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BIO 278: Introduction to Evolution and Ecology Laboratory: Background

Finding the Right Words

Part of the learning process is to consult sources like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and textbooks to understand the scientific terminology and concepts.

Pro Tip:  Be on the lookout for words that the experts are using. Start with words you know, but then upgrade to better words that match the scientific terminology. Many specialized search tools are matching, not magically translating, the words you enter in a search box. 

To find sources related to your experiments, identify terminology for your species (taxonomic, common) and the main categories of behaviors (foraging, feeding, social). Combine these words into a search that retrieves the most relevant  sources. Also, try searches related to your hypothesis (native, invasive, urban, rural, etc.).

Squirrel Taxonomy








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