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BIOL 297: Writing for Biology

research guide for BIOL 297: searching scientific literature, academic integrity/avoiding plagiarism, citing sources in APA style

Core Resources

What Makes A Source Scholarly?

You don't have scholarly works without "scholars"--people who are experts in their field and dedicated to study and advancing knowledge of the subject. Typically they hold an advanced degree in their field and work for an organization dedicated to education and research, like a university or sometimes a "think tank." It's always a good idea to "Google" your authors to find out what makes them experts. 

Scholars typically publish their research in special "scholarly journals." As young experts in your field, it's important to be exposed to these journals during your studies. Scholarly articles are typically organized in the same basic fashion, which helps make them easier for you to recognize. For more on this, see the Anatomy of a Research Article (NCSU). Scholarly journals are one of three main types of publications, including popular (magazines and newspapers) and trade (for people who work in a specific field).

How to Read a Scholarly Paper