Welcome from the Pearson Library's Biological Sciences resource page!
This resource page will help you discover all that the Pearson Library has to offer in the subjects of biology, bioengineering, and botany -- from finding books to finding articles, as well as our other services to help you find what you need. Ask us if you need any help!
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5 steps to successful research
- Find a focus: Develop a manageable topic - not too broad, not too narrow. Frame your topic idea as a question. For example: What is the impact of the recession on public housing projects?
- Craft a thesis statement: The thesis statement is a position, an assertion or opinion in need of explanation.
- Identify needed information: Decide what books, reference sources, and articles will help you thoroughly research your subject. Consider current books, eBooks, articles, and decide if you need to interview experts on the subject.
- Create your research strategy: List keywords, synonyms and related terms, subject terms, and descriptors for your research.
- Review your findings: Look at the quality, quantity, and relevance of the results. Does your research support your thesis? Are you finding relevant facts and quotes? Identify the gaps. Ask yourself: What else do I need to know? What seems to be missing?
Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Resources
Scientific and technical literature is often categorized into three different groups: primary, secondary, and tertiary.
- Primary Literature:
Primary literature contains the earliest communication of the results of an experiment or of a theoretical development. The types of communication can take many different forms including peer-reviewed journals, master theses, doctoral dissertations, and patents.
- Secondary Literature:
Secondary literature has more of a refining or summarizing nature. This type of literature includes review articles, books, edited volumes, and popular magazine articles.
- Tertiary Literature:
Tertiary literature is what we typically have the reference collections. This literature would include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and directories.