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BIO 157: Experiment Paper: Home: Finding Articles and Research

Research guide for the BIO 157 assignments.

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Keywords to Try

Starting Your Search

  • Start your search with two or three keywords.
    • One keyword isn't specific enough and will produce an overwhelming number of results.
    • Too many keywords might be too specific and won't produce enough results.
  • Revise your search -- try other keywords and see how that changes your results.

Some Keywords to Try

  • Catalase AND temperature
  • Fermentation AND ethanol
  • Fermentation AND salt
  • Fermentation AND temperature
  • Fermentation AND sugar

Search Tips

Try these search tips to locate information efficiently in our databases:

Boolean operators

  • AND: for combining unrelated search terms (like catalase AND temperature)
  • OR: for searching similar words (like salt OR sodium chloride)
  • NOT: for eliminating results (like fermentation NOT bacteria)

Phrase searching

  • Use quotation marks to search words as a complete phrase, like “biochemical process”


  • Full text
  • Publication date

How to Find Scientific Articles

These databases are good for finding in-depth articles on your topic.

This list contains links to open access scientific information on the web. Remember to evaluate the information carefully!

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