A pathfinder will help you start your research, but remember that there are more many sources that are not on this list. Talk to the Librarian if you need extra help with your research.

Genetic Disease Project:

Below are a list of topics that you may want to research for your genetic disease project.
Mark Cummins, DNA, 2006, flickr.com.

  • How ethnicity plays a role in genetics
  • The development and future of gene therapy
  • The popularity of genetic screening
  • Research development in diseases such as cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia

Reference materials

This is the place to start any research project. Reference books such as encyclopedias offer authoritative overviews on nearly every topic. Try looking for the disease you are studying or search for "genetic disease" or "genetic disorder".
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • R 615.8 Panno, Joseph. Gene therapy : treating disease by repairing genes. New York : Facts On File, c2005.
  • R 616 GAL The Gale encyclopedia of genetic disorders. Detroit, MI : Gale Group/Thomson Learning, c2002.
  • R 616 WYN Wynbrandt, James. The encyclopedia of genetic disorders and birth defects. 2nd ed. New York : Facts on File, 2000.
  • R 616.9 PAN Panno, Joseph. Cancer : the role of genes, lifestyle, and environment. New York : Facts On File, c2005.


Non-fiction books about this topic are found in various sections of the library. To start look in Destiny(our online catalog) and search for the disease that you are researching. You will find books and webpaths that will help you find more specific information.
  • 616 G Genetic disorders sourcebook. 2nd ed. Detroit : Omnigraphics, c2000. Examines the causes and effects of genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome, hemophilia, sickle-cell anemia, and others; discusses genetic screening and research efforts in gene therapy; and includes names of suggested sources of additional information.

nyse, DNA rendering, 2007, flickr.com.

Log into these databases by clicking on the links below. If you are away from home, you will have to use a remote username and/or password. These can be found on the Library Media Center brochure. Make sure to take one home before leaving school!!
  • Science Online This database is useful for all science related projects. You will be able to find encyclopedia entries, articles, picture and multimedia resources on biology, chemistry, physics, science, forensic science, computer science, environmental science, etc.

  • SIRS Issues Researcher Locate current media, reference, and academic sources for the disease you are researching. *Notice that as you type your disease in the search field, other search words such as "treatments" and "symptoms" come up in the search bar.
  • Student Edition- Infotrac resource for finding reference, news, multimedia and primary source resources on all subjects.

Internet sites

Boston Public Library and Wayland Public Library: electronic resources

You will need a BPL library card or a Wayland Public Library card in order to access their databases. Ask Ms. Dalbec if you need help applying for a card for either library.