This guide is for Bioinformatics students who need to find scholarly research using library resources.
A good place to begin your literature search is with a multi-disciplinary science database like Web of Science.
If you want to learn more about searching the literature of biology or computer science, visit these related research guides:
This guide will show you how to find scientific literature in bioinformatics.
Go to the Find Journal Articles page to learn how to find articles in bioinformatics journals.
Go to the Find Databases page to learn what subscription databases are best for locating bioinformatics literature.
Go to the Find Books page to learn how to find bioinformatics books.
Go to the Find Patents and Websites page to explore bioinformatics patents and websites.
Go to the Library Tools page to learn about some useful library tools.
Journals publish papers in specific, often very specialized, academic fields. Articles go through a review and acceptance process before being published.
If you are looking for a specific journal in your field and want to determine if the library subscribes to it, use our E-Journal Finder.
Enter the name of the journal in the search box. If the library has a subscription, the results list will show which library databases offer access to the journal and for what years.
The library does not subscribe to every journal published. If you don't see a Full Text link below the article citation, look for a button labeled "Get it!" This application will check for access to the full text of the article within the library's subscriptions.
If a message is displayed indicating that we don't have access, choose the Campbell Library Interlibrary Loan Request link to order the article through our Illiad online system.
If you have a complete citation (author, article title, journal, volume, issue, date), you can use our Citation Linker form to link directly to the article.
The library's search engine, ProfSearch, is a good place to start if you are open to a wide variety of sources. If you are looking specifically for journal articles and conference papers, your best bet is to use one of the library databases, described in the Article Databases box below.
Use these subscription databases available through the library website to locate published research in Bioinformatics.
Each database has its own search engine which will generate a list of journal articles or conference proceedings on your specified topic. In most cases the full text of the article will be available through a PDF link.
The easiest way to find a book that the library owns: search by title in ProfSearch. If your book is not the first result, refine your search to Books/E-Books in the Content Type facet in the left sidebar. Please note that the library does not have copies of most textbooks.
Many books are now available in e-book format and can be viewed on your computer, tablet, or phone.
For print books, ProfSearch will first indicate their availability, usually followed by a Call Number which identifies the book's shelf location. If the availability is followed by a date (yyyy-mm-dd), it is checked out and is due to be returned on that date.
To locate print books on the shelf, first identify the floor and row using the initial alphabetical code, then the specific book using the rest of the call number (for example, TK5678 .G99 2008 is in the Electrical Engineering section on the 4th floor).
Because bioinformatics is a new field, many of the books on the subject are e-books. Rowan University Libraries has several new e-book collections in the sciences which can be searched or browsed using the links below.
Books available for borrowing by students and faculty are available on the 4th floor of Campbell Library. A few key print titles are listed below.
For complete information on how to search for patents, visit my guide to Patent Searching.
Books which Rowan University does not own can be borrowed from one of the participating academic libraries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania using E-ZBorrow. Use your 9-digit Banner number for Patron Id.
Journal articles to which we do not have full text access may be requested through our online Interlibrary Loan request system, Illiad. Articles are usually sent to your email address within a few days.
RefWorks is an application licensed by Rowan University Libraries to help you manage your literature search process. Simply create an account to start using it.
In addition to the books listed below, you can find many more books by searching in the Library Catalog using the Subject (Keyword) search "technical writing" or "technical communication".
Here are some books available in the library to help you with writing.