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BIOL 4860 - Evolution

Posted: May 12, 2016

BIOL 4860 Evolution

Connie Fritz
Reference and Instruction Librarian
2nd floor Library Rm 238


I. Basics you need to know – the Foundations

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. ConnectNY
look for books that we don’t have but are available through the
consortium and delivered to Folsom in one to two days.  Can use this system if we have a
book but it is checked out. Instruction sheet

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

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


How to find journal articles:

1. Annual Reviews Provides a broad overview.We have all the printed versions available electronically.This resource as its name implies, reviews research in various disciplines.

Search example:
Look for: evolution
Select: Article Title
Limit: 2008 to present

2. ProQuest Databases

ProQuest Multi-databases / Botany,1007561&language=En&trials=show
Searches these ProQuest databases: Biotechnology Research Abstracts; and Plant Science.

Search example:
Look for: (separate boxes)
Select: Abstract
Limit: 2008 to present

ProQuest Multi-databases / Genetics,1007538,1007552&language=En&trials=show
Searches these ProQuest databases: Genetics Abstracts; Nucleic Acid Abstracts; & Oncogenes and Growth Factors Abstracts.

Search example:
Look for: (separate boxes)
    (genetic drift or gene flow)
Select: Abstract
Limit: 2008 to present

3. 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.

Search example:
Use Basic Search
Look for: (separate boxes) - Add another field
Select: Topic
Limit: 2008 to present
Use Cited Reference Search
Look for: journals that cited Prof. HL Ehrlich's article "Microbes and metals" in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Dec. 1997.

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