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Bioengineering 101: Library Session

Learning Goals

Learning goals for these two class sessions:

—Know where to get help
—Understand that there are subject databases of articles/reports/proceedings for your subject area
—Know how to get to those databases
—Learn how to search for a known article and how to search databases for a keyword or topic

Article Links for Scholarly Article Exercise

  1. What is the relationship between the two articles?
  2. How would article #1 be helpful?  How would article #2 be helpful?
  3. Which article is the most trustworthy or credible? Why?
  4. What part of article #2 might be especially important to someone researching this topic?

Consider: context, credibility, point of view, depth, relevance, impact

Primary vs Secondary Sources

Article #1: Exploiting Nanotechnology to target cancer.


Article #2: Nanocrystal targeting in vivo


A. What is the relationship between the two articles?

B. How would article #1 be helpful?  How would article #2 be helpful?

C. What do these articles have in common?

Searching Bioengineering Databases


I.  Use Web of Science

  1. Do a title search for this article:  Accelerating Genome Editing in CHO Cells Using CRISPR Cas9 and CRISPR, a Web-Based Target Finding Tool
  2. Can you get full text to this article for free?
  3. How many times has this article been cited?
  4. How many cited references does this article have?
  5. What is the name of the journal?
  6. What is the impact factor of the journal?  (Hint: click “View Journal Inmpact”)
  7. If this article was helpful for my research, what search terms might I use to find similar research?  (Hint: see keywords)
  8. Where did funding come from for this research?

II.  Use Compendex

  1. Do a subject search for: CRISPR in all fields and Denmark in country of origin.  (Hint: Type in CRISPR in the main search bar and  limit to Denmark in the country of origin.)
  2. How many articles did you find?
  3. What is the date range of the articles?  
  4. Select an article.  Can you find full text of this article for free?
  5. For the same article, can you identify some additional search terms that could be helpful for a new search?

III. Use PubMed

  1. Do a subject search for CRISPR
  2. How many articles are of human subjects in the age range of 19+ years? (Hint: Show additional features)
  3. How many of these articles are free full text?
  4. What are some related searches?


EndNote is a citation management program that is a helpful tool for graduate students. You can

  • download citations into the program
  • attach the PDFs of the articles
  • keep your citations annotated and organized.

The program works with Microsoft Word to help you cite your sources in a variety of styles. Go to our Endnote Research Guide for information on how to download this program (free to UofL students, faculty, and staff), workshops, and other help information.

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