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Introduction to Literature Research

Course Description

Small molecules produced by organisms for chemical defense have long been exploited in medicine, biotechnology, and biological research. 1560D will examine the origins, uses, modes of action, and preparations of some of the most important and useful of these "antibiotic" molecules. Given the inter-disciplinary nature of this topic, this course is open to students with backgrounds in the biological and/or physical sciences. Familiarity with concepts of organic chemistry and biochemistry will be assumed.

Getting Started

1. Pick the topic.

3. Identify major concepts to be researched.

2. Do preliminary research to find what is out there or what is not.

Josiah for coverage of the major concepts - generally broad

SciFinder Scholar for reviews

PubMed for reviews

4. Focus topic and concepts for intensified research.

5. Article-level finding

SciFinder Scholar - use indexing to get relevant hits efficiently and Get related to move forward and backward on the topic

PubMed - use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to get relevant hits efficiently

Web of Science - use Cited Reference Search in Science Citation Index Expanded database to find; focus on authors and who they cite and who cited them.

Google Scholar - use to find cited bys not in WoS; quickly find if Brown has access to a reference in a paper with FindIt@Brown Full-text

6. Keep records of references checked - RefWorks, EndNote, or other

7, Write report with proper attribution for the works of others - check links on copyright and writing..

8. Learn from the experience to streamline research and write the next report for any discipline.