Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level

Fall 2013

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-330  |  Chemistry, as CHEM-330; Sheila S. Jaswal (Section 01)

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

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

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

SciFinder (1907 to present)
Covers scholarly journals in all areas of chemistry.

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.


Here are a couple reference books that might be useful:

Biochemical pathways : an atlas of biochemistry and molecular biology. Edited by Dietmar Schomburg, Gerhard Michal. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. (SCI REF QP171 .B685 2012)

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

Web Resources

Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Protein Data Bank (PDB)
An Information Portal to Biological Macromolecular Structures.


Consumer health information portal.  Written for the layperson with links to additional information.  All websites linked to MedlinePlus are hand-selected and must be free of advertisements.  Start here for an overview of a disease (use instead of a commercial product like WebMD).


National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Primarily written for scientific researchers.  Search 'All Databases' to see which NCBI databases have information about your disease/process/molecule.  Focus on Gene, PubMed, OMIM, and Books.


Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)
OMIM is a comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes. The overviews in OMIM contain information on all known mendelian disorders and over 12,000 genes. OMIM focuses on the relationship between phenotype and genotype.


Genetics Home Reference
Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.


Process Diagrams

These can be hard to find because they are often either too detailed or not detailed enough.  Textbooks and review articles often have the best diagrams with the appropriate level of detail.  To find texbooks, search the library catalog or NCBI Books.  For review articles, search PubMed and use the Review filter.


Five Colleges Library Catalog


NCBI Bookshelf




Bookshelf searches will have a box with image results - click on the 'See more' link to browse all the image results.  PubMed articles will also include previews of the images within an article if you are on the abstract page.  Browse these to look for appropriate process diagrams.  You can also find structure diagrams in the same way.


Additional Resources

European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
This is the European equivalent of NCBI.  Try searching for your disease/process/molecule here for additional information and diagrams.

Citing Sources

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 program 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 Kristen Greenland for help.

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.

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