Before searching the databases, consider:- What is your hypothesis?
- What information do you need to help explain what you have done in your lab and why you did it?
For example:- What is the general physiological effect of caffeine and ethanol on other organisms?
- What factors affect the heart rate of Daphnia?
- What information on the life history or behavior of Daphnia is relevant to your hypothesis?
Add these useful databases to your search before continuing:
- Academic Search Complete
Enter key words in the search boxes, as shown below. This is an example search. Other possible key words are:
- heart rate AND daphnia
- caffeine AND physiological effects
- daphnia acute toxicity testing
- daphnia life cycle
Think about how you developed your hypothesis and use key words related to those ideas. Put each key word or phrase in a separate box to increase your results, as below:
Articles with , , or icons can be read and printed with one click.
Articles with the icon may be available electronically. See instructions in the right-hand column of this guide.
The default search screen in Biosis Previews is Basic Search, which puts the most relevant articles at the top of your results (like a Google search). Try the Multi-Field Search, too - results are sorted by date added to database, with the most current articles appearing at the top of your results.
You will always need to use to locate full-text articles in Biosis Previews.
Note that you will cite your articles in the introduction and discussion of your lab report.
Looking for more articles related to one you have already found? Check the Literature Cited (also called References) section of the article. Remember to Ask a Librarian if you need help finding an article.
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Full text available means the article can be viewed and printed from your computer.
Booth Library owns some issues means your article may be available in hard copy (print journals) at the library. Click to verify the issue you want is at Booth. Ask a Librarian for help with this task.
If the first option on the screen is Request document via Interlibrary Loan, the article is not available in the library or online.
Click on "Request document via" and fill out the form to request the article. Your article should arrive within one week. In most cases, a link to the article is sent to you by e-mail.
There is no charge to you for using this service.
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