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VA Junior Academy of Science Resources: Biology & Medicine
Links to freely accessible sources of literature for the VA Junior Academy of Science program.
Reading scientific articles can be hard: they are full of technical terms and methodologies. However, reading review articles and communications can be a great way to get into the literature. When searching databases and journals, keep an eye out for review articles and start with those!
"PLOS Biology features works of exceptional significance, originality, and relevance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface of other disciplines, such as chemistry, medicine, and mathematics. Our audience is the international scientific community as well as educators, policy makers, patient advocacy groups, and interested members of the public around the world."
"PLOS Medicine publishes articles of general interest on biomedical, environmental, social and political determinants of health. The journal emphasizes work that advances clinical practice, health policy or pathophysiological understanding to benefit health in a variety of settings."
"The world’s first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE’s broad scope provides a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results."
Video Tutorial for BioOne
There are some Internet resources that could be useful in your information gathering. Be sure to critically evaluate the source! Is the site current? Relevant? Do you know who the author is? Can you verify the information? Is the information objective?
Searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.
The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history
Click on the arrow to the right of the search box. It'll bring up the advanced search window that lets you search in the author, title, and publication fields, as well as limit your search results by date.
A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when you are trying to find the mitotic spindle! These resources can help you find biology images. All images must be cited and used within copyright permissions! Contact me with any questions regarding reusing images in presentations or papers.
A freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes.