Proseminar: Research and Writing

Fall 2011

Listed in: Neuroscience, as NEUR-425; John-Paul Baird (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Susan J. Kimball.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

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

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.


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

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. London : Nature Pub. Group, 2002. 20 vols. (REF QH302.5 .E54 2002).

Müller, C. P., & Jacobs, B. L. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of the behavioral neurobiology of serotonin. London : Academic Press. (SCI QP801.S4 H36 2010)

Citing Sources

Knowing when and how to cite sources in your paper can be tricky. The tools below can help you collect, manage, and properly reference the books, journal articles, etc. that you make use of.


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.

Citing just got easier

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 personal computer for free. Tutorials and Documentation are also available.

Style Manuals

Using APA Format Purdue University's electronic handout for using the APA style manual.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th ed., 2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (FROST/SCI REF BF76.7 P83 2010)