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Fixing Bibliographic References:
Practice Example

Suppose that you have a bibliographic reference that seems to be wrong, and you have not easily been able to fix it. Here the reference is:
M. Overduin and T. Beer (2000) The plot thickens: How thrombin modulates blood clotting, Nature Struct. Biol., 18(1): 69-70.

Suppose that you also know that the full name of the first author is Michael J. Overduin.

Now use the Web (but not a journal index) to see if you can fix this bibliographic reference.






Suggested Solution
  1. Go to Google
  2. Using the search string "Michael J. Overduin", we find over a dozen references.
  3. If we go to the 1st of these, Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences - Michael J. Overduin, we find a link to his website at
  4. If we then click on the link to Automated Pub Med Search for Prof Michael Overduin, we readily discover that the reference in question should read:

    Overduin M, de Beer T.

    The plot thickens: how thrombin modulates blood clotting.
    Nat Struct Biol. 2000 Apr;7(4):267-9.


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