The following resources are known as "reference" material. They include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and glossaries that provide basic information about common scientific terms, theories, and methodologies.
The following are resources specific to biology.
Springer Protocols - lab methods
Oxford Reference - dictionaries and encyclopedias
Science Direct - ebooks and journal articles
Knovel - e-books on Science and Engineering topics
Library catalogue - search for text on biophysical chemistry, biochemical physics, etc.
*Try these strategies for whichever test you are searching for.
An excellent lab report uses current literature to inform your lab results and interpretations. This is done within the discussion section. Finding examples of how the lab technique is currently applied by other scientists bridges the gab between isolated lab techniques and real world uses. Research databases, like the ones linked below, aggregate research articles into user-friendly database.
Research Databases for Bio 130
How to search for scientific literature in research databases (short videos)
You're not expected to read the entirety of a research article, especially if your search returned dozens of articles. Take a look at this short video for how to get the most out of a research article in the least amount of time.
1. Sort your results by relevance.
2. Scan the titles and abstracts to make sure that the articles are relevant.
3. Read through selected articles strategically; read the introduction, discussion, and conclusion sections first.
1. Research or primary articles report an author's NEW, never before published research results from experiments/field studies.
2. Review articles gather, analyze, and summarize existing, published relevant research articles on a specific topic.
3. Peer reviewed articles have been evaluated by two or more experts in the field and accepted for publication based on validity, accuracy, and the originality of the work. Interested in peer review? Watch this short clip to find out more.