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Resources & tips for Biochemistry Research

Welcome to BioChemistry Resources!

Welcome to the Biochemistry Subject Guide - key library resources that will help you find the information you need for projects and research in Biochemistry.

This guide is designed to cover Biochemistry generally. If you can't find what you need here contact Your Librarian (I'm in the left Navigation bar!) or try one the Library's other guides.

 

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What Kind of Information Do You Need?

Before you start your research decide what kinds of information you need.

Need Information on a chemical substance?

PubChem is a great place to start. Get a summary of common names, molecular structure, physical information, drug actions, chemical safety data, and links to literature. By the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), which also runs PubMed.

SciFinder is also a great place to go.

 

Need an overview of a topic?

Handbooks are sources of established knowledge, often specific to a discipline or sub-discipline. They are a good way to get an overview of a topic, find chemical properties, composition, characteristics, structures, abbreviations, acronyms, and terminology.  To find Handbooks from the Library's Main Page, go to Books, Videos and More (WorldCat Discovery) then search the word "Encyclopedia" or "Handbook" with the topic such as "Biological Chemistry"

Examples of the Handbooks include:

 

For an up-to-date overviews of recent research, search for review articles in one of the chemistry databases. For info on the databases we have and tips on finding review articles, go to the Find Chemistry & Biochemistry Research Articles Papers section this guide.

For tips on finding review articles, go to the Find Review Articles, Technical Reports, Conference Papers section

 

Need information on current research and experiments?

Search for for scholarly/peer reviewed articles in one of our databases. For:

  • A topic in chemistry? Start with SciFinder or Web of Science
  • Research including a certain substance or reaction? Do a substance search in SciFinder
  • A topic that includes other disciplines? Search Web of Science for chemistry and all other sciences or PubMed for medicine and biomedical research

 

Physical reference data

Use SciFinder substance search or use the resources in the Find Chemical Structures, Properties, Characteristics section of this guide

Pro Tips: Preparing to do Research

Get Organized

Before you start your research, spend some time preparing and getting organized:

Identify the parameters of the topic such as scope, depth, purpose:

  • What is the purpose of the research?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What is the perspective (e.g. experimental, applied, exploratory)?
  • What is the expected end product?
  • How much time and money can be allocated to this project?

Clearly Define your Topic: Make a list of keywords related to your research question. Include each of the key concepts or variables of interest. Make sure to list synonyms and related terms. As you search and discover new terminology, added it to your list.

Take Good Notes as you Research. This will help you develop your literature review later, and will help you keep track of which sources relate to your research and how. You may want to make note of:

  • The main ideas of the source
  • Questions or comments about the argument’s or author’s credibility
  • Key points or quotes that you might include in your paper with page numbers to locate them
  • Whether or not the source will be useful in your research paper and how

It can be helpful to Keep a search log. Think of this like a research notebook, but one that tracks your search strategy and results. Report the date, database, search string and filters, relevance of results and any other notes that might be useful if you get ideas later or can't remember what you found where.

Track your sources. Using citation manger software like EndNote Web, Zotero and Mendeley can help, and your notes can go right into the software with the citation attached.

  • Books: author, title, publisher, place of publication, date of publication, call number and other location information, content notes
  • Print Journal Articles:  author, title of article, journal title, volume and issue number, inclusive page numbers of article, date of issue, location information
  • Electronic Full-Text Articles: same information as for periodicals plus URL or DOI if available, date you accessed the article, producer (publisher or aggregator), library where or through which the database was accessed
  • Web sites: URL, date, producer, title or name, and the date you accessed the web page

Are you Off Campus? Log into my.boisestate.edu first

Many Library resources are paid for by the Library on your behalf, and come with strict licensing agreements. To use them, you will need to go through the Library's proxy server to authenticate you as a BSU affiliate. If you're using Google Scholar and have it set up to help you Find full text in the BSU Library's collection, you won't have access to the full text without authentication.

Log into MyBoiseState.edu before you start your research and single sign-on will take care of the authentication for you. By doing this you'll avoid the interruptions that come with authentication requests to put in your BSU user name and password to get to materials.

Set up Google Scholar, InterLibrary Loan and a Citation Manager

Before you start your research, take time to do the following if you haven't already done so:

  1. Set up Google Scholar to show Albertsons Library's collections. This makes it easier to find full text articles and reduces searching to find the books, documents, etc. available at BSU
  2. Set up your Interlibrary Loan account, so you can easily request articles and books that BSU's Library doesn't own 
  3. Set up a citation manager account for EndNote Online, Zotero, or Mendeley, so you can manage your citations and references

All of these options are free, and will reduce the interruptions you face you do your research. You'll find resources in the pages of this guide to help you accomplish these things.

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