Rensselaer Libraries

BIOL 4080 - Principles of Research

Posted: Jan 13, 2015

Principles of Research

Connie Fritz
Science Librarian
X8324 3rd floor Library Rm 337C

This class will focus on using library resources to obtain information needed for research
projects and research papers.  Our class will by no means cover all library resources but
will focus on those areas necessary for this class and future research needs both
academically and professionally.


1.  Interlibrary Loan
Register to use ILL when you need resources (books, journal articles, conference
proceedings etc.) the library doesn‘t have.  Takes an average of 3 days.

2. Connect NY  look for books that we don’t have but are available through the
consortium and delivered to Folsom in three to four days.  Can use this system if we have a
book but it is checked out.

3. Class Reserves  access from library home page (top right of page) by course name or
instructor. Use IE.

4.  Catalog lists the books, periodicals, government documents, and archives &
manuscript collections owned by the Libraries. The catalog does not provide access to
specific articles in journals, magazines and newspapers.

Reading the catalog:
 Books from our library [get 16 weeks loan]
        Due [date]  unavailable; may  put a hold on book
        BILLED book is overdue BILLED AND PAID book may or may not be reordered
        HOLD someone is waiting to take book out after it is returned.  First patron gets
                      book for 3 weeks only.
        IN PROCESS book has been ordered, received and is awaiting cataloging
        FOLSOM RESERVE request for book at service desk, can not be checked out
                                                ( 1 hour  unless more time is requested by professor)
        ARCH LIB Architecture Library; third floor of the Greene building
        FOLSOM REFERENCE on the second floor, can not be checked out

5.  DAP card - free of charge; obtain from our service desk.  Patrons can take this card
to participating libraries (included Albany Med) where they can browse and check out
books at the participating library.


7.  Mechanics of Searching–

A.  Boolean logic (and, or, not)
For more efficient and relevant journal searching

B.  Magic of SFX SFX icon
Navigate directly to the full-text relevant journal article from a database search


Journal databases we will review:
Nature journals, Science, Ebsco's Medline, and Web of Science

Individual Journals:  some journals are so important to biology and medicine that they
could be searched separately


I.  Nature journals
* The library has electronic subscriptions to Nature Online and Nature Biotechnology, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Communications, Nature Genetics, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature Methods, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Protocols, Nature Structural Biology,and News@Nature. Nature Reviews Cancer, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Reviews Immunology, Nature Reviews Microbiology, Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, and Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

II.  Science   The library has every volume & issue available electronically    (1996 to the present)   and   (from 1880 to

Journal Databases:

I.  Ebsco’s Medline    Why are there four separate databases?  We will
                              use the EBSCO version – librarian preference 

Provides links to our library holdings. Complete browserable MeSH [list of synonyms that can be
used to find matches for particular words if the words themselves don't appear in documents.

II.  Web of Science  – Journal database mostly used to find articles more current than
what you have.  Instead of using a bibliography and going back this allows you to go
forward and find articles that cited in their bibliography your journal article.


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