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Biology 142 Spring 2021

Recommended Background Resources

Search online in DiscoverE  to begin your search. Get a start on your research question, look for related search terms, and find more resources in the bibliographies of reference articles to help further your research.

Online Reference Sources:

Why would you use a background source?

Use background sources, such as encyclopedias, textbooks, and Wikipedia, to:

  • get an overview of a topic (what people are currently researching/thinking about in a subject area)
  • find new key words to help you search more effectively
  • use their citations to find primary, scholarly literature on the topic area

DO NOT CITE BACKGROUND SOURCES IN YOUR PAPERS!

What about Google Scholar?

Google Scholar may point you to scholarly articles that are accessible in the library databases. If you find an article, follow the prompt on the right that says "Find it @ Emory."

Note: You can use the same search tools used in databases and DiscoverE (i.e. Boolean Operators, key terms, etc.) in Google Scholar!

Google Scholar Search