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Forest Biology

A guide to resources in UVic Libraries for the study of forest biology

Key Databases

Multidisciplinary Databases

Can't find an article? Start here!

Familiarize yourself with the jargon and narrow down your topic

  • Look for scholarly sources on the topic: Course reserves (including textbooks), required readings, encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks 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 from refereed journals (check your instructor's notes in your assignments)

Finding articles using databases 

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

More in-depth research on your topic

  • Use Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT to combine search terms
  • Use Quotes to search as a phrase, parenthesis to combine synonyms or related terms, and use limits for dates, gender, primary sources, etc.
  • Finding it difficult to narrow down on a topic or understand terminology? 
  • Contact your subject librarian for more help with starting your research and locating articles


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