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Biology - Research Basics

This guide is an outline of recommended resources and a research companion helping you to identify and successfully utilize biological research.

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Welcome to the research guide for biology. The goal of this guide is to walk you through selecting a topic, finding resources, evaluation, and citing them appropriately. It is intended to support you while working through a research project.

Selecting a Topic

When assigned a research project, the first thing to do is to determine a topic for your assignment and start looking for background information. Finding background information can help: 

  • Familiarize yourself with the topic
  • Identify key terminology
  • Determine scope of project

What can be a tricky concept to handle is that once you've selected a topic, it is not set in stone. Think of your topic as a developing idea. The topic can and should be further revised based on your research. Research is a non-linear process and you will be well served if your choice of research topics can be further refined by the literature.

If you still aren't sure what your topic is going to be, I would recommend browsing the sources below and identifying an article that interests you. 

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Expecting a different guide?

Over the course of Fall 2019, the need for a basic research guide became apparent. This guide attempts to meet that need. The other biology guide is still available and can be accessed from the link below: 

 

If you have feedback about this change or there are aspects of the older guide which you find relevant for your work, please do get in touch!

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