This guide is intended to assist students in Biological Sciences 1540 with the library research and writing for their class project. It includes both specific guidance for this assignment and more general information that applies to working with the scientific literature.
For your assignment you will be writing about one particular protein agreed upon with your instructor. The first step in your preparation will be to search the scholarly literature to identify a relevant review article. Reading review articles is a good way to get an overview of an area of research and to find references to original research articles. For more details, check the Review Articles section under the Scientific Literature tab.
To identify your review article you will use PubMed, one of many databases that index articles in the scientific literature. PubMed is a good choice for your assignment because it focuses on the biomedical literature, including relevant basic science. For examples of how to search in PubMed, check the PubMed tab. For more on distinguishing PubMed from similar databases, see PubMed, Medline, or PubMed Central? below.
For your literature search you will be using the PubMed database to identify relevant articles. PubMed is an important and widely used database that indexes the biomedical literature, but you will also come across the names Medline and PubMed Central. What's the difference?