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Biology

Provides print and electronic resources for those researching in Biology.

Starting places...

For topics in Biology...

If you're looking for an overview or background information with suggestions for further reading then

 

try e-reference resources, reference books or Annual Reviews.

If you're looking for books or ebooks then search the Library Catalog.
If you're looking for journal articles then

start with Web of Science or other recommended databases.

If you have a citation and need to find the full article then

use Citation Search to search across all full text resources and if needed place an ILLiad request.

If you want to perform citation searching then

use the Web of Science to perform citation searching. What is citation searching?

If you have questions, or need help then email Dr. Huttenlock

Types of Sources

Primary Sources, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources

What’s the difference?


A Primary Source is original research, the first place a researcher publishes his or her findings.

        Examples: journal articles, conference presentations, technical reports, field data.

  • Contain a detailed description of the research methodology and results. 
  • References to research which a publication is based on or attempting to refute. 

A Secondary Source discusses, explains, describes, analyzes, or summarizes primary sources.

         Examples :books and review articles. 

  • Provide citations (references) to the primary literature.
  • May indicate the key researchers and research institutions in the field

A Tertiary Source  describes or analyzes a group of secondary sources.

         Examples: annotated bibliographies, encyclopedias and dictionaries.

  • Great source of background information on a topic.