Biology 100 – Belluzzi – Research Paper

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About this guide

This research guide will help students locate appropriate resources for their Biology 100 Research Paper using scientific sources. Use the “tabs” above to navigate through the pages of this guide.

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Print Reference Sources

    Reference books are a good place to begin your research, select a topics, or narrow a broad topic idea you have. These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section.
  • McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science & technology – R 503 M147 Great place to start!
  • Encyclopedia of world environmental history – R 363.7003 K92e
  • The facts on file dictionary of environmental science – R 363.7003 S847f
  • A dictionary of ecology – R 577.03 A416d
  • A science dictionary of the plant world: an illustrated demonstration of terms used in plant biology – R 581.03 C539s
  • The encyclopedia of animals: a complete visual guide – R 590.3 C772e
  • Walker’s mammals of the world – R 599 W178m 1999
  • Magill’s medical guide – R 610 S163m
  • Dorland’s illustrated medical dictionary – R 616.03 D711i
  • Dirr’s Hardy trees and shrubs : an illustrated encyclopedia – R 635.977 D599h

Online Reference Sources

Magazine vs. Journal Articles

Before you search, you need to know the difference between “magazine” and “journal” articles. Journals are also referred to as “peer-reviewed” or “scholarly” sources.

Two brief explanations can be found here:

Searching for Articles

Search for articles in any of the following library databases or tools listed below:

  • The library catalog is a great place to start. Use this tool to search for both books and articles at once. When you review your search results, use the tools in the left-hand menu to limit your results to “full-text” articles within the last five years.
  • Academic Search Premier This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
  • Science Full-Text Direct is a database of articles on scientific topics.

Interlibrary Loan

If you find a citation for an article we do not have full-text, you can request the article through Interlibrary loan.

Freely Online Collections

Online scientific journals can also be found in a number of freely-available collections:

Finding Specific Journal Titles

What if your teacher gives you a specific journal title to search? You can search for a specific journal title at the “eJournals” tab on the library website.


Below are some recommendations for quality websites in biology:

  • this site offers access to “200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.”
  • World Wide Science: “a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals.”

How to Cite

The Purdue Online Writing Lab provides great guidance for proper APA citation. Use the specific links below to read more about how to cite different types of resources in APA format:

APA Writing Style Guide

Use this guide to help you format your paper in APA style .