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Biosciences on the Internet: A Student's Guide

Biosciences on the Internet: A Student's Guide

Georges Dussart

ISBN: 978-0-470-85169-2

Jan 2003

342 pages



Most biological science departments run general skills courses for their first years, which include some combination of a range of topics from lab skills, writing and presentation to basic maths, statistics and IT. The IT section of these courses tend to include some internet coverage but the trend towards learning how to find, access, manage and correctly cite online resources is rapidly becoming a required necessity for every student throughout their undergraduate career.

At present, there are no internet guides that specifically target this audience, despite the increasing importance placed on the use of online resources and the difficulties students encounter trying to make effective use of the information that is available. There are a lot of resources on the internet and students, especially first years, can feel swamped. As well as needing a guide, students need support to help them identify good, reliable information on the net. They also need guidance in administering the organisation of their searches and the materials that they discover on the internet. This simple guide will help bioscience students to access the information they need on the internet, and to make the most efficient and effective use of their time online.

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Part 1 Teaching and learniing in relation to the internet

Approaching the internet

Getting access to the internet

Citation guidelines for the use of internet materials by students

Evaluation of software and web sites

Search Engines


Approaches to preparing a biosciences assignment

Pinching materials from the web

Websites which present the work of students

Part 2 Examples of searches


Examples of a university web site

A typical general search - the wreck of the Sea Empress

Searching a typical government site - mad cow disease

Using the web for bioscience shopping

Whaling - freedom of enquiry

Searching via research groups

Part 3 Final Destinations

An eclectic list of web sites

Websites for the school syllabus


Appendix: Getting the Computer Going



" many ways a small gem..." (Biologist, Vol.49, No.2, 2002) 

"...a valuable resource..." (Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, Vol.20, 2002)

"...As a student. I have found that this book does offer much valuable information and detail..." (The Biochemist, 30 August 2002)

"....this inexpensive book would be a useful reference text either in a science/biosciences department or in the appropriate section of a school or university library". (Education in Chemistry, July 2003)

"This is recommended as a useful resource for undergraduates, senior secondary school pupils and teachers." (School Science Review, No. 308/309. 2003)

  • Comprehensive guide providing bioscience undergraduates with everything they need to know about sourcing, retrieving and utilising information on the internet in support of their course assignments
  • A highly visual guide, including plenty of images and illustrations to help the student grasp key concepts and navigate successfully through the text
  • Related website will keep readers up to date on the areas that date most rapidly between successive print editions of this guide. It will include worked examples, links to websites of relevance