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Cell Biology - Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist students in doing research for BIOSC 1500 - Cell Biology.

Cell Biology

The Pitt Greensburg Bulletin states that BIOSC 1500 is concerned with the "current state of understanding of cell structure and function. Eukaryotic cells will be emphasized with particular attention to animals cells." This course also has a laboratory component, BIOSC 1510.

This guide will assist you in developing your research skills as it relates to the field of cell biology. It will also provide you with links to helpful sites and people.

The Research Process in a Nutshell

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject. In the field of cell biology, you will need to be specific in developing your search terms to yield better results. For example:
    • eukaryotic cells
    • cell organelles
    • prokaryotic cells
    • mitochondria
    • molecular biology
  • Search Pittcat Plus and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

These sample worksheets will help you refine your research topic and understand how to evaluate a scholarly journal article. You may also want to consult our online tutorial, Scholarly Information, or check the book Evaluating Research Articles From Start to Finish, 3rd. ed., 2011, by Ellen R. Girden.

Online Resources