MCB University of Illinois Library by MikeJenny


									Finding information in
               Katie Newman, Biotechnology Librarian
             Melody Allison, Assistant Biology Librarian

                  MCB 252: Cells, Tissues, & Development
                      Funk ACES Library, Room 509
        Tuesday, March 31, 2009 … 11:00 am-1:00 pm & 1:00-3:00 pm

                   Neuroscience Program, Merit Students
           Seth Ament, TA & Elizabeth Blinstrup, Course Coordinator

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              Today we are going to ….

• Get acquainted with Library resources and how to find

• From a biomedical research news article (secondary

• Find the scholarly research publication article (primary
  source) upon which the news article was based
  Navigating Key Resources from the Library

• Main Gateway:
• Library Catalog:
  …to find books & journals (paper / electronic)
• Online Research Resources (ORR):
  …to find e-journals and the tools (indexes) with which to
  locate the articles IN journals See flyer for top bio-ag indexes!
• Easy Search:
  …to find the tool that has the most information about a
        Let’s look at a science news article

• Go to the ORR
• Open the index, Academic Search Premier
• Search for:
   – Science News …. In So Journal Name
   – Nerve cells …
   – Published: 2007 – 2009
• Browse the results list and find the article “Mouse, Heal
• Read / browse the article, and see if you can figure out
  how to find the original (primary) article on which this
  news item (secondary article) is based.
  [5 minutes on your own]
             “Journals” vs “Magazines”

• What is the difference between “Journals” (primary
  sources such as Nature Medicine) and “Magazines”
  (secondary sources such as Science News, Scientific

  See:, from the Biology Library
  website, for a
  comparison of the traits of journals & magazines
                 Let’s Explore PubMed
• Can you find the primary article in PubMed? [5 minutes]
• Now you can utilize various PubMed features to identify
  other relevant articles
   – Click on Related Articles for other articles on the topic
   – Click on the author‟s name for other articles by author
   – View in Citation mode to view subject headings
   – Search “Journals Database” to find out if PubMed indexes a
   – Find a review article on a topic
• Locate full text copies of articles using „Discover,‟ the
  ORR, or Interlibrary loan
• Print or email PubMed search results
• Login to set up Search Alerts and customize PubMed
       Tips and Tricks for Searching PubMed
• Truncate (stem words) with an asterisk (*)
   neur*
  Note: this turns off automatic term mapping (ATM) to MeSH
• Use Limits tab to restrict search to an author, journal, range
  of years, type of article (e.g., review articles)
• Use Details tab to see the behind the scenes search (ATM)
  that was performed
   if search for nerve cells, PubMed searches for that, but
  also NEURONS
• To search for a phrase, enclose words in quotation marks.
  However, this will turn off ATM
   “nerve cells”
                  PubMed vs. Google Scholar
• Indexed by human experts         • Uses automated extraction of
                                     information from text and

• Searches default fields (e.g.,   • Searches full text – may need
  title, author, etc.)               subscription to read articles

• Easily find what journals are    • Don‟t know what journals are
  indexed (affects „cited by‟,       being searched (affects „cited
  what time frame covered            by‟), what time frame covered.

• Controlled vocabulary (subject   • No controlled vocabulary
  headings) which can be             (subject headings)
  utilized for searching

• Can select and work with         • Can work with 1 citation at a
  MANY citations at a time           time

• Know which journals it indexes   • Don‟t know which journals are
                                     being indexed
                Let’s Review … Finding tools
    Online Library Catalog           Periodical Indexes (e.g., PubMed)
• Free to use                        • Usually subscribed to by the

• Used to find books, journals,      • Used to locate individual articles
  newspapers, DVDs, CDs, and
  other materials, print or
  electronic, owned by the library

• Cannot search for individual       • Indexes articles within a certain set
  articles. Rather, used to locate     of journals. Databases may overlap
  journal and magazine titles that     in content
  contain individual articles.

• Provides information about         • May or may not have links to full text
  resources owned by a particular      to any given article. If not, you may
                                       have to use the ORR to find the
                                       journal that has the full text
And remember if you need help ……

      ...ask a librarian!

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