Your presenter is either:
Review articles are a special type of journal article that summarizes the state of the research in a particular area. Some journals publish review articles and research articles in the same journal. Other journals just publish review articles, eg. Annual Review of Biochemistry.
The Libraries has several databases that allow you to limit your search to review articles only. After you do a search for a topic, look for Limit by Document Type or Limit by Article Type on the left-hand side of the screen. For instance, in the Scopus database you can limit by Document Type and select Review.
Web of Science Example
The databases listed below provide options to limit your search to review articles.
|Subject Database Name||Disciplines||Key Features|
|PubMed||Health sciences, immunology, genetics, virology, cell and molecular biology, medicine, pharmacy||Full text link to Publisher website|
|Scopus||Interdisciplinary: sciences, social sciences, humanities, medicine, cell and molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, etc.||Cited referencing search (Cited by)|
|Web of Science||Interdisciplinary: sciences, biological sciences, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, etc.||Cited referencing search (Times Cited)|
|SciFinder Web||chemistry, biochemistry
Important Note: You will have to register before using this.
|IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL)||engineering, bioengineering, power & energy||ability to search and find standards|
|BIOSIS Previews||biological sciences, ecology, evolution, marine sciences||on Web of Science platform|
|Agricultural & Environmental Science||environmental sciences, toxicology, pollution, environment, water, microbiology, bacteriology||some full text directly within|
|available online for free|
Search Tip #1: Use "quotation marks" around words
Quotation marks are a great way to keep phrases together like "polymerase chain reaction"
How would this work?
If you searched the University of Manitoba Libraries for polymerase chain reaction you would get over 1,150,000 items!
Now if you did the same search with quotation marks, i.e. typed in the search box "polymerase chain reaction" you get over 1,070,000 items. That's over 70,000 less.
Search Tip #2: Use limits and refine options
Limits and refine options built into search engines can help you to narrow down to items that are of interest to you.
Top useful limits and refine options:
How would this work?
If you searched the University of Manitoba Libraries for "polymerase chain reaction" we saw that there were over 1 million items. There is no way you would read them all and so limit down to ones that would be useful. Let's try the following steps.
First limit to use resource type, you are interested in articles (now you have over 850,000 items).
Next limit to use is publication date, you are interested if published between 2014 to 2017 (now you have over 230,000 items).
Now refine by subject "polymerase chain reaction" (now you have over 40,000 items). Go back to the subject and click on more options, let's select "polymerase chain reaction-usage" (now you have over 1,000 items). Keep using this subject option until you get articles you are happy with.
Search Tip #3: Use synonyms for words
Often in the sciences there are multiple names used for the same thing, like a scientific species name say Ursus maritimus which is commonly referred to as polar bear. Be sure to search for both of these. Synonyms can be connected with the Boolear operator OR. Example: ursus maritimus OR polar bear
Search Tip #4: Sort results by relevance
This is a journal reference style and information about this style is found on the Canadian Journal of Microbiology's website. We have put together a style sheet that shows you how to do both in-text citations and references. See your handout package for a copy.
NOTE: The following journals use identical citing/referencing rules:
When looking up journal abbreviations for Canadian Journal of Microbiology reference/citation style use NLM Catalog.
Main notes about Canadian Journal of Microbiology reference style
If you are asked to use the reference style following the journal, Ecology. Below is a helpsheet that will assist with understanding how the in-text citations and references are formed.
When looking up journal abbreviations for Ecology journal reference/citation style use CASSI.
Download a revised Canadian Journal of Microbiology style to your account.
The revised style fixes the in-text citations to match the guidelines. To download the style copy this link: (http://csl.mendeley.com/styles/1809811/canadian-journal-of-microbiology-revised2018), go to the Mendeley desktop, click on View, Citation styles, More Styles, click on the Get More Styles tab and paste the link into the Download Style box and click on Download.
To use this style after you have installed it into Mendeley, click on the Installed tab and click on the Canadian Journal of Microbiology-revised2018 style and select "Use this style".