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Biology Research Guide

Learn about conducting research on biology using PCC Library resources.

Featured Books and E-Books

Consumer Health Information with Links to Research Journals

From Keywords to Hypothesis

Search Strategies

1.   Brainstorm keywords, related terms and synonyms. Examples...  

  • common plant name, Latin name, drug name(s), alternative name(s)
  • risks, toxicity, clinical studies
  • medicinal uses, diseases or conditions or treatments

2.   Use AND to focus your search on a smaller result set. Examples... 

  •  foxglove  AND toxicity AND risks
  •  digitalis purpurea AND medicinal uses AND clinical studies

3.  Use OR to link synonyms and gain a larger result set. Examples... 

  • medicinal uses AND (foxglove OR digoxin OR digitalis)

4.  Put quotations around your terms for exact searches
  Example: "medicinal use"

                         "digitalis purpurea"

You may need to vary the keywords you use to locate different types of information. 

Library and Publicly Available Databases of Scientific Research Articles

Selected Medical Information Websites

Selected Informational Websites