Seminar in Biological
Spring Semester 2008
Schmidt, Diane, Elizabeth B. Davis and Pamela E. Jacobs. Using the Biological Literature: A Practical Guide, 3rd ed. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2002. REF QH303.6 D38 2002; http://www.library.uiuc.edu/bix/biologicalliterature/
Grades are computed as follows: 50% of the grade for this course is based on assignments and class participation. 50% of the grade is based on the term project or paper. There is no final exam in this course.
Jan. 25 1. Introduction to the course. Organization of the
Assignment: Read Bonn, George S. and Smith, Linda C.
Also: Fill out individual interest profiles.
Feb. 1 2. Reference sources in the life
sciences. Guides to the
Feb. 8 3. Primary research journals:
the types. Serials lists,
Feb. 15 4. Trends in electronic journals. Trends in
Feb. 22 5. Secondary
sources: major indexes, abstract journals
Feb 29 6. Basic principles of searching and search logic.
Mar. 7 7. Secondary sources: reports on databases.
Mar. 14 8. Personal information files: Demonstration of ENDNOTE.
Mar. 21 SPRING BREAK
Mar. 28 9. Citation indexes and citation
April 4 10. The citation concept and its
role in research. Discussion of
April 11 11. Web resources: evaluation and search principles.
April 18 12. Biological resources on the Web. Genome
April 25 13. U. S. Government publications.