Welcome to the research guide for BIO 130. Use this guide to help you with your Article Review Assignments.
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Not sure what to search for? The following databases are helpful for exploring and picking topics.
Note: these are not the best places for finding your article to review.
Brainstorm aspects of your topic before you start searching. You don't want a topic that is broad or too big, which will give you too many results when you search.
Before you start researching, as yourself these questions. Use the answers to help you narrow your topic into something more specific. You don't have to come up with long sentences for each question. Short, specific phrases are fine.
WHO is interested in your topic? WHO cares about this topic? (Be specific! Pick a specific population or group of people, i.e. doctors, women, etc.)
WHAT is interesting about your topic? WHAT are some other aspects? WHAT do you want to learn? WHAT questions do you have?
WHERE in the world do you want to focus? (Again, be specific! Pick a country, state, or city. For some topics you can even pick a specific lake or region.)
WHEN is or was your topic relevant?
WHY is your topic important?
Questions to Answer:
Who is the author? What are their credentials?
Who is the audience?
Where is this piece published?
Are there citations or references?
Is the tone of the writing formal or conversational?