Finding Biological Information

BIOLOGY 220 - Spring 2009


Step 1: Formulate Your Search Topic

What do you want to find out? Phrase it as a question.

 

can gas emmissions from cows, sheep or other ruminants be controlled?

 

Identify keywords or concepts. (consider alternative terms & synonyms)

 

cows or sheep or ruminants

methane

control or inhibit or mitigate

 

Step 2: Identify articles in an electronic database or index

Database most appropriate for this topic:   BIOSIS

Use the default Search function

Do a topic (keyword) in each of the search boxes; use truncation on word stems. Leave the drop down menu between boxes on AND.

cow* or sheep or ruminant*

methan*

control* or inhibit* or mitigat*

 

Use the Refine Results side panel to reduce the number of hits, if needed.

 

Step 3: Find your articles, full-text online, or paper copy in the library

Determine if the UW has the journal. In BIOSIS, click on the purple button….like this 

If full text electronic access is available, a window with a link (or links) to the electronic content will open:

 

 

 

 

 

If the article is not available full text online, this window will open, with an option to search the UW Libraries catalog for the journal:

 

 

 

The catalog tells you which library has the journal, which volumes they own, and how the journal is shelved (by call number or alphabetical by title).

 

Step 4: Retrieve your articles

          Natural Sciences Library    ground & first floor, Allen Library, South wing, shelved by call number

          Health Sciences Library – second floor, T-wing, shelved alphabetic by title

 

Getting help

Natural Sciences Library Reference Desk

in person during the reference desk's open hours, email  at natsci@u, or call 206-543-1244

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Connect to real-time online reference (Q&A Live) or use the e-mail request form

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