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Biochemistry 4974W: Library guide for Biochemistry Lab

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Databases for finding journal articles

Create search strategy to use in a database

Use the  Search Strategy Builder is a tool  to create a search string using Boolean logic. Then cut and paste the results into the search box in a database.

Find a specific article

Anatomy of a research article

A research article in a journal normally has the following sections:

  1. Title--simple summary of the main idea of the paper
  2. Name of authors(s) and institutional affiliation
  3. Abstract--brief summary of the article
  4. Literature/Introduction--discusses prior research and states the study's purpose, rationale and hypothesis
  5. Methods--detailed description of how study was conducted
  6. Results--summary of data collected and statistical treatment of data
  7. Discussion--reviews, interprets and evaluates results of the study particularly with respect to the original hypothesis
  8. Conclusion
  9. References--literature cited