Biology

"Streaked Warbler"/Port Jackson Painter

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First Fleet Collection (Natural History Museum, London). (ARTstor)

Journals

FInding Journals by Title and A to Z list for Biology

  • To locate any journal by its title (electronic, print or microform), use this link to take you to the Catalog.
  • Tips: for a precise or efficient search,to the right of the 1st box use the drop down menu and select Title and for the 3rd box, select Journals and Serials.

For A-Z list of electronic journals at UM use this link: Biology e-journals

UlrichsWeb Global Serials Directory

For finding information about journals,magazines, and other publications:

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Tradescant's Orchard

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Early 17th century. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/. ARTstor.

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Aglais milberti

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Tree of Life Web Project. 1995. Arthropoda. Version 01 January 1995 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Arthropoda/2469/1995.01.01in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

Reference, Encyclopedias
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Conception of Web, 1490

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Fly Watches a Spider Spin His Web. Anonymous artists, 1490. (ARTstor)

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Resources for Literature Reviews

These resources are just a few examples to explain how to tackle the job of writing a Literature Review.

Tips for writing your first scientific literature review

  • From: ASBMB (American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Literature Review

From PLOS.org (Public Library of Science) to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.

The Literature Review

A literature review can serve at least two purposes:

1) act as part of the introduction to a research paper and

2) be an end in itself.

What it is and what it is not:

  • A literature review is a focussed synopsis of the current state of research that pertains to your particular research question or project. It also functions to put your research into a wider context of the research in your area and to explain the reasons why you are pursuing question or thesis.

  • Very importantly, it is not merely a descriptive summary of the research that went before yours, but a critical analysis or evaluation of that information, e.g., quality, validity of results, methology, etc.
  • It should also knit together various research efforts to demonstrate how they relate to each other and to your project.

  • To avoid bias, steer away from selectively choosing research for a literature review that will only support your own thesis; instead include all that is pertinent to it and reflects differing views and findings. Your credibility will also be questioned if you promote or show disfavor toward a study or author. A literature review is an objective exercise.

  • Ensure that sources of the information reviewed are authoritative - that is, find out the credentials of authors and publications. Your librarian is happy to help you learn how to achieve this important goal.
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