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    Quick Guide to Online Research
    Originally posted by Paralith on 10 May 2009
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    Iím sure it goes without saying that the internet is a fantastic source of information. Whether youíre just curious or youíre working on a research paper, chances are you can find almost everything you need on the internet if you know how and where to look. But if you arenít familiar with online research, you might not know these things. Hopefully this quick guide will give you a jump start.

    • Realize that research takes time.

      Depending on the subject youíre researching, a two-minute Google search may simply not be enough, so donít start complaining if you canít find everything you need right away. This is also important to keep in mind if you plan on coming to this forum to ask others to help you in your search Ė unless a resident expert happens to be around, you are probably asking the other members for a serious commitment of time and energy. Do not be surprised if such requests are not honored.
    • Basic background knowledge helps.

      Donít get me wrong: Google searches and sites like Wikipedia are great first stops when you begin your research, especially if you arenít very familiar with the subject youíre researching. While Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference for a final paper, it can help you gain a general understanding of your topic, give you more ideas for search keywords, help you narrow your focus (which can be especially important for writing papers), and link you to acceptable references like journal articles.
    • Note to Students: Acceptable References for School Assignments

      Some websites may be considered acceptable references, especially if they are written by universities and/or researchers, but you should always check with your teacher or professor to make sure you know what is and what is not acceptable. In my opinion all university/college students should assume that journal articles or books written by researchers (often referred to as scientific literature) are the only acceptable references.
    • Notes on Searching for Scientific Literature

      You can almost always access the abstract of any article you are looking for online; accessing the entire article, however, can be difficult, especially if you are not attending/employed by a university which pays for subscription access to scientific journals. Google Scholar is ideal in these cases, as this search engine will list all internet copies of a given article (below each entry in the search return list there will be a link that says "All # versions", and hopefully one of those copies will be available to you).


     

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    Recommended Biology References
    Originally posted by Paralith on 10 May 2009
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    If you have any suggestions for this list, please PM me with a link. Thank you very much!


    General Science News:
    • New Scientist News

      Reporting on recent science news; includes references to scientific literature and/or the names of the researchers involved
    • Discover Magazine

      Reporting on recent science news; includes references to the names of the researchers involved
    • Science Daily

      Reporting on recent science news; includes references to scientific literature
    • Seed Magazine

      Reporting and editorials on recent science news and trends



    General Biology:
    • Ask a Biologist

      A forum with a large number of contributing professional scientists to answer posted questions
    • MIT Open Course Ware: Biology

      A variety of class materials from MIT courses, including lecture slides, lecture audio and/or video, and reading materials
    • Pearson BioCoach

      Step by step coaching for a variety of subjects often covered in high school biology and Biology 101 classes



    Evolution and Genetics:
    • The TalkOrigins Archive

      A website that covers the evidence for evolution and the claims made by intelligent design and creationism; includes references to scientific literature
    • 24 Myths and Misconceptions about Evolution

      A New Scientist article clarifying common misunderstandings of evolution
    • PBS Evolution

      PBS' evolution website including FAQ's and Flash video clips explaining various concepts related to evolution
    • Scitable by Nature Education

      A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms.



    Species, Classification, and Phylogeny:
    • Animal Diversity Web

      A database run by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology that provides detailed information and classification of animal species; includes references to scientific literature
    • Encyclopedia of Life

      A website that aims to eventually have a detailed entry for every known species; includes references to scientific literature
    • Tree of Life Web Project

      A website that aims to eventually have a detailed entry for every known species and/or groups of species, living or extinct; includes references to scientific literature



    Life Science Laboratory Techniques:
    • BioForum

      A science forum largely dedicated to the discussion of laboratory techniques and protocols



    Scientific Literature Search Engines/Databases:
    • Google Scholar

      Underneath each item in the search results list: click the "All # versions" link to see all online locations of the article that Google could locate; click "Cited by" to see a list of other related articles
    • PubMed

      A life sciences search engine provided by the National Institutes of Health, linked to the GenBank database of published gene and protein sequences; will link to free access locations when available
    • Jstor

      An online storage house for scientific literature from many different journals

    • Public Library of Science

      A series of journals published online with ALL articles free access to the public

    • SpringerLink

      Online database for the Springer publishing house, including both journal articles and books
    • ScienceDirect

      Online database for the Elsevier publishing house
    • Karger

      Online database for the Karger publishing house
    • Nature

      Homepage for the Nature publishing house
    • Science

      Homepage for the Science/AAAS publishing house



    Online Book Texts/Previews:
    • Google Book Search

      Has at least a limited online preview of many books
    • NCBI Bookshelf

      A database of searchable medical textbooks provided by the National Institutes of Health, linked to the GenBank database of published gene and protein sequences
    • Project Gutenberg

      A database of free e-books that are non-copyright or copyright expired
    • Amazon

      Some books on Amazon will have a "Search Inside this Book" option; you can search for a specific subject or, if you use a very common word as your search term, you can sometimes get access to all or almost all of the book



    Miscellaneous:


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