Genes, Genomes and Society

Fall 2012

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-116; Anthony C. Bishop (Section 01)David I. Ratner (Section 02)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Kristen B. Greenland.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Journals
  • Tools

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

PubMed (1966 to present)
Premiere biomedical index, includes MEDLINE and links to molecular biology databases.

Web of Science (1984 to present)
Search thousands of journals across the sciences and social sciences and track cited references to locate more recent articles.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

LexisNexis Academic (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.


Encyclopedia Britannica
Standard general encyclopedia.

Oxford Reference
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.

Encyclopedia of the Human Genome. London : Nature Publishing Group, 2003. 5 vols. (REF QH427 .N38 2003)

The metabolic & molecular bases of inherited disease. New York :  McGraw-Hill, 2001. 4 vols. (REF RC627.8 .M47 2001)


Here are a few science journals that include articles written for a general audience. If you are looking for ideas about what topic to choose, you might consider searching here.

Scientific American

Science Magazine
Science News

Be sure to properly credit the ideas referenced in your academic work; clear citations also mean that your reader can locate the books, articles, and other sources you used. Don't leave your bibliography until the very end: collect, manage, and format information about what you find as soon as you start your research.

Zotero and Bibliographic Management

Zotero is a free plug-in for Firefox that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus, and you can download it on your own computer for free. Tutorials and documentation are also available. If you are an EndNote user, contact Susan Kimball for help.

Style Manuals

MLA, Chicago, and APA formatting and style guidelines, from the OWL at Purdue
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide online, from the full Chicago Manual of Style
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation 2012 edition
Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA 
Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style online version from Ohio State University Libraries 
American Chemical Society's ACS Style Guide
BibTex is a format commonly used in Computer Science and Math


Writer's Handbook from the University of Wisconsin/Madison: How to cite sources; sample documents and forms; advice on grammar, etc.

Avoiding Plagiarism from the Dean of Students Office provides strategies for ensuring proper attribution of sources.