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Biology: Reference Works

Guide to Resources for Research in Biology

Why Reference Works?

Reference works are a good first step in your research and are useful for:

  • a topic overview
  • ideas for a paper topic 
  • learning the vocabulary used by topic experts
  • keywords for searching or narrowing a topic
  • important works on a your topic
  • key authors on a topic

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