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BIOL 499: Senior Department Studies (HC) Fall 2017

Biology 499: Senior Department Studies (Fairman)

Find Background Information

Part of developing your research question is finding relevant background information in your area of interest. This will help you:

  • Learn basic information and vocabulary about a topic you might not know a lot about yet
  • Determine the current status of research in your area of interest
  • Decide if the topic you're thinking about is the right fit for you

See below for some ways to find relevant background information.

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Dictionaries

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For more, try this:

  • Go to Tripod.
  • Click the "Books and More" tab.
  • Click the Advanced Search link. 
  • Enter biology in the top box.
  • Enter encyclopedia or handbook or dictionary in the second box
  • Choose limits (such as location=Haverford or year of publication).
  • See the example search below.