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BIO 210/211: General Biology I & II

This guide exists to assist students learning fundamental concepts in cellular and molecular biology. Providing information resources for research projects conducted in General Biology courses at WSU

Discovering and Investigating

Once you've determined your topic - it's time to dig in and discover just what it's all about...  In the sciences, a great place to start is with general subject-based reference encyclopedias and credible online resources.  You will want to "get a feel" for how your topic is studied, what sub-disciplines (great source for keywords!) focus on it, and a Wikipedia-like comprehension of its nature.

Using the WSU Libraries Catalog, search for biological science reference resources to find entries and information on your topic.  There are multiple ways to do this: subject searchestitle searches and advanced keyword searching.  Below is a list of suggested titles in the catalog you may want to utilize:



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Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online resource of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan


Chapter in Edited Volume (Encyclopedias, Textbooks):

Chapter or other part of a book, same author(s)

Gawande A. 2010. The checklist manifesto: how to get things right. New York (NY): Metropolitan Books. Chapter 3, The end of the master builder; p. 48–71.

Chapter or other part of a book, different authors

Rapley R. 2010. Recombinant DNA and genetic analysis. In: Wilson K, Walker J, editors. Principles and techniques of biochemistry and molecular biology. 7th ed. New York (NY): Cambridge University Press. p. 195–262.

Wikipedia Articles:

Wikipedia contributors. Brassica rapa [Internet]. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia; 2015 Dec 22, 01:53 UTC [cited 2015 Dec 29]. Available from:

Internet Resources:

Format for end reference:

Title of Homepage. Date of publication. Edition. Place of publication: publisher; [date updated; date accessed]. Notes.

If no date of publication can be determined, use a copyright date (if available), preceded by “c”. Include the URL in the notes.

APSnet: plant pathology online. c1994–2005. St Paul (MN): American Phytopathological Association; [accessed 2005 Jun 20].

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