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FTS 100: Our Genome

Fall 2008
The Library

Welcome to the Library! The Library provides many services to you: study space, computer labs, personalized research assistance and, of course, access to countless books, articles, and other information sources. You'll get to know the Library very well over the course of your four years at Gustavus. There's a lot to learn about library research - we'll build a solid foundation in FTS, focusing on research skills that you'll use for your college career and beyond!


Asking for Help

Above all else, never be afraid to ask for help in the Library. We're here to help you find the best sources for your papers and projects, help you navigate any snags you encounter, and answer any questions you have about research & library resources. Stop by the Reference Desk (located near the eclassroom on the main floor) to talk with a librarian - that's why we're here! Use this course page to identify particular resources of use to your research in this class. You are always welcome to contact Julie directly with any questions - my contact information is at the bottom of this page. Good luck and have fun!

Personnel:
Julie Gilbert jgilber2@gac.edu
Colleen Jacks cjacks@gustavus.edu


Table of Contents:

Reference Books
Reference books are a great place to start (and often continue) your research. They provide overviews of topics, give you ideas for search terms, and help you see how your topic fits into the larger scholarship in the discipline. Reference books are all located on the main floor of the library.
  • Concise Encyclopedia: Biology
    Offers brief definitions and in some cases longer articles on a wide variety of topics in the field, including plants and animals, terminology from ecology, microbiology, and biochemistry, and scientific terms.There is another concise encyclopedia covering biochemistry and molecular biology available at Ref QD415.A25 B713 1997.
    • Location(s): Ref QH 302.5 .A2313 1996
  • Dictionary of Biology
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/BOOK_SEARCH.html?book=t6

    Defines key terms in the life sciences, including biology, biophysics, biochemistry, and medicine.
  • Encyclopedia of Genetics
    A one-volume textbook covering genetics of bacteria and viruses, drosophila and other insects, mammals, humans, and plants as well as DNA-based analysis and population genetics.
    • Location(s): Ref QH 427 .E54 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Human Biology
    Offers articles on topics in human biology, ranging from behavior, biochemistry, genetics and psychology to medical research. There is an index to the set in the final volume.
    • Location(s): Ref QP 11 .E53 1997
  • Handbook of Stem Cells
    A collection of technical articles written by experts on aspects of stem cell research, including basic biology, methods, applications, regulation and ethics, and even the patient's perspective.
    • Location(s): Ref QH 588 .S83 H36 2004
Finding Books
Our library uses the Library of Congress classification system to organize our books. You'll need a book's call number to locate it on the shelves; search the MnPALS catalog to find call numbers for books. There are various signs around the library to direct you to the right place, including on the sides of shelves and the directory across from the Circulation Desk. Ask at the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk for assistance.
  • MnPALS Plus
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://plus.mnpals.net/catalog/GAC

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • MnLink
    http://www.mnlinkgateway.org/zportal/zengine?VDXaction=ZSearchAdvanced

    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • WorldCat
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org/autho=100096676/fsip?dbname=WorldCat&done=http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/academics/library/index.html

    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
Finding Articles
If you have an article citation and can't find the full text in a database, use the Journal Locator to see if Gustavus owns a print copy of the article OR if it is available through another database. Be sure to search the Journal Locator with the title of the journal, not the article title. Use the yellow FindIt! button in any of the databases to locate other full text copies of the article. The FindIt! button will tell you if the article is available online through another database, in print in the library (located on first floor), or if you'll need to order the article through Interlibrary Loan. For Interlibrary Loan you'll need your 14 digit barcode (on your 3 Crowns Card) and your password (your last name).
  • Academic Search Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/newsstand?accountid=4806

    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
Useful Library Resources
Need an article that Gustavus doesn't own? Wondering how to cite your sources? Need a refresher on evaluating websites? Check out these resources!
  • Interlibrary Loan
    https://gustavus.edu/library/ill/

    For information on requesting books and articles from other libraries, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.
  • Citing Your Sources
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/Documentation.html

    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Reference Desk
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/reference_question.html

    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00
  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Subject Guide for Biology
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/libdata_pos/page.phtml?page_id=49

    Resources in the library and online for research related to biology. Includes a listing of subscribed print journals, book browsing tips, key print reference works, and recommended online databases and websites.
Contacting Julie
mailto:jgilber2@gac.edu

I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at jgilber2@gustavus.edu or call x7552.

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