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This research guide contain tools and resources for students enrolled in BIOL 131: Intro to Cells
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About Scholarly Journals

Professors often specify that your sources need to include articles from "scholarly" or peer-reviewed journals. How can you tell if a journal is "scholarly"?

Here are some tips for evaluating a journal by its content, and a shortcut of two for limiting your search results to the right kinds of materials:

  • Who publishes this journal?  
  • Who writes for this journal?  
  • What is the writing like?  
  • Are the conclusions supported by evidence?  
  • How did you get to this article in the first place?  

Some "Starting Point" Searches

The links below will generate some "canned" searches created by your librarian Beth on reaction time plus a number of potential independent variables.

Please note that these are starting points, not end results. These links will give you a jumping off point into the scientific literature, but you still need to review and assess all of the sources and maybe refine your search even more to zero in on the best available sources for you lab report.

Remember that your goal is to identify studies similar but not necessarily identical to your lab experiment from which you can extrapolate conclusions. You do not need to limit yourself to only studies that replicate your exact experiment.


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