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Biology Resources Guide  

Recommended academic resources for Valpo's biology students
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Off-Campus Access

You can gain off-campus access to the electronic resources (also called databases or journal collections) by clicking on the name of the database you’d like to access, and then logging in using your Valpo e-mail username and password.

If you have problems with this service, contact IT at 464-5678.


Evaluating Websites

Search engines like Google find web sites of all levels of quality.

These web sites were chosen by your librarian based on the following criteria. Keep these things in mind when deciding if a web page is reliable and appropriate for your research.

  • credible authorship
  • objectivity
  • accuracy
  • recent updates
  • educational purpose

Always check with your instructor to find out if you can use free (non-Library) web sites for your assignments. And if looking for journal articles, library databases are the most efficient tool for searching. See the green Find Articles tab above.


Doing Research and Literature Reviews

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Doing Science : Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific research
Call Number: Q180 .A1 V35 2009
Covers each stage of research, from formulating questions and gathering data to developing experiments and analyzing results and finally to the many ways for presenting results.--from publisher description

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Preparing Literature Reviews (Second Edition)
Call Number: Q180.55 .E9 P36 2004

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Practical Research : Planning and Design
Call Number: Q180.55 .M4 L43 2010


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Alternatives to Google or Wikipedia

    Provides access to a collection of online encyclopedias from established traditional publishers.
    "a free, publicly available deep web search engine that uses advanced 'federated search technology' to return high quality results by submitting your search query - in real-time - to other well respected search engines then collating, ranking and dropping duplicates of the results. Accelerates your research by returning the most relevant results from over 300 authoritative science and technology collections to one ... removes duplicate results, and then weighs each result for relevance according to how closely it matches your search word or phrase."--publisher
  • Scientific WebPlus
    Excellent scientific web search engine from Thomson Reuters.

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