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JYW: Writing in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

JYW Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research Roadmap 

Types of Information

Choosing a Topic

Accessing Information

As you search, make note of the various keywords encountered to describe aspects of your topic.
If you are not finding what you need, put in an InterLibrary Loan Request for the item.
To find information specific to a certain discipline, search the Database by Subject section.
To find a certain type of information, search the Database by Format section.

Scaffolding to What You Need to Know - Encyclopedias are a great resource for gathering background information.  They act as good primers and are more authoritative than Wikipedia.


  • Access Science - AccessScience is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines.
  • eLS Wiley Life Sciences Online 

    eLS features over 5,000 specially commissioned, peer-reviewed and citable articles in the life sciences and is an essential resource for students. 

    eLS articles are written by leaders in the field to provide comprehensive and authoritative coverage of each subject area. eLS is updated by approximately 400 articles per year, with new articles publishing on a monthly basis.

  • Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology  Chemical biology is a cross-disciplinary science at the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine emphasizing rigorous application of the principles, tools, and language of chemistry to important topics in biology.
  • Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry The breadth of content of this encyclopedia aims to cover major topics of modern biochemistry, each authored by an expert in the area. We feel that the coverage is broad and we have been inclusive in choice of topics. The encyclopedia is a reference work containing over 500 articles with nearly 900 authors and coauthors.

Citing Information

Use a Citation Manager to collect & organize citations and articles, and create a bibliography.

What do you know about plagarism and how to avoid it? (WCC Library)


Using a citation manager to keep track of your research information

Try Zotero, it is free and open source!  Has the functionality to be able to share libraries with colleagues, can be used as a citation manager, organizer of research materials, generate bibliographic text, and more.                            

Doing a group project?  Share folders in Zotero to make group work easier.

Use the Zotero plug-in for Word, Google Docs, or LibreOffice to write your paper, insert references, and create a bibliography at the end of the paper.