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Biotechnology: Getting Started

A guide to library resources and tools for the Biotechnology program at Northeastern.

Getting started: Finding Relevant Sources in Biotechnology

Tackling a new topic?

Try looking for a review article first.  Review articles attempt to summarize the state of research on a scientific topic.  While lengthy & not generally including the very latest research, review articles can be a great way to start to get a handle on a topic.  

Don't overlook the literature cited at the end of the review - the bibliography contains a wealth of information about the key discoveries & main researchers in the field.  

Most databases (including BIOSIS Previews, PubMed & Web of Science below) will allow you to limit your search to include only review articles or literature reviews.  

For articles describing primary research using scientific methods, written by experts in the field or scientists, try these biomedical, biology and life sciences databases:

- For more information on searching PubMed, click here

For additional databases relevant for biotechnology topics, click here.

Top 5 Things to Know for Biotechnology Students

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MIT CommKit - Biology

The CommKit is a collection of guides to successful communication in the biological sciences, written by the Broad Research Communication Lab Fellows.

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