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Biology 451: Infectious Diseases - Dr. Thomas: Find Articles

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Wiggins Library has 102 Journal titles with the subject of Infectious Diseases.  Click the link to see the listing of all 102 journal titles.

The Lancet, Infectious Diseases (current issue)

The first five articles in the current issue are listed below.  Click on an article title to view fulltext.  From there, you can get to the entire Table of Contents as well as archived issues

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What is a Review Article?

Review Articles:
A review article is a secondary is written about other articles, and does not report original research of its own.  Review articles are very important, as they draw upon the articles that they review to suggest new research directions, to strengthen support for existing theories and/or identify patterns among existing research studies.

How to Find Review Articles:
Most databases and indexes, allow you to limit your search to include only review articles. Some databases might use the term "literature review," but it's the same thing. Set up your search like usual, then find the limit for review articles, select it, and run your search.  Caution! Some medical journals will refer to reviews as seminars or literature searches (and they look like research articles but they are literature reviews). 

An Example:
If you open up the database PubMed, you can search for review articles on "yellow fever" by putting yellow fever in the search bar, then clicking the SEARCH button. Look at the list of filters on the left-hand side of the page of search results. Under “Article Type” you’ll see a link labeled “Review”.

What is a Research Article?

Research Articles:
When scientists and other scholars want to make the results of their work public, they usually begin by publishing them in a scholarly journal such as New England Journal of Medicine, or Journal of Cell Biology.  A research article is considered a primary source, since the authors are reporting the results from their original study.  The kind of study may vary (it could have been an experiment, survey, interview, etc.), but in all cases, raw data has been collected and analyzed by the authors, and conclusions are drawn from the results of that analysis

How to Find Research Articles:
You want to look for articles that have the various sections:
Summary or Abstract
Description of the research (Methods)
Results how they got (Results)
Importance of results (Discussion / Conclusion)

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