This guide will provide suggested resources to find engaging articles for your presentation and position paper.
Suggested topics may include: GMOs, stem cells, vaccines, antibiotic resistance, DNA fingerprinting, performance-enhancing drugs, etc.
Feel free to contact me for help finding articles for this assignment.
- Click the search function at the top of the right-hand side of the page to search for a topic.
- Filter your results by publication date, article type and more.
- Click the search function from the top of the right-hand side of the page to search for a topic.
- You can limit your search to article type (research, reviews, news, comments and opinion, special features and more).
- Another helpful limiter is the type of journal in Nature. I suggest looking at Nature Biotechnology for this course.
- A resource for finding articles with a political, ethical or societal slant. Great for more controversial areas of research but may be more limited depending on your topic.
Search Tips for Biotechnology
How do I choose keywords for my searches?
- Words to include
For a biology research project, you would want to include the main concepts from your topic
- Use quotation marks
If any of the concepts are longer than one word, you can optimize your search by putting quotation marks around them. Using quotation marks will ensure that the database finds results that use that exact phrase.
- Use AND
To search for several concepts, you need to link your search terms with and. This strategy will narrow your search.
- Use OR
To search for similar concepts, use or between search terms. This strategy will broaden your search.
"genetically modified organisms" AND( policy OR regulations)
Found too many results?
- Add more keywords
If you find that you are retrieving too many results, try adding more keywords to further narrow your topic.
"genetically modified organisms" AND policy AND agriculture
Found too few results?
- Look for more general information
If you try to search for too many concepts at once, you might not find enough information. Try removing some of the keywords from your search statement to increase your results.
Journal Article from a Library Database:
If there is a DOI:
Author last name, author first initial. (Year). Article title. Journal title, volume(issue), pages. DOI
Mitre, M., & Reis, B. W. (2014). Science and politics in the regulation of genetically modified organisms in Brazil. Review of Policy Research, 31(2), 125-147. doi:10.1111/ropr.12059
If there is no DOI, then use the home page of the journal Web site:
Author last name, author first initial. (Year). Article title. Journal title, volume(issue), pages. Retrieved from journal home page
Valve, H., & Kauppila, J. (2008). Enacting closure in the environmental control of genetically modified organisms. Journal of Environmental Law, 20(3), 339-362. Retrieved from http://jel.oxfordjournals.org/
Author last name, author first initial. (Year). Book title. Publication city: publisher name.
Enriquez, J., & Gullans, S. (2015). Evolving ourselves: How unnatural selection and nonrandom mutation are changing life on earth. New York, NY: Current.
E-book from a Library Database:
If there is no DOI, then use the home page of the database:
Author last name, author first initial. (Year). E-book title. Retrieved from database home page
National Research Council. (2006). Globalization, biosecurity, and the future of the life sciences. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. Retrieved from http://www.ebscohost.com
Author last name, author first initial. (Date). Article title. Retrieved from Web site address.
Note: for a Web site, the author frequently will be the name of an organization.
Food and Drug Administration. (2015). Questions & answers on food from genetically engineered plants. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/Biotechnology/ucm346030.htm