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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.


  • 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

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/TurabianMLA, and APA styling formats. 
  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you can click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Can't find what you need in the PHC collection? You can request an Interlibrary Loan through WorldCat . You will be notified by email when the item arrives in the library.
  • Research assistance is available in the library or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu

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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