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Shanda Hunt

This subject covers: those statistical processes and methods applied to the analysis of biological phenomena.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Search MEDLINE databases for journal articles in the health sciences. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.

Covers the most of the sciences, including veterinary medicine and zoology. Provides bibliographic citations, plus author abstracts "for approximately 70% of the articles in the database." Each citation also includes a list of references cited in the source article. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or a specific earlier work. Indexes articles, reviews, letters, etc. from over "5,300 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines. Impact factors for many journals is also available. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Handbooks and Manuals


Introduction -- Basic Concepts -- Statistical Inference -- Descriptive Studies -- Analytical Studies -- Statistical Tests -- Issues with Statistical Tests -- Longitudinal Studies -- Statistical Modeling -- Measurement -- Experimental Studies -- The Analysis of Experimental Studies -- Meta-analysis of Clinical Trials

Basic Aspects of Statistics--Continuous Distributions--Hypothesis Testing--Discrete and Categorical Distributions-- Probability in epidemiology and Medical Diagnosis--Comparing Means--Regression and Correlation

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

Covers traditional topics of biostatistics and the quantitative methods in epidemiology and decision making used in clinical practice and in research. Particular emphasis is given to study design and the interpretation of results of medical research.

Search Engines

WONDER provides a single point of access to a wide variety of reports and numeric public health data.

Web Feeds

BMC Bioinformatics is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of computational methods used in the analysis and annotation of sequences and structures, as well as all other areas of computational biology.

Web Sites

A comprehensive index, with abstracts, to the research literature of mathematics. Corresponds to the print indexes Mathematical Reviews (MR) and Current Mathematical Publications (CMP). Published by the American Mathematical Society.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

Provides surveys, data, vital statistics, state data and news. NCHS data systems include data on vital events as well as information on health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Nice APA style resource with many examples of citation formats, as well as nursing and health-specific examples.

Includes recommended citation format styles for journals, books, conference publications, patents, audio visuals, electronic information, maps, legal materials, newspaper articles, bibliographies, dissertations, and scientific reports. "Internet formats" supplement available at

Writing Guides

The book helps scientists write papers for scientific journals. Using the key parts of typical scientific papers (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Visuals, Structure, and Conclusions), it shows through numerous examples, how to achieve the essential qualities required in scientific writing, namely being clear, concise, convincing, fluid, interesting, and organized.

Library Information

Bio-Medical Library

Diehl Hall, 505 Essex St. S.E.
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Reference: 612-626-3260; Circulation: 612-626-4045