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Science - Biochemistry 1B - Lab Reports Library Support: Searching Instructions

Search the UJLink: Library Catalogue

Steps in Online Searching

Steps in Online Searching:

Step 1: Think about your research topic.

- By analysing the topic, your search will be more focused

Step 2: Identify the main keywords and concepts

  Example: Buffer and ph; Centrifugation; Thin Layer Chromatography; Enzyme kinetics

Step 3: Locate and Access Resources

  - This LibGuide; Biochemistry Subject LibGuide, Blackboard: Science Library Resources

Step 4: Make use of Boolean Techniques (AND, OR, NOT) when conducting a search

Step 5: Write your report. Ensure that you acknowledge your Resources (Cite & Reference)

How to Write a Lab Report

How to use Boolean Search Techniques

BOOLEANS OPERATORS: Learn how to combine KEYWORDS for better results

Why use Search Techniques:

  • Identify a search terms/keywords from your topic and use while searching the Databases
  • Learn how to combine KEYWORDS for better search results

Keyword searching instructions:

  • Understand your topic.
  • Ensure that you know what is expected of you.
  • Ask guiding questions like: who, what, where, when and how.
  • Do not use adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, etc.
  • Computers only recognise nouns like apples and proper names like Ashton (known as keywords).
  • Keywords have to be connected with Boolean operators.

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