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Biology

Welcome to the research guide for your course in biology!

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This course includes a multi-disciplinary research project that explores the intersection of biology with your currently pursued academic discipline. While it is unlikely that students attending PHC will pursue a career in the biological sciences, you will leave the course with a better understanding of the impact biological studies have on your area of interest.

In selecting a topic, it must be relevant to academic discourse. The resulting project should be a thorough treatment of the subject, well written, and well researched. As the paper in only 1,500 to 2,000 words, your paper should be well organized and the writing should be clear and concise. A minimum of 5 scholarly resources is required. Your sources may be from books, peer reviewed journals, or authoritative websites. When evaluating any source for scholarship/authority, the author should be a recognized expert in the field and the publisher a recognized academic publishing entity.

To aid you in identifying scholarly sources, the following research guides for major and minor areas of study at PHC are linked below. These guides were developed in collaboration with the professors in those departments and will enhance that portion of your paper. Additionally, scientific sources are available within the databases and journal titles listed below with additional suggestions provided by your professor.

Databases

  • JSTOR contains complete back issues of 241 scholarly journals in a wide range of disciplines. Issues from the most recent five years for each title are not included in the collection.
  • ProQuest and Academic Search Premier contain thousands of academic articles covering a wide range of disciplines. For most of your research requirements, you will want to use the "advanced search" option and limit your searches to scholarly and/or peer reviewed publications.

On-Campus Collection

McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology - Ref Q121 .M29 2005
Nostrand’s Concise Encyclopedia of Science / De Pree and Axelrod, editors - Ref Q121 .V25 2003

Internet Resources

Selected Journals

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located a potential source in the catalog, click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Once you locate a potential source, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
  • If you are not able to find what you need on campus or online, you may request an item from any of thousands of libraries through  WorldCat . The item will be sent to the library. You will be notified by email when the item arrives in the library. 
  • APA is the required citation style for this project. Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab)
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.

Created: Gladden, 2008. Revised: Pensgard, 2010. Revised: Dr. Neal Doran/Thornhill, 2012. Reviewed: Doran/Thornhill, 2014.  Updated: Dr. David Lee/Thornhill, 2018. 

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