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BIOL 211 : Ecology

Research Skills

This guide can help you with a few essential skills:

  • Being able to tell the difference between primary literature and secondary literature (review articles, etc)
  • Searching for known articles using Google Scholar, and then using the 'cited by' feature to to track the research conversation forward and backwards in time
  • Using subject-specific library databases, from the Finding Articles tab, to search for primary literature related to your research topic

It also can help you start using the really useful (and free!) citation management tool called Zotero, which can help you easily save articles as you find them, and then easily create properly formatted bibliographies. For more information, check out the Installing & Using Zotero tab. 

Ecology Research @ Collins Library


You can use this guide to get started with your research for Ecology! If you get stuck or have any questions, please get in touch with your Science Liaison Librarian, Pavel Batalov.

Pavel can help you find primary literature, track down relevant articles, or get Zotero set up to create all of your citations.

You can email, call, or set up an appointment to meet either in person or online. 



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Ask a Librarian 24/7 service: Anytime, anywhere! This instant messaging reference service lets you chat with a librarian no matter what time it is. Puget Sound librarians can follow up if you leave your email address.

Best for: Questions that can't wait but come up when the library is closed; citation questions; tracking down specific books and articles.