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Biology Research Guide

Biology Research Help


Use this research guide to:

  • Get research tips
  • Access library databases
  • Find books, journals, & more 
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Getting Started

It is a best practice to begin the research process by gathering background information on your topic.  Comprehension of the subject matter will help you conduct research with greater ease. Reference items, like encyclopedias are a good source for background information.  Use the resources linked below to get started.  After getting a handle on the topic, use the research databases listed under the Recommended Resources button to find scholarly, a.k.a. peer reviewed, sources of information.  

Popular web-based references, like Wikipedia, can also be consulted for background information, but should not be heavily relied on or cited in your research.
Science and Biomedical Dictionaries & Glossaries