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Books on Popular Science Topics: Science is for Everyone
Where to search for background information on biology topics
Credo Reference Collection This link opens in a new window
Use Credo to find online encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. to see background information on your topic. Think of it as an academic version of Wikipedia.
WorldCat@SU This link opens in a new window
The library's online catalog. Search for books, eBooks, and articles here.
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, Medline Plus brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. Use it to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.
Research Process - Where Do I Start?!
When first learning about a topic, use background sources like encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, etc. to get a clearer idea of what you're looking for.
Look to your assignment to see what types of sources your professor is asking you to use. If you're already comfortable with a topic, you may start looking for scholarly articles right away.
You can begin your research in any of these places. Remember different types of sources contain different kinds of information.
Credo is an academic alternative to Wikipedia. It has topic pages for many biology and science topics that can help you get a better idea of how to form keyword and phrase searches in article databases.