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BIO 150L & 160L Biology Labs: Guide to Finding Primary Sources
This research guide has useful resources for finding primary sources to write biology lab reports.
Top 5 Questions on How to Search Library Databases
1. Do ZSR Library databases use natural language searching or keyword searching?
2. If you have too many irrelevant article results, which search command should you use to connect more keywords?
AND (or use the second row) if you want to enter more than one word that is not an exact phrase
3. If you have too few or no article results, which search command should you use to connect synonym keywords?
4. How do you expand your keyword search to singular or plural or variant spelling endings of a word?
Add * to the root word (aka truncate the root word). For example, child* searches for child, children, childhood, etc.
If you can't use a star to search for spelling variants, use OR
5. Can students save time by searching library databases instead of Google for primary sources?
Includes citations and abstracts from over 6,500 international life sciences journals. Fields covered include: biology, botany, zoology, biotechnology, and environmental studies. Coverage: 1980-present.
A collection of biological journals. Broad topics covered are biology, ecology, and environment with more specific emphasis on systematics, botany, mammalogy, plant science, conservation biology, toxicology, agronomy, ornithology, limnology and taxonomy.