Literature search tools

There are many different ways to find research papers on a topic that you are interested in. To keep things simple, we will introduce you to one of the most comprehensive and easy to use search engines and database -- SCOPUS. You can search SCOPUS using keywords, author names, journal titles, and otherwise configure a search using many different options. It is very easy to use, but your institution needs a subscription to use this service.

SCOPUS is a wonderful way to find and download biology research papers. You can search SCOPUS using keywords, author names, journal titles, and otherwise configure a search using many different options. It is very easy to use. To get started:

scopustest Step 1: One way to start is simply to start learning more about Aiptasia. To do so, type the word Aiptasia into the search window, with "keyword" as the drop-down option, as shown in the screen shot.

Step 2: Select one of the papers that seems interesting, and click on the button "View at Publisher"

Step 3: From the publisher site, you might be given the option to download the pdf file of the paper. If not, it is likely that Vassar does not have a subscription to that particular journal. In that case, you could email the first or last author of the paper, and request a "pdf reprint"

To access SCOPUS, link to Scopus logo


A few key papers to get you started:


Try using SCOPUS to find and download the following papers addressing different questions about corals and symbiosis:

What can the Aiptasia transcriptome reveal about symbiosis?


What might be the causes of coral bleaching?


Why would a sea anemone (Aiptasia) tell us anything about coral symbiosis and bleaching?


What can cnidarian transcriptomes tell us about animal genome evolution?

Coral ESTs (Acrobat (PDF) 118kB Nov1 09) Kortschak et al. 2003