This guide provides tips for finding primary sources that can be integrated into lab reports for BIO 111. Apply these research strategies to other science classes as well. The guide helps answer the following questions:
Ideally, you should do a search of the literature before you craft your hypothesis. The information you find from researching the literature should help you predict what might happen in an experiment.
If you have not done your research before writing your hypothesis, don't worry you can still make it through the lab report, but remember it is best to do your research earlier. Scientists want to know if someone else has already done their research before them. They also want to be able to predict if their experiment will work. The only way to do this is through literature/library research.
In science, when your professor refers to a primary source, they are usually referring to a research article. Research articles describe the processes and outcomes of structured tests and experiments. Primary sources in science have some original analysis of data and this analysis was conducted by the authors themselves. This differs from secondary sources, such as review articles, where authors mainly review or summarize the work of others.
How to identify a research article:
For BIO 111, try out the following scholarly databases. You might have to try more than one to find a relevant source:
Deciding if an article is appropriate for your research can be difficult, especially when you are just getting used to reading scholarly articles. Try some of the following tips: