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Neuroscience 101: Home

A guide to research for NEUR 101.

Biographical Information

A professor has provided this link to Milestones in Neuroscience Research.  It includes the dates of highlights in the history of neuroscience and the names of important neuroscientists.  Your assignments will require that you do research of historical and contemporary neuroscientists in the fields of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.

The following sources contain biographic information that will be useful for completing the assignments in this course.

In the following resources, enter your search term  "neuroanatomy" or "neurophysiology"  (for one course) or "occipital" or "frontal brain" (for another course) You will retrieve a definition of the term, along with a list of pioneers in those fields, along with links to articles on the topics.  Some of the articles are from scholarly journals, while others are links to entries in specialized encyclopedias.

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Biography in Context

Credo Reference

If you are accessing this material from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your Susquehanna username and password.

Databases Containing Scholarly Articles in the Neurosciences

Scholarly articles can be found by using the following specialized databases that focus on the sciences:

MEDLINE   cites more than 19,000 sources covering all aspects of medicine, dentistry, and nursing published since 1950 by the National Library of Medicine 

    tip:use the subject icon or the subject field to search for the concept, not merely the word

PubMed Central  is a free full-text archive of more than 3 million articles in the biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

   tip: go to advanced search and search for your term in the body--key terms

ScienceDirect    Full-text for over 1700 journals in the sciences, social sciences, and business; citations and abstracts for nearly 3600 journals

   tip: go to advanced search; limit your results by using the categories on the left

PsycINFO Citations/abstracts of journal articles, books, dissertations, reports in psychology and related fields

   tip:use the thesaurus icon to search for the concept, not merely the word

 

To search all of the library's holdings and beyond, search Summon. 

Summon

 

General Searching Tips

Go to Advanced Search to enter multiple search terms, e.g., neuroanatomy in the first box and theory OR theories in the second box. Another example, occipital in one box, diseases in another,   Be specific, i.e., if there is a disease you are researching type the name of the disease.

Use Request+Interlibrary+Loan to access full text in another database, or to access the interlibrary loan form.

You can enter the name of a neuroscientist.

Interlibrary Loan

If the library doesn't own the material you are looking for, you can request it through interlibrary loan. 

  • Interlibrary loan items usually take a few days to arrive.
  • When searching for articles, clicking on the Request+Interlibrary+Loan icon will either give you access to the full text or a link to the interlibrary loan form. 
  • Most of the required fields for your interlibrary loan will be automatically filled in.
  • When the item arrives, you will receive an email that will direct you to the article.
  • You need to register the first time you use this service.

A-Z Periodicals List

Search the A to Z Periodicals List for the journal or newspaper title to see if the library owns it. 

You can search for a single title:

Open Access Neuroscience Journals

Using the A to Z Periodicals List to find open access journals.

You can search for a list of journals that match certain criteria:


Click on Journal Details to see if the journal is peer-reviewed.


Google and Open Access Journals

In a Google search, type open access neuroscience OR open access neuroanatomy OR open access neurophysiology to find articles on the topics

Setting Up Google Scholar

Set up Google Scholar to link to articles available at SU (SU Full Text) by:

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks

Films on Demand 

digital educational videos available through the Library website; searches across 21,138 titles and 242,137 video segments, including some TED Talks

   tip: search neuroscience

TED Talks

   tip: search neuroscience

 

Neuroscience Feeds

RSS feeds are a method of delivering regularly changing web content such as journal or website articles and blog posts.

  • You can subscribe to most of these for free.
  • Using a web search engine, enter terms such as "neuroanatomy rss" or "neurophysiology rss."  You will retrieve resources such as Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.
  • You can use tools like Feedreader, Feedly or Digg Reader to access your feeds. 
  • You can also use Live Bookmarks via web browser.
  • If full text is not available or if it's not free, request an interlibrary loan.  You will need to complete the required fields on the form

Neuroscience RSS

Brain Topography RSS Feed

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Citing Your Work

Different disciplines use different citation styles.  Ask your professor which style you should use.  Be precise: use the punctuation, capitalization, etc., recommended.  Be consistent.

(Both of the Neuroscience faculty recommend APA  (the American Psychological Association) format.  When you get to the APA links at the Library site, click on the Purdue OWL link for comprehensive and current explanation and examples.)

If you have questions about formats, ask a librarian.