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Welcome to the CSUS Library Research Guide on Biological Sciences.  Click on the tabs above for specific resources, materials, and searching techniques.


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Five Steps to Successful Research

1.   Read an essay by an expert on your subject to learn important names , dates , and terminology to use in further searching. References at the end of the essay often list the core research articles on the topic.  (TAB above)
         Tools:  Specialized handbooks and encyclopedias
2.   Find books on your topic
         Tool:  OneSearch
3.   Find peer-reviewed articles on your topic 
         Tools:  Databases, Articles, & Journals (TAB above)
4.   Consider specialized sources such as:
         Statistical information: googleScholar or
         CSUS theses/projects/dissertations : Scholarworks
         Government publications: or
HINT: When searching the Internet via google advanced, limit domain to: .edu, .gov, .org for scholarly results
5.   Evaluate your material: Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself
      1.)   Intended audience - general, specialist, student?
      2.)   Purpose: inform, entertain, persuade?
      3.)   Author's credentials: affiliation, education, occupation, publications?
      4.)   Publisher: learned society, research institution, commercial, private, political
      5.)   Refereed, reviewed, or edited journal?
      6.)   Documentation: sources cited, bibliography, list of references?
For Internet Web sources, in addition to the above ask yourself:
      7.)   What is the value of the Web site compared to the range of other sources available on
              this topic?
      8.)   When was the Web item produced and last revised - currency?
      9.)   Does the text follow basic rules of grammar, spelling, composition?
     10.)  Is contact information for the author included in the document?