Selecting a Topic
Looking for an interesting research topic?
Try browsing the Table of Contents of recent issues of well-known, peer-reviewed biology, biochemistry, and/or other related science journals.
Here are a few journals to get you started:
Article Databases & Online Portals for Locating Review Articles
Use the limiting options of these article databases to locate review articles:
Librarian's Research Tips:
Start with some background reading. While it is tempting to start your research by identifying available research articles, this process will be very time-consuming if you have not read up on your topic.
Use some of the resources on this tab to help you locate review articles on your topic. Review articles are a great starting point, as they provide:
- important keywords and terms
- a timeline of existing research,
- great bibliographies of previous research,
- the names of important authors on that area of scientific research.
Using this strategy, your search for information will result in a more thorough examination of the literature in less time!
After you have completed your background reading and developed a good list of keywords, you are ready to move onto finding Research Articles.
Annual Reviews offer "comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists" in a variety of disciplines, including: