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Postby BioCore » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:34 am

Hi Everyone,

I was intending to begin reading more journal articles that I do now, which is only when I am writing up reports. I am finishing my second year of undergrad and I want to truly do well in these last final years and begin to develop some real research type skills which include reading articles on a daily basis.

I was wondering what tips you all might have for me? Also what journals would be best to follow up with, concerning topics such as Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, oncology, etc...

Thanks a lot.
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:55 pm

well i would say read reviews for the most part - Nature reviews is probably the best. Then, following the big ones - Cell, Nature, Science etc would probably keep you up to date on all the big stuff.
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Postby BioCore » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:08 am

Ok I will do that then. Thanks for some input MrMistery.
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Postby alextemplet » Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:07 am

I've gotten quite a bit of exposure to bio journals over the last year in all of my classes, and I've frequently found myself frustrated to find that a lot of them offer only the abstracts of their articles unless you're willing to pay for an issue or subscription. This is especially true with specialist journals focusing on very narrow fields and subdisciplines of biology. Unfortunately the research database provided by my school doesn't include a filter for free-source journals, and the library's hardcopies are usually at least a few years old if not older. Does anyone know of a good online source that doesn't cost a poor college student's laundry money? Right now my emphasis is on fish since I'm taking a fish bio class, but even general biology sources would be great if it didn't cost anything.
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Postby mcar » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:32 am

I remember a journal magazine on fishes but I don't quite remember the title though. Well, let me think of it for a while.
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Postby canalon » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:41 pm

I am surprised that your school is not subscribing to at least some of the journals.

This site ( http://www.freemedicaljournals.com/ ) compile a list of journals with a free access, although as the name implies, it is targeted to the medical sciences (in a very broad sense, though: Applied and Environmental Microbiology is listed) and it might be worth a look.

You can also have a look at the PLoS journals ( http://www.plos.org/journals/index.php ) which seems to be quite good and are free.

And for the fish lover, it looks like this journal (quite obscure to the average microbiologist, but I have reviewed for them) is free to access (but it is hard to tell while connected through my university) : http://pubs.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/rp-ps/inDeta ... 3&lang=eng
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Postby alextemplet » Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:36 pm

canalon wrote:I am surprised that your school is not subscribing to at least some of the journals.


The problem is my school's budget is a joke and getting worse with the economy. By law, the local government is not allowed to cut any part of the budget except universities, so when money starts getting tight . . .

Thanks for the links, though; much appreciated! ;)
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Postby MichaelXY » Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:07 pm

Alex, have you checked your schools online library web resouces? I can access a article database through my schools online library.
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:13 am

i would want to enforce what michael said. if your library subscribes to the hard copies of the journal, you should also have institutional login on the journal's website.
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Postby alextemplet » Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:15 am

MichaelXY wrote:Alex, have you checked your schools online library web resouces? I can access a article database through my schools online library.


Yeah, but most of the websites the database links to require you to pay for the article. Dang under-funded Louisiana education system.
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:25 am

and exactly how are you supposed to do science without access to journals?
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Postby alextemplet » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:53 am

The theory in Louisiana is that only the wealthy deserve to be educated, because the poor exist solely to work for their richer betters and so they shouldn't be educated because that would increase their chances of staying poor. It's capitalism gone bad in a big way, and it's why we're expected to pay for the resources we need.

I actually had a chance to express my thoughts on what passes for an education system in this state to our Senator Vitter a few weeks ago. That conversation left me convinced that I shall never vote for him.
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