Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Reference resources  (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks  etc...) are useful for finding background information, major theories, quick facts, and keywords. They may also lead to more specific in-depth sources as the articles always contain references. Below are a few titles available in at the library. Search in Argos for more options.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders  
RB155.5 .G35 2010  3rd. ed.
Arranged alphabeitcally provides, description, genetic profile, signs and symptoms, diagnosis,  treatmet and management, alternative treatment , prognosis and a section on  resources- listing  suggested books, organizations, websites.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology 
Reference Q121 M3 2012 (20 volumes)
Vol. 7 has several short introductory encyclopedia articles on - Genetic Code, Genetic Engineering, Genetic Mapping and so much more.

A short guide to the human genome 
QH431 .S34 2008

The human genome : a user's guide 
QH431 .H353 2011

A handbook of bioethics terms 

Where to Find Articles

The Ithaca College Library subscribes to many databases, several of which include information relevant to Human Genetics. You may need to consult more than one subject specific database.

Academic Search Premier
Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.

Health Reference Center Academic
Click on Advance search screen.  You will see three search boxes where you enter two or three key terms.  For example enter Cystic Fibrosis (in one search box ) AND  genetic testing ( in the second bo).   Review your search results.

Google Scholar
Links to peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Supports cited reference searching. Includes recent or unpublished work that hasn't yet been indexed. Includes links to full-text resources when available.

JSTOR provides access to academic journals and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Advance search of this database  allows you to limit to the Biological Sciences Collection.
Make sure to limit your results by date ( your research should be no more than 4-5 years old , unless your professor specifies otherwise), language .

Biological Abstracts
Provides abstracts and bibliographic references to journal items focusing on vital biological and medical research findings, pharmacological studies, and discoveries of new organisms. Includes some linked full text.

Citations to biomedical articles from MEDLINE and additional life science journals back to the 1950s; incl. links to sites with full-text articles and other related resources. Help with searching PubMed is available here.

Full-text scientific, technological, medical journals; subjects covered include biology, biochemistry, business management and accounting, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, nursing, physics, psychology, education, and communication. Includes access to selected full-text reference books. Indexing/Abstracts to additional titles.

Open -access journals

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Science News Websites

Don’t know where to start? Try searching for “gene [topic of interest]” in the search box on any of these websites. Or look for subject headings such as “Health” or “Genes”.
Time Magazine: Requires subscription to see full articles; Go to IC library website, click on
“Journal” and search for “Time Magazine”
NY Times, especially Science and Health sections. 
Scientific American: Use IC library website if you need a subscription to see the full text