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LIBRARY GUIDE TO BIO 4972 - Biomedicine and Disease

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • 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
  • The 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. 
Finding journal articles
You can find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles on diseases in both of these databases: 

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 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
Is an article scholarly or popular?
Use this guide from North Carolina State Univ libraries to see if an article is scholarly. Look for these characteristics in scholarly articles: 
  • Abstract - or summary provided at the beginning of the article
  • Methods section - how the research was conducted
  • References - articles used by the authors are listed at the end.
  • Level of language used - professional, scientific language is found in scholarly articles. Popular articles are written at an 8th grade reading level and are meant for the general public. 
You can also use Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to see if the journal is peer-reviewed.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
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:
  • Lin, H., Yip, B., Huang, L., & Wu, S. (2018). Zika virus structural biology and progress in vaccine development. Biotechnology Advances, 36(1), 47–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biotechadv.2017.09.004
Just search Library OneSearch for a portion of the article title "Zika virus structural biology and progress", and you'll find 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.
Sources on diseases
Pathophysiology resources Background info on diseases Drug treatment information
Library Contact
Picture: Kristine Condic

Kristine Condic

Office: 236 Kresge Library
Contact me at: salomon@oakland.edu



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

Conquering scientific 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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