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Research and Writing in the Sciences: Getting Started

Resources for research and writing in the sciences.


This page contains a variety of simple tutorials designed to get you started on your research topics. The information is pretty basic, but if you haven't written a research paper in a while, this might provide a useful review.

The tutorials on this page are:

  • Developing a topic
    • Learn to develop an appropriate topic for a research paper by considering goals, approaches, topic scope and helpful resources.
  • Search terms
    • Learn to generate effective search terms for database or web searching in this tutorial.
  • Databases?
    • What is a library database? Learn about what you'll find in library databases, how they differ from the free-web and when to use them in this tutorial.
  • Evaluating Internet Sources
    • Learn to effectively evaluate the information that you find on the web.

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