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Biology 130 "Protein" Assignment

Step One:

You need to choose an article from the science magazine called "Science News." The article must focus on the effect of a newly discovered protein, a missing protein, or a malformed protein AND there must be a current or future application to human physiology.

Delta Library has "Science News" in print (paper) on the shelves and the full-text of "Science News" can be found online in FirstSearch's General Science Abstracts (GenSciAbs).

A quick, and easy way, to find articles on proteins in "Science News" is to use an index, such as FirstSearch's online index called General Science Abstracts (GenSciAbs). The following tutorial will teach you how to find information in the science magazine "Science News."

For STEP ONE, you need to go to the Journals and Magazines web page at

From there you can click on the FirstSearch link. Once you click on the FirstSearch link, scroll down the screen in order to click on the "GenSciAbs" link.

OFF-Campus requires you to use your Delta College Password and Username.

Step Two:

When searching for articles for newly discovered proteins, a missing protein, or a malformed protein, you may want to try a combination of different words. However, you may want to start by having the computer search for the word "protein." Here are some possible search terms.

missing protein
 malformed protein
 malform protein

The following image, for FirstSearch's General Science Abstracts, is a screen capture of how the search boxes should be filled in, so that you can find information for this assignment.

  • We have asked the computer to use the index (computer) General Science Abstracts to find information in the publication called "science news." We used the down arrow to choose "Source Phrase" so that the computer will search for information in "science news."
  • We have asked the computer to find any article in "science news" that has the keyword of protein somewhere (anywhere) in the article.
  • We have used the down arrow next to the "Rank by" box to choose "Date." This will put the most recent articles at the top of the list that the computer will provide. REMEMBER, the assignment calls for articles "no more than two years old."
  • It is optional if you want to click within the little white box next to "Limit to:". If you click within that small white box, the computer will try to provide whatever articles there are about proteins, within "science news" that are FULL-TEXT. This means that you can print the full-text articles right off the computer. If you do not click within the white box, the computer will find articles that may not be full-text that you can print off the computer BUT the articles will be in "Science News" that can be found on the periodical shelf within the Library.

PLEASE REMEMBER that not everything is full-text within the computer. Some of the records produced by the computer will be only a citation OR the record produced will be a citation AND an abstract (summary) of the article.

CLICK on the "Search" button and the computer will try to find articles that include the word protein, within the general science magazine of "science news."


Step Three:
  • General Science Abstracts (GenSciAbs) found 726 articles in "Science News" that has the word protein somewhere in the article.
  • The computer provided a list of citations. The citation is the title of the article, the author of the article, the source of the article (Science News), the volume number, issue number, date of the article, and page number for the article. Some citations will include an abstract (very brief summary of the article).
  • You can click on the title of the article and the computer will give you more of a record that might include an abstract (summary of the article). IF you see a link that reads as "View Full Text in HTML format (WilsonSelectPlus)" then click on this link and the computer will present the full-text of the article. 

There are a lot of full-text articles in the database General Science Abstracts BUT not everything in the database is full-text. You MAY HAVE to go to the periodical shelves near the Reference Desk and find the correct paper issue of "Science News." The magazines and journals are shelved alphabetically by title of the magazine or journal. 


Step Four:

If you clicked on the title of the article, then this is what you get.

  • Usually, you get an abstract (summary of the article).
  • The "Source" tells you which issue of Science News has the article.
  • If you see a link that says "View Full-Text in HTML format (WilsonSelectPlus), then click on this link and the computer will make the full-text of the article appear on the computer screen.


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Last updated: 5/10/2010

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