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Biol 385 - Major's Colloquium: Getting Started

This guide will help you through the steps you need to take to complete your complex science issue assignment

Don't have a topic yet?

Choosing a topic can be difficult, especially when you need to follow these parameters:

* Complex science topic

* Must not be "cut and dried"

* Must have pros and cons and opinions on both sides

* Must be something you are interested in 

Try looking at these resources to find a topic that meets all of these parameters:

Designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and developing critical thinking skills.


Google News - Science - Gives you current headlines as to what's going on in science around the world. A good place to find interesting topics you can use in your research.

When you've chosen a topic...

You want to get background information so you understand your topic better. You also want to gather keywords, names of experts in the fields and other important information you can use to search for articles. A good place to get background information is Credo Reference.

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Credo Reference

Credo Reference is an online reference collection. It contains over 900 online encyclopedias, subject dictionaries, biographical sources, and reference tools. Think of it as an academic substitute for Wikipedia.

Electronic Book Center

Search full text of thousands of reference books in OhioLINK's Electronic Book Center to get background or general information.

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