Course: SCI Biomanufacturing II

Prof. Kimberly A. Stieglitz

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This guide is designed to help you research issues of comuter use in biological sciences. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
  • RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.

Knowledge base

An Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology: Molecular Fundamentals, Methods and Applications in Modoern Biotechnology, edited by Michael Wink, Call Number Reserve TP248.2 .I68 2006. This textbook's chapter 24-Bioinformatics is used for preparing the research guide and could be consulted for information seeking.

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  • Find some articles, published in scientific periodicals, about implications and integretions of computers in the biological sciences (bioinformatics)



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New Books

Anne's Illustrated Dictionary of Biotechnology

Ane's Illustrated Dictionary of Biotechnology by Himanshu Arora, call number: REF TP248.16 .A76 2009

Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

The Facts On File dictionary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering by Mark L. Steinberg and Sharon D. Cosloy, call number: REF TP248.16 .S84 2006

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Bioinformatics
  • Primary databases: EMBL (European molecular biology laboratory), GenBank, DDBJ (DNA database of Japan), PIR (protein information resource), SwissProt
  • Motif databases: BLOCKS, Prosite (the earliest motif database), PFAM (protein families database of alignments and HMMs), ProDorm, SMART
  • Molecular structure databases: PDB (protein database), SCOP (structural classification of proteins)
  • Transcriptome databases: SAGE (serial analysis of gene expressions), ArrayExpress, GEO (gene expression omnibus)
  • Reference databases: PubMed, OMIM (online medelian inheritance in man), GeneCards

Books Online


Reference Books Online

Credo Reference

Reference BooKs

Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues

Enclyclopedia of Ethical , Legal, and Policy Issues in Biotechnology, edited by Thomas H. Murray and Maxwell J. Mehlman, call number: REF TP248.16 .M87 2000


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about biological sciences
  • National Geographic
  • Scientific American
  • U.S. News & World Report


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Web sites

There are many good [insert topic] web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 03-22-10 by Ted Intarabumrung: