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BIO 102: Organismal Biology: Finding Information About Trees

Getting Help

This guide will help you find published research on your tree to include in your tree phenology project. Feel free to stop by the reference desk if you aren't quite sure how these resources work or where to start. If you are not in the library, you can use t he chat box, below.

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Primary Articles in Science

You need four references that provide further information about your tree. At least two should be "primary" articles - articles that report on original research conducted by scientists (usually with a note explaining where they work) and written up with other scientists in mind. Generally, there will be an introductory section which reviews related research, a methodology section that explains how the research was carried out, results, a conclusion, and references. 

This example is a primary article by scientists, for scientists. 

This example is science journalism for general readers. 

For an example of what a primary article looks like, see "anatomy of a scholarly article" from North Carolina State University.


Finding Primary Science Articles

Try searching for articles about your tree in the following databases. Use the yellow "find it" button to see if the article is available through our library. (In Google Scholar, "find it @ Gustavus" links appear to the right of the references if it's available.) In some cases, you may want to request an article from another library, so don't leave it to the last minute. 

To request articles from another library, you will need to log into the library system using your Gustavus account username and password. Then watch your email. You will receive a link and instructions on how to get the article usually within 24-48 hours. Though you can keep the PDF as long as you like, you need to click on the link and download it within a week of receiving the email. 



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Barbara Fister
I'm happy to meet to discuss your research in my office, over coffee, or wherever it's convenient for you.

Office: Library Lower Level (facing Beck Hall)
phone: x7553

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