE, a database focusing on biomedical literature.
  • Publication types: journal articles, books and book chapters, reviews, conference proceedings, abstracts, data sets, editorials, and news articles.
  • Contains over 32 million items
  • Coverage years = 1946 - present

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

Journal Citation Reports - Find the impact factor of your journal.

Does the Library Have the Article I Need?
Use Library OneSearch to find out if we have full-text of an article. For example, let's say you want to find this article:
  • Tippin, E. (2020). Telehealth and Impact on Pediatric Obesity. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 55, 270–271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2020.09.006

    Just search Library OneSearch for a portion of the article title "Telehealth and Impact on Pediatric", and you should see a link to the full-text article!

If we don't have your article electronically or in-print, you can order the article through InterLibrary Loan using ILLiad. It's a free service but it takes a bit of time - sometimes as short as a few hours!
Conquering scientific terminology
These online reference sources are a good place to find short and easy to read summaries on biological and medical topics.
Popular Scientific News Sources
Why use library resources?
Results you retrieve from Google searches are found on the surface web where information is not evaluated. Results from library databases are found on the deep web where information is evaluated. With Google searches you're finding only the tip of the iceberg.
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Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

Grey Literature
Grey literature includes items such as government reports, working papers, newsletters, and other items published in sources other than magazines and journals. Finding grey literature is easy using Google. For example, you could run a Google search on: To cite this literature, you can use APA and use these links from Excelsior College Online Writing Lab as a guide:
Writing Help

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