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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:

Core Article Databases
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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)

Interesting Web Sites
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Citation Software

  

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Download Endnote X8 (Desk Top Version) (copy the "license key #" when you see it)

Endnote Libguide online
Endnote Guide for Window PDF
Endnote Guide for Macintosh PDF

Building EndnoteX8 Library PC (and Mac) (video) (sound begins at 30 seconds)

EndnoteX8  Basics  PC (LaTrobe Uni.) (ignore installation instructions)

EndNoteX8 Basics  Mac (LaTrobe Uni.) (ignore installation instructions)

EndnoteX8 recordings  (Note the Short Videos and Class Notes Tabs

UofTexas Endnote Guide
Duquesne University Endnote Guide

 

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CSE and APA Style Guides for Creating Citations

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APA Print Edition:
Current editions are held in our reference collection, call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010 . An additional copy is kept at the Information and Research Assistance Desk on the 1st floor of Richter Library
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Writing Grants
University of Wisconsin Writing Center - The basics of grant proposals
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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