Last year I updated the recurring Biology Lab Library Assignment, but the old version lives on and continues to show up at the reference desk. You will recognize this assignment as the one that calls for students to find 5 PDF articles (no problem!) and 5 copied from print journals (incredibly cumbersome!). The sample topic is mycorrhizae, but students have the option to pick from a list.
Here are some tips for finding biology articles in our PRINT periodicals collection.
1. Search for the student's topic in the Biological & Agricultural Index Plus database w/ “Peer-Reviewed” limit. (**Date option will help. See below.)
2. Click the "Library Owns?" link to see if the library owns this title in print. This will sometimes give you two catalog entries. Select the one that says, "1st Floor – Periodicals” to see the exact holdings/dates that are available in the library.
** Note: We cancelled a lot of print biology subscriptions after Dec. 2007. If you are having problems finding print articles from 2008 to the present, revise your search and limit the date to “To: 2007.”
**Update: I heard from the faculty member who coordinates the Biology lab GTAs. He inadvertently sent out the old version to the GTAs, but then followed up with the newer version saying to use that instead. I have printed the full assignment and left it at the reference desk.**