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The purpose of this guide is to outline essential sources and methods for researching biology topics.

These are the main sources of information:

  • Books - in print or electronic formats
  • Journal articles - from research databases
  • Grey material - unpublished communications and research on the web
  • Web portals - to top biology sites

Always ask a librarian if you need help.


The Process

  • Do some general research on your topic; understand the key words and concepts. Identify synonyms and alternate spellings. Wikipedia can be a good place to formulate an initial understanding of the topic.
  • Search in the library portal for books on your topic.
  • Search for scholarly articles in biology databases held by the library.
  • Check out biology resources on the internet.

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