#1 (90 pts) due date:
is designed to acquaint you with databases, journals and literature
about Neuroscience both at NMSU and on the Internet.
You will need access to the Internet in order to complete the assignment.
PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ASSIGNMENTS
TYPED AND DOUBLE SPACED.
NUMBER ALL PAGES.
DO NOT TYPE YOUR NAME, INSTEAD,
INCLUDE THE LAST FIVE DIGITS OF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON ALL PAGES.
NEUROSCIENCE SEARCHES (70 pts)
1. (10 pts) Visit
the Society for Neuroscience on the
Net at http://www.sfn.org/
and complete the following assignments:
Find the Journal of
Neuroscience on line. Browse the issues. Select 3 abstracts
and download them. Submit the abstracts with a brief
(one paragraph) explanation of why you downloaded these articles.
Visit the Brain Briefings
List the five articles that interest you the most and briefly
(one paragraph) explain why these topics caught your eye.
2. (10 pts) Visit the
site at http://www.nih.gov.
What is NIH? Visit
of the institutes and report on the kinds of neuroscience research that
it funds. Why did you choose this institute?
Visit the CRISP
Use the query form to find grants from NIH that are funded at NMSU. Submit
three abstracts with a brief (2-3 sentences) explanation
of why you downloaded these articles. (Hint: search using NEW
MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY LAS CRUCES to list all grants)
3. (6 pts) Visit
the Human Brain Project: (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/neuroinformatics/index.cfm)
What is this project about? Check out the research projects site. Summarize
the goals of TWO of the projects.
4. (20 pts) Visit
What is NCBI?
Find GenBank on
the NCBI home page and answer the following:: What is GenBank? Search GenBank
using a text based search for ONE of the following three topics: / potassiumchannel
/ myelin / serotonin
/ How many postings did you find?
Download a listing from your GENBANK
search that is interesting to you. What information does it contain? Visit
the Genes and Diseases site at NCBI. What
diseases are listed under Nervous System?
under TRANSPORTERS, CHANNELS AND
Visit Pubmed http://www4.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/
from NCBI Home. What is posted on this site? How many articles do you
find if you query with the word "neuron"?
5. (10 pts)
Visit the Clinical Trials website by following
the link from the PubMed
home. Browse by condition and find five studies under nervous system
diseases recruiting in New Mexico. Who is sponsoring the studies?.
6. (10 pts)
Visit the Medline drug information site:
What information is posted about drugs on this site? Search under "selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors". List five compounds that
fall under this category. What do these drugs treat?
7. (4 pts) Visit
the site http://jaxmice.jax.org/index.shtml.What
does this company sell? Find Neurology news
under JAX Mice Library. What products are offered to treat neural diseases?
LIBRARY SEARCHES (20 pts)
1. (3 pts) Go to http://lib.nmsu.edu:80/article.html
on the NMSU library home page. List five electronic databases that are
available on the internet.
2. (3 pts) Go to the
LANL SciSearch database. Search the 1993 database for papers using keywords
How many papers did you find? Complete the same search for 1997 and 2001
and compare with 1993.
4. (4 pts) List the
titles and abstracts of three papers from SciSearch
and explain (briefly), why they interested you. Are they available in our
5. (3 pts) Find the
section(s) of the library. Under what call numbers are Neuro books
shelved? List the titles of three books that catch your eye.
6. (3 pts) Find the
journals in the library. What are the call numbers? List the titles
of three journals.
7. (3 pts) How do
you get an article that is not in the library? How long does it usually
8. (1 pt) How
much does the library charge to xerox a page?