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Biology 2601

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Biology 2601 — General Biology: Molecules and Cells

Overview

The information on this page is designed to assist with student research projects and in identifying helpful resources. Maag Library provides access to Biology books, journals and data through print and online resources. The specific resources listed below are a portion of what is available through the library. For individualized assistance, contact the Science and Engineering Librarian; for general assistance, Ask a Librarian!

Locating Books

  • MaagNet (Maag Library’s Online Catalog)
    • Look here for books, government documents, e-books (electronic books) and other materials owned by Maag Library. Search by subject, keyword, author, or title. To locate appropriate subject headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings, a multi-volume set of large red books shelved behind the Reference Desk in the Reference Room.
    • Once an item has been selected, copy or print the publication information (author, title, publisher, date) found on the title page of the book or from the catalog record so the item can be properly cited later. For assistance in creating Works Cited or Bibliographic References pages see Citing Resources.
    • Finally, note the item’s Call Number and Location, then check the Building Guide to find the exact location.
  • OhioLINK Central Catalog (combined catalog of OhioLINK member libraries)
    • Look here for books not available at Maag Library but owned by other Ohio colleges and universities. Some OhioLINK libraries may use Medical Subject Headings (MESH) in addition to or instead of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).
    • An item may be requested from other OhioLINK institutions if its status indicates it is Available. Typically books requested through the OhioLink Central Catalog take 3-5 business days (Monday through Friday) to arrive. To see the status of a request, check your circulation record. Once an item’s status shows as OhioLINK Rec’d, the item has arrived at Maag Library and is available at the Circulation Desk. See OhioLINK Borrowing Services for more information.
    • For search help see About the OhioLINK Central Catalog
In addition to print monographs, some full-text, scholarly, scientific monographs may be found through the Electronic Book Center (EBC). Use any of the following keyword search terms “Biology,” “Cell Biology,” Molecular Biology” or “Cytology.”

Locating Articles

Biology articles are available in print and electronic sources. The information below will help decide where to begin searching for articles.

Articles in Print

Biology journals that Maag Library receives in print can be located by searching MaagNet or browsing by call number. These journals are located on the sixth floor of Maag Library and are arranged in Library of Congress (LC) call number order.

Online Articles

Many research articles are now available through online subscription databases. These articles are not Internet resources, but rather journal articles available on-line through subscription services purchased by the library or through the OhioLINK consortium. Various terms can be used to search these databases, including author, subject, keywords and relevant dates.

Most databases allow access by current YSU faculty, students and staff from off campus, although a few are restricted to in-library use only. For more information about connecting from home, see off-campus access.

To locate reviews of books or articles, use the following sources (on-line journals):

Subscription on-line databases to search for articles

  • BIOSIS Previews
    Abstracts and bibliographic references from approximately 5,500 international biological and medical journals area covered as well as international meetings, review articles, books, and monographs.
  • Electronic Journal Center (EJC)
    Full-text journals from OhioLINK electronic journal subscriptions. Currently includes over 6000 scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines. To best benefit from this database, choose the Life Sciences category then select either the General Biology or Cytology sub-categories.
  • JSTOR
    Supplies full text articles from the very first volume to the last 3-5 years for approximately 240 titles in arts and sciences. Use the Advanced Search to select either “Developmental & Cell Biology” or “Biological Sciences” sub-categories.
  • Nature
    International interdisciplinary science literature
  • Oxford Reference, Biological Sciences
    Electronic reference books in biology
  • Oxford Reference, Medicine
    Electronic reference books in medicine
  • Oxford Reference, Science
    Electronic reference books on physical and life sciences
  • ProQuest — Nursing and Allied Health
    Full text presentation of leading nursing and related publications
  • PubMed
    This database from the National Library of Medicine provides an index and abstracts of health science journal articles from 1950 to current issues.
  • Science
    Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Science Citation Index Expanded or ISI Web of Science
    Current information as well as backfiles to 1900 are found in full text on the Web of Science. With this database the researcher can look for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Additionally, it is possible to search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work.
  • Science Online
    A Facts on File encyclopedia of science disciplines
  • Scopus
    SciVerse Scopus contains comprehensive indexing for the scientific, technical, and medical sciences.

These databases provide a starting point for research; for other databases, visit the Research Databases page.

For additional assistance in finding journals available through Maag Library, use the Maag Journal Finder. Search for a specific journal by title or ISSN. Also browse the Biology and Microbiology sub-categories under the Science category or search within the Medicine category.

Web Resources

Please remember that anyone can publish a web site, so evaluate what is found (such as the organization creating/owning/hosting the site and the site authors). Here are a few information sites with which to get started:

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