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BIOL 392: Introduction to Biological Research: Home

Biol 392 Spring 2020

Often the first step when getting started with a research project is digging into the literature, and it's pretty common to get handed a list of citations from a faculty advisor and mentor and be told to "start here!"  So how do you go about tracking down specific citations? Let's practice!

1) Open up this Google Sheet: BIOL 392 Spring 2020 Library Session

2) In your group, try to track down the two citations that have been assigned to you and fill out columns C - G. 

Biology Research @ Collins Library

Use this guide as a jumping-off point for your research! Keep in mind that other guides, such as the Chemistry or Physics guides, may also be useful.

If you have any questions or run into any snags, please don't hesitate to get in touch with your science liaison librarian, Eli. His contact info is right there: --------->

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Burrowing Owls photo by Katie McVey of the USFWS

Visiting UW-Tacoma Library

Because the University of Puget Sound is a member of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, all Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff are eligible to visit the University of Washington and use its library resources, both at the Seattle and Tacoma campuses. This is a great resource, as the University of Washington is a Tier-1 research institution, with correspondingly comprehensive resources. If you are doing an in-depth literature search, it may be worth your time to make the short trip down to the UW-Tacoma campus to take advantage of those resources. 

Bring your Puget Sound ID card to the UWT Library for access to:

- a temporary NetID, which will allow you to access the UW wireless network (and by extension, the electronic resources available through the UW libraries),

-publicly accessible guest research computers,

-a borrower's card which allows you to check out items directly from the UWT library (though you can also request those items through Summit and have them delivered to the Puget Sound'll just take a little longer!).

Remember to bring a USB flash drive upon which to save the articles that you find at the library!

Information about getting to the UWT Campus and Parking may be found here.  

Information about the UWT Library hours is available here.  

Further information about using the UWT Library as a visitor is here.

If you would like to take a look at what journals are electronically available to you before you make the trip, check out the E-Journals list available through the UW Libraries website. You can search by journal title to see the date ranges available electronically through UW.

If you have any questions about visiting the UWT campus, don't hesitate to get in touch with Eli!

Chinook Red Chandelier by Dale Chihuly at the UW-Tacoma Library

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