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Biology: Research Tips

This guide is designed to help you find materials available from the Houston Cole Library for research in biology.

Books

Research Tips

  • To find an individual article when you already have a citation, use the default GEM Finder search on the Library’s homepage. Start by searching by Title from the drop-down selections.
  • To find an online journal, click on the radio button for Journal Title List on the Library's homepage to conduct a search using Publication Finder. You can then choose the year, volume, and issue of the journal if it is available.
  • If a journal is not available, you can request an article from another library through Interlibrary Loan, if you are eligible.
  • Found your article? Check the subject headings/keywords for search terms and look at the references used by the author(s)
  • Need to find the article again? One method is to export the reference to RefWorks, which saves the URL
  • Find background information on your topic in references like AccessScience.
  • Look for articles marked Review Articles in databases.
  • Need help with starting your research? Try Sage Research Methods
  • Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
  • Make a list of searches/keywords that worked, and which databases you used

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