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BIO 171: Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution

Course guide for the essay assignment for BIOLOGY 171 (Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution), Fall 2015, with Professors Cindee Giffen and Jo Kurdziel.

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This research guide will help you find sources for your Biology 171 essay on a parasitic relationship between two organisms. 

On the Primary Literature page, you'll find:

  • links to search scientific databases that contain primary literature
  • how to find the full text of an article
  • how to read primary literature

On the Secondary Literature page, you'll find:

  • descriptions of different types of secondary literature
  • how to find secondary literature
  • how to find the full text of an article

Where can I get more help?

Librarians are here to help! You have several options for contacting a librarian:


  • Ask a Librarian: Use the Library Help box on the right side of this page to instant message with a librarian. Just type your question into the box and a librarian will answer shortly. You can also use our Ask a Librarian webpage, which features additional options for contacting librarians.


  • Reference desk: You can talk to a librarian at the Shapiro Library reference desk (1st floor, hours) or at the Hatcher Library reference desk (2nd floor, hours). Librarians are happy to help you with your research question!


  • Contact the Biology Librarian: You can contact me directly with questions about biology research and the Library's resources. My contact info is on the right side of this page. Email is the best way to contact me. 


This research guide was updated during the Fall 2015 semester by Joanna Thielen. Feel free to contact her via email with any questions or comments (email: