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BIOL100: The Living World: Books

This is a research guide for Bio100

Using Reference Resources

Reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias are great ways to get background information on your topic. Looking up your topic can get you biographical or historical information, general concepts, lists of works, and related terms depending on your topic.

The type of information you gather from reference sources is seldom the kind of critical analysis your professors are looking for in your papers. Use reference sources to become familiar with your topic so that you can search smarter when you look for books and articles. You should generally refrain from using them in your papers. Situations vary, so if you're unsure, check with your instructor.

Finding books

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You have many options when it comes to finding and using books. The Grafton Library Discovery Service (GLDYS), allows you to search for books and ebooks both here at Grafton library and in libraries around the world. If you're just looking for books, make sure to pay attention to the limiters on your search, because GLDYS also allows you to search for articles and video materials. 

Database Exploration

Search the database assigned to your group. Try to find the best article on your topic using your database. Is the article a popular or scholarly source? How can you tell? You will be asked to present your database and article to the class. ‚Äč

Topics:

Barefoot running

Anatomy for best running

Ultramarathoners

Metabolism rate and running

Running and the evolution of human hunting

Exercise and respiration at high altitudes

Endurance and body temperature