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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 provides access to Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI). These indexes contain references that have been cited in other articles. You can use these citations to perform cited reference searches (locate articles that cite an earlier publication). How to export to RefWorks

Unrestricted Resource PubMed (MEDLINE)
The National Library of Medicine's free interface for MEDLINE, the premier database for biomedical journal citations. MEDLINE dates back to 1946 and includes more than 20 million citations in medicine, nursing, allied health and dentistry. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff
Biological & Agricultural Index Plus
Includes popular and professional articles about biology and agriculture. 1983-present How to export to RefWorks

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

Medical Terms
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary 

Stedman's Medical Dictionary 

Biological Terms
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Dictionary of Biology (Penguin)

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Popular Scientific News Sources
Library Contact
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Joanna Thielen
Assistant Professor

Office Hours: W 10-12 and Th 1-3
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 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.

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