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BIO 2999: Biology & Earth Science Seminar II

This guide will assist students in Dr. Svitana's BIO 2999 Seminar

Steps in the Research Process

  1. Decide on a topic. (For example, ethics of captive breeding.) 
  2. Create a research question. 
    1. Who are you researching?
    2. What are you researching?
    3. Where/what country or region does this occur?
    4. When did this happen?
    5. Why is this important? 
  3. List synonyms, broad and narrow terms.
  4. Select the best keywords for your first search.
  5. Choose a library database to search. 
  6. Use limiters to narrow your results.
  7. Select and evaluate your source.
  8. Cite your source.


If you're unsure where to start, try searching in OneSearch from the Library homepage. OneSearch searches library databases like Academic Search Complete and Environment Complete, the library catalog, and select reference books.

Type your keywords in the search box, and click OneSearch. Use limiters like the ones below to narrow your search to a specific year or source type.