Find research articles for biological sciences from the VCU Libraries search box.
Sample searches to paste in the search box:
alcohol* fermentation AND temperature change
saccharomyces cerevisiae AND fermentation AND temperature
Watch a search demonstration video.
Sample article record:
1. Details – abstract and keywords
2. Recommendations – more sources like this
3. Title – full text of article
Search for international patents with patentlens.net. Patents and patent applications are included from Australia, Europe, and the US.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently featured several articles on inventions and inventors in the Richmond area. Take a look at the articles to see who is doing the breakthrough research in RVA.
Have you tested the search options on the library homepage? Things are different now. In the past the default search option delivered results from the library’s catalog only. Today results come from multiple sources. This is an advantage for anyone curious about a new topic, wanting to get a sense for ‘what’s out there’. Consider it a first step.
As you try the default search assess what is happening. Do the results match your expectations? Try a general topic search like nuclear reactor safety. Do the results of your query make sense? Utilize the facet options on the left to focus results to a more meaningful search.
Access to Research Guides and subject specific databases are still available for in depth investigations. Look to the left of the homepage under Search Collections.
Remember the oil spill from April 2010? Surprisingly, the mess was significantly reduced within about three months of capping the well. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on an explanation for the quick elimination of the contaminant. The sloshing water currents of the Gulf of Mexico combined with an abundance of microbes that consume the crude resulted in quick elimination of the pollutant.
Wall Street Journal article from January 10, 2012: How Microbes Teamed to Clean Gulf — Scientists Studied 52 Species of Bacteria and Water Currents to Explain Demise of Oil and Gas Plume
The article refers to a report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dynamic autoinoculation and the microbial ecology of a deep water hydrocarbon irruption. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published ahead of print January 10, 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1108820109
Follow the earlier conversation sparked by an article published in Science by Valentine and other researchers. Search:
abstract: oil spill
About one question per semester relates to private space flight. This article is packed with details that could be launch points if this is your research interest. Check it out.
How can one tell?
Evaluate My Sources Research Guides presents a video that explains the difference between scholarly journals, trade journals, and popular magazines. Look for: Scholarly or not?
Ulrich’s International Periodicals is an index of magazines and journals provides quick characteristics of periodicals. Search for the publication in question and look for a referee jersey. Refereed is equivalent to peer reviewed.