BIOLOGY 312 Writing In Biology - Ben Normark
- Find Articles
- Searching for Scientific Literature
- Browsing Scientific Literature - By Journal
- Review Articles
- Science Perspective Article Assignment Resources
- Science in the News
- Writing & Citing
- Link to Biology Research Guide
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Searching for Scientific Literature
UMass Amherst Libraries subscribes to over 500 databases and over 100 of those have science-related content.
These databases are good places to start looking for information about topics related to evolution and medicine.
- Web of Science This link opens in a new windowIndex to articles from peer-reviewed journals in all disciplines.Search by cited reference, topic, author, and more. Arts and Humanities covers 1975-present; Social Sciences 1900-present; and Science 1900-present.Available on campus to all, or off-campus to UMass Amherst students, staff and faculty with an UMass Amherst IT NetID (user name) and password.
- PubMed This link opens in a new windowNational Library of Medicine's comprehensive database of citations to medical journal articles, with links to UMass-subscribed full text, 1946-present. PubMed includes all MEDLINE content, plus content from additional journals and books in the life sciences.Available on campus to all, or off-campus to UMass Amherst students, staff and faculty with an UMass Amherst IT NetID (user name) and password.
- BIOSIS Citation Index This link opens in a new windowIndexes content from journals, conferences, books, and U.S. patents covering the life sciences and biomedical research since 1926.Available on campus to all, or off-campus to UMass Amherst students, staff and faculty with an UMass Amherst IT NetID (user name) and password.
Browsing Scientific Literature - By Journal
If you are interested in browsing some of the peer-reviewed science and medical journals, here are some suggested titles to start with.
NOTE: Not everything in these journals is peer-reviewed. Be sure to look for research articles (with Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References) to use in your assignments!
Review articles are good ways to get an overview of a topic or subfield. Some publications only print reviews, but many others publish review articles along with research articles.
- Annual ReviewsHome page for over 50 journals on topics in Biomedical/Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences
- Trends in Molecular MedicineAdditional "Trends in" publications can be browsed by clicking the "Journals" link (next to ScienceDirect in the header), then using the dropdown "All Titles" to filter by the letter "T" and navigating alphabetically to the list of "Trends in" titles.
Science Perspective Article Assignment Resources
Investigate the style of the "Perspectives" articles in Science to get a feel for how to write your own. To view Perspectives articles, open a specific issue and find the Perspectives section.
As Science puts it:
Perspectives highlight recent, exciting research and emerging themes that are of general interest but do not primarily discuss the author’s own work. With rare exceptions, Perspectives should have no more than two authors. Perspectives that comment on papers in Science (~1000 words, 15 references maximum, 1 figure) should add a new dimension to the research and not only describe what was done in the paper. There are also a variety of Perspectives that can “stand alone” (i.e., that are not connected to a paper in Science) and discuss emerging and important ideas in research. These can sometimes be opinionated or reflect on the history of a finding; they are usually peer-reviewed. Stand-alone Perspectives are ~1800 words, with 15 references maximum and 1 figure or table. Although Perspectives are mostly invited, we welcome inquiries regarding new advances and fresh insights.
When you view the PDF of a Perspectives article (and remember, you have to submit the officially formatted PDF version of the article), it will have a header: INSIGHTS | PERSPECTIVES
Science in the News
Many regular news outlets have specific Science and Health/Medicine sections. Here are examples from the New York Times, as well as instructions for signing up for an NYT online account.
- New York Times - Science SectionFor full access, make sure you create an account first using the directions below.
- New York Times - Health sectionFor full access, make sure you create an account first using the directions below.
New York TImes Online
UMass Amherst Libraries have purchased access to the New York Times Academic Pass program for the UMass Amherst campus. To register for your academic account to the New York Times, you'll need a UMass Amherst email address.
Follow the Registration instructions on our New York TImes Online guide to set up your account.
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