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Biology Research Guide

How to do research in biology (and other sciences)


  • Scientists and students in the health and life sciences must be skilled users of information and able to identify and locate relevant and valid research.
  • The scientific literature continues to grow exponentially, practically doubling every few years, while the challenge of efficient access is compounded by new information technologies, available almost instantaneously that have resulted in more but not necessarily better quality information. This is underscored by the fact that the literature that is most heavily cited by others makes up a surprisingly small percentage of all studies available.
  • The goal of this guide is to prepare you on the best methods of searching for literature, how to read and evaluate scientific literature, and cite that literature.