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BIOL 130L Research Guide: Searching for Sources

In this section, you will find help with

Finding Information Resources Searching databases for articles Specific database overviews and introductions

Including direct access to 

  • journals and articles
  • e-books
  • theses and dissertations 
  • genes and sequences

Help and strategies for searching databases like

  • Pubmed
  • Scopus
  • PsychInfo
  • and more

 

Lab Specific Search Terms

 

Lab  Narrow Search Terms to Try [?] Broad Search Terms to Try [?] Example Searches

Lab 4:

Isolation of Some Macromolecules

protein, nucleic acid

isolation, fractionation, hydrolysis 

macromolecules

isolation

Broad Search:

macromolecules AND isolation

Narrow Search:

(protein OR "nucleic acid" OR isolation) AND (fractionation OR hydrolysis) 

 

Lab 5:

Characterization of Some Macromolecules

protein, nucleic acid, adenine, cytosine,

uracil, alanine, histidine, aspartic acid, lysine, methionine

paper chromatography

macromolecules

chromatography

Broad Search:

macromolecules AND chromatography

Narrow Search:

(protein OR "nucleic acid" OR adenine OR cytosine OR uracil OR alanine OR histidine OR "aspartic acid" OR lysine OR methionine) AND "paper chromatography"

Lab 6:

Spectroscopy

spectroscopy, spectrophotometer

absorbance spectum

concentration curve

Lambert-Beer Law

chlorophyll

Biochemistry, cell biology

Spectroscopy

Broad Search:

(biochemistry OR "cell biology" AND spectroscopy

Narrow Search:

(spectroscopy OR spectrophotometer) AND (absorbance OR concentration OR "lambert-beer law") AND chlorophyll

Lab 7:

Enzymes

enzyme, salivary amylase, enzyme concentration

hydrolysis, reaction time

starch, substrate concentration

phosphorylase

biochemistry, cell biology

enzyme kinetics

Broad Search:

(biochemistry OR "cell biology") AND enzyme AND kinetics

Narrow Search:

(enzyme OR salivary amylase OR "enzyme concentration") AND hydrolysis AND "reaction time"

Lab 8:

Mitosis and Meiosis

mitosis, nuclear division

meiosis, gamete formation

biochemistry, cell biology

cell cycle

Broad Search:

(biochemistry OR "cell biology") AND "cell cycle"

Narrow Search:

mitosis OR nuclear division

also:

meiosis OR gamete formation

Lab 9:

Osmosis

osmosis  

Broad Search:

(biochemistry OR "cell biology" AND osmosis

Lab 10:

Agarose Gel Electrophoresis

electrophoresis

nucleic acid, DNA, RNA

sequencing

 

Broad Search:

electrophoresis AND ("nucleic acid" OR DNA OR RNA) AND sequencing