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BIOLOGY 152: Introductory Biology: IP-Finding Research Articles and Databases (Spring 2024) : Finding Background Information

Finding Background Information

  • How do I find Background Information about my topic when this research is so new?
Don't look for information that encompasses every aspect of the research. You won't find that!
  • For specific examples see Examples of Broadening A Topic
...and/or take a look at our general suggestions below.
  • Search separately for each aspect of the research topic.
  • Look for background information about the species, biological functions, and/or methodologies.
  • Find out what larger systems your specific research topic fits into. Ex: this is a type of what?
  • Work backwards from the specific to the general. Ex: use MeSH Medical Subject Headings to find broader subject headings.