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BIO 277: Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics Lab: Finding Specific Information

Exploring the Research Literature

In the sciences, the research literature includes:

Research articles in journals (also known as "primary" articles)

Papers presented at professional conferences and meetings

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Finding Research Articles in Biology

Search Tips

Tip #1: Add more search terms to increase the precision of your search.

Starting Search Terms Synonyms
environmental factors pH or salinity or temperature
enzyme activity characterization or kinetics

Example Search:


Tip #2: Look for an option to Refine results to a specific "document type" or "publication type." This enables you look at the research articles within your larger set of results.

list of document types

Tip #3: Databases usually sort results by date and display the newest publications first. Change the sort order to Relevance to bring better results to the top.

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