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On the Topic of Knowledge ...
“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.”
— Samuel Johnson (from James Boswell's Life of Johnson (1791))
What's in this Guide?
This class guide is prepared to assist students in biology labs in finding and using information effectively and efficiently.
Beginning the lit review ...
Outlines the structure of the scientific literature and how information flows in the sciences to facilitate new research and new discoveries. A flowchart outlining the process of searching and using information is provided.
Choosing a Database
Putting Google and the Library's Summon into context, this section will point you to databases subscribed to or collected by the Library that are specific to the Biological Sciences and advise you on things to consider when choosing a database from those available.
Regardless of the database you choose to search, the concepts discussed in this section will help you to move beyond keyword searching and crossed-fingers.
We apply the concepts of searching and the tools available in each of four databases: GoogleScholar, Summon, and the Web of Science Core Collection. Includes a comparison search between Google Scholar and Web of Science.
Evaluating & Using Information
Once you find something, you need to use it. This section provides guidance on evaluating sources, reading and writing science, and to use information ethically.
Additional video guides on using databases, search techniques and strategies, and evaluating sources.