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Biology Capstone - Bradford Campus

A guide to assist BIOL 1451 - Capstone: Biology at the Bradford Campus.

The Research Process

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject.  For example:
    • bioassessment
    • macroinvertebrates
    • mutagenesis
    • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
    • phytoremediation
  • Search PittCat and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

The below Search Strategy Worksheet will help you refine your research topic into searchable keywords.

Need Research Ideas?

Browse the latest research articles or the top research in professional organizations for research ideas.

Browse Research Articles from PLOS Biology

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Critical Thinking Process For Research

Picture of Wheel with Critical Thinking in the middle surrounded by wheel spokes of: 1) Discover + Explore:   Look at your topic/issue more closely; start to be more directed and purposeful in seeking information. 2) Negotiate + Cooperate:   Consider different perspectives; engage in discussion with others. 3) Test + Revise:  Weigh up the evidence, test out different ideas and alternatives.  4) Integrate+ Apply: Bring together the various ideas that you have considered in order to consolidate and articulate new understanding(s),  5) Inform + Describe:  Begi nto clarify what you need to know, what you already know, and what information you have about your issue/topic


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