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BIOLOGY 1151: Biologists' Biographies
Dr. Beth Vlad

Marge Peters · (630) 942-2337 · petersm@cod.edu

Get an Idea!

Use Biography Index: 1946- present.
Be sure to look at "Index to Professions and Occupations" at back of each issue. Index lists magazine articles, reference book entries and books about person during the time period listed on the cover.

Browse for names in articles about current research:

Scientific American




New Scientist

JAMA: Journal of the AMA

Biology Digest

New England of Medicine

Use this website to find highly productive scientists as registered with ISI. "More options" lets you put in both last and first name. Choose "top keywords" to search area of study.

ISI Highly Cited

See which researchers have papers that have made important contributions to various topics in science based on the number of times their papers are cited by later researchers. Browse by category. The top 250 scientists cited between 2000 and 2008 are listed in each of these fields: Neuroscience, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biology & Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Agricultural Sciences, Plant and Animal Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Ecology/Environment. No links to information about these scientists. Check to see if listed in ResearcherID or use search engine to find more information on the web. http://researchanalytics.thomsonreuters.com/highlycited/browse/

ScienceWatch.com: http://www.sciencewatch.com/ Special Topics list is at http://sciencewatch.com/ana/st/alltopics/ Click tab for Sorted by Topic Name or Sorted by Date. Great information in the interviews. Check names in ISI Highly Cited.

Profiles from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
See an extract from an extensive biography of a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. Not all of the nominees are biologists, however. Click on PDF to see article. There is an "embargo" of about 6 months, so most recent profiles may not load. Will ask for login and password if embargo is present.

Index to research advances in science from the AAAS. See who's doing current research as reported in peer-reviewed journals and from research institutions. Note contact name.

Science Daily
Drawn mainly from press releases of science journals and organizations, check the tabs at the top for Health & Medicine, Mind & Brain, Plants & Animals.

Science aGoGo
Popularly-written summaries of interesting research from science journals and institution press releases. Sometimes you need to dig to see the names of the main researchers.

Excellent Biographical Books

Browse Academic OneFile or Academic Search Premier for biographies in a field

Click on Databases from anywhere in the Library web site. From Science > Biology, link to Academic OneFile or Academic Search Premier

Choose Advanced Search in these databases . Fill in the Keyword search lines with:

Name of biological area with truncation symbol (microbiolog* matches microbiology, microbiologist and microbiologists)
and biography
not obituary

Find a Book

Click on Library Catalog from anywhere within the Library web site

Do a SUBJECT search for name of prominent scientist (last name first)

Find Magazine and Journal Articles

Use Biography Index.

Click on "Databases" Choose Biography and Genealogy Master Index. (guide to reference work entries on people).

Other good databases:

Can limit to Full Text articles

... and the Internet:

Yahoo is an example of a human-indexed directory of the internet, along with search engine features http://www.yahoo.com
Look at lower left. Choose Science>Biology>Biologists or use Society> Environment and Nature>Environmentalists

Search engines, such as Google, or ask.com match key words via software programs called "robots" or "spiders". See links from Library Home Page. Most programs only require the entry of all terms wanted--it only returns pages that include all of your search terms. For a better search, use quotation marks ("....") around names of people you are searching for.

Citing sources: MLA, APA and CBE (Biology) formats

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