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A general guide to resources in the field of biology

Can't find an article? Start here!

1. Familiarize yourself with the jargon and narrow down your topic

  • Course reserves (including textbooks), required readings, and reference resources ( are a great way to familiarize yourself with a topic.
  • Once you identify a topic and find some preliminary information, you need to locate more "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" ( information.

2. Read the sources located in the preliminary research to determine:

  • what research questions have been generated from the topic
  • from what perspective you may approach this topic

3. Find articles using databases 

  • Search using key concepts and keywords in databases like Library Search (, Google Scholar and Web of Science ( databases.
  • Use the "Search Web of Science (WOS)" ( tab of this guide to find journal articles on your topic.
  • Make an appointment with Monique (, for more help with starting your research and locating articles.

Multidisciplinary Databases

Key Databases

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