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Researching Viruses

Marge Peters . (630) 942-2337 . petersm@cod.edu

Virus: "A piece of nucleic acid wrapped in bad news." Peter Medawar

Find a Viral Disease

All the Virology on the World Wide Web
Look at left banner and click Big Picture Book of Viruses
On left banner, click on Virus Families by Infectious Disease

VirusWorld (University of Wisconsin)
See images and YouTube movies by selecting a virus from the dropdown list. Look further down on the left column and see Virology Links and Educational Resources.

Use Books and Videos

Click on Library Catalog (http://lrc.cod.edu)
Do a SUBJECT search on VIRUS DISEASES. Note the Related Subjects!
Both books and audiovisual materials will be listed in the catalog.

Good Reference Works!

Encyclopedia of Virology (3 v.) Reference QR 358 .E53 1999
Encyclopedia of AIDS Reference RA 644 .A25 E5276 2001

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
ebook Online and Reference RC 41 .G35 2011
Human Diseases and Conditions (3 v.) Reference RC 81 .A2 H75 2000

Statistical Handbook on Infectious Diseases
Reference RA 643 .W33 2003

Epidemics and Pandemics: Their Impacts on Human History
Reference RA 649 .H293 2005

Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence
Reference RA 649 .E53 1995


Research Your Topic in Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

Click on Databases.
Use these databases:
Health Reference Center
Health Source Academic
Scientific American
Newspaper Source Provides selected full text for 23 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Times (London), The Toronto Star, etc. The database also contains selected full text from nearly 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, The San Jose Mercury News, etc. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, FOX News, NPR, etc.
Each of these databases has a slightly different way of searching . Most allow you to limit to ONLY full text articles, only scholarly journal articles, and to a particular time frame.

Internet Sites

Centers for Disease Control:
Click on A-Z Index at top. Look especially at Epidemiology for statistics.

National Institutes of Health site : Medlineplus: Health Information

Click on Health Topics

WHO Global Health Observatory

Under Sitemap at bottom, browse Health Topics for Fact Sheets, Statistics, and outbreak news for many viral diseases.

Microbiology Bytes: Virology

Check the DNA and RNA viruses.

http://www.sciencemag.org or Direct link to COD Library subscription
Search for your virus in the search box at the upper right.

Search Engines and Directories

Yahoo is an example of a human-indexed directory of the internet, along with search engine features http://dir.yahoo.com
Directory choice is at the top or click this link: Health > Diseases and Conditions> Infectious Diseases

Search engines , such as Google, or Ask.com match key words via software programs called "robots" or "spiders". See links from Library Home Page. Most programs only require the entry of all terms wanted--it only returns pages that include all of your search terms. For a better search, use quotation marks ("....") around phrases: "West Nile Virus"

Search for Streaming Video

Go to Yahoo at http://video.yahoo.com. Enter term(s)you want presented in video. Be sure to watch the timing --some of these streaming videos are over one hour in length.
Go to Blinkx at http://www.blinkx.com and type in term(s) you wish to match. Click on the thumbnail of videos you wish to see. Sometimes ads precede the content if on an advertiser-sponsored channel (Fox and others).
Use Google's advanced video search: http://video.google.com/videoadvancedsearch Enter words or a phrase to search. Be sure to click English if that is your main language and choose Duration to limit to specific length.

Citing sources: MLA & APA

The Library's Citing Sources Guide
MLA and APA styles with links to helpful websites and a citation formatting program

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