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Zoology & Natural History: Search First

Sample Search

Research and analyze a particular medical therapy and particular adverse event.

  • Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement.
    Example: What are the adverse effects of water pollution?

  • List the main concepts.
    Example: food chain, death of fish / aquatic animals, diseases, destruction of ecosystem, Human Health problems,
  • List key words, phrases, synonyms, & alternative terms to search: - Be Creative.
    Example: water pollution, delta, drinking water, climate change, drought, plumbing, pipes, filtration, diagnosis, poisoning - humans and animals, threat to human heath, technology, equipment, age, pediatric, gender, injury, treatment, ocean pollution, freshwater pollution, remediation, repair
  • Remember to include other collections and disciplines:
    Environmental Design
    Public Policy
    Public Health

  • Sample searches:
    freshwater pollution and drinking water
    pollution and salmon

General links

Biodiversity Heritage Library: consortium of the world's largest natural history libraries, includes digitized content.

BiologyBrowser: free biological databases, identification keys, and more.

Understanding Evolution: project of the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education.

Search terms

Ue the following Subject Terms to find books and article:

Animal diversity
Animal-plant relationships
Endangered species--North America
Evolution (Biology)
Host-parasite relationships
Zoology--North America

You can also search for groups of or individual animals, using scientific or common names. For example:

Aquatic animals
Water birds

research cycle

Research Cycle

Edinburgh Napier University Library.