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BIO:141 Principles of Biology I I - Gevaert - 2018: Start Here

This Library Course Guide provides resources to generate curiosity and deepen understanding of course topics and to help students improve their information literacy and research skills. Use this guide to identify resources for your final research paper.

Biology is the science of life. Biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms.

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Principles of Biology II presents an introduction to scientific methodology and biological principles applied to the organism and supraorganism levels of biology. Topics covered include: population biology, evolution, and a survey of the major Domains and Kingdoms of living organisms. 

This Library Course Guide provides resources to generate curiosity and deepen understanding of course topics and to help students improve their information literacy and research skills.

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. Being information literate enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.  Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.” Source: ACRL Framework of Information Literacy.

Course Textbook and Connect Registration Instructions

Biology, 11th Edition by Peter Raven and George Johnson and Kenneth Mason and Jonathan Losos and Susan Singer. McGraw Hill Education. 2017.

  • Provides an emphasis on evolution and scientific inquiry have made this a leading textbook for students majoring in biology. This emphasis on the organizing power of evolution is combined with an integration of the importance of cellular, molecular biology and genomics to offer readers a text that is both student friendly and current.
  • Offers online access to Connect: A highly reliable, easy-to-use homework and learning management solution that embeds learning science and award-winning adaptive tools to improve student results. 

Final Research Paper: Guidelines and Topics

This information can also be found in your BIO 141 Blackboard course site menu under "Research Paper"

Use tabs across the top of this course guide to find information on your research topic from reference books for background info, databases and to search the Library Catalog for books. 

Biology Videos, TED Talks, and tutoring sites

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Develop Your Research Skills

Research is never as linear as it looks on paper. As you become a practiced researcher, you will discover that the research process is never linear. Expect and welcome twists and turns; keep an open mind, and keep asking yourselves questions throughout the process. Use many different kinds of search tools and conduct many, different kinds of searches. Research can be fun, and it is a very valuable skill to learn. RESEARCH:

Short Tutorials to Develop Research Skills

Plagiarism & How to Avoid It: It is very important that you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. View the short tutorial below. Need Help? Consult with Writing Center tutors at any STLCC campus. 

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