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McMillan: Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences
See Chapter 5, "Writing a Review Article." You may check the book out for 2 hours at a time from the 1st Floor Circulation Desk. Tell the staff it is in the Library Affairs Textbook section. Note: Bring your SIUC ID.
Key Databases for Literature Reviews for Biology 213
Use these databases to find peer-reviewed original research articles about plant pathology and mammalian teratology.
See this box if you need help identifying an original research paper vs. a review article. If you need assistance contact me or your instructor.
Note: For most of these tools, don't search with sentences. Use your key terms and connect them with the words and (i.e. all of my words), or (any of my words), or not (none of these words):
What are the effects of thyroid hormones on gene expression in amphibian limbs --->thyroid and hormones and gene expression and amphibians and limbs
Use the Find Full Text link/icon to see if we have the item online or in print at Morris Library.
Original Research Articles vs Review Articles
Scholarly journals often include both original research articles and review articles. You need to be able to tell them apart so you will use the right types of sources in your paper. What's the difference?
An original research paper:
- Is a report of an experiment or study performed by the authors
- Usually has these sections:
- Abstract (a summary of the paper)
- Introduction (includes the research question or hypothesis) and often a brief literature review
- Methods (also called Materials and Methods or Methodology, explains how the experiment/study was performed)
- Results (which usually include charts and graphs in scientific papers)
Feldman M.L., Andreu A.B., Korgan S., Lobato M.C., Huarte M., Walling L.L., Daleo G.R. 2014. PLPKI: a novel serine protease inhibitor as a potential biochemical marker involved in horizontal resistance to Phytophthora infestans. Plant Breed. 133(2):275-280.
A review article:
- Gives an overview and analysis of previously published research on a topic.
- Usually examines multiple experimental research papers on a topic, and summarizes the results of these articles
- May have the word "Review" in the title.
Akino S., Takemoto D., Hosaka K. 2014. Phytophthora infestans: a review of past and current studies on potato late blight. J Gen Plant Pathol. 80(1):24-37.
If you have any questions, ask me or your instructor.
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You may limit to SIUC only if you choose (this works for electronic books).
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The Council of Science Editors (CSE) style is used by many scientists. There are 3 ways to format citations in CSE Style: Author-Name, Citation-Sequence, and Citation-Name. Ask your instructor about which format to use.
Morris Library has a print copy of the newest edition (8th edition) for in-library use:
Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers
Call Number: Reference T11 .S386 2014
Location: 1st Floor Information Desk
Some online resources are available below.