Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-330  |  Chemistry, as CHEM-330

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Patricia B. O'Hara (Section 01)
Patrick L. Williamson (Section 01)

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This course guide lists resources that will be useful to you as you complete your research project for this class. 

Please be sure to visit the Research Support tab to find help with your research and to make sure you are properly crediting sources in your work.


    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.

    Web Resources

    Web Resources

    CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences Journal Articles by Topic Area
    This is a sample of selected Adverse Childhood Experences-related journal articles arranged by topic.  

    American Psychological Association - How Stress Affects Your Health
    An overview of the health effects of stress with links to further reading, including the Effects of Stress on the Body.

    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.

      Research Support

      Research Support

      Need help with any part of the research process?  Please feel free to make an appointment with a Research & Instruction Librarian!

      Citing Sources

      There will be several Zotero Workshops offered this fall.  Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your references. You can arrange your sources into collections for different projects and tag them for easy searching.

      For more information about how to appropriately use sources in your work, visit these guides:

      The Writing Center's Using Sources Guide

      Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Writer's Handbook on Avoiding Plagiarism