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Greeting from Biology Librarian, Susan Kendall
It is important to have a strategy when you begin your search for information. Start with big picture background information and later get into specific details of one small part of the picture. This will help you to understand what you are reading and be able to explain it in a paper or presentation.
- Read about your topic in books, electronic books, specialized encyclopedias and reliable web sites to get background information. (Find resources for this under the Background Reading tabs on this page).
- Search the scientific literature using a database such as Web of Science. Look for Review Articles. These will summarize the research for you and help you get in-depth background.
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