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What's the difference between PubMed, Medline, & Embase?

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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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Web of Science (WofSc)- How to
WofSc - Quick Guide
WofSc - What is in it?
WofSc - What's new? See Learn More box on left.
 
 
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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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Citation Software

UM Libraries offer subscriptions to Citation Managers with the exception of Zotero (free). To create an account in one and learn more about it, see options below. They can also be accessed through the Databases A-Z list on the UM Libraries home page.
     Always create accounts, using your Cane ID.
     The words "citations" and "references" are synonymous.
 



  

RefWorks sign up
How to use RefWorks
Refworks Guide 


 
Download desktop version from UM InformationTechnology > Services & Products tab > Software 
  Tip: in 1st screen of Download, copy Product Key (will need later in the process)

Endnote Support If all else fails, this service is excellent.



Zotero - both web-hosted and desktop. Can use any email address.
Wikipedia Comparison of Reference management software  (June 2022)
University of Chicago Library  Citation Management (May 2022)
Yale University Library Citation Management   (Mendeley, Endnote and Zotero) 
Penn State Uni. Libraries Citation and Writing Guides
Still can't decide, after checking these resources, experiment with one. If it doesn't meet your needs, export your citations or references into another one.
If you still can't decide, try one and if doesn't meet your needs, export your citations to another.
Writing Grants
University of Wisconsin Writing Center - The basics of grant proposals
APA Style & CSE Guides for Creating Citations

Citation Managers create the citations in the style you select. However, they are not always accurate and you have to check and correct. See resources below:

APA Documentation Guide (7th ed.)  Uni of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center

APA Print Edition:
The APA 7th edition (most current) is held in our reference collection. Call #: BF76.7 .P83 2020.
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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