Biodiversity
Pathfinder

Penfield High School Library
May 2009

Scope: Guide to materials available in the PHS library and through subscription databases.

Keywords: The most effective search strategy for this project is to use Boolean searching by combining terms to narrow your search: For example:


Rain forest (try as 2 words and a compound word) AND plants AND drugs

Medicinal AND Plants

Human impact AND Biodiversity


will return documents that contain all search terms.


Print Resources:
Use the Library Catalog to locate print resources in the PHS Library


Electronic Resources



Subscription Databases: See library staff for user names and passwords.

Health Reference Center Academic: Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac's award-winning Health Reference Center. All in a single, easy-to-use database, the material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only. Search by using your subject or keywords. Note the different types of resources under each tab in your result list.

Opposing Viewpoints: Information on today's hottest social issues. Features include viewpoint articles, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. Search by using your subject or keywords. Note the different types of resources under each tab in your result list. This is a good resource to find different perspectives on threats to biodiversity, human impact on biodiversity and preservation of biodiversity.

Science Online: Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments. Search by using your subject or keywords. Note the different types of resources under each tab in your result list. This is a good database to use to find definitions.

Student Resource Center: Database offering resources in literature, cultures, science, history, and geography. Full-text articles from reference works, primary sources, and periodicals. Search by using your subject or keywords. Note the different types of resources under each tab in your result list.

The previous 5 databases are published by Gale and have similar interfaces and use similar search strategies. You can search each database individually or search them simultaneously by using Gale’s PowerSearch.


CQ Researcher Online: offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. The CQ Researcher can be read in its entirety or by section, which includes a background and chronology; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources. You can use your search terms – OR – use the Index.

GreenFILE: An EBSCOHost database indexing scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. This resource offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE serves as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles as well. .Search by using your subject or keywords. Note the different types of resources under each tab in your result list.

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module: Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only. Search by using your subject or keywords. Note the different types of resources under each tab in your result list

ProQuest: Full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and educational journals. Click the “Topics” Tab. Enter your keywords. The result will give you a list of topics related to your search. You either click to see all the documents or click on “Narrow to refine your search.

SIRS Knowledge Source: SIRS Knowledge Source (SKS) is a comprehensive database portal which is comprised of several distinct reference databases including SIRS Researcher®, SIRS Government Reporter®, SIRS Renaissance®, SKS WebSelect™, SIRS Discoverer®, and Discoverer WebFind™. Updated daily, SKS provides relevant, credible information on social issues, science, history, government, the arts and humanities. Full-text articles and Internet resources are carefully selected from thousands of domestic and international publications and respected organizations. . Search by using your subject or keywords. Note the different types of resources under each tab in your result list.


Free Websites

Raintree Nutrition Tropical Plant Database: Each plant database file contains taxonomy data, phytochemical information, ethnobotanical data, uses in traditional medicine systems, and clinical research (including links to clinical abstracts). NOTE: Raintree Nutrition, Inc. is involved in the research, documentation, information publication, sustainable harvesting, importation, and product manufacturing of over 60 medicinal plants from the Amazon Rainforest. What does that tell you potential bias or point of view of the sponsoring website?

Shaman Pharmaceuticals: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge, Tropical Medicinal Plants, Medicine, Modern Science and Reciprocity into a Novel Drug Discovery Approach: Paper written by scientists working for Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company that focuses on isolating bioactive compounds from tropical plants that have a history of medicinal use. Includes a chart of clinically useful drugs from tropical rain forest plants. Be sure to click on the "about" NetSci tab, to help you evaluate any potential bias or point of view of the sponsoring website.


HINT: Once you have found a compound from a rainforest plant, you might want to search in one (or more) of the health databases

- Health Reference Center Academic, Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module or Health Reference Library - for more information about the compound and its pharmaceutical uses.

Prepared by Paul D. Birkby, MLS