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Biology: Tutorials

A guide to library resources and research in biology and the life sciences.

Most Requested Research Tutorials: Biology

In addition to the tutorials below, if you are a current student, faculty, or staff member, you can find additional resources by joining the Library Canvas Hub for Biology

Interactive Database Tutorials:

'How-To' Research Tutorials:

For other useful tutorials and selected webinar recordings, including Search Tips and Strategies as well as the Bite-Sized Webinars series, visit the library's Research Tutorials guide

Bioinformatics Tutorials

Need help with Entrez Gene, OMIM/OMIA, HomoloGene, USCS Genome Browser, or BLAST?

Check out the NCBI YouTube channel for pointers.

Journal Citation Reports

The established source for locating information on journal rankings and impact factors is Journal Citation Reportsaccessible through ISI Web of Science.

Journal Citation Reports® is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a unique perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.

You should not depend solely on citation data in your journal evaluations. Citation data are not meant to replace informed peer review. Careful attention should be paid to the many conditions that can influence citation rates such as language, journal history and format, publication schedule, and subject specialty.

The number of articles given for journals listed in JCR include primarily original research and review articles. Editorials, letters, news items, and meeting abstracts are usually not included in article counts because they are not generally cited. Journals published in non-English languages or using non-Roman alphabets may be less accessible to researchers worldwide, which can influence their citation patterns. This should be taken into account in any comparative journal citation analysis.

Featured resource: JoVE

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) is a science video resource that includes a variety of resources for use in the classroom and in the lab. It has two components:

  1. Science Education Video CollectionTeaching-focused videos including concept animations, ‘scientist in action’ videos to see concepts applied, and lab manual videos that cover preparation procedures for common labs
  2. Video JournalA peer-reviewed video methods journal, consisting of video demonstrations and detailed text protocols of new and standard methods in physical and life sciences. Students and researchers can see the details of experiments and concepts, in addition to text-based descriptions.

Below are a few links to components of JoVE relevant for Biology:

How to Use EndNote 20 in 7 Minutes (Mac)

For more EndNote tutorials, including those in other languages, check out their YouTube channel.

For some of the most common questions Northeastern Biology students have about EndNote, check out our guide to Getting Started with EndNote for Biology students

How to Use EndNote 20 in 7 Minutes (Windows)

For more EndNote tutorials, including those in other languages, check out their YouTube channel

For some of the most common questions Biology students have about EndNote, check out our guide to Getting Started with EndNote for Biology students