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LIBRARY GUIDE TO BIO 4970 - Scientific Inquiry and Communication

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 30 million items
  • Coverage years = 1946 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:
  • Tosti, B. (2018). Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet: Metabolic and Molecular Mechanisms. The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 73(3), 318–326. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glx227

    Just search Library OneSearch for a portion of the article title "Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet", 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 a few days for the article to be available.
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
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Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

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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:
  • CDC and your own topic
  • "mediterranean diet" site://gov   State publications such as this.
  • your search terms   site://edu
  • or enter the organization of your topic: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and look for publications published by that organization.
To cite this literature, you can use APA and use these links from Excelsior College as a guide:


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