- Core Article Databases
- Supporting Indexes & Databases
- Reference, Encyclopedias
- Interesting Web Sites
- Literature Reviews
First Fleet Collection (Natural History Museum, London). (ARTstor)
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
For finding information about journals,magazines, and other publications:
Early 17th century. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
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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
These resources are just a few examples to explain how to tackle the job of writing a Literature Review.
- From: ASBMB (American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
From PLOS.org (Public Library of Science) to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.
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.